Hebrews 12:1-2

"..let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith..." - Hebrews 12:1-2

Monday, April 20, 2009

Tax Day Tea Party Motivations

Much has been written and said in the media regarding what motivated thousands of people across the United States to gather last Wednesday, April 15th for Tax Day Tea Parties, and while I doubt that my thoughts regarding this matter will ever reach a sizable audience, I feel compelled to share why I attended the St. Louis Tax Day Tea Party.

The following reasons are listed in no particular order:
Reason #1 – The Federal Government is much too large for it to function efficiently and smoothly and it doesn’t take a brain surgeon to figure out that all that red tape and back scratching leads directly to wasted taxpayer funds. The scope and reach of the Federal government was never intended to encompass everything for every citizen from cradle to the grave. This is a false idea of what a democratic republic is supposed to be and it is an idea that can never be fully realized as republic. Most, if not all, of the new programs being launched and funded by the Federal government, along with mos of the other ongoing Federal programs do not appear to be activities authorized within the scope of the Constitution.

Reason #2 – The Taxes levied by the Federal government have become too burdensome and outrageous for the common man to be able to understand, let alone keep track of them all. If nothing else, the recent barrage of government appointees’ accused of tax fraud should exemplify the pure insanity of what we accept to be a proper and justifiable level of taxes and the rules that go along with them. The Federal government gets more of my check than any other entity, including God Himself. I enjoy giving to those things that I believe in and that I believe are beneficial to my family and me. When was the last time you looked at all those taxes being stolen from your check and thought “I sure am glad the government is doing all this great stuff with my hard earned money!”????

Reason #3 – The total national debt is out of control. Yes, this has been a problem for a long time, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t acknowledge this problem and begin taking the necessary steps to tackle this problem. When the government consistently, year upon year, spends more than it takes in, continues creating more wasteful programs and refuses to reign in and reduce spending, then the obvious outcome of that snowballing debt is a complete and total debilitation or failure of the economic engines that propel American prosperity. If you or I ran our house like the Federal government controls its checkbook, we would all be bankrupt and in prison for falsifying documentation, counterfeiting, and stealing.

(Check out the National Debt Clock)

Reason #4 – The devaluing of our currency is an economic and moral nightmare. The Federal government has pumped so much cash into the economy over the past 6 months that it would seem altogether impossible for this action not to result in inflation, at best, or hyperinflation, at worst. Either outcome is harmful to American and its citizens and should be avoided by all means necessary. At this point, the question is how to begin reducing the amount of currency in circulation and the answer is one that the Federal government refuses to accept: let the free market correct itself and determine the true value of the dollar. While such action will undoubtedly lead to tougher times ahead, this correction is necessary to overcome the mistakes of our past and ensure that we are standing on solid financial ground in the future.
The Federal Government is devaluing the dollar by printing way too much money.

Reason #5 – The free market is being crucified by career politicians who have grown so fat and rich off the lobbyist dinners and donations that they cannot relate to the middle class, let alone the poor. The decisions that these fat cats are making have no basis in wanting to lead the country out of a economic crisis, but rather seem to be determined by who pays them the most in kickbacks and perks. The whole idea of a free market is to let the public decide which companies are worth keeping in business and this is the driving factor behind causing companies to innovate and alter the way they conduct their business in order to stay in the game. When the government injects itself into any market, the dynamics of that market are altered until the government removes itself from that market. As such, the housing, banking, insurance and automobile industries, to name a few, are currently functioning in a false environment that is being manipulated by the Federal government. It is one thing for the government to offer tax incentives and tax write-offs to members of an industry to motivate growth and increase profitability, but it is a completely different animal when the government actually takes control over large institutions in those industries. The outcome of these maneuvers can easily lead to nationalizing entire industries, which, in turn, leads us to the doorstep of socialism.

Reason #6 – States rights appear to have ceased to exist. With the Federal government making it clear that a state cannot deny the funds the Fed “gives” them and must use the “donated” funds according to the directives passed down by the Fed, the politicians and bureaucracy in Washington DC have all but made any sort of local control over budgets and programs totally obsolete and unobtainable. As such, there is little incentive for a local government to attempt to enact any localized policy that its residents deem valuable of agreeable, as such policy will either be overturned by a federal court or it will be overruled by the Federal government. It was never the intention of the Constitution to allow the Federal government to dictate policy to the states. The Constitution exists to promote ease of commerce, transportation and defense of the consortium of states, allowing the states to determine all other issues as they see fit.

Reason #7 – The America I grew up in is disappearing. My daughter was born on November 10, 2008, the same day the bailout of AIG was announced. Since that time, the politicians have done their best to make certain that my daughter has an ever-increasing amount of Federal debt hanging over her head, growing it at a rate that defies imagination and pushes the current form of government to the brink of existence. Everything within me screams that something has to change and that we need that change to occur rapidly. I realize that a lot of what I’d like to see take place will never happen, but I also know that if I do not take a stand around these issues then I will one day have to look at my daughter and say “Yes, I understood what was going on and what was happening, but I didn’t feel compelled to say or do anything about it.” I don’t want to have to claim inaction or ignorance and so I do the small part that I can.
From St. Louis Tax Day Tea Party

Graph showing the increase in the national debt for the United States from 2008-2009
The above debt data is from the US Treasury.

Reason #8 – Political correctness and political dishonesty are accepted as the norm. Somewhere over the past 6 months this nation has seemed to forget the idea that everyone can form their own opinion and has the right to voice that opinion in a peaceful manner. During this time, it has somehow become unpatriotic to speak in a negative tone about anything the government is doing. I refuse to allow my rights to free speech to be stripped away out of fear or unpopularity and I will not condone the actions of the government by sitting idly on the sidelines with my mouth clenched shut, knowing that I should speak up and have the right to do so. I refuse to point my finger solely at one party and refuse to vilify any one person for the actions our government has taken over recent months. Every politician is to be held responsible for their votes and actions, and I am determined not to let political or religious affiliation to dissuade me from holding their feet to the fire that they have created, fueled and allowed to grow out of control.

Reason #9 – The political machine of America is broken and we need to fix it. This isn’t about a party. It’s not a Republican thing or a Democrat thing. It’s not about Libertarians and Constitutionalist crying “Foul!”. This about what is at the core of the idea behind America. It’s the idea that when I disagree with how the Government is being run, I can speak up against it without fear of retribution. This is about me standing up for what I believe is common sense and good governing practices. This is about me fearing the direction our government is heading and wanting to help raise awareness and bring about a renewed sense of what I believe our Founding Fathers prayed for. (Just to further clarify this reason: What the elected officials passed through in 2008 is just as detrimental to this nation as what has been passed in 2009. A Republican President and Democratic Senate all played their role then, and the Democratic President and Republican Senators have all played their roles recently.) There’s more than enough blame to go around. Let’s stop pointing fat fingers and start slimming down by doing the hard work that is necessary of we hope to get out from under this mounting calamity.

I’m sure I could think of more reasons, but this is a good start for now.
I didn’t go to the tea party as a frustrated Republican.
I didn’t go to the tea party as an anarchist wanting to overthrow the government.
I didn’t go to the tea party to be a part of a spectacle.
I didn’t go to the tea party to denigrate one party over another.

I went to the tea party as an angry, frustrated, misrepresented citizen.
I went to the tea party as a concerned, motivated and loving husband and father.
I went to the tea party because I felt that I needed to join in a protest of what my government is doing, in order to let them know I think it is wrong.

That seems pretty patriotic and American to me.

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