If the American people only understood the rank injustice of our money and banking system there would be a revolution before morning.
President Andrew Jackson, 1836
In times of universal deceit, telling the truth will be a revolutionary act.
The sixteenth [16th Amendment] does not justify the taxation of persons or things previously immune . . .it does not extend taxing power to new or excepted citizens…it is intended only to remove all occasions from any apportionment of income taxes among the states. It does not authorize a tax on a salary.
Evans v. Gore, 253 US 245 (1920)
A society whose citizens refuse to see and investigate the facts, who refuse to believe that their government and their media will routinely lie to them and fabricate a reality contrary to verifiable facts, is a society that chooses and deserves the Police State Dictatorship it's going to get.
Ian Williams Goddard
Tu ne cede malis, sed contra audentior ito.
(Do not give in to evil, but strive against it bravely.)
I'm referring to the Taliban, of course. And that's how they would like to run government. They rule by intimidation and fear... the United States of America must...never forget the natural rights that formed our country.
President George W. Bush (March 2006)
Today's methods are a real refinement of the older methods of terror... The person is subjected to a form of terroristic stress, but for the purpose of inducing a kind of "voluntary" acceptance of the psychological state into which he has been driven...
The IRS's primary task is to collect taxes under a voluntary compliance system.
Jerome Kurtz, former IRS Commissioner
We believe that the present IRS outrages [levies, raids, incarceration] are symptoms of the system's demise. It's dead. But like the dinosaurs, it has a pea brain and a primitive nervous system which is taking too long to send the message.
The Great Lie lives on, not because the truth is so difficult to see or to grasp -- it's that the lies are spun too thick and deep to allow it, and likewise the truth is a third-rail for virtually any career...". Notable scholar Brian McCandliss
It must be conceded that there are such rights in every free government beyond the control of the state. A government which recognized no such rights -- which held the lives, the liberty, and the property of its citizens subject at all times to the absolute disposition and unlimited control of even the most democratic depository of power -- is after all but a despotism.
Loan Assn v. Topeka (20 Wall. 655-662)
Hurtado v. People of State of California (110 U.S. 516, 537 (1884))
Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.
P. J. O'Rourke
Government is the great fiction through which everybody endeavors to live at the expense of everybody else.
In general, the art of government consists of taking as much money as possible from one party of the citizens to give to the other.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
Those who won our independence were not cowards. They did not fear political change. They did not exalt order at the cost of liberty.
Whitney v. California, 274 U.S. 357, 377, 47 S.Ct. 641, 648-49 (1927)
In a government of laws... Our Government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by its example. Crime is contagious. If the Government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy. To declare that...the end justifies the means... would bring terrible retribution. Against that pernicious doctrine this Court should resolutely set its face.
Olmstead v. United States, 277 U.S. 438, 485 (1928)
I don’t see why these people can’t just pay their taxes like everybody else. I think tax protestors are offensive.
This is a revolution, damn it. We've got to offend somebody!
A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.