“In this sense, the theory of the Communists may be summed up in the single sentence: Abolition of private property.” – Karl Marx
Every year local governments determine a budget, tax percentages, send out their own property appraisers, determine the value of your own property, and bill you for the money you “owe” them. If you do not pay the amount they designated, as determined by a government appraiser, for a budget they determined, you can lose “your property.”
Every year, governments determine automobile tax values and mail out a bill for you to pay. Separate from the tags, license, registration, and inspection fees, the vehicle tax is assessed simply because you have the car. Separate from a car payment and initial purchase tax, the vehicle tax is ongoing regardless of whether the car is paid for. If you do not pay the amount designated by the government, you can lose “your car.”
Every year, both state and federal governments require a reporting of all that you earned throughout the year. Having established both the tax rates and all acceptable exemptions and allowances themselves, you are required to pay roughly one-third (in many cases, much more) of your income to the government. Separate from property and car taxes, the income tax comes right off the top of your paycheck. If you do not pay the amount they designated, you can lose “your income” and, coming soon, perhaps your passport.
Ah, the American Dream – to own a home and a car, to have a happy family and successful career, and even the prospect of retirement! Maybe not. In reality, the problem in America is not that so many cannot afford to own their own homes or cars; it is that the government has made it impossible to own homes or cars. No one can. Government taxation of private property guarantees its abolition in the truest sense. If the government, whether local, state, or federal, has the power to confiscate private property for lack of payment to them, private property does not exist.
Essentially, every American is reduced to renting property from the government, with no hope of ever owning it themselves. The Constitution proceeds on the assumption of private property:
- 3rd Amendment – “No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”
- 4th Amendment – “The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”
- 5th Amendment – “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.”
All three of the above Amendments proceed on the foundation of private property ownership. Private property is protected against intrusion by the military, by law enforcement, and even by government seizure. Why? Because it does not belong to the government, but to the citizen; to the “Owner.”
In a free society, property and property rights are protected, as granted in the Constitution. In tyranny, however, the rights of citizens and their property are subjugated to the whims of government.
Karl Marx, the father of Communism, enumerated the goals for Communist takeover in a nation. He lists ten steps in his infamous Manifesto, the first three being:
- “Abolition of property in land and application of all rents of land to public purposes.”
- “A heavy progressive or graduated income tax.”
- “Abolition of all right of inheritance.”
Strangely, most Americans simply bicker about Democrats and Republicans, Left vs. Right, Conservative vs. Liberal, failing to realize what should be obvious by now: it is the State vs. the People. Our rights – private property high among them – are not being destroyed by Democrats or Republicans, but by Democrats and Republicans.