Magistrate Letter 2
We of the Southern National Congress wish you the very best of wisdom in your legislative duties. We wish to be of help to you and your colleagues in protecting and forwarding the interests of our State's citizens. If we can help find information you need in determining the benefit of specific legislation, we will be happy to volunteer.
As we work together, there are a few principles which we should consider.
1. Government does not produce anything, it is instead a consumer of the production of its citizens.
2. Everything the State does is at the expense of every one of its citizens, whether the action is for their benefit or not. Every action which only benefits a few at the expense of the many is not appropriate.
3. Only an extremely small number of citizens would willingly give their money to the State. The State must instead take it by force. The threat of financial penalty, personal ruin, and bodily incarceration forces citizens to forward their hard-earned money to any government. Taxation is the gun held to all our heads.
4. While the legislature might ask for a œfiscal note on a bill, a œfiscal note is only an estimate of what the legislation will cost the State, not what it will cost its citizens.
5. Every commission, every board, every committee established by the State rides on the backs of the tax-paying citizens. Is every one necessary? Probably most are not. If they are not necessary, then they should be terminated!
George Washington wrote, œGovernment is not reason; it is not eloquence; it is force. Like fire, it is a dangerous servant and a fearful master.
We would remind you that you have been elected (or appointed) to serve the citizens of this great State. Your greatest service will be to limit and reduce the hardship caused by the expropriation (theft) of money and other resources from the people you are to serve.
May this New Year be a happy and prosperous one for you and all of our State's citizens.
If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.
What is liberty without wisdom and without virtue?