Happy Dependence Day

The central government in Washington now has the power to compel Americans to pay private companies for services they do not want, on penalty of a fine. But this fine is now called a tax.

This is the central tenent of fascism.  Forget about limited government.

In 1819, in McCulloch vs. Maryland, Justice Marshall said the “the power to tax is the power to destroy”, and then PROHIBITED the state of Maryland from taxing the private entity, the Second Bank of the United States, which functioned exactly like the Fed does today.  He esablished that the states have no ability to limit or rein in the activity of a private corporation that the federal government was making sovereign OVER the states.  Maryland argued that the Constitution does not give Congress the right to do that.  The Supreme Court denied this, creating the precedent that the states have no way to limit the power of the federal government, despite what the Constitution says. 

And true that, that the power to tax is the power to destroy.  The Supreme Court, with Robert’s complicity, has said that the Congress can now destroy via taxation, whatever group of citizens that they wish, and to tax them if they do not do exactly as Congress decides.  

We’d have been better off with the democracy of a lynch mob.


About drrik

3rd career and 2nd childhood. Spends spare time repairing old things. Aspires to burn more gasoline, gunpowder, and ink in pursuit of slowing down. Child of the 60s and aspiring student of history. No desire to see us repeat the failed social experiments that keep failing for lack of human beings that meet the left wing standards and have to be killed off. Did engineering long enough to realize that very little is new and the wheel does not need to be reinvented.
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4 Responses to Happy Dependence Day

  1. Mrs. AL says:

    IMHO, we have been heading down Mr. Crapper’s invention since the U.S. Constitution was adopted. Believe me, I know that is not a popular POV. But what else am I to think? When I compared and contrasted the similarities and differences between the Articles of Confederation and Constitution I was amazed. (I was challenged to do this and took up that challenge some time ago).

    In order to reach his opinion, didn’t Marshall have to deny the power of the states and conclude that the Constitution derived power from people and not the states? And that set in motion the crap we are dealing with today, does it not? Or am I really off the wall here?????

    Happy Dependence Day, Drrik. Whatchya gonna’ do to celebrate your total lack of sovereignty?

  2. drrik says:

    The Articles of Confederation created an unworkable, weak government, which would have balkanized or been conquered by someone else by now. The Constitution was not bad, but has suffered the bastardization of it by legal types who ignored what it clearly meant, based on the published arguements and debates and writings of the time which make it not at all obscure or needing to be reinterpreted. The need for checks and balances in power haven’t changed. The sociallistically leaning have always craved power and control and attempt to usurp any and every central authority. Mayhap some more built- in checks would have served us, but who could presuppose that the original meaning would be so blatently ignored? Wouldn’t take but a little change to head us back to freedom. Wouldn’t take but a little faltering in the energy-intensive suppression of our economy to have it be boom times in the US with us blazing a trail of freedom as an example to the world. We have fossil fuel energy independence enough to last a thousand years. We have a heritage which has not yet been forgotten. We still have freedom loving people clamoring to be here, NOT for a handout but for a chance to self-actualize and excell. I choose to think that the self-hating lib-progs are a too vocal minority and are given too much creedence. We need new media, ala GBTV to get our message out, instead of bothering with most of the “major” news channels.

    I will watch fireworks with family, happily toting my Gadsen flag and recalling and reminding people that the holiday cellabrates a seccession from a repressive current government and the fight for self rule, not as the national anthem emphasizes, a repressive foreign power. And I will continue my niggling away with my little blog list, slowly working my way up the White House enemies list.

    Never, never, never, never surrender.

  3. Mrs. AL says:

    You noted, “The Articles of Confederation created an unworkable, weak government, which would have balkanized or been conquered by someone else by now.” Perhaps. We will neve know that will we? Can’t prove what wasn’t/and or hasn’t happened. I CAN proved that the national government today is the result of that same Constitution, is it not? The States have themselves been conquered by the national government, have they not? And that being the case, isn’t individual sovereignty just an illusion? (Partly playing contrarian here for a reason)

    Enjoy your celebration. And on a personal level, indeed I will never surrender.

  4. pepperhawk says:

    Happy 4th drrik. I like your article.

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