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One of the most hideous ways the Internal Revenue Service usurps power and control over Americans is through its oppression over nonprofits, especially religious groups. Threatening to withdraw tax-exempt status and to levy penalties are just a couple of ways it exercises its tyranny.

For example, April 3, Catholic Answers, one of the nation's largest lay-run apologetic (or defense) ministries for the Catholic movement, filed suit in federal court against the IRS for violating its right to free speech.

What spurred on the lawsuit is that the IRS imposed fines on Catholic Answers because Catholic Answers' president, Karl Keating, wrote in one of his "E-letters" that 2004 presidential candidate John Kerry shouldn't be allowed to receive the Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion) because of his pro-abortion stance, advocacy and voting record. Whether you agree or not, Keating was voicing his conviction and opinion, which he has a First Amendment right to do. At no point did Catholic Answers even tell people for whom to vote or not to vote.

Does that letter-writing act sound like something that deserves IRS fines and further taxes?

You can imagine the long uphill battle that will ensue for Catholic Answers as it attempts to sue the IRS. Catholic Answers confesses that it is doing so "not just for (itself), but on behalf of non-profit organizations and churches all across the country that are constantly harassed, threatened, intimidated, and persecuted by the IRS." That is the reason it also is appealing to the public for donations.

Everything is wrong and ludicrous about this type of governmental action, from the dictatorial power of the IRS to the violations against American rights and freedoms. And two major historical inconsistencies emerge from these situations, as well. First, early in our country's formation, the pulpits were the conscience of this nation. Preachers never were restricted in their political voices in any way, per the First Amendment. In fact, clergy and politicians used the pulpits to rally support without threat of governmental intrusion or penalty.

Second, the IRS wasn't started until nearly 100 years after the Revolutionary War, in 1862 as the Bureau of Internal Revenue. Its creation coincided with the creation of the income tax, which it was designed to collect, though income tax later would be ruled unconstitutional.

In 1913, income tax was established via the 16th Amendment. Both were the initial work of President Abraham Lincoln and Congress. They saw them as necessary to pay for Civil War expenses.

But could Lincoln even have imagined how the IRS would become the most bloated federal bureaucracy on the planet?

Today the IRS is the No. 1 enemy of your pocketbook. It is the government's financial mafia, the thug collection agency for government's intimidation, control, extravagant spending, corporate bailouts and national debt. It can't be overhauled or even reformed. (Congress' attempts have failed.) Who doesn't fear an IRS audit? It's the only federal agency before which you are considered guilty until proven innocent. I have a better definition for the abbreviation "IRS": Internal Rip-off Service.

Of all the present fallacies in the American system, the IRS must be the one that causes America's Founding Fathers to roll in their graves the most. Not only are its control and power unconstitutional but also its outrageous taxations strike at the core of the very reason for America's secession from Great Britain. The Founders would be horrified by the power of the IRS and its plethora of taxes we now have to pay: income taxes, employment taxes, capital gains taxes, estate taxes, corporate taxes, property taxes, Social Security taxes, gas taxes, etc.

The Founders were opposed to domestic taxes. They regarded high taxes and aggressive tax collectors as tyrannical and always to be guarded against. Patrick Henry warned: "Excisemen may come in multitudes, for the limitation of their numbers no man knows. They may, unless the general government be restrained by a bill of rights or some similar restriction, go into your cellars and rooms and search, ransack and measure everything you eat, drink and wear."

That is one of many reasons I encourage everyone this Independence Day to join a "tea party" and let it be known that we're "taxed enough already." You may not think your participation contributes much, but it was dozens and then hundreds of small resistances that eventually led a revolution in the beginning.

You might not agree with everything Catholic Answers believes, but you must commend its courage to stand up and fight the goliath of government agencies. We already know its odds of losing. Yet we also must remember how the biblical story ends: It just took the right person with the right stone to bring Goliath down.

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Dear Chuck Norris, I don't know when I've read more of the truth. Everytime I write an article, I think of what Billy Graham and other Taxpayers have said about all the illegitimates, living off social and welfare programs, created by politicians just to get voted in. The following quote is coming true also!

*******I'm quoting John Adams - "There are two ways to conquer and enslave a nation. One is by the sword, the other is by debt." America is now an enslaved nation with trillions of dollars in debt and all because of deceit and greed. Surely, you remember history and the Dictator that said "We'll destroy America and never lift a finger!" Therefore, all the critical issues addressed should be taken seriously and work beginning on them ASAP!

AND to think, This "OLD' sterilization program, WHICH, INCIDENTALLY, SHOULD HAVE NEVER BEEN STOPPED, AS AMERICA IS SEEING THE BAD AND CRITICAL RESULTS OF IT STILL IN 2009! As for 'paying' these people more of Taxpayers' money is ludicrous!'

I would be totally ashamed to be the politicians that continues to PUSH this! Surely GITMO or 'TENT CITY' has room for them, right?

Why on earth did they ever stop 'blood testing' before marriage license is beyond me! Illegitimates sleeping around with other illegitimates (just could be their kinship, also, but yet NO ONE is thinking about why we've become the 'DUH' generation, no morals or principles, no remorse for maiming, raping, and killing someone! AMERICANS had better take a look around to see what's happening, instead of thinking'THE POLITICIANS WILL TAKE CARE OF US AND OUR NEEDS!'

May God Bless us all.
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The following was sent to me and how true it is-Please read carefully!

Truth.........from a man the media has never been able to throw dirt on..amazing!!

He has certainly hit the "world" on the head!!

Billy Graham's Prayer For Our Nation

THIS MAN SURE HAS A GOOD VIEW OF WHAT'S HAPPENING TO OUR COUNTRY!

'Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, 'Woe to those who call evil good,' but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values.

We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem.
We have abused power and called it politics.
We have coveted our neighbor's possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!'

Commentator Paul Harvey aired this prayer on his radio program, 'The Rest of the Story,' and received a larger response to this program than any other he has ever aired. With the Lord's help, may this prayer sweep over our nation and wholeheartedly become our desire so that we again can be called 'One nation under God..'

Think about this: If you forward this prayer to everyone on your e-mail list, in less than 30 days it would be heard by the world. (It's worth a try!) One Nation Under God.







Comment: #1
Posted by: Shirley deLong
Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:04 AM
Thanks very much for that item, Shirley. It is a fair summary of the UK as well. Thanks too for your item, Chuck. Again, I can see why it's called the Infernal Revenue Service over there. By way of a summary of your situation over there, I received a note today from a Baptist pastor in NY State about a sign on the back of a pick-up that said One Big Ass Mistake America. I wonder how long it will be before signs like that will put the owners on Rikers Island or in the equivalents elsewhere in the US for an indefinite period.
Comment: #2
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Fri Jun 26, 2009 8:32 AM
This is what the late ex-President Reagan said about government.
"Government is like a baby: An alimentary canal with a big appetite at one end and no sense of responsibility at the other."
"Government's view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it"
"Of the four wars in my lifetime, none came about because the U.S. was too strong."
"The taxpayer: That's someone who works for the federal government but doesn't have to take the civil service examination."
"No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women."
"If we ever forget that we're one nation under God, then we will be a nation gone under."
Comment: #3
Posted by: Alan O'Reilly
Fri Jun 26, 2009 10:23 AM
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