Our Threatened Freedom

Is Congress Giving Us Equal Protection? (02:59)

R.J. Rushdoony


R.J. Rushdoony: 00:00 Is Congress giving us equal protection? This is R.J. Rushdoony with a report on our threatened freedom.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:09 The Federal Tax Bill passed in mid-summer 1982 with so much pressure from Republican President Reagan, and enthusiasm by Democrats is turning out to be filled with booby taps for us. The tax bill dramatically tilts us over into massive deficit spending for some time to come and also into very serious inflation.

R.J. Rushdoony: 00:35 At the same time, it has some interesting [inaudible 00:00:37] in it. Originally, we were told when Social Security cards were first issued that they were not for identification. Now, they are required. Now, the Reagan tax bill requires us to disclose our taxpayer ID number to others when asked to do so or pay a $50 fine. If we understate our tax, we will be fined $1,000. Middlemen, such as brokers, commodity dealers, and broader exchanges must now give the Internal Revenue Service data about all customers gross proceeds.

R.J. Rushdoony: 01:25 At the same time, Congress, earlier this year, voted itself so many tax breaks that members of Congress are virtually now tax exempt. In other words, the Internal Revenue Service gives by act of Congress a privileged exemption to congressmen and senators, and at the same time, Congress has given to the IRS a number of privileges over taxpayers who are not congressmen. Very obviously, Congress no longer believes that the people are entitled to equal protection under the law with themselves.

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:04 Is it any wonder that more and more people are cynical about what goes on in Washington? Strange, is it not? But the press said virtually nothing about the new powers of the IRS over us. It seems sometimes that the press regards as all the news that’s fit to print very little that concerns you and me. The press, the Republicans, Democrats, local and state politicians, and members of Congress all tell us that they are concerned with us, the little people. When they put their loving and brotherly arms around us, however, we wind up getting our pockets picked. Isn’t it time we have equal protection with members of Congress?

R.J. Rushdoony: 02:55 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