Taxes and Freedom

"When they had come to Capernaum, those who received the temple tax came to Peter and said, "Does your Teacher not pay the temple tax?"  He said, "Yes." And when he had come into the house, Jesus anticipated him, saying, "What do you think, Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers?" Peter said to Him, "From strangers." Jesus said to him, "Then the sons are free. Nevertheless, lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook, and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you."--Matthew 17:24-27

Jesus wasn't a political philosopher; that's not why He came to the earth.  But common sense is common sense and truth is truth and that's all He ever spoke.  Notice from the dialogue above that since kings of the earth take taxes, not from their sons, but from strangersthen the sons are free!  Not having to pay taxes is equivalent to freedom.  This is, indeed, the whole reason our Founding Fathers rebelled against the British--to defend their property rights.  The more  of our property (money) government takes, the less freedom we have.  In other words, every dime in taxes I pay makes me one dime less free because I no longer have the freedom to spend that dime on what I want to spend it on, I've been forced to spend it on something government wants to spend it on (abortion, welfare for bums or illegal aliens, etc.).  And, folks, if you are forced to do something you would not do of your own voluntary will...well, you can call it nice, you can call it "social justice," you can call it "equality," but....don't call it freedom!

Obama and the liberal Democrats know exactly what they are doing.  The more of our money they take, the less free we are.  And that means, dependence upon government, which is exactly what they want.  It's what nearly every politicain wants, because that's where political power comes from.  If we are free and taking care of ourselves, we don't need politicians.  So it behooves the politician--it's in his interest--to take as much of our property (money) as possible and make us dependent upon him.  Our Founding Fathers knew that.  The rest of us forgot it a long time ago.  Or rather, were never taught it in the first place.  Which is no surprise, actually, for who controls the American education system today?  Those thieves aren't about to shoot themselves in the foot.

We may have to shoot them ourselves.  It won't be the first time in history the people have done that.