Since at least 1492 self-interested and self-motivated people and entrepreneurs have sailed the ocean blue to America, the land of liberty, the shining city on a hill, home of the American Dream . . . until now. We’ve never read about Americans risking death rowing to Cuba, but even with the recent influx of illegal across our border with Mexico, there has for more than a year now been more traffic crossing that border southbound than northbound.
The U.S. Government is at war with individuals who are renouncing their U.S. citizenship to live, work, and be taxed elsewhere. That Government is also at war with corporations using the remaining legal tool of “inversion” to relocate and repatriate elsewhere so that they can better compete in what is a global marketplace. Nowhere on Planet Earth are corporations more negatively-impacted cost-wise by taxation and regulation.
While news media are filled with the story of illegals coming in, the bigger story is the Government’s executive branch regulatory bureaucrats changing rules to keep those attempting to flee in. I’m reminded of Ronald Reagan’s point that he didn’t leave the Democrat Party; it left him. These fleeing individuals and corporations believe that they’re not leaving America, but rather that America left them.
U.S. laws and regulations are so onerous today that any individual and any business is vulnerable to prosecution at least three times daily, this while the Government’s eyes and ears know minute-by-minute what and where and with whom you do anything or say anything. The most-regulated industry in America is banking and financial services. Two iterations of Dodd-Frank make it illegal for firms to first, fail to keep absolute privacy for its clients, and second, to fail to fully-disclose to regulators any and all information regarding its clients. In addition to prison time, the federal fine for each failure – so each client – in both cases is, I think, $65,000. In other words, federal regulators can and may bankrupt any bank at any minute of any day of any week of any month of any year . . . and every banker knows that.
Unless you own and drive a really-old car, the Government can remotely take control of your car’s electronics and slam it into the big tree of its choice or off the bridge or cliff of its choosing. I guess that’s its answer if and when the jails, prisons, and FEMA camps all get filled. We’ve all read about and heard about the IRS targeting individuals and groups opposing this Government’s total annihilation of liberty, and the same by Eric Holder and Justice, and by the EPA and other alphabet agencies. Even congressmen and senators must be wary. No legislator has come out publicly in opposition to the new “inversion” rules.
What was brilliant and special about America – land of the free and home of the brave – what made for American exceptionalism, was that for the first time in human history a nation was established upside-down, with subsidiarity, with individual sovereignty supreme, with individual rights inherent, with government strictly-limited and with little controlled at the national level and all else left to the states, locales, and to the People. What took but a mere 225 years was the total reversal of subsidiarity. Now the U.S. Government tightly controls all aspects of states along with the People, and even local police are outfitted with military weaponry not to protect people from, say, ISIS, but to protect the Government from the “real terrorists”, We the People.
If you think it’s time for a second revolution, I caution you to consider how different this Government today is vis-à-vis its power and force versus the British Crown of the 18th century. This Government can and probably would step on We the People like a bug. Tango uniform (toes up), DRT (dead right there), having assumed room temperature is today’s America. Learn Mandarin, study Eastern culture.