The Power to Tax is the power to destroy.

A right cannot be taxed. We have Creator endowed unalienable rights that governments are instituted among men to secure — not destroy. The power to tax is the power to destroy — this famous quote is from the U.S. Supreme Court case McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 U.S. 327 (1819).   Daniel Webster, in arguing the case, said: “An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy,”

U.S. Supreme Court in Murdock v. Pennsylvania, 319 US 105 overturned a state license tax as unconstitutional:

“It could hardly be denied that a tax laid specifically on the exercise of those freedoms would be unconstitutional. Yet the license tax imposed by this ordinance is, in substance, just that.

It is a license tax — a flat tax imposed on the exercise of a privilege granted by the Bill of Rights.

A state may not impose a charge for the enjoyment of a right granted by the Federal Constitution.”

U.S. Supreme Court in Butcher’s Union v. Crescent City 111 US 746:

“The property which every man has in his own labor, as it is the original foundation of all other property, so it is the most sacred and inviolable. … to hinder his employing this strength and dexterity in what manner he thinks proper without injury to his neighbor, is a plain violation of this most sacred property.”

That’s right.  Your labor is your most sacred property.  How did you waive the right to your most sacred property? I should think that an honorable man would want to know why he no longer has a right to his most sacred property. 

Those who receive not a love for the truth shall receive strong delusion that they should believe a lie.

President Jefferson, concluding his first inaugural address, March 4, 1801:

“… a wise and frugal government, which shall restrain men from injuring one another, which shall leave them otherwise free to regulate their own pursuits of industry and improvement, and shall not take from the mouth of labor the bread it has earned. This is the sum of good government… “

Under the U.S. Constitution, in 1798, Vice President Thomas Jefferson reassured the people of Kentucky that they were free from all federal laws, except for the three crimes mentioned in the Constitution, “and no other crimes whatever”. He went on to say:

“(and all other their acts which assume to create, define, or punish crimes other than those enumerated in the Constitution) are altogether void and of no force, and that the power to create, define, and punish such other crimes is reserved, and of right appertains solely and exclusively to the respective States, each within its own Territory.”

That’s right.  People in States are free. The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.

A dissenting opinion in the Supreme Court case Spreckels Sugar Refining v. McClain 192 U.S. 397:

“Keeping in mind the well settled rule that the citizen is exempt from taxation unless the same is imposed by clear and unequivocal language,..”

U.S. Supreme Court in McCulloch v. Maryland, 17 US 316:

“We find, then, on just theory, a total failure of this original right to tax the means employed by the government of the Union, for the execution of its powers. The right never existed, and the question whether it has been surrendered, cannot arise. … The power to tax involves the power to destroy.”

U.S. Supreme Court in Magnano Co. v. Hamilton 292 US 40 quoting Veazie bank:

“The power to tax may be exercised oppressively upon persons, but the responsibility of the legislature is not to the courts, but to the people by whom its members are elected.”

And no, the 16th Amendment did not change this.  The US Supreme Court in Stanton v. Baltic Mining Co., 240 US 103 (1915)

…it was settled that the provisions of the Sixteenth Amendment conferred no new power of taxation.”

The Stanton case is confusing. As you puzzle your way through it, don’t forget that the defendant is a mining company profiting from a federal privilege.

Unknown to me, I found out too late that the IRS was taxing my wages in order to pay the perfectly legitimate indirect tax for an underground coal mine that I did not know about — and does not exist. If you are NOT a federal employee, your IRS files will prove that YOU ARE BEING TAXED FOR A FEDERAL PRIVILEGE that you do not know about.  My story is throughout the pages of

New IRS power to destroy you.

A new law was passed that gives more power to the IRS to collect unpaid taxes from American citizens. The new power was deeply hidden in a transportation bill stating that your freedom to travel could be taken from you if the IRS alleges that you owe back taxes.

The New Law

The new law, entitled “Revocation or Denial of Passport in Case of Certain Tax Delinquencies,” states that anyone owing the IRS $50,000 or more can have his or her passport cancelled by sending a message to the State Department. No hearing is required.  The Internal Revenue Service can simply cancel your passport just by falsely alleging that you owe them money. There are no courts, hearings, politicians, lawyers, or judges to stop them. Taxpayers DO NOT have a right to fight the decision in court before the passport is taken. The IRS uses their “guilty until proven innocent” rule.

Not controversial

The Controversy is not about their modus operandi, but their immunity from intentional crimes.
The IRS bullies enjoy destroying innocent people. The IRS has seized bank accounts even though no charges are filed. They don’t need to follow the due process of law because they are not an agency of the United States.  They like to seize bank accounts of small businesses without any warning. Often based on whatever is deemed to be a “suspicious” transaction  — which get more restrictive every year. Even irregular daily bank deposits, or cashing a large check.  And now banks must ask for valid ID if you deposit more than $500 cash into a business account. IRS power is often based on the public’s fear of the IRS. The chances of recovering from an IRS seizure are slim to none — and all done without lawful authority.

It is estimated that there are four to six million American citizens living abroad. Most rely on their passports as identification to get a hotel room, traveling, using their credit card, and other everyday uses.

Travelers who owe the IRS should not plan to live a normal life.  Or even return home. Their bank accounts will be closed, their home auctioned off, and other assets seized.

Those U.S. citizens who live abroad are never safe. There are only two countries on the face of the earth that tax their own citizens who live elsewhere.  The United States is one.  The other is Eritrea — a small mid-eastern military dictatorship. Yet most Americans think they are free. According to Human Rights Watch, the Eritrean human rights record is among the worst in the world.

If you want to learn the IRS dirty tricks, you might have a feeble chance to defend yourself. Read my free essays at — but you will have to dig deep into my links. Hint: start with The slothful will be under tribute.

If you are interested in the “requirement” for passports, read my eBook on Identification Credentials.

If you are interested in your freedom to travel, read my free essay on Personal Liberty.  It is one of the blessings of liberty that every congressman has sworn an oath-of-office to uphold.

If you want a good online law course that explains procedures and rules showing how our courts work, I recommend this self-help course: How To Win In Court.

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