BY ALLEN WEST
Good Monday everyone! I will be heading back to Texas today. It has been great to be back down in South Florida, all of us together, to celebrate the 15th anniversary of our arrival in Plantation, Florida. Oh boy, halfway there on that 30-year mortgage!
There were also some other days to remember over the time I was here in South Florida. April 19th was the 244th anniversary of the “Shot heard ’round the world.” Yes, the Patriot stand against the British at Lexington Green. Of course, I pray y’all enjoyed a wonderful, blessed, and Happy Resurrection Day, Easter. But yesterday, April 21st, was the 183rd anniversary of the defeat of Mexican dictator Santa Anna at San Jacinto (present-day Houston, Harris County) securing Texas independence.
I love my morning run because it provides me that peace, that time to merge physical, intellectual, and spiritual fitness. It is a time to reflect and allow various thoughts to run through my brain in the peace and solitude of an early morning. This morning I pondered another date, one that just happened a week ago. It was just last week that we endured that “day” again, yes, Tax Day. It is that day when we honor our responsibility to provide our hard-earned resources for the functioning of our federal government. However, as I was running, I thought about how many Americans participate in Tax Day? And in my short little four mile run it hit me . . . the real inequality in America.
Tonight there will be a CNN townhall event with several Democrat (socialist) candidates for president. Just last week many of us tuned in to watch the deranged mad professor from “Back to the Future,” Senator Bernie Sanders do a townhall event on Fox News. One of the recurring themes from the progressive socialist left is that of “income inequality.” But I propose that what we do have in America — enabled by our wealth redistribution oriented tax policies — is “Tax Inequality.”
I want y’all to think about this: the concept, idea, of a progressive tax system, policy, was first introduced by fellas named Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. This was one of their primary tenets written in their literary work, The Communist Manifesto. Too many of us fail to realize, or perhaps we do, that socialism is an economic model centered primarily on wealth redistribution, as a solution to the collectivist desire to create social egalitarianism. That means the socialist ideal is to institute government tax policies to rectify their issue with individual exceptionalism which they redefine as “income inequality.” In doing so, the socialists create a Tax Inequality that results in what we know is happening in America: nearly 50 percent of our citizens pay no taxes at all.
Yet, we are told by the socialists that the “wealthy” need to pay more, pay their “fair share.” Who is it that determines what that “fair share” is, and who are these “wealthy” people? Tax inequality is, as Janet Napolitano once quipped, a man-made disaster, as the progressive socialists use the tax code as a weapon of mass destruction. Just look at the high taxes in most Democrat run States . . . and the exodus from those States. The insatiable appetite of the progressive socialist left to enact legal plunder as a means to their ends has to be realized, and rejected.
Look, I am only 5’9″ tall and my athletic abilities ended in high school. There are others who have far greater physical and athletic capabilities, and they are compensated based upon those abilities. No, I am not a brilliant scientist or technology guru. I have not created a small business, nor do I have a patent on anything. Heck, Oprah Winfrey started as a news reporter in Nashville, Tennessee, and now she is a billionaire. I do not disparage anyone who has worked hard and achieved their own financial success and greatness. I am content with the life that I have, my riches are not based upon material possessions, but the incredible quality of life that I have. Yes, Angela and I have a house in South Florida, and another in Garland, Texas, nothing great, but they are ours.
What I am saying is that we are created equally, but we develop respective talents and abilities, and that pursuit of happiness is our unalienable right. For anyone to try to mandate equality is, well, socialist, and that, as Vladimir Lenin asserted leads to the real objective, a communist society of government mandated equality.
Is that what we really want? Yea, that mess is working out really well in Venezuela. And how many millions of people, worldwide, have died because of government-mandated equality?
I believe that there should be four personal income tax rates in America — 10 percent, 15 percent, 20 percent, and 25 percent. Everyone rows in this boat, but at a rate that is commensurate with a respective income level. To have a system of taxation in America based upon the theories, principles, values, and perspectives of Karl Marx is unconscionable, delusional.
Henceforth, when we hear these progressive socialist leftists complain about income inequality, we should counter with the real inequality in America: tax inequality that is government created. We never put these leftists on defense, and we have every bit of truth to do so.
Needless to say, they are leveraging the argument of wealth redistribution, as their solution to income inequality, as a means to attain electoral advantage. There is nothing new about this argument, and there is nothing different as to how it always ends.
As Scottish political philosopher Alexander Fraser Tytler stated back in the late 1700s:
“A democracy cannot exist as a permanent form of government. It can only exist until the voters discover that they can vote themselves largesse from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates promising the most benefits from the public treasury with the result that a democracy always collapses over loose fiscal policy, always followed by a dictatorship. The average age of the world’s greatest civilizations has been 200 years. These nations have progressed through this sequence: From bondage to spiritual faith; From spiritual faith to great courage; From courage to liberty; From liberty to abundance; From abundance to selfishness; From selfishness to apathy; From apathy to dependence; From dependence back into bondage.”
Where do you think America is on this cycle? Yes, sure, part of human nature is selfishness, but the answer to that is not government-mandated equality. Which means government created tax inequality, as French economic Frederic Bastiat called it in his essay “The Law,” legal plunder based upon greed and misplaced benevolence . . . actually false and manipulated benevolence, better characterized as societal dependence.*
And, someone has to pay for the societal dependence.
Editor’s Note: This column previously appeared at TheOldSchoolPatriot.com. Used with the permission of the author.
Lt. Col. Allen B. West is the former U.S. Congressman representing Florida’s 22nd District, a Fox News Contributor, a contributing columnist for Townhall.com, the former Executive Director of the National Center for Policy Analysis in Dallas Texas, and the author of Guardian of the Republic: An American Ronin’s Journey to Faith, Family and Freedom. Col. West is the third of four generations of military servicemen in his family. During his 22 year career in the United States Army, he was awarded the Bronze Star, 3 Meritorious Service Medals, 3 Army Commendation Medals (1 with Valor device), and a Valorous Unit Award. In 1993 he was named the US Army ROTC Instructor of the Year. Col. West believes it will be principled constitutional conservative policies, not politics, which will secure a sound economic future for Americans.