"If something is wrong for you or me, it is also wrong for the cop, the soldier, the mayor, the governor, the general, the Fed chairman, the president. Theft does not become acceptable when they call it taxation, counterfeiting when they call it monetary policy, kidnapping when they call it the draft, mass murder when they call it foreign policy. We understand that it is never acceptable to wield violence nor the threat of violence against the innocent, whether by the mugger or the politician."
Lew Rockwell
[Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.] (1944- ) Chairman of the Ludwig von Mises Institute
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We hold this truth to be self evident. Taxation is theft.
 -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    I agree. I am a cop of 52 years, and I don't think anyone is above the law. What is for one, should b for all, no matter WHO they are. But, as we all know it isn't what you know, it is who you know and if you have enough money to do it.
     -- Lawman, El Reno, OK     
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     -- jim k, Austin      
    The problem resides, primarily, in the constitutional inability of Fallen Man to graciously possess and to discreetly exercise power.
     -- Patrick Henry, Red Hill     
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    The innocent blood cry's out, every time. Individual sovereignty, consumer sovereignty. Ron Paul speaks of manumission from slavery. Eleutheria liberty. Coupled with chophshiy and apeleutheros liberty. Legal access to God and his " Hayah, Yhovah. presence is noticeable of power underlying divine force that will effect them. I am, that I am. EX 3:14
     -- Ronw13, Oregon     
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    Americans have a real 'responsibility disorder.' They don't know what they are responsible for except what others tell them. Herded since 4 years old through institution after institution, responsibility is reduced to obedience to the commands of 'authorities' like teachers, police, and government 'officials'. Then of course in order to even play the game, you have to have a banker who will extend to you huge lines of credit so that you can mortgage your future labors to pay for your 'life lease' today. Talk about 'unsustainable development' ! Then the 'blame' is placed on the political opposition -- not the fact that the people have attempted to delegate their own personal responsibility to the government. They have been disempowered by their government and told the reason is that the 'rich' took it all, so tax them. Without integrity and honor among the people, well, they will reap what they sow. Patrick Henry, Red Hill may be right...
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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     -- Mary, MI      
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