THE POWER TO TAX

2 05 2017

Authored by William Robert Barber

It is implied that since the affirmation of this republic the three branches of America’s government are comprised of super-cognitive persons. Nonetheless, the miracle of the 1789 Constitution has been usurped by layers upon layers of wrong-headed judicial interpretation, ideologically driven distortion, and the nonsensical growth of a solo-driven unaccountable bureaucracy dedicated to processing. The law as written is no longer the assessment of its meaning; nowadays, the text of the law is subject to the prevailing thought, societal panache, or the cultural slant of a particular judicial review.

It is these “elected,” possessors of superior cognitive ability, graduates of renowned academies of smartness that rule. Indeed, congress is jam-packed with elected persons modeling many high-achievement validations for smartness.

Respective of being governed by the super-cognitive, laws put upon the governed over the last hundred years, is so burdensomely preponderant in ambiguity that  the common citizen is perplexed as well as wholly dependent on the anointed for a just interpretation. Additionally, covert lawlessness is no longer this nation’s most lethal threat to America’s sovereignty: The lethal threat is the statutorily compliant corruption of America’s original ideals. The perpetrators, the dastardly ones that threaten America’s traditional meaningfulness are the officers of the court and the elected. These persons reside in governments from the federal to the local level; their actions and non-actions have perverted the literal meanings of constitutional covenants and statutory laws to the point of opaque discernment.    

The basis of statutory compliant corruption is found in a manifold of distinctive variables. However, the origin that sophisticated the means as well as the pockets of those that governed plus incentivized the proliferation of statutorily compliant corruption was the ratification of the 16th amendment to the constitution. The use of taxation as the utility of legal larceny has been the mainstay cause of governmental enrichment. The enrichment of the governing régime has eliminated the practice of prudent oversight, encouraged deceit, and substituted tolerance for moral compliance. America’s out-of-control national debt and budget deficits are perfect examples of classic financial impairment. Nonetheless, both are ignored as containable by-products of a complex economy; in fact, both debt and deficit are sustained unabated by the elected whose sole interest is retention of status.

Today, the political parties and the media joust over the ideological fairness of taxable nitty-gritties; in my mind’s eye, the concept of taxing individuals is the reasoning of corruptive inducement. Therefore, the less people are taxed, the less inducement for corruption. Yes, government must be funded and taxation is the means; but when one cogitates over the irreconcilable abuse taxation has caused and is causing, the merit of taxation dilutes into a maxim: the less an individual is taxed, the better the socio-economic outcome.

The rational of funding government is sound; it is the implementation of such funding and the distribution system of tax dollars collected that initiates the wherewithal of corruption.

Every citizen should be taxed, otherwise the non-taxed have no measurable in their government. In fact, when one pays no tax whatsoever, is one effectively disenfranchised from citizenship? Those that have the legal definition of “more” should pay a static percentage more than average-taxed person. The sliding scale of taxation is un-American and distinctively unfair.

Taxation is the knife, fork, and spoon; the utility of government excess, indulgence, and corruption — it is the feeder of largeness and disconnect… less is definitively better.





THE ELECTION BEFORE US

16 10 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

In the year 1781, adjoining Yorktown, Virginia British General Charles Lord Cornwallis surrendered to General Washington while tradition recalls the British band playing an English ballad, “The World Turned Upside Down”. This American military victory was unbelievable.

The election of 2016 is a shining reflection of wanderings amiss, another unbelievable: Two wholly unqualified candidates are the electorates’ choice. In this election, innuendos, rumors, and factoids have suppressed the normalities of voter concerns, policies, and issues. The only pertinent question is: which one of the two nominees is the worst?

Long ago, American individualism was forsaken for the opaque assurance of personal security. The prevalent idea that government knows best has prompted a domestic policy wherein amoral secularism has inspired a predisposition to further — no matter the empirical evidence to the contrary — the outright dismissal of competitive ideals. Liberal progressivism has engulfed and is chocking the vitality out of the credo of American exceptionalism.  Congress and the Constitution: Be damned! Progressive leadership favors depositing American foreign policy decisions to the feckless United Nations; multilateralism and the internationalism of European socialism is their ultimate goal.

