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Death & taxes: What’s so American about plunder?

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We’ve all heard the old line about the certitude of death and taxes. It’s a bit telling about the nature of human beings and how they will use power, even if just a little, to try and extract the fruits of their neighbor’s labor for their own gain that we consider taxation as just another inevitable aspect of life. However, are taxes something that we should so readily come to expect?

Yesterday was the 4th of July, where we celebrated our forefathers’ decision to extricate themselves from British rule because of the many abuses by the crown, foremost among them, what the colonials considered excessive and unjust taxes. When independence was won, so loathe of taxes were the Founders that, under the Articles of Confederation, there were no national taxes; Congress had to scrounge what it could thru voluntarily contributions -contributions that were unsurprisingly lacking. Veterans of the War could not collect their pensions, and the infant nation could do nothing to keep British merchants from harboring in its bays and running roughshod over American vendors. The ensuing chaos from such a government resulted in the Constitution being ratified, creating a new, strong but limited central government whose powers included the ability to levy taxes nationally.

Presently in American politics there are two prevailing perceptions on taxation: on the Left, there is the misguided belief that taxes are the “price we pay for living in a free(?) and just society”. Per this narrative, we all pay taxes because we all benefit from living in a democratic society and thus must all share in the burden. This wouldn’t be a half-bad sell for taxes if half the people in American didn’t pay effectively zero taxes. (The Left’s reasoning also has the unfortunate trait of being utter bullshit.) It’s interesting to note: the people most attached to this narrative also hold the honorary title of “tight-fisted jerkwads who refuse to pay more to Uncle Sam than what the law requires.” If taxes are such an honorary patriotic duty, why don’t those on the Left pay more?

On the Right, we have the “taxation is theft” mantra. While truer to the nature of taxation -which is, money taken by force from unwilling payers- it has a major glaring weakness: if taxation is theft, why do we let the government “steal” from us while punishing individuals for doing the same thing? Why is theft illegal in most cases but not some, and if we allow theft to occur at some levels, why not others? Moral and reasonable people can agree: immoral acts do not become moral simply because the majority agree to engage in the act; government is an extension of the individual -of the People…what a person has right to do, the government may do also and nothing more. The problem with “taxation is theft” is that it implies that all taxes are inherently bad, and thus should be eliminated. Ask the Founders how easily a time they had funding even a small basic government with a Congress and an army under the Articles of Confederation.

The reality is taxes, when done properly and equitably, are somewhere in the middle. They are a necessary evil that funds government -government which is necessary and vital to secure and protect our rights from those who would take them from us. To call them theft is disingenuous, to call them “the price we pay to live in a free(?) or just society” is a lie. Taxes are the price we as citizens pay -in theory equally- for goods and services that only the government can provide, such as national defense or trade infrastructure and courts, that we all benefit from. Taxes pay for those services both necessary for the preservation of liberty and our rights and inadequately provided for by free markets because of market weaknesses like externalities or the free rider issue. And the American default is -or at least ought to be- to err on the side of letting free markets handle the care and provision of the goods and services necessary to preserve the public good and peaceful order.

To do more or less than this is tyranny, slavery, & theft. To tax one group to service another group is legalized looting, it is plunder on a national scale on behalf of the politically favored. For taxes to be fair, they must apply equally in cost and benefit. All must pay “their fair share” -i.e. equally burdened, and all must benefit equally and have equal access to the fruits of tax spending. That is what is meant by “the common good” and the “general welfare”.

As Jefferson so eloquently stated, “Whether property alone, and the whole of what each citizen possesses, shall be subject to contribution, or only its surplus after satisfying his first wants, or whether the faculties of body and mind shall contribute also from their annual earnings, is a question to be decided. But, when decided, and the principle settled, it is to be equally and fairly applied to all. To take from one, because it is thought that his own industry and that of his fathers has acquired too much, in order to spare to others, who, or whose fathers have not exercised equal industry and skill, is to violate arbitrarily the first principle of association, ‘the guarantee to every one of a free exercise of his industry, and the fruits acquired by it.’”

Let us remember that overly burdensome taxes are why the Founders rejected British rule and sought independence and self-governance. Let us also remember that what they considered heavy and burdensome are peanuts in comparison to the taxes we pay today…those of us who pay taxes anyways. Liberty cannot exist where one man is taxed so that another may eat of his labor, or where one group is shouldered with a greater burden because of political favors bestowed upon another group.

And without liberty, there can be no justice. Without justice, there can be no peace. Without peace, life is little more than waiting around for death and taxes.

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Three reasons the Drudge Report is awful

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Three reasons the Drudge Report is awful

There was a time when I got much of my news from the Drudge Report. It seemed to be conservative, and while it also liked to mix in conspiracy theories, Hollywood news, and an unhealthy dominance of Tom Brady fan stories, it generally got the stories right.

Today, the news aggregator is nothing like it once was. Today, it’s doing three things that should make America-loving patriots absolutely furious.

Contrary to popular belief, it’s not conservative

I remember during the heights of the hoopla regarding the Georgia and Alabama abortion laws, the Drudge Report seemed more annoyed than anything else. The stories about the laws were generally left-leaning – partially neutral in their reporting but with a noticeable bias against the laws. They didn’t post any of the unhinged responses from leftist outlets like Vox or ThinkProgress, but there was no commentary in favor of the laws, either.

