Lew Rockwell posted a great article from Judge Napolitano. You can find the full article here: http://lewrockwell.com/napolitano/napolitano96.1.html
Everything he writes here is powerful and hits home with me and hopefully with you as well. Here's my favorite part:
For 150 years, the federal
government was run by user fees and sales of government land and
assessments to the states for services rendered. It rejected the
Hamiltonian view that the feds could take whatever they wanted,
and it followed the Jeffersonian first principle that the only moral
commercial exchanges are those that are fully voluntary.
well until the progressives took over the government in the first
decade of the 20th century. They persuaded enough Americans to cause
their state legislatures to ratify the Sixteenth Amendment, which
was designed to tax the rich and redistribute wealth. They promised
the American public that the income tax would never exceed 3 percent
of income and would only apply to the top 3 percent of earners.
How wrong – or deceptive – they were.
Yet, the imposition
of a federal income tax is more than just taking from those who
work and earn and giving to those who don’t. And it is more than
just a spigot to fill the federal trough. At its base, it is a terrifying
presumption. It presumes that we don’t really own our property.
It accepts the Marxist notion that the state owns all the property
and the state permits us to keep and use whatever it needs us to
have so we won’t riot in the streets. And then it steals and uses
whatever it can politically get away with. Do you believe this?
There are only
three ways to acquire wealth in a free society. The inheritance
model occurs when someone gives you wealth. The economic model occurs
when you trade a skill, a talent, an asset, knowledge, sweat, energy
or creativity to a willing buyer. And the mafia model occurs when
a guy with a gun says: "Give me your money or else."
does the government use? Why do we put up with this?