We don't have taxation without representation. We elect congressmen, senators and presidents, who intern appoint judges to complete the triage of governmental power. We represent ourselves just fine.
The only problem is, the majority is a bunch of idiots. You might as well as an eight year-old to represent himself. It used to be that people knew what was going on. Furthermore, they weren't so obsessed with Monday night football, Thursday night ER, and a whole slew of 30-second commercials in between that tell us how to think, what to do, where to go, who we are. The idiots that go out and vote, are those same people who can't sit still for more than a minute when you start using three-syllable words at regular intervals.
People today are swayed by slick politicians with pretty smiles, a stupid grin, and a home-town accent. Some guy gets up there and says, "We need to help the homeless, because it's the right thing to do." Then he says, "You shouldn't have to pay for medical care. It's your right as an American to be cared for." And so on... The 30-seconders, as we'll call them, thing this sounds good, easy, humane. In a perfect world, I don't argue that everyone should get free health care and a house.
But this isn't a perfect world. Free healthcare and housing isn't free, it's coming out of hard-working Americans' pockets. Furthermore, most of the people who mooch of the government like this don't give anything back to society. We just dump our money into social black holes.
Another problem is bureaucracy. What the government does try to do, is bogged down by a bunch of no-nothings who work too slow in a government building. When I need something from the DMV, I've got to stand in line while some clerk tries to eat lunch, talk to her neighbor, do her nails, and process forms. If these forms were of the fill-in Scantron sort, a machine could do this clerk's job for a fraction of the cost, with a fraction of the wait. Need your driver's license? Stand in front of a machine, press a button on the remote, and watch as a machine (not a human) prints your license in real-time.
The real problem is how many times the government rapes us for money. Let's look at the investors cycle, simplified for example. First, I get my paycheck. Right there, Uncle Sam's got me fucked from the start. 15, 20, 28 percent of my income is lost. Now I invest this money in some corporation. They use my money to buy things, where they pay sales tax. These things they buy help them make more money, which is taxed as corporate income. Then my dividend arrives, and it's taxed against me as income. Finally, I buy something with that money, and pay sales tax again. From the same chunk of cash, the government has taxed me five times. Not to mention all the other taxes they charge. Sales. Income. Property. Luxury. Licensing. Liquor. Gas. Cigarettes (I don't smoke). The list goes on and on...
Over 200 years ago, our forefathers tossed a bunch of tea over the side of some boat to protest taxes. They weren't being taxed nearly as much as we are now. What makes it acceptable to rape us now when back then, less taxation was unbearable? The citizenry of the United States is just too stupid to realize they're being raped, because they're too stupid to cut through the politicians' bullshit about how we need this program, and that program, and your mother needs a program, ad nauseum.
You look at all the shenanigans they pull, and it's no wonder the government doesn't want us keeping guns. If the public ever realized what is going on, there would be a mass revolt. Thomas Jefferson once said, "About every twenty years, the tree of liberty must be watered with the blood of tyrants." (It was either "About every twenty years," or "Every twenty years or so,") From the looks of it, we're overdue by more than two centuries. Jesus Christ, the video rental place gets bitchy when you're only a few DAYS overdue on your rental returns!
The government uses that slick smile and 30-second sound bites to make it sound dangerous to have a gun. The truth is, wherever concealed carry laws are in effect, crime goes down. If you compare us (with somewhat limited gun-carrying ability) with Britain (with no gun-carrying ability), you'll see crime is substantially lower here, particularly home robberies that take place in occupied homes. Here, criminals are afraid to invade occupied homes, because they might be shot. In Britain, they don't care, because they can't be shot.
Now look at some place like Switzerland, were very many people carry weapons. They have under 20 gun-related deaths each year. The simple fact is, you don't shoot at another person if he might shoot you back.
People argue that having guns at home can be dangerous to children. That may be true, if the parents are idiots. Keep your damn gun in a safe, where only you know the combination. Then your kid can't get at the gun without substantial demolition work. If that's still a problem, implement concealed carry laws--children can't be hurt by guns if parents carry the guns everywhere they go.
I say we take to the streets with some heavy firearms. A couple million people storming into Washington could sure make some heads roll. One clean sweep, and we could be back in the glory days, where no income tax is necessary, and we aren't told what to do by a body who doesn't know what's going on anyway. Who ever thought that the government is better at running my life than I am? Give me a break.
Doing this peacefully is impossible. Congress can levy taxes, so we need a president that will walk into the White House with a symbolic axe. He needs to kill the IRS instantly, so that Congress has no means of collecting taxes. He needs to eliminate all forms of bureaucracy, because that gets nothing done anyway.
The federal government isn't here to tell us how to live. It's not here to make good things happen. The federal government was founded to do four things: collect tariffs on imported goods, settle interstate disputes, defend us against would-be attackers, and protect us from overpowering states. All other jobs are left to the individual state and local governments. We need to put the government back in its place.
Thank you. And by the way, that talk about taxation is only what I see, not what I suffer. As a non-working student, I have the liberty of telling the government "Fuck You" without having to worry about a few IRS agents showing up at my doorstep.