In today’s complex of technological options the means and power to influence thought is mighty. The media, all types and varieties, have extraordinary power over voter behavior. In this election cycle a lie, a purposeful misdirection, a circumvention of the truth in the interest of conflation or befuddlement has been lethally weaponized. 

An overwhelming amount of television and news print media has taken as a mission of consequence the political defeat of Donald Trump. They equate Trump as a bête noire, a person that is irredeemably a hundred times as dangerous as Nixon.

As a standalone Trump is contestably far from the average presidential hopeful. However, compare the two: Trump’s faux claims, his past disgusting unsolicited sensual advances toward women, his inability to disguise his narcissism, and his instinctual self-destructive behavior versus Hillary Clinton’s unabashed persistence of lying directly to the American people, her decisions regarding Russian engagement, the Iranian deal, her disastrous approach to Libya coupled with her unforgivably incorrigible acts and non-acts regarding Benghazi. Trump is no prize — but his actions never killed people! Hillary, in concert with President Obama, is directly responsible for the deaths of thousands.

Hillary is an ideologically dedicated progressive who will undermine this nation’s constitution. Donald is not Hillary… and the world has turned upside down; given the choice before me I will vote for Donald.





THE AMERICAN TRIBE

29 08 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

We Americans are a people hyped by a cause and hypersensitive to the effectual outcome… well, I am speaking of televised professional sports, NOT the cognitive contemplation associated with the research  required to enlighten oneself on the nation’s current socio-economic-political issues and policies.

The nation’s people have devolved into tribal camps wherein those on the other side of the ideological mountains are considered the incredulous Philistines, hell bent on inserting their particulars of governing upon the governed. By measures as ancient as Pericles to the acolytes disseminating the counsel of Machiavelli, these practitioners of processes extralegal, illegal, and fraudulent brazenly serve the interest of political party or person. As with Caesar’s legions, the elected, appointed, and staffed explicitly pledge their fidelity to a political ideal and/or leader — not to the republic’s constitution.  

Technology is overwhelming a citizen’s cognitive ability to comprehend. Information is impenetrably voluminous. Laws are ambiguous by such specificity, the reading renders the average illiterate; in sum, there is a steadfast propagation of opacity within the process of governing. I do believe that ambiguity is the purposeful tool of the licensed and political elite; for self-serving reasons they want to project governing as mysteriously difficult.

National politics has a veneer of intuitive contrarianism. It is as if the goal is more nihilistic than rational with slogans, catchy phrases, and scurrilous accusations recklessly bandied.

Our republic is no longer an ideal in the making but instead a gigantic monolith that inhales tax monies and exhales debt. It is a bureaucracy managed by an unmanageable unknowable process. Discretion and those with the power of discretion govern this process. Judges and their judgements have voided Lincoln’s of, for, and by the people. Regulators interrupt the laws passed by congress and often make their own laws.

Save the republic from progressivism! Only a republican victory can bring the possibility. The election of Hillary would mean the last shovel full upon the casket… the Never-Trump crowd should snap hook onto reality because a No-Trump vote is Hillary’s dream and the demise of conservatism.





ENGLAND’S INNATE SENSE OF SELF-DETERMINATION CHOSE SOVEREIGNTY

26 06 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

The economic system of a nation state defines the direct, indirect, and lasting effect upon the veracity of individual, institutional, and cultural freedom. A democratic republic will not function (as intended) without freedom. The contractual legalities between buyer and seller, a nation’s legislative and regulatory principles, the nuance of statutory laws and the interpretation thereof defines a nation’s economic system. 

There is a definitive relationship between the endeavors of an economic dynamic and the political wherewithal of the governing entity. The relationship is synergistic. The EU, founded on the righteous premise of “one for all and one for all,” is now, unworkable ideals better wrought within the confines of the theoretical.

