“To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”― Thomas Jefferson
When our nation was founded, the only methods of taxation were excises, imposts, and duties. Our Constitution took two long years to write. Every restriction that the founders put on the federal government was intentional and for good reason. They restricted taxation to excises, imposts, and duties because they were the only moral and just methods of taxation.
Excises, imposts and duties were indirect taxes levied on commerce or an activity, and as such, allowed an individual an avenue to “opt out” of paying them. If you do not want to pay the tax, simply do not export your cotton. If you do not want to pay the tax, do not buy the cheeseburger. If you don’t want to pay the tax, don’t build a railroad, etc….
The income tax is very different. The income tax is theft. It is the government saying, “I have a gun–give me your money”. We would not tolerate this from a thug on the street; yet, society considers it acceptable when government does it at their discretion. If you use force to take something that does not belong to you, it is theft.
It is theft, even if 535 members of Congress or 118 representatives in Springfield voted for it. It’s still theft even if nine unelected people in black robes uphold it. If you use force to take something that does not belong to you, it is theft. When the income tax was first implemented, government claimed that the theft was okay, because they did good things with the stolen money. They claimed that by stealing your money they could feed a hungry person, or provide shelter for the homeless. Over the last century, their justification for stealing your money has expanded to include such things as building roads and bridges in Mexico, and providing guns to drug cartels.
Politicians in every race claim that if they are elected they will steal less. Of course they don’t phrase it this way. They just proudly proclaim that they will provide tax cuts for the middle class, or adjust the tax brackets to be more fair and just. In order to turn this nation around, and make it once again the shining beacon on the hill, we must stop this theft. We must reject this notion of theft and stop rationalizing it to ourselves. It does not matter if you steal less than the other guy. If you take something that does not belong to you, it is theft, and there is no way around that.
I vow to vote no on any piece of legislation that raises income tax, and to do everything in my power to repeal the Illinois income tax.