Just to the Right: The Rise of an American Dictator
Upon leaving Independence Hall after signing the Constitution in 1787, Dr. Benjamin Franklin was anxiously approached by a woman who asked, “Well, Doctor, what have we got – a republic or a monarchy?”
“A republic,” replied Franklin, “if you can keep it.”
Franklin, considered by many Constitutional Convention delegates to be their mentor, cautioned that over time the likelihood of an American dictator arising would increase.
“There is scarce a king in a hundred who would not, if he could, follow the example of Pharaoh—get first all the people’s money, then all their lands, and then make them and their children servants forever. There is a natural inclination in mankind to kingly government… I am apprehensive, therefore—perhaps too apprehensive—that the government of these states may in future times end in a monarchy [dictatorship].”
It would seem that Franklin’s prophecy of a rising American dictator is playing out before us, but this hasn’t happened overnight. Beginning in 1913, with the passage of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution to “lay and collect taxes on income, from whatever source derived,” we see the first sign of that old Pharaoh stirring in his grave shortly after Woodrow Wilson was inaugurated as the first progressive President.
In 2012, the Tax Foundation, noted, “Americans will spend more in taxes in 2012 than they will on food, clothing, and housing combined.” In January, 2014, the average tax payer’s tax bill increased when the top Income tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6%, the top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2%, Capital Gains went from 15% to 28% and Dividend Taxes went from 15% to 39.6%. The total tax percentage paid by an average American income earner in 2013 was 58.5%. Additionally, the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) tax estimates have doubled. Check on getting the people’s money.
Under the 5th Amendment to the Constitution, commonly known as the “due process” clause, American citizens can’t be “deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.”
Working with mega corporations, city, state, and in many cases federal governments have attempted to circumvent this God-given right to increase their tax revenues. In the name of “sustainable development” (Agenda21, a UN program) corrupt city and state governments have confiscated large swaths of private property. Fortunately, in 2013, the US Supreme Court somewhat restricted unjust encroachments, but it is a far cry from the limits set by the 5th Amendment.
It is estimated that the federal government controls 2.27 billion acres (1998), mainly in the western states, which is approximately 28% of total national surface land and waters. Add to this the overreach of the EPA; there isn’t one acre in the United States that is not controlled in some shape or form by the governing entities existing today. Check on getting the people’s land.
You may have seen the US Debt Clock (usdebtclock.org), but it may warrant a revisit on a regular basis. Using 2010 rates of indebtedness advancement, US indebtedness is extrapolated through 2015. Total National Debt by the end of 2015 is predicted to be $24.5 TRILLION. We’re not there yet, but Congress has no problem in continuing to pass multiple debt ceiling increases and 2,200 page, $1.4 TRILLION Omnibus Bills with the most recent one stripping out all the debt reduction restrictions created by Congress since 2010.
The National Debt is just a drop in the bucket when included in the estimated unfunded liabilities (Social Security, Medicare, 89.7 million on food stamps and 2 million foreclosures) of $144 TRILLION. That’s $1.2 MILLION per taxpayer and 143% of GDP.
In 2010 the US workforce was declining from 131.3 million with an actual unemployed number of 22.3 million and 72.6 million on Social Security. Amazingly, some in Congress and 2016 presidential candidates have proposed “free” college and healthcare while the number of US workers continues to decline and while our national security is threatened by terrorists, foreign and domestic, and rogue nations. Check on imposing servitude on Americans and their children forever.
Question: Is the US primed for the acceptance of a dictator?
by Jacque Martin, who contributes ‘Just to the Right’ each month to The Sun Times. Reprinted here with permission of the author.