In the beginning, Europeans, suffering from “shiny objects syndrome”, considered the idea of EU unity a continuum of egalitarianism; therefore a necessary cultural, political, and economic precursor to moral congruency. Well, they were wrong in their initial assumptions/presumptions because the basis of their indoctrinated belief once implemented proved intolerable and inoperable. After twenty plus years of EU experience, the fact united with the truth of faceless EU domination. An act of self-determination aggregated into an act of pure democracy; by choosing sovereignty, Englanders chose freedom and the blessings of individual liberty over the pretentious offerings of a top-to-bottom hierarchy of socialistically inclined EU omniscient pretenders. 

Donald Trump is a contentious persuader. A bellowing initiator of belligerent rife with tints of paranoia and exaggeration as part of his mix; a media artisan who has, heretofore, weaponized populism. Instigated by prompts of irrational and unreasonable hyperbole a populist requires no deductive analysis or empirical evidence. It is as if the only requirement of a populist’s persuasion is the efficacy of Google keywords and the unlimited ignorance of the audience.

However, one should not deduce that populist themes have no merit. The concerns of Trump supporters are real. Our government has strayed off the course set by the constitution. The leadership of both political parties are to blame for the obtusely disingenuous, non sensible-indiscernible tax laws and the creation of an unrecognizable-unmanageable-wholly ungovernable Byzantine–style bureaucracy whose primary function is to interpret and enforce the laws of the land.

To lose our republic to the theoretical nonsense of progressivism, to the concept of globalization, and the utopian ideals of socialism is sinful; we should mimic the English and reject. Unless the spirit and meaningfulness are adhered, a law is nothing more than an artful collection of words.

“Not ever Hillary”… these embroidered words fly on my ensign. Unless the Republican Party can man-up and actually find a substitute, Donald is the choice.





DAMN… THE DONALD HAS WON

5 05 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

“It ain’t over till the fat lady sings,” well, in Indiana the fat lady has sung and by means extraordinary, the Wizard of Oz has captured the Republican Party’s presidential nomination. Donald Trump has not only beaten out all of his contenders he has suppressed good sense in favor of celebrity delivered vacuous nonsense.

In 1787 as Ben Franklin left Independence Hall on the final day of deliberations, a lady asked Dr. Franklin “Well Doctor what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?” “A republic” replied the Doctor, “if you can keep it.” Since the ratification of the 1789 constitution the republic has suffered through the “slings and arrows” of abusive manipulation and exploitation. The “slings and arrows” were cast and aimed by the elected, appointed, and staff of the very governments and persons sworn to uphold the covenants of the constitution.

Presently, Donald Trump, a populist, has seized an opportunity. A man with no governing experience, a conspiratorialist, a man prone to disparaging locution and witless declarations, such is the veracity of democratic principles charged with bumper sticker adages. Nevertheless, it is abundantly clear to me that Mrs. Clinton’s progressive ideology, corruptive practice, behaviorally dysfunctional scheming, and “cheating heart” is far, by far a worse choice for president than Donald Trump.

Possibly, the Donald can learn, refine, and reinvent himself into an electable sage. Withstanding all inclinations, wherewithals, and maybe so we are where we are, therefore, I am voting for the Donald.





WE ARE NOT A DEMOCRACY

22 04 2016

Authored by William Robert Barber

Democracy, a word offhandedly banded about by politician, pundit, and common citizen as the working descriptive of this nation’s egalitarian system of governess, is flat out incorrect. In addition, the citizenry has accepted a natural carry-forward believe that democratic principles apply as the wherewithal of our electoral process. Of course with a bit of scrutiny one would realize that there is no egalitarian system of governess and certainly, political parties have no obligatory nor interest in anything other than selecting the candidate that will win the party an election.

Nonetheless, dull complacency and disinterested ignorance — both detrimental and injurious for a responsive republic — requires, with respect to government and politicians, a constituency with an askant perspective and inclination to be well informed. Obviously, the voters are complacent and ignorant. Swayed by colorful illusions, an agreeable physical presentation, the timely proportion of polemic accusations and placating prose, for the average voter, the candidate’s policies and merits are suddenly inconsequential.  

