Our Threatened Freedom

Do Taxpayers Have Any Rights? (03:31)

R.J. Rushdoony


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 not give evidence against himself, is entitled to a trial by jury. Prosecutor may not also be the judge. You may not be prosecuted on basis of illegally obtained evidence. You may not be punished on testimony of secret informers who cannot be cross examined. You may not be subjected to fines and punishments without due process of law.

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 tax paying citizenry and they resent the failure to solve most crimes and the readiness to tax or ticket the people. More than once I’ve been told that city councils stress traffic tickets as a means of additional revenue.

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 the people are still ready to make a stand in terms of their principles.

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.

Rev. R.J. Rushdoony (1916–2001), was a leading theologian, church/state expert, and author of numerous works on the application of Biblical law to society. He started the Chalcedon Foundation in 1965.  His Institutes of Biblical Law (1973) began the contemporary theonomy movement which posits the validity of Biblical law as God’s standard of obedience for all. He therefore saw God’s law as the basis of the modern Christian response to the cultural decline, one he attributed to the church’s false view of God’s law being opposed to His grace. This broad Christian response he described as “Christian Reconstruction.”  He is credited with igniting the modern Christian school and homeschooling movements in the mid to late 20th century. He also traveled extensively lecturing and serving as an expert witness in numerous court cases regarding religious liberty. Many ministry and educational efforts that continue today, took their philosophical and Biblical roots from his lectures and books.

Learn more about R.J. Rushdoony by visiting: https://chalcedon.edu/founder