Wednesday, December 18, 2002

"A wise man will keep his suspicions muzzled, but he will keep them awake."
--George Savile, Marquess de Halifax

This quote was taken from today's edition of The Federalist. I have not been able to keep up on must of the articles and blogs for some time now. So I have been pouring over other sources of information. Perspective is so important. Without it we only look at ourselves and our situations. Saying that, here are some thoughts that I wrote down last week reguarding slavery.

Some would say that we are slaves to the government and to the IRS. That is to simple of a way of putting it. For it is nothing close to the slavery of the black man in the early history of our nation. Our oppression is one of our own making, while they were stolen from their land or born into it. While there certanly are paralels, the cruelty is not even close. I am reading the Autobiography of Fredrick Douglass. As a result I have some thoughts. We choose our chains through ignorance. We elect our masters out of fear. For us, spiritual freedom and life has been bought by the blood of Jesus Christ. Those that fought for the freedom of our nation would call us to "lay aside the weight" of the chains we so quickly put on through our own actions. What is amazing about this whole thing is that in our efforts to "do the right thing" we are enabling a government to live in outright rebellion against the authority placed over it, the Constitution of the United States of America. By 'do the right thing" mean, pay taxes that you are not required to pay and fill out all paperwork that is given to you without question. Not ever going to the law, just relying on what a publication says or what an IRS employee says. Did you know that IRS employees are actually discouraged from reading and studying the law?

I am still reading, and it is a very good book. It's available online for free so what is your excuse? I am at page 177 in Chapter XX (20). Frederick is not yet free. I have no question that I have freedom and yet am still not competly free of the chains of economic theft. I could quit my job, but that would place my family without a home. So I will continue working at my present job that God has given to me, and I will still make more money even with this theft than 98% of the world's population. But one day I will be free from socialism, and my children will never have to be numbered with a SSN. It is for them that I continue to search for the answers and fight.