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The Fall of Lady Liberty

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If I could reach every inmate in this prison called America, I would shake each one of them awake. I have never seen so many constitutional rights unilaterally aborted as have been in the past few years. This is not a party issue. This isn’t about liberals and conservatives. They are equally responsible for tying our hands and taping our mouths. The truth: Republican/conservative and Democrat/liberal work together with the same agenda. Our government is overthrowing our Constitution. Bill S 1813, aka: Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act is a classic example of how they are slowly terminating our rights. This bill is intended to reauthorize federal aid for highway safety construction programs. That’s all fine and good, right? Wrong. Let’s move on to the amendment, to Bill S 1813: Section 40304.

Now, it’s bad enough that there is legislation to force every car to have a black box installed by 2015 so we can be tracked, but there is a definite hit to freedom in section 40304 that is a little more alarming.

Section 40304 gives the Internal Revenue Service the absolute power to:

  • Place a person in a central database.
  • Revoke all passports and travel rights.
  • Remove the rights to own a firearm.

The IRS will have the power, without the constitutional promise of due process, to invoke these conditions against any American if they claim a person owes $50,000 or more in back taxes. The IRS claim will have the power to strip a person of their given rights as an American. Somehow, stripping rights based on a simple accusation by the Internal Revenue Service fits in with the recent NDAA law, doesn’t it?

The real issue isn’t that one could lose rights for not paying taxes. It’s the fundamental issues. It’s the constitutional issues of due process and the right to bear arms. NDAA allows the president to accuse, arrest and detain indefinitely without charges. NDAA enables our military to strike on our own soil if there is suspected terrorism. (Our military was never allowed to strike on our own soil to prevent dominate control.) NDAA also allows for executions. The Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act grants the Internal Revenue Service the power to strip rights on a whim, again, without any proof. All they need to substantiate domestic terrorism is the accusation. The power of due process is failing when laws are signed giving absolute power. Are we abolishing the 14th Amendment to the US Constitution?

Of course, the Second Amendment has to be abolished, too, right? We don’t need guns, do we? Why should the American people be allowed to own a firearm? We have seen what the government does once they get their foot in the door on any issue. This is the beginning of the trickle down that will eventually collapse the right to bear arms under false and fabricated domestic terrorism laws. Are we going to bite into the domestic terrorism apple? Are we going to believe a tax dodger is a terrorist? The right to bear arms, along with its sister, due process, can’t exist in a state of tyranny.

Laws are being passed against every aspect of our freedom. What happens when guns are stripped away and people are rendered helpless (and hopeless)? It begins with one small law against the Second Amendment and it will snowball into an avalanche. Just like Patriot Act avalached into the NDAA. Think about these issues in totality, not in a secular spotlight. Pay close attention to where we are headed.

What happens with corporate America? The Supreme Court ruled corporations are people. If corporations are in tax arrears do the boards lose their rights to travel and to own a firearm? How about all the politicians who fall delinquent on their taxes? Are they penalized or exempt from 40304? (Note: Politicians owe millions in back taxes.)

These laws are not put into place to keep the terrorists from attacking us. The terrorists are going to terrorize. The true terrorists are not affected by the laws, we are. Fear is a great moderator and the government keeps using it to mold the minds of those who don’t dig deeper to see the truth. The government uses key phrases in their mission to desecrate American freedoms. Their words instill fear. How does the fear of Middle Eastern Taliban/Al Qaeda terrorists morph into domestic terrorism? It doesn’t. Key words are spoken to bend the minds of those who believe. The Patriot Act, NDAA, and Bill S 1813, sec 40304 are anti-American, anti-freedom, and anti-Constitution laws. They are meant to control us while hidden behind the premise of protection.

The government has pushed it to the point of allowing the IRS to be judge and jury. They will have absolute power to cast sanctions. Bill S 1813 has already passed the Senate and is waiting for House approval. Our senators voted in favor of 40304. Will our House of Representatives go along? Will the president sign it into law? Are they going to claim the rest of the bill was worth passing or they missed the added pork?

Domestic terrorism is a broad term. It’s a keyword to ignite support and to pass laws. The government can accuse any of us, at any time, of being domestic terrorists, and we won’t even get our day in court.

I’d like to make my own key term to banter to the masses: elected terrorists. That is where the fear really lies. The mission of the elected terrorist is to rape us of freedom and gain absolute control. Our Constitution was set up with checks and balances to protect our freedom. It was created to keep any form of government from having absolute control.

The Internal Revenue Service shouldn’t have any power, without charge and due process, over our fundamental freedom. How can delinquent taxes enumerate a terrorist act? They cannot. It is merely the beginning of disarming the American people. Are you ready to hand over your firearms? Think long and hard.

I hear Hitler’s famous quote whispering in my ear: “All propaganda has to be popular and has to accommodate itself to the comprehension of the least intelligent of those whom it seeks to reach.” In my mind the word terrorism follows.

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  • John Lake

    As I pointed out in my article published at BC in mid-April, “In homes with guns, a member of the household is almost three times as likely to be the victim of a homicide compared to a resident in a gun-free home. A study of 626 shootings in or around residences in three U.S. cities revealed that for every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or a legally justifiable shooting, there were four unintentional shootings, seven criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides. …

  • Glenn, agreed. I do have to find the subsection for Dr. and I am very busy today, but I had to take a minute to agree. As for John Lake’s comment: “The allowance of Americans to have guns for purposes other than hunting places firearms in the hands of street gangs, and the like. The laws are antiquated and no longer make sense in today’s society.” I strongly disagree. The 2nd amendment wasn’t intended to “shoot for food or sport” only. It was meant as a means to protect ourselves. I believe taking guns away from good people only make the bad stronger.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    John –

    I am optimistic – but I’m also realistic. All nations that spend time at the top (where we currently still are) eventually decline, and in the modern era, such nations decline sooner rather than later. Don’t get me wrong – I love America. I’m very much a patriot and we might still spend decades at the top. But I feel that such is unlikely if history is any guide.

