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Happy Democracy Day!

I call today, April 15, Democracy Day, because it’s the day when I get to pay taxes in a democratic nation. That’s a privilege 233 years old in the USA.

As much as the current day tea party protesters might say that they’re representing the spirit of ’76, they’re actually dead set against it. The Revolution of 1776, after all, was not a revolt against taxation. It was a revolt against taxation without representation.

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Protests like the Boston Tea Party rejected particular taxes as a means of revolt, but not as the end of revolt. Consider the salt tax protest organized by Mohandas Gandhi in 1930. The British had imposed a tax on salt that made it illegal for people in India to collect their own salt, so Gandhi led a group of people on a march to the sea, where they gathered salt in defiance of the law. Like the Boston Tea Party, the Gandhi’s salt protest aimed to free a colony from British rule. Would Gandhi have been satisfied if the salt tax went away, but British rule remained? No, because the underlying problem was lack of self-rule for India, just as it was in the American colonies.

tea party idiotsThe Revolution of 1776 did not do away with taxes, and it wasn’t intended to. There were taxes before independence and taxes after independence. The difference is that, after independence, taxes came along with representative government, so that citizens could have a voice in how their taxes were used.

Our taxes contribute to the government as we make it – and if we aren’t happy with the government, then it’s our duty to reform the government to make our taxes worthwhile. To some extent, that’s what the current tea party protests are trying to do. The problem is that the tea party protests seek a withdrawal of democratic government, for the sake of saving money in the short term. They aren’t really working toward a more representative government. They’re working toward the reduction, or even the elimination, of representative government.

Their idea of replacement for democratic government? Unrestrained oligarchy. As one tea party protest sign says, the goal is to “Let Market Not Government Control Economy” The Market, of course, isn’t established democratically. It’s controlled by the people and corporations who have the most money, and the rest of us have almost no say.

The idea of a tea party protest has changed from no taxation without representation in 1776 to no taxation or representation today.

4 comments to Happy Democracy Day!

  • qs

    Should call it happy enslavement day. The government owns you! You are part of the collective.

    • qs, in our country, the government is established by the people. If you feel enslaved by the government, then you need to look to the responsibility of the American people. What are you doing to stop the tyranny, besides whining about taxes? Are you working for the repeal of the Patriot Act, the Military Commissions Act, the FISA Amendments Act?

      • qs

        Ya, it’s almost impossible to stop government growth.

        As an individual you need to figure out how to protect your wealth from the U.S. government and the emerging world government organizations taking place.

        You know, those tax forms telling about income and gifts are the most intrusive things ever and you have to answer them. Not that FISA isn’t worth worrying about too, but I don’t think it comes close to what the IRS does to people.

        Just think in an IRS tax court you are guilty until proven innocent and you have to testify against yourself.

        What a country the left in particular has ripped us into.

  • qs

    Also before the Philidelphia Convention, you could choose your government among many states. We didn’t needa constitution do do away with tariffs. Many states is not as good as the medieval Irish model, but you still have competing governments and you could easily switch.

    I think we need to go back to the medieval Irish model so that if one government charges too much taxes, you can just switch without even having to change locations or you could form your own government of one.

    Government that is a racket so yes people have to conform because they will get shot otherwise, but you have to protect your wealth as best as possible from the U.S. government gang of thieves and murderers.

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