Our Threatened Freedom
Do Taxpayers Have Any Rights? (03:31)
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:01 Do taxpayers have any rights? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.
R.J. Rushdoony: 00:07 In 1979 Leslie Snyder and her book Justice or Revolution called attention to the fact that taxpayers have fewer rights than accused murderers. The accused murderer as the following rights. He is innocent until proven guilty, is informed of his constitutional rights, needs
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:01 The taxpayer has none of these rights. In other words, our laws regard the taxpayer as a dangerous man and entitled to none of the rights granted to accused murderers.
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:16 Now, I am not in favor of the tax revolt, but I can most certainly understand why it is spreading. When a country places penalties on its taxpayers which are not imposed upon suspected criminals, a number of people will most certainly rebel against the situation. Moreover, it creates a very dangerous climate of opinion.
R.J. Rushdoony: 01:40 As I travel back and forth across the country, I find that a very large and growing number of people believe that the people spend more time writing out traffic tickets than trying to solve crimes. The traffic ticket is still another tax on the
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:11 The American people do resent injustice. They do not take kindly to being exploited and they do feel exploited. Taxation has become a means of exploitation and they are naturally rebellious. Such an attitude is healthy and that it points to a strong love of freedom. It tells us that
R.J. Rushdoony: 02:41 At the same time, it is an unhealthy situation whenever and wherever the people begin to regard their own civil government as the enemy. It means that the civil government has become hostile to freedom and is at war with its own people. In such as setting lawlessness, proliferates and anarchy begins to take over. The purpose of civil government should be the protection of the people, not their exploitation by taxation. Do you feel protected or exploited and overtaxed? A growing number of Americans feel exploited and overtaxed.
R.J. Rushdoony: 03:25 This has been R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.
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