Letters to the Editor

Remember the fight to be free from tyranny

The American Revolution is the most successful in world history due almost entirely to its founding documents: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Federalist Papers, a series of essays written by the framers to explain why the Constitution should be adopted as the model for our government.

The revolution was necessary to overthrow a tyrannical government and the Constitution was designed to enable self-government and to limit future abuse. Our government receives its authority through the consent of the governed.

Progressives have fought to undo the Constitution for more than 100 years. It limits government too much, they say.

The Founding Fathers never intended to directly tax the populace, but the 16th Amendment created the income tax in 1913. The Internal Revenue Service was created to collect the tax, but it has metastasized to become a tool of governmental plunder to "reward our friends and punish our enemies."

IRS abuse is only one example of the destructive nature of tyrannical government and the one closest to us all.

In order to restore limited self-government, the tools of tyranny must be removed. The IRS has overstepped its charter and should be abolished.

Obviously, the government needs taxes to operate, but the tax needn't be based on personal income. Implementing the "fair tax" replaces the IRS, and taxes are based on consumption, not income. The "flat tax" leaves the IRS in place, so that doesn't solve the problem.

This Independence Day, remember what we fought to be independent from.

Richard W. Walker