Charles Fowler is a biblically qualified Christian candidate for the United States Senate.

Sunday, May 23, 2004

Christian's Vote - 3

The Christian’s Vote – Part Three
by Buddy Hanson

Taxes, Taxes and More Taxes

Why is it that no matter what the election or who is running, the recurring theme is “With a little more taxes we can solve your problems?” The answer is that we continue to elect politicians instead of statesmen. The Civil Government has no revenue except what we give to it through our taxes. Tax revenues give politicians the opportunity to “buy” votes by funneling a portion of that money back into their districts.

Politicians don’t have principles, they only have offices they are elected to and will do practically anything to stay in that office. This explains why they are self-centered in their policy decisions. Statesmen, on the other hand, are others-centered in their policy decisions and act on principles. They’re honest by doing what they say they will do. They prefer to under-promise and over-perform, which is exactly opposite of the behavior of politicians.

It will be only when we begin to elect statesmen that we will stop hearing the constant demand for more taxes.

Statesmen recognize the distinction between a form of civil government that is a representative republic from that of a pure democracy.

The pledge of Allegiance includes the phrase “and to the republic for which it [the flag] stands,” however for most of the last one hundred years America has been deliberately walking away from our republic roots and toward a pure democracy. The consequences of this have been ominous as we have gone from working 20 days to pay off our taxes in 1900 to 120 days today. In addition to losing a lot of money to civil government who has done an excellent job of wasting much of it, we have lost the accompanying personal liberties that go with increased taxation.

Of course this is just what the State wants; a dependent citizenry who pays more and more for more and more services. (Services we could and should be providing ourselves). Personal liberty and income are not the only the only things at risk. History shows that our very country is on slippery ice. An 18th century Scottish history professor, Alexander Tyler is reported to have said this about “The Fall of the Athenian Republic,” which happened more than 2,000 years ago:

A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse (generous gifts) from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, (which is) always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been two hundred years. These nations have progressed through this sequence. From bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance, from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy, from apathy to dependence, from dependence back into bondage.

The choice during this year’s elections is up to us.

Do we want to continue to support and vote for candidates that cater to our self-centered desires to “get something for nothing,” mainly by robbing another districts tax revenues for our community, or will we recapture the vision of our country’s founders who gave us the best and most affluent country in the history of the world by electing statesmen? A pure democracy where we are at the ever-changing whims of tyranny of the 51 percent, or a representative republic where statesmen legislate on the basis of what’s best for their constituents, instead of lining their pockets.

Praise God we live in a country where we can freely campaign and vote for statesmen. May we do so before we lose that privilege by becoming dependent upon self-centered politicians.

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