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Real Change Step One: Abolish the Income Tax

I saw today that Rep. John Linder (R, GA-7) and 44 Republican co-sponsors have introduced a bill in the U.S. House of Representatives to abolish the income tax and replace it with an implementation of the fair tax proposal. As they say, this represents real, positive change. It is a critical element of the agenda that could avert the economic collapse made imminent by our country’s long and damaging flirtation with socialism. Unfortunately, with Obama occupying the White House and the Democrats in control of Congress, what we’re likely to get at the moment is just the opposite: a short engagement followed by a shotgun wedding that forces America into a Soviet-style marriage of inconvenience, then prolonged depression and a psychotic break.

Obama’s Soviet-style communist state is a Tyrannosaurus Rex on parade in the Jurassic Park of dangerous political excursions. For a moment it’s exciting to get close-up and touchy-feely with something so old that we thought of as extinct. Then we remember that at feeding time, we’re on the menu. Okay! That’s no fun. But if the prospect means we’re ready to end the vacation and get on with real life, what’s to do? Well, it would be nice to make sure we get out of the Park alive. For this, just like the characters in the movie, we need to apply the know-how that made our little excursion possible. We need to remember our home address (that may strike you as a gimme, but don’t forget how easily the mind goes blank during a life and death encounter with a resurrected monstrosity.) Once we retrieve the address, we need to remember how to get there. Then, we head for home. We open the place up, air out all the rooms and get back to being ourselves, that is, the first and greatest free people in human history. Now, being ourselves is hard work, but doing it well has been a source of great satisfaction in our lives. Smart people take vacations mainly to remind themselves of that. Unfortunately some people voted absentee in the last election, while their brains were still on vacation. Hence, the Obamasaurus hex.

There’s been a noticeable spike in hate mail from the Obama worshippers since I called his communist agenda by its right name. I’ve also gotten a lot of encouragement and thanks from Americans who want to preserve liberty in this country, and the prosperity that goes with it. Typical is this brief comment from someone reacting to a WND.com story on my remarks: “I read your WND article, and I agree with you regarding stopping this mess, my question is what do you propose for a solution to stopping this? Thanks for all you do, and I think we need to start to pull together and get things turned around in a hurry.”

In one remark, I see what I love and admire about Americans, but also what I find so frustrating. When we see a problem, immediately we ask the question- “What’s the solution?” Wallowing in the mess is thankfully not the disposition of real Americans. On the other hand, we are, quite frankly, an impatient bunch anxious to get to the action in a hurry. Because of the first trait, we want a solution badly. Because of the second, we’ll grab at a bad solution. But for the latter impulse, Obama would not be resident in the White House. During the election, people would have stepped back from his empty rhetoric to ask hard questions about just what kind of change he is proposing. They would have examined it long and hard enough to see that it’s not change at all- just the same ugly grab for power and control that has marred every socialist movement in the world, and produced the sort of results that toppled the Soviet Empire and that have taken other countries (like Zimbabwe, for example) from prosperity to starvation.

Anyway, African countries provide at least a bit of evidence for the simple truth that electing a leader with a black skin is no guarantee of progress. (No, really, I’m not kidding.) In fact, in Africa it has occasionally been the harbinger of personality cults, repression and economic ruin. (Okay, now I am kidding.) Racial preoccupations have deeply wounded the American psyche, but the guilt induced delusion that we’re putting a little pathetic salve on those old wounds hardly warrants national suicide. We don’t need a phony savior. What we need is a reminder that, with God’s help, ordinary folks built this great land, with government from time to time as their instrument, not their master. Though the socialist minded tinkerers of the twentieth century concluded that industrialization and urbanization meant doom for the culture of liberty, the technological leaps of the last thirty years have produced just the tools needed to prove them wrong. Government of, by and for the people- based on self-confident individuals, the God-ordained family, and other private associations now has more potency for economic and political success than ever before in human history. One person with a good idea can literally reach out and offer their ingenuity to the world. Maybe that’s why the forces of elite tyranny are so anxious to get a stranglehold on our economy and government. These days, people motivated by a common cause can form a national network to advance it overnight. The information needed to substantiate their thinking and inform their actions is at their fingertips. Remembering the old Latin motto, “Festina Lente”, let’s get busy.

So much for introductions: tomorrow, I’ll go more fully into the three revolutionary changes we need to get America on the way back home, starting with the one the Linder bill seeks to implement: ABOLITION (of the income tax, that is.)

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Abolish the Income Tax (Cont’d)

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  • Paul April 23, 2011, 2:05 pm

    Dr. Keyes:

    It’s an honour to address you, sir.

    While I agree completely that abolishing the income-tax is a beginning step in the right direction, we must also acknowledge that that is all it is: a first step (leaving aside for now the fact that it will never happen, that is.) Another, larger part of the problems in this country is due to the role payed by the Federal Reserve, and the fact that it has the unconstitutional power to essentially print unlimited amounts of money that is not backed by anything real (unlike America in the past, when the dollar was tied to gold and silver standards.) Once such a power was essentially handed over to an unconstitutional body (i.e., the Fed), the groundwork was laid for the eventual financial collapse of this country. Therefore, I would propose, as an immediate Second Step (after abolition of the Income Tax) the abolition of the Federal Reserve as well, and return the American Dollar to gold and silver standard, thereby restoring stability to our economy.

