Taxpayer docility is not as Far as we think from total revolt…

A persuasively organized mind might initiate such a revolt among the masses; a global refusal by taxpayers to file federal income tax returns, because citizens are clearly facing now, for the second time in American history, out-of-control “taxation without representation,” i.e., Obamacare, Costly EPA arbitration, widespread IRS meddling, and other executive branch overreaches which, in fact, exacerbates such taxation. There is no parsing of language by doctors of law―which is all they really do―that can change truth: citizens need now to slow and reverse federal intrusion and meddling in their daily lives. The beast must be starved back into submission; resume serving the people―not itself: it must be denied that carcinogenesis largess that feeds its out-of-control growth, for…

Fred Siegel

Fred Siegel

“…a judicialized politics [the current American predicament] tries to bypass public consent. Profoundly anti-democratic when it goes beyond vindicating the fundamental rights of citizenship, judicial politics alienates voters by placing public policy in the private hands of lawyers and litigants [my italics]. And because rights are absolute, it polarizes by producing winner-take-all outcomes, in which the losers tend to feel embittered. The politics of rights displaces the Bill of Rights and subverts the constitutional design for self-government. In effective democratic politics, opponents must rely upon a public process of persuasion and deliberation; the politics of rights replaced that process with a judiciary whose swollen powers brought disrepute to the essential notion of rights even as it undermined public trust in government. Abraham Lincoln [foreseeing this truth] anticipated the plight of the [today’s] voters in his first inaugural address:  “If the policy of the government, upon vital questions, affecting the whole people, is to be irrevocably fixed by decisions of the Supreme Court, the instant they are made, in ordinary litigation … the people will have ceased to be their own rulers [and armed revolution will follow sooner or later].”[i] 

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Dr. Charles Taylor

Dr. Charles Taylor

“But even if we can’t fully escape the nomocratic-judicialized-objectified world, it is terribly important to see that that is not all there is, that it is in many ways dehumanizing, alienating; that it often generate[s] dilemmas that it cannot see, and in driving forward, acts with great ruthlessness and cruelty. The various modes of political correctness, from Left and Right, illustrate this every day [though I cannot call to mind a single instance of PC coming from the right, as Dr. Taylor posits].”[ii]


 

[i] The Revolt Against the Masses, copyright © 2013 by Fred Siegel, Encounter Books, Page 176.

[ii] A Secular Age, Copyright © 2007 by Charles Taylor, The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England, 2007, Page 743.

 

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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