Why Do People Give Their Rights Away

Kevin Felts, blogger and political commentatorIt is a simple question, “Why do people want to give their rights away?”  This is everything from gun control, to taxation.  Overtime, people, including our ancestors, slowly gave our rights away.

Take the income tax for example.  Who in their right mind is stupid enough to allow the government to tax their income?  Replies may be along the lines of how the income tax was supposed to be voluntary.  Or that the income tax was supposed to only affect the rich.

Income Tax

Once the income tax amendment was passed, it opened the flood gates for government abuses.  For decades the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) has been used as a political weapon. All of this was voted on by the states and the people who allowed the Sixteenth Amendment (Amendment XVI) to the United States Constitution to come into existence.

With the income tax legal, it was not long before states followed suit with their own state income tax. Local taxation has become so excessive in some areas, people are fleeing to states like Texas that do not have an income tax. Not having an income tax in Texas is nice.

How did the income tax become law?  Because people were told, “We need this tax because…”  Gullible people believed the government, and the income tax was passed.

Property Taxes

Who in their right mind gave away the right to property ownership through property taxes? When the state can take property because the taxes are not paid, nobody truly owns their property.  The state owns the property, and the occupant pays rent in the form of taxation.

People do not even have a right to own property anymore.

How gullible does someone have to be to give up their right to own property?  All the government had to say was, “We need this tax because…”, and people fell for the lie.

Gun Rights

The above examples should provide enough history for just about everyone to resist gun control.

When people give the government control over something, the government eventually uses that control as a weapon against the people.  There is an old saying, “Absolute power corrupts absolutely.” We have seen that example play out through income taxes and property taxes.

Once a right is given to the government, it is rarely returned to the people.  Do we honestly think any of our gun rights will be returned?

What gun rights may you ask?

No waiting period.  Does someone have a waiting period before they have a trial by jury?  The accused is entitled to a speedy trial.

No background check.  Does someone have to go through a background check to go to church, or go read a newspaper, or to voice their political opinion?  Of course not.

Cruel and unusual punishment.  Can the police beat someone until their background check is compete?  Of course not.

The list goes on and on.  For some reason, gun rights are treated as second class rights.

Keeping Our Rights

Over the centuries the government, through consent of gullible people, have slowly eroded our rights.

Those gullible people are always willing to give their rights, and your rights, away to the government.  All they need is a reason, and they will be more than happy to give away all the rights they have, until nothing is left.

It is our duty to say “No more.  No more of our rights will be given away.”

Be the person who says, “I do not care what the government says, we will not give up another right.”

It is a constant battle between those who wish to preserve their liberties, and those who would gladly give all their rights to the government.  However, we must be constantly vigil in our fight to preserve our rights.