I stand before you on the eve of our 235th Birthday, and realize now that our founding fathers got it wrong. The events leading up to the American Revolution crystalized around a very simple concept, "No Taxation Without Representation." Obviously that was wrongheaded.
Sam Adams and the Sons of Liberty should have been more forward thinking. As the most well off in America begin their holiday weekend, we should be thinking about their mantra, Representatiion Without Taxation.
If you think about it, it makes perfect sense. Why pay for the benefits of a democracy, when you can get it for free. Well almost free. A few thousand here and a few thousand there to pay for lobbyists and politicians is chicken feed as opposed to paying taxes. Taxes are so icky.
Certainly Leona Helmsley was a woman way ahead of her time, when she told her staff that "Only the little people pay taxes." A shame that the misguided belief of the time was that those who cheat and get caught, get punished. My, my, how Twentieth Century, how quaint, how misguided.
It really time for the rest of us to step aside, and let the United States of America be run by the corporate oligarchs. After all, they are just too big to fail. Let's face, a politician who is interested in serving middle class constituents just doesn't get it. He or she is going to be swept aside by the big money and influence of those richest Americans who have decided that those who are young or old, those who are ill, or too lazy to find a job, or live in poverty shouldn't be relying on government handouts anymore.
That's just un-American. We should be living in company towns owned and operated by the smartest guys in the room. If you have any doubt about their smarts, just ask, they'll tell you how smart they are. And remember, they are just doing God's work.
A noted Republican and Supreme Court Justice, Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr., once said "Taxes are what we pay for civilized society." Holmes was from Massachusetts, so he obviously didn't know what he was talking about.
Let's remember that people will charge the super rich with starting class warfare. Nothing could be further from the truth. That is just socialist claptrap. We are just too uppity in the vast plantation society that has become America to recognize our betters.
Let us remember the great George Washington Plunkitt, an American Statesman of the late 19th century, who said long before it became fashionable, "I seen my opportunities, and I took 'em." We should learn from that.
Remember our nation's slogans need to change to keep up with the New America.
E Pluribus Unum (Out of Many, One) needs to be replaced with Everyone Out for Themselves. As far as In God We Trust is concerned, it just needs to be refined to In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash.