Patriotism Means Paying For America

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Editor:

It’s hard to understand why normal, ordinary people defend the rich and privileged. Perhaps it’s because they think — just maybe — someday I’ll be a multimillionaire, too. Maybe even a billionaire! How else can one explain this kind of thinking?

In their recent letters to the Payson Roundup, both Donald Cline and Jim Gier impugn my attitude and comments regarding true patriotism. They would be better off retaking a course in civics. According to Webster, civics is “the study or science of the privileges and obligations of citizens.”

They seem to intimate that if you’re rich, you have some kind of a “right” to pay a lesser portion of your income in taxes than other citizens. I happen to disagree. That doesn’t mean that I have a bad attitude.

The truly rich didn’t earn all that bread in a vacuum; they owe back to the context that allowed them to become wealthy. That means carrying their fair share of the load to keep America strong. It doesn’t mean using your wealth to buy politicians that make rules that allow you to pay less than your fair share.

True patriots don’t hate the government of the United States. They’re proud of it. Generations of Americans have risked their lives to preserve it. They may not like everything it does, and they justifiably worry when special interests gain too much power over it. But true patriots work to improve the U.S. government, not destroy it.

When arguing against paying their fair share of taxes, the wealthy claim, “it’s my money.” But it’s their nation, too. And unless they pay their share, America can’t meet the basic needs of our people. True patriotism means paying for America.

Larry Brophy

Comments

Dan Haapala 2 years, 5 months ago

Dear Mr. Brophy, I just read an absurb defense of opinion that contained no facts, no references, no substantiation what so ever. You made several references to the character of people, but didn't say who they were or why you know they feel a certain way, or commit crimes of bribery of politicians. Where are these facts. You sir, are continuing a liberal dialogue that should have died of reason decades ago. Fact, the top 20% of income earners in this Country pay more taxes than 50% of the population. Doubt it, look it up. Fact. the top 30% of the income earners in this Country provide more than 50% of the jobs. Doubt it, look it up. In fact you need to go back to your civics class and smack your teacher. Either they misinformed you, or you weren't paying attention. Count your tax bill, after your tax return, and tell me what percentage of the American economy tax base you contributed too. Then lets have a real discussion about who pays the bills.

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Ed Smith 2 years, 5 months ago

"True patriots don't hate the government of the United States. They're proud of it." Really? Are you refering to the same U.S. government that turned our monetary system over to private bankers in 1913, or confiscated our gold in 1933, or intentionally infected Guatemalans with syphilis in 1946, or infiltrated our media in the 50's through Operation Mockingbird, or lied about the Gulf of Tonkin Incident in 1964, or illegally sold arms to Iran in the 80's, or lied about WMDs in Iraq, or established the TSA to commit sexual assault on our wifes and children, or assassinated a 16-year-old American citizen in 2011 in Yemen? Mr. Brophy, true patriots don't fall for the false left/right political paradigm, the race baiting, or the class warfare peddled by the mainstream media. True patriots know their neighbors and treat them how they would like to be treated.

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ALLAN SIMS 2 years, 5 months ago

It is curious how those with a communist/socialist agenda (“ they owe back to the context that allowed them to become wealthy”) see themselves as “True Patriots”. I doubt many of them have served a day in defense of this nation. Those who have surely have forgotten the part of the oath they swore that first day. “I, (NAME), do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; …” They say ‘Once a Marine, always a Marine.’ The same holds true of all vets. There’s no time limit on our oath, for it is still valid and we live by it. Mr. Brophy ignores the constitution, where it says “Amendment I “Congress shall make no law respecting …abridging the freedom of speech, … and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.” For he said above “It doesn’t mean using your wealth to buy politicians that make rules that allow you to pay less than your fair share.” He wants to limit how much they can contribute to politicians, which the Supreme Court has determined to be a violation of the portions of Amendment I cited above. Further, he wants to dictate to others, myself included, just how much he (and those like him) can rip out of my pocket. ‘Oh, but you’re not rich’ he might reply. Says who? To the renter of a Mexican hut in Central Mexico, my poverty is certainly rich. Doesn’t his dirt floor, entitle him to see my ‘mansion’ with its central air and heat, running water and TV, as proof that I’m filthy rich, and deserving of judgment by my gov’t that I should share my wealth? Didn’t he contribute to the wealth of the world when he sold his meager crop? Haven’t I obtained my position on his back, speaking as a socialist? (Reference Mr. Brophy’s comment about “they owe back …” quoted above.) So, where does his view stop? When they successfully tax the rich to the point they light out for the Cayman Islands, taking their wealth with them, leaving us lesser rich to hold the bag? Consider Amendment IV: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, … Yet, this person wants to seize the property (wealth) of the rich to promote his solution. Never do they consider cutting spending to match the revenue at hand. True patriots, eh?

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