For all the people who moaned and screamed at the sky because Hillary Clinton didn’t become President, it’s worth considering where she would have taken America if she had won. If more of the young “progressives” who backed Bernie Sanders had put her over the top, they would have expected more of what they’ve been misled to think is great: socialism. Hillary is too smart to believe that socialism is anything other than a recipe for disaster. But during the campaign, she claimed that she strongly identified with the early 20th century progressives, and they made no secret of how they wanted to fundamentally transform America.
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These were people like Margaret Sanger, who founded Planned Parenthood and wanted to use birth control and abortion to reduce the population of groups she considered inferior. President Woodrow Wilson, who wanted to make America subservient to a League of Nations. The Fabian Socialists, who wanted to advance socialism gradually, so that like frogs in a slowly heating pot, Americans wouldn’t realize their freedom had been boiled away until it was too late. And of course, the backers of the 16th Amendment, which created the income tax, which led to the IRS, now America’s only officially-sanctioned criminal enterprise.
In fact, the creation of the income tax was the linchpin for the whole progressive movement. Up until then, Americans were free citizens of a republic, and the government was our servant. But from that point on, Americans became subjects, and the federal government became our ruler. The government could now show up at your door, demand to know what you make, and force you to prove it. No right to privacy, no right against self-incrimination. You're guilty until you can prove your innocence to the IRS. And even then, they can still find you guilty, because they are the DA, the judge, the jury and the executioner.
The income tax turned the whole relationship between a free people and their government upside down. They need to know what you make so they can force you to spend it on things they think you should spend it on, for your own good (as determined by them.) Why do we need a 73,000-page tax code? Because that’s how many rules and loopholes and deductions and incentives and subsidies and penalties it takes to turn a free people into puppets. Without all those strings on us, leftists would have no way to control every aspect of our lives.
That would stop if we replaced the income tax with a fair tax and did away with the IRS. There's no reason Americans should have to fear their own government. You wouldn't tell your neighbors or co-workers what you make, and you probably wouldn't even tell your relatives. It's sure as heck none of the government's business. If you think the economy is doing well now, just imagine how it would soar if we finally stopped taxing productivity and punishing success, and let business people make decisions based on what’s good for their businesses instead of on avoiding taxes and penalties.
Americans voted as they did in 2016 because they refused to accept that slow growth and a crippling bureaucracy and tax code were the new normal. We are Americans; we are not European socialists. We don’t look into the distance and see the end of the world. We see a limitless horizon. Young people need to be taught what socialism really is and how it destroys once-free and vibrant nations (replacing Spring Break with a week in Venezuela might have the same housebreaking effect on young fans of socialism that rubbing a puppy’s nose in its own mess does.)
While the media try to slander Trump voters as being motivated by racism or xenophobia, the truth is that they responded to finally hearing someone remind them that there is nothing they can’t do if the government nannies will just get off their backs, out of their wallets, and out of their way. The Fair Tax would be a great step in doing just that.