    And, while a so-called ‘Fair’ or ‘Flat’ tax has its advocates, as well as some highly-admissible arguments in its favour, a much better and time-proven alternative, in my opinion, would be to return to a series of tariffs on cheaply-made (and often inferior quality) foreign-made goods, and it is this which I would propose as a Step Three. This would (a) bring in much-needed revenue, paid for by our wealthy (and frequently hostile) ‘trading partners’ such as China; (b) place these foreign-made goods on a more fair and equitable price-level as that of our own domestic-made (and frequently superior quality) products. This, in turn, would help to revive and re-invigorate the American manufacturing base (the loss of which is one of the greatest acts of treasonous negligence without our lifetime, in my opinion.) And although some would argue that this is a ‘protectionist’ suggestion, it is also a fact that during the first 130 or so years of America’s history, when such tariffs were in place, those were also the most productive and prosperous years of America’s history as well. It can’t be a coincidence.

    Therefore, in my opinion, if someone in authority (a President Keyes, let’s say, if I may wax optimistic for a moment) were to implement these three measures–abolish the Income Tax, abolish the Federal Reserve & bring back the Gold & Silver Standard, and impose tariffs on foreign-made goods–coupled with other, common-sense measures (cut Federal spending, downsize the Federal Government, abolish capital-gains taxes & cut Corporate taxes), it is my firm belief that most of the economic troubles plaguing the nation could be halted and reversed in less than a year.

  • PatriotNews April 14, 2009, 1:17 am

    I’m going to the Tea Party in Sacramento. This will be on the sign I hold up. Abolish the income tax.

  • xoomac February 24, 2009, 11:34 pm

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    I know many political candidates that have run for president promise CHANGE We the People purportedly need, but in reality, esp. with the BS/BO show right now, the political permutations wrought by their "empty promises" or their over-promising and under-delivering TAX-PAYER funded fascism furthers the demise of our national sovereignty instead of halting it.

    Dr. Alan Keyes, U R a welcome exception to that rule of blue-blood bought-and-paid-for BIG BRO federal govt. fascism that's being forced down our collective country's throat now more than ever. We the People need 2 support U and take back our founding father's land of the FREE B 4 it's 2 late.

    TY 4 defending, protecting, and upholding our blood-bought liberties by demanding the BS/BO show pony up with his "natural born citizen" LONG FORM COLB or face the consequences for willful, ongoing contempt of our states' rights.

  • Cris Ericson February 24, 2009, 5:47 pm

    Has Mr. Alan Keyes been a “victim” or a “target” of SEMI-Totalitarian COMMUNISTIC abuses against his political campaigns in the past?

    Was Mr. Alan Keyes EXCLUDED from a Republican Primary Election Debate in 2007 held on CNN and/or YouTube?

    Were these companies acting in a semi-TOTALITARIAN COMMUNISTIC manner by acting as DICTATORS and deciding which candidates to include and which to exclude?

    Were CNN and/or YouTube or any other corporations that held candidate debates that excluded Mr. Keyes acting in a semi-totalitarian communistic way because their intent might have been to exclude any candidates and any party from the debates which could not be molded by them into their preferred platform and policies?


    The Catholic Epistle of St. James the Apostle, Chapter 2, New Testament Holy Bible, Confraternity Version, New American Catholic Edition:

    My brethren, do not join faith in our glorious Lord Jesus Christ with partiality towards persons.

    For if a man in fine apparel, having a gold ring, enters your assembly, and a poor man in mean attire enters also, and you pay attention to him who is clothed in fine apparel and say,

    “Sit thou here in this good place”;

    but you say to the poor man,

    “Stand thou there,”
    “sit by my footstool”;

    are you not making distinctions
    among yourselves, and do you not become
    judges with evil thoughts?

    Listen, my beloved brethren!

    Has not God chosen the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which God has promised to those who love him?

    But you have dishonored the poor man.

    Do not the rich use their power to oppress you, and do they not drag you
    before judgment-seats?

    Do they not blaspheme the good name by which you are called?

    If, however, you fulfill the royal law,
    according to the Scriptures,
    “Thou shalt love they neighbor as thyself,”
    you do well.

    But if you show partiality
    towards persons,
    you commit sin,
    being convicted
    by the law as transgressors.




    SO BIG

  • Cris Ericson February 24, 2009, 11:46 am

    8 U.S.C. Section 1101 (40) The term
    “world Communisim” means a revolutionary
    movement, the purpose of which is to
    establish eventually a Communist TOTALITARIAN
    dictatorship in any or all the countries of the world…
    (37) The term “TOTALITARIANISM” …. with so
    close an identity between such party and its
    policies and the governmental policies of the
    country in which it exists, that the party and the government constitute an indistinguishable unit, and (B) the forcible suppression of the opposition to such party.

  • Cris Ericson February 24, 2009, 11:30 am

    8 UNITED STATES CODE Section 1101
    Please go to
    and click on
    Search the U.S. Code
    then in the Title box on your left put in
    and go up in the Search Word box and put in
    in the list of links select
    8 U.S.C. Sec. 1101
    click it
    scroll way, way down to
    (40) The term “world communism”
    and read it for yourself.
    You will also enjoy reading
    (37) The term “totalitarian party”
    ….with so close an identity between such
    party and its policies and the
    governmental policies of the counrty
    in which it exists,
    that the party
    and the government
    constitute an indistinguishable unit,
    and (B) the forcible suppression of
    opposition to such party.

    Cris Ericson

  • mschuster February 24, 2009, 9:53 am

    The first time I ever thought about the meaning of the income tax was watching you speak via the television from some place (post Larry King debate, which you hands down won) during the Republican 2000 primary in South Carolina. It was a moment of clarity, or as they say an awakening. Sadly, Americans I speak to about a non-income tax nation can not fathom the possibility of a government functioning without it even though it wasn’t so long ago that the government did. Ironically the government doesn’t appear to be able to function well with it.
    It is pride that drives the desire to grab more power but our way of government demands the elected representatives act with humility. But this humility must be grounded in Truth.
    Have a good Lent.

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