Scan the headlines today. There are some that are right-leaning, but there are plenty of missed opportunities to spread a conservative message. The site seems to be against illegal immigration, though not nearly is much as there once. As the border crisis ramps up, coverage of it seems to be ramping down.

They love mainstream media sources

Which news outlets oppose America the most? Washington Post, the New York Times, and CNN are among the worst offenders. Which sites does Drudge link to the most? See previous list.

Sure, they link to Washington Examiner, Townhall, and Breitbart, but those links are scattered among TMZ garbage and Axios progressive news. The funny part is many of the outlets that get the most traffic from Drudge are sites that have attacked him. WaPo ran a very unflattering report on Matt Drudge himself. He blasted them for it. Today, you can still find plenty of links to them littered across his site.

The site is quietly becoming anti-Trump

I never thought I’d see the day when Drudge Report would turn against the President. The site was one of his biggest supporters during the primaries, even attacking other GOP candidates in favor of Trump. But things have changed. It’s hard to find a pro-Trump link on the site at any given moment, but you’ll find plenty of links attacking him.

They use anti-Trump news sources in links about the President, as if trying to shift sentiment away from him and in favor of a Democratic candidate. Pete Buttigieg has been the recipient of the most positive press on Drudge among Democrats. It’s puzzling.

There are alternatives for conservatives who are tired of Drudge Report’s shifting perspectives. This is no longer a conservative news source. Perhaps it never really was. Today, it’s as anti-Trump as they come.

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Ben Shapiro attacks media’s unhinged reaction to Iran and Trump

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Ben Shapiro attacks medias unhinged reaction to Iran and Trump

An article we posted earlier caught my attention. I’ll admit, it’s Fathers’ Day and I haven’t been watching the news very closely, but I didn’t realize that even after the revelation that Iran almost certainly attacked oil tankers last week and last month, the media is still pushing the Trump war-mongering narrative.

It’s false.

In doing further research, I came across this Daily Wire video by Ben Shapiro. He was highlighting the lies by the press two days ago, and as they continue to double down on their lies, Americans are being put at risk. Keep in mind that as our EIC pointed out, this false narrative about the President plays right into Iran’s hands. They want the world and the American people to believe President Trump is the aggressor.

What most people fail to understand is the media is willing to hurt you if it hurts Trump in the process. They’ll push the false narrative and help Iran with no concern for America’s interests.

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Why is leftist media echoing false ‘Trump wants war’ narrative?

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Why is leftist media echoing false Trump wants war narrative

Donald Trump was against the 2nd Gulf War when 80% of the country and nearly all of our elected officials pushed for it. In recent weeks, President Trump has echoed his long-standing sentiment that he does not want another war in the Middle East even as Iran provokes the world to respond to their obvious attacks on the freedom of shipping in the extremely important Strait of Hormuz. Yet even after being caught red-handed, they still claim it’s President Trump who is pushing for war.

And leftist media is echoing this sentiment.

It’s amazing that the media can play the smoking gun video, see the evidence that Iran was not only behind these attacks but the attacks from last month, and still try to fame the narrative around provocations by the White House. It only makes sense if you realize just how biased the media really is.

Left-leaning Politico offered the latest in a long string of reports that it’s the President, not the terrorists in Iran, who is to blame for rising tensions.

The U.S. reaction to the episode has sparked concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration are firmly on the path toward war with Iran.

The only people concerned about the administration’s “path toward war with Iran” are those who are either not paying close attention of who get their news from leftist media. Most conservative outlets are reporting the truth, that Iran is provoking us and thus far the administration has shown a very high level of restraint in responding. The only reason we haven’t directly punished Iran for their attacks is because they have thus far avoided attacking direct American interests. That may very well be the next step in their escalation plan if they cannot be made to understand the consequences before taking such an action.

Here’s the problem. They read American news outlets. They watch the internal strife and react accordingly. If they are led to believe by the false narrative about the President that their strikes are shifting American sentiment in their direction, they will be emboldened. By echoing Iran’s own talking points, leftist media in America is giving them more reason to carry out further attacks.

Calling the fake news media the “enemy of the people” was dangerous because it opens up doors to suppression of the 1st Amendment. I was against this message when the President first made it. Now, I’m seeing he was right all along. Their response to Iran’s attacks is even more dangerous to Americans and our interests than anything the President has Tweeted because the echoing of Iranian talking points by mainstream media draws us closer to war. I never thought I’d say this, but fake news is more than just an election or education problem. Today, the irresponsible way in which the media would rather echo the lies of the Iranian regime than the truth of their own President shows just how unhinged they’ve become.

Today, they proved me wrong. They really are the enemy of the people who will do anything to make the President look bad, even if it means costing American lives by driving Iran towards war. Unfortunately, the only recourse is to promote the truth. We cannot weaken the 1st Amendment despite the lies being promoted by the press. Not to be too self-serving, but the best way for patriots to counter fake news is to help news outlets like NOQ Report become more prominent through your generous donations.

The media has always been the pawns of Democrats, but now they’re extending their activism to become pawns of the Iranians. If it hurts Trump, they’ll publish it, even if it hurts Americans in the process.

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