The following paragraphs are but a few of the issues we should consider as we move forward and eventually have to govern ourselves. The occupying US government is on a runaway train that is going to derail. This may happen sooner than later and we may have the opportunity to reclaim our right of self government and reestablish the Sovereignty of the CSA. Once this is done we will have the monumental task of ensuring the CSA government is limited, funded, functional, etc. and as I just pointed out we have many examples of how not to do it.
Voting. My wife told me some time ago that she no longer believes that the citizens of the USA actually choose the politicians elected into office. After the recent elections I believe she is right. Several states reported electronic voting machines that changed the vote after a choice was made by the citizen. This was only caught by observant voters who double checked their ballot. How many times did this have to happen to change the will of the citizens casting votes? I do not believe that the current politicians in office are the result of a fair and honest election. The solution is fairly easy in my opinion. First get away from electronic systems that can be too easily corrupted. Use simple and permanent paper ballots with easily recognizable entries for the choice of the voter. But first, voters need to be registered, valid citizens with proof of identity and knowledgeable in the CSA government before being allowed to vote.
Political Parties. One of the largest contributing factors that led to the demise of our Founding Fathers vision of government is emphasis on political parties. Former Georgia Congressman Zell Miller has documented this in one of the many books he has written, A deficit of Decency. In this book he explains how the main efforts of politicians in Washington, D.C. is the consolidation of power for their political party and very little emphasis is placed on doing the work of the people. This was one of the main reasons he left government. Zell was a keynote speaker at the RNC for President Bush when Bush ran against Kerry. This was impressive since Zell Miller was a Democrat. In my opinion, our Representatives, Senators, President, Vice President, etc. should be elected based on their character, competency, and how well they will execute the responsibilities of the office they seek and NOT on the political party they belong to. The two party system the US government adopted led to the polarization of society and government into those who wanted socialism and those who didn’t. Both ironically believed in pushing their agenda’s on the rest of the world, be it economic or ideology. We would do well to de-emphasize the importance of political parties for the CSA government.
Taxation. One of the worst creations of the Imperial National government in the District of Columbia is the massive taxing system they use to confiscate money from its citizens. Although it has many methods to extract money (payroll, gasoline, corporate, etc.) the main part we all are familiar with is the income tax. A progressive incremented income tax is one of the main pillars of Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. There is nothing that is more of an anchor on economic prosperity than this type of taxation. There is a much better alternative but the two parties of the Imperial National US government both fight with all their might to prevent it from becoming law. Why? Because the current system plays directly into their power and ability to get elected. Democrats promise to tax the rich. Republicans promise to cut taxes for everyone. The “tax debate” is one of the biggest platforms for both parties. What if government revenues were generated that did not involve politician manipulation? It would be the biggest transfer of power from the government to the people in US history. That is extremely unlikely. We, however, have an opportunity to get it right from the start. The taxing system I speak of is the FairTax. It is a taxing system based on free enterprise and Capitalism…not Communism. It is the creation of 11 of the top economic minds of the best universities across the United States. Three Texas businessmen funded the study with 22 million dollars and the economists created a taxing plan that was created to enhance economic prosperity and eliminate political abuse. It would eliminate the IRS, prevent the government from getting involved in your personal business and knowing how much money you made, it would remove tax compliance costs in business and would turn the land into a tax haven for businesses that would bring in economic activity from around the world (can you say JOBS?????). These are only the tip of the benefits this taxing system would provide, but it requires a government that would be willing to relinquish the power that the current US taxing system provides politicians. And…just as the American people have been brainwashed into believing that Lincoln was a hero and the greatest American President, the FairTax has been demonized as being an unfeasible horrible system. Of course this is what they want you to believe. They have no intention of losing all that power. If the CSA were to adopt this taxing system, we could not only easily fund the requirements of the common government (a tiny fraction of the US National government), but it would also be a magnet for business from around the world. We could become an economic powerhouse based on eliminating tax burdens on manufacturing and all other aspects of conducting business. Just as the South was a threat to Lincoln’s Union because the CSA refused to impose Tariffs on imports/exports, the FairTax would enable the CSA to excel in the world market by eliminating tax burdens.
These are only a few of the lessons learned that we can take advantage of from a government who has made the wrong decisions at almost every turn for the last 150 years. If we are to get our opportunity to rise again, we need to get it right or be doomed to repeat history.
By Douglas McCue
CSA Representative for the Republic of North Carolina.