by Gunnery Sergeant John McClain, USMC, Retired
When our founders had finished with the war of Independence, they were loath to even consider a centralized government, based on the most recent experiences, and used The Confederation of States, confederated in war, and mutually aligned, to address the world as a coherent Nation.
It was shortly discovered insufficient to our needs, we had to establish a government, despite reservations, and a “Second Continental Congress”, assembled, its purpose to design a representative form of government, with the States remaining free and Sovereign, but with a central establishment able to meet with other governments.
Among the foremost issues at hand was that of trade. Trade is an issue to be controlled because it is not a fixed and unchanging thing, but changes in circumstances make the value of time and skill, variables, the man hanging by his fingertips values a rope far more than the man looking to tie up his dog.
As a New Nation, we had little infrastructure accumulated, and our greatest commodity was agriculturally derived. As a long established group of Nations, Europe was long on infrastructure and produced goods, excise taxes had been used for millennia to control trade, and ensure productivity, within.
In establishing “excise taxes” as the sole means of revenue for our “federal government”, the value of maintaining a productive form of society was essential to the funding of federal government operation, and thus, the form of revenue established to provide direct and exacting incentive for keeping trade foremost in its exercise of treaty considerations.
By denying our government any other revenue, the founders made the focus of the federal government be on expanding trade by working to acquire, maintain and operate such trade relations as foremost in foreign policy, and such things which impede trade would be seen as great threat and considered seriously.
At no time in history has man been absent those who would rule as tyrants if able to take such power and our experience was no different. Government is power consolidated, and the tool of desire. The effort is always one to entice us, the main producer, to desire a gift from government, and thereby accept an opening for government to take from others, since it has nothing of its own. This becomes a success when we have ceased to educate our children, but allow them be indoctrinated by said government instead.
While the government survives solely on the taxes which we are willing to pay on imports, it must focus on assuring our Nation is a productive one, our society is such a form as is naturally productive by our principles and precepts. Such a government by consequence, must keep its focus inward, on what it can do to increase its internal efficiency, and this is a self-correcting form that was established.
To act for its own benefit, government had to change the rules of the game. The Federal Reserve Act of 1913 provided for fiat currency to replace money. In doing so, the central government was provided with an incremental income via inflation, which enabled the stealing of all non-invested value, incrementally, at every transaction made.
Coupled with the income tax act of 1916, which put a tax on incomes over ten thousand dollars, which equaled about 1%, a second door for independent government income, was opened.
Today, the Federal Reserve has consumed about 97% of the established value of our dollar through inflation. Because of this, ten thousand dollars is no longer “The Rich”, but the baseline of poverty in our own nation. The tax on the rich, now is a tax on those who work unsubsidized by government.
This was no error, those who established the Federal Reserve, contrary to The Constitution, knew this day would arrive, they eagerly anticipated it. There was never any intent to “tax the rich”, and all intent to tax the working man.
We have arrived at this point in our Nation’s history because there has never been a time absent those who would undo the fixed and unchanging principles which give us our authority and our power, and convince us to live on “situational ethics and morals”, so we can be enticed to keep things in the hands of those in power. So far, the score is one to zero. Are we in the game, or watching from the sidelines?
Copyright June7, 2012 by Gulf1