This post are thoughts brought about from the essay of Frank Chodorov titled, The Income Tax: Root of all Evil. E copies available at: http://www.original-republican.com/the-income-tax-root-of-all-evil/ with intro by J. Bracken Lee, former governor of Utah.
Chapter II: Political Speaking, What is “Evil”
“In the American political tradition, which claims kinship with Judeo-Christian morality, all is “evil” that violates the doctrine of natural rights, as set down in the Declaration of Independence. We are agreed on that. We are also agreed – if we accept the tradition – that the source of these rights is God; which is simply an admission that we have scratched our heads for some other explanation of these rights and, having found none, have taken recourse to “the nature of things.” The American tradition rests its case squarely on the premise that the human being is endowed with rights by his very existence; that is what makes him human. Hence, any political action which attempt to violate these rights violates his human-ness, and thus becomes “evil.” Putting it another way, an political action which disregards man’s inalienable rights disregards God.” (Frank Chodorov) See Article I, Section 1 of the Utah State Constitution; Inherent and inalienable rights; also Article I, Section 25, rights retained by the people.
As federal and state legislators, for the most part are educated in the “civil” law under the guidance of belief that the governing system for the Union and the States is a “democracy” conforming to the “will of the people”. These three “fundamentals” are associated with “socialism” which is in opposition to “the nature of things”. Failing to recognize and protect the natural rights of its citizens, is a failure of our present governments. Most notably in the passage of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and its enforced mandate penalty or tax which is violation of the natural right of the citizen to chose as to their health care.
The “righteous right” and the media divert the attention of the citizens by attacking the pit falls of the ACA, while the critical defect in the legislation is the mandate. Chief Justice Roberts and the majority should be aware of the error they made in this respect. John Stuart Mill made this clear in has essay On Liberty (1859): “He who lets the world, or his own portion of it, choose his plan of life for him, has no need of any other faculty than the ape-like one of imitation. He who chooses his plan for himself, employs all his faculties. He must use observation to see, reasoning and judgement to foresee, activity to gather materials for decision, discrimination to decide, firmness and self-control to hold to his deliberate decision. And these qualities he requires and exercises exactly in proportion as the part of his conduct which he determines according to his own judgement and feelings is a large one. It is possible that he might be guided in some good path, and kept out of harm’s way, without any of these things. But what will be his comparative worth as a human being? It really is of importance, not only what men do, but what manner of men they are that do it. Among the works of man, . . . , the first in importance surely is man himself. . . . Human nature is not a machine to be built after a model, and set to do exactly the work prescribed for it, but a tree, which requires to grow and develop itself on all sides, according to the tendency of the inward forces which make it a living thing.”
The “mind – set” of government executive, legislative and judicial branches must conform to the principles of the Constitution for the Union. “The Constitution, then, is held in high esteem only because of the high esteem Americans put upon the doctrine of natural rights. Any law, political practice, or even amendment that infringes those natural rights is automatically deemed “unconstitutional.” The infringement is “evil””. (Frank Chodorov) As long as the three branches of government view the “civil” law, “democracy” and the “will of the people” as basic fundamentals of government, the citizens will never be “free”. The fruits of their labors, property and other natural rights will always be at the mercy of the “will of the people”.
This is pointed out as Barack Obama crowns himself with the “mandate” of the people to push his socialist programs through with the help of the Courts. As reported, he is moving the playing field, like those before him, from a “republic” to a “democracy”, being more concerned about his legacy than the freedom of the people. It has been prophetically observed that; “We have learned by sad experience that it is the nature and disposition of almost all men, as soon as they get a little authority, as they suppose, they will immediately begin to exercise unrighteous dominion.” (D&C 121:39 ) Even earlier, (82 B.C.) by a man named Amulek: “And now behold, I say unto you, that the foundation of the destruction of this people is beginning to be laid by the unrighteousness of your lawyers and your judges.” (Book of Mormon, Alma 10:27) As it was true at these times, so it is true today.
Because those elected by a majority of the voters, does not give them a “mandate” to abuse the natural rights of the people. Over the past several years I have petitioned various members of the Utah State legislature to identify the “fundamentals” that are essential to the preservation of our rights as declared by the Utah State Constitution. (Article I, Section 27) To this date none have responded.
“Silence can only be equated with fraud when there is a legal and moral duty to speak or when an inquiry left unanswered would be intentionally misleading.” U.S. v. Prudden, 424 F. 2d 1021, U.S. v. Tweel, 550 F. 2d 297, 299-300.
- Know this, that ev’ry soul is free
To choose his life and what he’ll be;
For this eternal truth is giv’n:
That God will force no man to heav’n.
- He’ll call, persuade, direct aright,
And bless with wisdom, love, and light,
In nameless ways be good and kind,
But never force the human mind.
Freedom and reason make us men;
Take these away, what are we then?
Mere animals, and just as well
The beasts may think of heav’n or hell.
William C. Clegg