- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 21, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

I am sending my new president, new senator and junior congressman a free copy of Frederic Bastiat’s “The Law.”Every elected official must read this small book and understand that liberty and limited government made America the greatest nation in the world.

Protecting our liberty from an oppressive and overtaxing government is the most critical issue we face this century. Since President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration, the federal government has steadily taken away our liberties and plundered our national treasure. Unfortunately, the ballot box is becoming irrelevant, as demonstrated by the corruption and nepotism we observe every voting cycle. Federal officials lack credibility and accountability, as evidenced by their consistently low public-confidence ratings. Senators and representatives of all political stripes have lost the trust of the American people. Simply stated, too many of these public officials care more about their power, personal enrichment and legacy than about the liberty and the property rights of their constituents.

More and more, the overall scheme of our government is to tax the productive sector to pay for a cradle-to-grave socialism for the nonproductive members of our society. As a natural consequence, the government gets more and more power via the votes from the nonproducers. Also, the federal government smooths over problems it has created by levying more taxes and increasing restrictions on those attempting to produce jobs and profits.

Make no mistake, oppressive taxes and the legislated loss of our liberties amount to violence upon the people, and we have a constitutional remedy. If left unchecked, the continued taxation and assault upon our persons and property will create a new American Revolution. This conflict will dwarf the past mayhem conducted against King George III and may, sadly, end our freedoms and prosperity forever.

CHARLES T. JOYNER

Poquoson, Va.

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