No religious test, but…by Glen Spendlove on Jul. 03, 2011, under Uncategorized
Article VI of the Constitution of the United States, makes the following statement:
… All executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution; but no religious Test shall ever be required as a Qualification to any Office or public Trust under the United States.
I’m sure you notice the statement that no religious test shall be required by our public officials, BUT did you notice the part about requiring them to support our Constitution? Then why should we focus so much attention on the religious tenets of those who might seek for public service?
Wasn’t our Constitution created to, “secure the Blessings of Liberty”, for us and our children? Why do we not demand more from our officials to explain how they would defend the liberties of this country’s citizens?
Should they not at least pledge (at the risk of being charged for treason) to:
- Avoid bribes
- Pay all their taxes
Our country became great by people helping people.
I believe we should all give more to those who are in need, BUT do people feel the need to do better (and to pass along the help they received) when they are the recipients of nationalized good-will? I know that when I receive the help of others (not from the government) I am energized to repay the help to others who I find in need.
We can also form organized charities, BUT should any of these charities be nationalized and supported by tax dollars? Is your cause really worthwhile if others must be forced to give to its support? The giving to these organizations should not be tax deductible, AND these organizations should have to pay taxes for services (just like everyone else in this country).
The tax system needs to be reformed and greatly simplified. This would fix so many of the root causes of problems in this country. Perhaps we should start with only having a federal tax on the following (with no loopholes / exceptions):
- Gas, Electricity, Water, and
This has been longer than usual, but I believe these topics are all related and needed to be addressed at once.