Where I Was
Just a quickie here: I had a real forehead slapper moment just a few minutes ago talking to my friend and co-worker, Lezel. I was following up on my tip to look at “After the Flood” by Bill Cooper. (Do check it out as it is available online.)
So she said she hadn’t and one of the reasons was because she had another book in the cue and told me a little about it. . . . . . and I don’t know what it was called because it hit me as she was talking about taxation without representation and kids that our current situation is exactly that.
What am I talking about? Well think about it. This whole wonderful experiment in freedom began on the pretext, founded in the Magna Carta, that there should be no taxation without representation. Our freedoms are established on natural law that flows from our Creator, but before the Magna Carta the view was that the divine right of kings trumped the rights of mere mortals.
So here we are in a new century arguing about how we’ve rejected our founding, at least that’s what the Tea Party People are going on about. They are sick of an over-reaching government, they want it reined in, they are concerned about the National Debt, at this posting about $43,638 per citizen.
It is right that we are. Let me point out that Rights have everything to do with it too. Our nation, which has wonderfully propounded the rights of the individual for so long, is currently violating some of the most fundamental and foundational rights of all. In particular, of course, I’m referring to “No Taxation Without Representation,” the rallying cry of the founding and a current travesty being perpetrated on our children.
The debt we are loading on future generations IS immoral, not only in the most absolute sense of what God thinks (see number eight) of stealing someone else’s money, but also in the social contract sense of having a document and a set of values laid out in a Constitution that we are violating at the expense of children without franchise. They have no vote, but they will pay this debt or they will be buried by it.
On the one-hand, Liberal Dems are willing to spend money for political payoffs to their constituencies (ACORN) AND loot the public coffers to feather their own nests and those of their supporters, foreign and domestic, whereas on the other, Republican Neo-Conservatives are busily war profiteering on the backs of our service men and women, and, in contrast to their stated values, spent money faster than any other regime in history, this last one excepted. See Obama Debt.
What has been lost in the conversation to this point is that what we are doing to kids is a direct violation of the values of our founding, that we are selling them into slavery, that they have no voice though they are going to be left with the debt that their taxes can not possibly pay. So to quote a founding document, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it . . .”
That’s where it started, long ago, but today we are spending ourselves and though they can’t even protest it, our children, into financial ruin. Umm, currently they owe $43,641. The Debt Clock