    I’m not afraid to fight for my country – I am retired military, after all – but I’m also not afraid to get my family the heck out of dodge if America turns into something that’s not the America I served for twenty years. One can be optimistic and realistic at the same time. I do so by being patriotic while also not remaining blind to the efforts of the Right to turn America into something straight out of The Handmaid’s Tale.

  • John Lake

    Ms. Messingham:
    You are not the first to take notice of the Supreme Court Citizens United decision. It was an ugly mistake and I view it as partisan. I see it as part of the George W. Bush decline, but some will argue.
    The allowance of Americans to have guns for purposes other than hunting places firearms in the hands of street gangs, and the like. The laws are antiquated and no longer make sense in today’s society.
    El Bicho appears to be alluding to the absence of supportive links on issues that readers are apt to question. I agree.
    Contrarian seems to be having a bad day. If things go bad, he opts to up and run. I hope he regains his usual optimism soon.

  • More than 10 article tags and they become useless

  • Not to be too difficult, but…

    Place a person in a central database.

    The IRS has been doing this for decades.

    Revoke all passports and travel rights.

    The bill only does this for people who are delinquent on their taxes so they can’t flee the country.

    Remove the rights to own a firearm.

    Not in the bill at all.


  • I will find the subsections for you Dr. Dread…

  • I just read through Section 40304 several times and was not entirely surprised to find that it says nothing whatsoever about terrorism, placing a person in a database (I would have thought the IRS already has a database of taxpayers anyway) or revoking their Second Amendment rights.

    Nor is the IRS’s proposed power to confiscate a passport absolute, since such an action has to be approved by the Secretary of State and cannot be taken against delinquent taxpayers who have

    “(1) a debt that is being paid in a timely manner pursuant to an agreement under section 6159 or 7122, and
    (2) a debt with respect to which collection is suspended because a collection due process hearing under section 6330, or relief under subsection (b), (c), or (f) of section 6015, is requested or pending.”

    Freedom of movement is only a right within the United States. Possession of a passport is not a right, nor can it be, since a government cannot guarantee the safety, privacy or free movement of any of its citizens outside its own borders. A passport, if one actually takes the trouble to read one, is merely a request to foreign governments to allow the bearer to move around without hindrance.

    NDAA and its unholy brethren are justifiably causes for concern, but this sort of slippery-slope scaremongering doesn’t help anything.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Pam –

    Relax. America couldn’t shut down the borders no matter how much we tried – the Mexicans have proved that much along a much more strongly-patrolled border than the one we have with Canada! For now we stay and do what we can to protect our freedoms here…but if things turn bad and it’s time to go, we go. Of course it’s not that simple, but you get my point.

  • My alarm, Glenn, is in the “behind our backs” trickery. I live in Michigan where the Governor has done things typically unheard of, but it continues. I really hate all the lies and propaganda that is pushed in our faces about terrorism. Domestic terrorism by not paying taxes? Come on…that’s a little out of line. NDAA is a very scary law and it wasn’t a conservative/liberal thing, it was jointed. It basically abolished the rights in the fourteenth amendment all by itself. It seems they (meaning government and the powers that be) have to control everything. The votes are tampered with and if that doesn’t work then our voted positions are “appointed.” I think we need to abolish electoral votes since all votes can be counted. I am also starting to believe we should bring every bill to a vote, as well. People aren’t aware of political issues and I do understand it may mess things up a bit, but “by and for the people” is supposed to mean something. This new “domestic terrorist” term is too broad and grants way too much power to all the government. Nothing should ever be done outside the constitution. At least that’s how I see it. I do understand what you are saying to a great extent, but there are other countries that are peaceful and fairly equal to ours…like Canada. Yes, cut and run sounds good, but they will shut down all the borders…unlike aft 9/11…and we won’t have the option. I like the idea though.

  • Glenn Contrarian

    Pam –

    I can understand your alarm, but if one takes the historical view, one sees that the laws that you say are threatening our freedom really aren’t nearly so bad as what America’s done in time of war – or even in time of peace. For instance, in WWI quite a few people were jailed for up to ten years for speaking out against the war. In WWII, you already know about the interment of the Japanese-Americans. In peacetime, there’s Jim Crow and the Red Scare and Racial Profiling and the “papers please” laws snaking their way through red-state legislatures.

    Right now, Pam – right now (including everything that has happened since 1990) – is the most peaceful generation in all of human history, proportionally speaking. That doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t be vigilant in protecting our American rights and freedoms, but it does mean that we should be grateful that as a people, we’ve got it pretty doggone good.

    In the book that I’ve completed and hope to publish, one of the minor observations I make is not only that one should know when one has it good, but also that one must be willing and able to take one’s family and leave one’s culture and nation when things turn bad.

    In the big picture and especially in the harsh light of history, America’s doing pretty well. We’re certainly not the best place on Earth to live, but I wouldn’t be afraid to say we’re in the top twenty percent. But if tyranny does come (as it almost always has in human history, a notable exception being that of England and most of the British Commonwealth), just keep your passport ready…and if you can’t use your passport, then find other ways. Kenny Rogers’ song “The Gambler” (“know when to hold ’em/fold ’em/walk away/run”) has a lot of wisdom that we should bear in mind.