KUHNHEIN: Kentucky tolls, taxes and libertyPosted by Editorial Staff on February 18, 2015
Written by: Garth Kuhnhein
An open letter to our Kentucky Legislators…On Tolls, Taxes and Liberty
What strikes me about the discussion on taxes and tolls is that it really is about the “Blessings of Liberty” that are secured by the Constitution. What many fail to realize is that personal property is essential to the “Liberty” that the Constitution sets out to secure “to ourselves and our Posterity.” Those key words from the opening sentence from the Constitution.
John Locke in his writings points out that “all property is an extension of a person’s life, energy, and ingenuity. Therefore, to destroy or confiscate such property is, in reality, an attack on the essence of life itself.”
Taxes be they in the form of tolls that are imposed by the power of government under the guise of increasing our “safety” or by the Local Option Sales Taxes in what is being touted by the LIFTER’s as “let the people vote” are exactly what John Locke was warning us about in his Two Treatises of Government, in 1689.
The primary purpose of government is to protect our property, to protect our liberty. This is exactly why our governments, local, state and federal are a republic form and not a democracy. You are our elected representatives and senators and you are to protect us from those that will take our liberty, take our property for their own enrichment. The protection of our liberty is not a Republican or a Democrat issue. It is up to you as individuals to recognize the importance of this founding principle.
If it were a Republican or Democrat issue the tolls as taxes and the LOST cause would be easily solved by the Republicans if they would follow the Republican Platform.
Taxes, by their very nature, reduce a citizen’s freedom. Their proper role in a free society should be to fund services that are essential and authorized by the Constitution….We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs, or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations.
Unfortunately Mark Twain recognized that the founding principles are too often lost on legislators and he is credited with the following, “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session.”
I urge all our legislators to support our funding principles to support our republic, to protect our liberties and to reject the “LOST Cause” and to reject tolls and the corporate welfare/crony capitalism that come with P3’s.
Garth Kuhnhein is a registered engineer, board member of Sanitation District No. 1, member of the Kenton County GOP Executive Committee, an active supporter of Northern Kentucky United and is involved in liberty issues across Kentucky.
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