This story of the exposé of political government activies relative to spying and interference into the activities of the private lives of American Citizenry, is the most important story of revelation since the 1950 news story about the infiltration of Communists into the State Department, exposed in the hearings of Whitaker Chambers and the Algier Hiss trial and the story about The Pumpkin papers, detailed in a book, “Witness” by Whitaker Chambers.
In part one, I quoted the legal dictionary definition of “Conversion.” Specifically, “An unauthorized assumption, and exercise of the Right of Ownership over goods or personal chattels, belonging to another, to the alteration of their exclusion of the owners Rights.”
I interpret this as meaning an act of theft. I interpret theft as an act of taking the property belonging to another, in violation of the will of the owner. And in this connection, taxation by definition is taking the property of another in violation of the will of the owner, hence an act of thievery.
Running parallel to the current news story about the exposé of secret government violations of one’s Right to property and privacy, is the news story exposing the activities of the Internal Revenue, which collects the tax monies from the citenzry.
The role of our political government is first and foremost to protect this nation and its people from foreign and domestic enemies, and taxes are collected to support this role.
According to news reports, the employees of the IRS have squandered millions upon millions of tax-payer property, i.e. money, to fund wild parties in very expensive hotels, meeting, eating, drinking, partying and line dancing. Collected from hard-working, productive Americans via a gun or threat of a gun. Most pay taxes, not willingly, but out of fear of the threats of consequences if they don’t. Threats which include incarceration if not paid. Jail and fines or both, are the consequences of noncompliance.
I suggest this fits the legal definition of “conversion.” Desite all the investigations and congressional hearings into the activities of the IRS misuse of tax-payer monies, there have been no significant consequences. Quite the contrary, promotions and pay raises have been the result.
Where in the laws of the US Constitution is there any provision of authority for the government to collect monies to fund the good times of IRS employees to stay in expensive hotels, dance, drink, and party to the tune of millions of dollars, collected by the employees, enjoying and having a good time over these perks? What exempts them from the meaning of “conversion?”
On the other hand, Edward Snowden did not steal anything. He did the American people the largest favor since the midnight ride of Paul Revere, by exposing activities of wrong doing by the government to its people.
If the government spies on other governments as reported by Snowden, that’s their job and role to protect from foreign enemies, but not the role of political government to spy and invade the privacy of the citizenry, nor to collect money for the collectors to enjoy expensive partying.
Let’s just get down to the nitty-gritty, where the rubber hits the road, and face the reality of all that’s taking place. Instead of supporting the propaganda of the government case against Edward Snowden, we should be praising his bravery of exposing to the American people the reality of the activities of the government.
Instead of supporting the government’s position against Snowden, and instead of turning a deaf ear on the activities of wrong-doing by government employees, funded by monies they collect, we should be collecting money in support of Edward Snowden, as a brave whistle-blower, as an insider who was there and saw the activities of wrong-doing by the government.
In this political system of government, originally formed by the people, of the people and for the people, the goverrnment doesn’t own anything, and that which they have is rightfully owned by the people. And that surely must include records of spying on ordinary Americans and invading their privacy contrary to the laws of the Constitution.
How can an American citizen morally be charged with theft of that which belongs to the people? Truth belongs to the people.
Continued in Part Three of this series.
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