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Updated: March 2, 2013 6:03AM



Income tax gave government total control of our lives

More than 200 years ago, our Founding Fathers fought tyranny, uniquely giving us a democratic republic.

Americans held liberty steadfast for more than a century, until Feb. 3, 1913, when the 16th Amendment, establishing the federal income tax, began trading away our God-given liberties, wrested by our founders from tyrants. Since then, we’ve bartered liberty for perceived physical-financial “security,” lessening and weakening personal liberty.

The 16th Amendment set the stage to diminish freedom, ceding power to tax, thus track income. The IRS was set up to monitor citizens’ incomes, allowing the political class (the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives) to know and control every aspect of our private lives.

To comply, we self-report all income related life aspects. The IRS allows monitoring and manipulation, hence control of each of us.

The Supreme Court decision on the 2010 Affordable Care Act upheld citing “power to tax,” adding control of medical life under tax policy.

FairTax is ready-made to replace income tax and is the game-changer. Look up FairTax, learn and join the fight to reverse government control of our lives.

Ward Atcher

Decatur, Ala.

Obama has a vendetta against Second Amendment

In response to R.S. Luekens: The national Democratic Party is a disgrace and a danger to America.

It has been at war for a long time against the Ten Commandments and the 10th Amendment to the Constitution. Now, it is engaged in a shameful, hypocritical and emotional vendetta against the Second Amendment, which protects the freedoms of our American way of life.

In a showdown between the National Rifle Association and President Obama, I proudly stand with the NRA — the defender of American values and the rule of law. Whereas the present socialist leader in the White House is best described in Psalm 55:21: “His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords.”

When guns are controlled, honest, law-abiding citizens are at the mercy of criminals and politicians. Just look at Chicago and Washington, D.C.

Martin Henrichs

Valparaiso

No reason to even debate with anti-abortion stance

Dear A.E. Green: Regarding your letter comparing legal abortion to child molesters and murderers, no, I cannot see the double standard like you do.

I have learned that debating an issue like abortion with someone like you is a total waste of time and energy that could be better spent volunteering at Planned Parenthood.

Wil Struggard

Lowell



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