Single acts of tyranny may be ascribed to the accidental opinion of a day; but a series of oppressions, begun at a distinguished period, and pursued unalterably through every change of ministers, too plainly prove a deliberate systematical plan of reducing us to slavery.
I thought about our rebels’ roots; everything has roots. Who were our first rebels? I guess we all were to some extent here in America, at least the ones who came willingly. Those who fought against the British were surely rebels. More significantly, they were farmers. After they won the war, they went back to their farms only to be taxed by their own government more than they’d ever been by the Crown; someone had to pay for the war, after all. What were they taxing? Whiskey. And so we have Whiskey Rebellion.
Corn was a cash crop for these farmers, and making whisky out of it was far more profitable than a tasty cob here and there. Thus whiskey was taxed to the point that many a whiskey rebel went right out of business, legally speaking. The percolating stills simply went into hiding and the guns came out. In 1794, the Whisky Rebels were crushed and thus began American taxation on this, that, and the other. This out of control taxation continues even today, and it has only gotten worse since the Federal Reserve Act and its partner, the Internal Revenue Service, were signed into action.
A little here, a little there, and now the average citizen can’t even collect his own rain water. Just yesterday I skimmed over an online article claiming that the government owns the wind, thereby shutting down renewable wind-based power plants.
Is this really happening? Is this why those farmers volunteered to fight the British? Clearly, something has gone terribly wrong. We are taxed on damn near everything, again and again, and the tax rates continue to climb while the value of the dollar continues to drop. It was not like this before 1913, and still we had roads, schools, and courthouses. So, why do we need the Federal Reserve and the IRS? The answer is We the People do NOT need the IRS or the Federal Reserve. They need us. They need us, and our compliance, simply to exist. When one considers the fact – yes, fact – that these shady institutions are unconstitutional, one wonders why we tolerate this at all. I would insert a link here, but a simple internet search yields hundreds of results, including the IRS’ refutation worded in consummate legalese enough to break the resolve of anyone who might rebel, whiskey or not. Others refuse the refutations. Nonetheless, the Sixteenth Amendment seems clear enough…the IRS should not exist.
What would the Whiskey Rebels do in light of this questionable fleecing? They might start with a shot…of whiskey, that is. Then? In the 1790’s most simply refused to pay, others threatened the tax officer himself with violence. This usually amounted to nothing more than not allowing him to set up an office in their town, but sometimes a particularly stubborn tax collector would be tarred and feathered. In one town in Pennsylvania, there was a shootout between the townsfolk, the tax collector, and his slaves (yes, there were slaves in Pennsylvania). Finally, in 1794, George Washington called together a militia and marched toward the rebels’ strongholds. Several were arrested, though none were prosecuted. The notorious tax lived on.
We might call that the start of a downward spiral that gained tremendous momentum in 1913 with the passing of the Federal Reserve Act and the IRS. Today, we seem to be spiraling out of control. Tarring and feathering the folks at the local IRS office will likely not help matters, but it’s a start.