This nation’s 1789 constitution founded the operational workings of a republic — a representative government,not a democracy. The Electoral College requires 270 votes of the 538 outstanding to win the presidency; the popular vote is irrelevant to election success. The primaries of each of the political parties are subject to the rules enacted by the particular party’s State leaders. It is as simple as that.

If Donald achieves a majority he is the Republican Party’s nominee. If he falls short he may not be.

The founders purposefully designed a constitution wherein a republic was favored over a democracy. I do not know of a government founded on a democracy. The tallies recorded by popular vote is interesting but may not represent the electoral winner.





THE EROSION OF INDIVIDUAL LIBERTY

9 07 2012

Authored by William Robert Barber

The Constitution of 1789 has since its affirmation been parsed, freely interpreted, redefined, and adjudicated as well as having its thesis, spirit — even its contextual edicts all together! — subordinated to whim of presidential executive order. The original ideal of limited government has been confiscated, individual liberty subjected, the power of governmental taxation judged unlimited, and for businesses the freedom to act severely curtailed by appointed regulators. This nation is evolving from a nation of laws to one of men; the amount of enforcement discretion (of existing laws) is held in the hand of a few.  

Federal agencies and departments ignore, circumvent, and deceive the orders of their congressional supervisors; process has displaced truth telling, attorneys have disabled the simplicity of truthfulness, and President Obama will make any promise, break any promise, manipulate half-truths, lie, falsify, distort, and deceive in order to win reelection.

Instead of adhering to the constitutional mandate of oversight, writing and passing a budget, congress,  particularly over the last century, has ceded much of its original constitutional authority to the executive branch. Indeed, recent history suggests that congress prefers contentious contrarianism and loyalty to political party over constructive legislative action. Federalism,  checks & balance, enumerated, implied, and expressed powers — the initial cornerstone of The Constitution — is subject not to literal interpretation but the whimsical of ideologues and the strength of their power base. Like a soap opera appealing to advertisers and the flighty emotions of a public overwhelmed by events difficult to comprehend, news reporting, more than ever before, is ideologically biased. The ‘free press’ has not only taken ideological sides, similar to a Hollywood production it writes, directs, produces, and presents the news from an entertaining opinion only perspective.

Unequivocally congress, often covertly, sometimes overtly, but always with purposeful intent, has neglected its direct responsibilities. The elected rely on legal opinions, unelected staff, a multitude of appointed attorneys, and lobbyists to write legislation; the elected need not read nor understand the very laws they vote for or against.  The administrative process is more important than what is being administrated. The game of chessman-craft has replaced Washingtonian leadership. Politicians and the gamesmanship of politics supersede good-sense; appointed regulators instead of legislators discern the meaningfulness of laws. Government apparatuses specifically designed to discombobulate transparency, purposefully create a wholly ambiguous bureaucratic process… all the while the size and power of the federal government is enhanced. The idea of statesmanship, public service in the interest of the nation, has been eclipsed by deviously crafty practitioners of politics whose only interest is retaining or attaining office.

Government has enabled an economy founded on the ridiculous premise that borrowing can substitute for organic “buy/sell” transactions; clearly, the circulation of borrowed monies derived from printing fiat currency utilizing the government as the costly intermediary distributor at the cost of rising deficits is absurd.

Government cannot create jobs — its role is much simpler: Do no harm. Nevertheless, congress led by nape-of-the-neck by the office of the presidency (of both parties) has progressively insisted on federal-funded stimuli as an economic policy. Recently, such funding was shrouded under the heading of “shovel-ready infrastructure,” public-employment support for States, and sustaining or favoring a variety of union initiatives; I say balderdash. This economic stimulus has more to do with rewarding political confederates, enabling the election of Democratic or Republican brethren, and playing a tune that placates or pays off their constituents than encouraging fiscal growth.   

What this nation requires (and that will never happen) is a constitution convention; a reestablishing of maxims that reinforce the Founders’ original intent: Limited government. However, in real terms the only true alternative to the chaos of President Obama’s liberal progressivism-socialism-elitism is to capture congress and the presidency. We’ll all see soon enough if the 50% of the voting public who pay no federal taxes, the Hispanics, Americans of African descent, and unionist favor the Obama continuance by voting for their hero…