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Dear Editor:

Government is an association of persons over a finite geographical area whose primary function is to take money by force, against the will of the person from whom the money is taken, (that is steal) under the gun of duress (threat of fines, loss of property or jail) and use those funds for some purpose the original owners would not have voluntarily spent the money on. That is the essence of a tax levy. Clubs, groups, associations, charities, orders, religions and most other organizations and all trade and commerce are funded by the voluntary contributions of its members and participants. If an individual is unhappy with the group or its use of funds, the individual can withhold funds from the group to effect a change in its behavior or he/she can withdraw from the group. One can only leave a government by removing ones self and property from the geographical area where the government reigns. In the United States, government exists within four separate but overlapping geographical taxing realms: Federal (USA — primarily income and excise taxes), State (Colorado — Income, sales, real and personal property taxes), County (Archuleta — sales, real property tax levies), and Town/City (Pagosa Springs — sales, real estate and regulatory tax levies and fines. All governments throughout the World utilize one or more of these levels of taxation, although few utilize all four simultaneously as does the U.S.A. No matter how worthy (or not) its purpose or how democratic its installation (or not), the primary purpose of all governments at all levels is the forcible levy of taxes. That is codified, armed robbery, from its citizens.

The secondary purpose of all governments is the forcible modification of its citizens and entities behavior through the passage of criminal and civil laws and regulations. Humans are born into a state of complete freedom of actions and activities. All government laws and regulations are a forced limitation of human activities and actions under the considerable threat of fines, seizure of property, jail and even death. No matter how noble or justified those laws and regulations may be (or not be), government can only take away its citizens’ freedom of behaviors and activities.

God began with 10 laws and a 10 percent tax. In the U.S.A., we now literally have hundreds of thousands of laws, regulations, taxes and levies. We have so many that it is believed that most citizens inadvertently (or purposefully) break some laws on a regular basis. Virtually all geographic areas on the globe are now ruled by some government. Governments almost never voluntarily dissolve themselves. They only grow until they become so huge that they collapse under their own weight or they are forcibly dissolved by their own citizens or a competing government.

This is not an indictment of all government, but a simple synopsis and reminder of what all government really is.

Don Thompson

This story was posted on March 27, 2014.