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John Adams

"We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion... Our constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other."

"The church is the moral compass of society."

"We have no constitution which functions in the absence of a moral people."

John Quincy Adams

"Men, in a word, must necessarily be controlled either by a power within them or by a power without them; either by the word of God or by the strong arm of man: either by the Bible or by the bayonet."

Samuel Adams

"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 or 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."
(speech at the Philadelphia State House, August 1, 1776)

Alfred Alder

"A lie would have no sense unless the truth were felt as dangerous."

Donald C. Alexander
IRS Commissioner

"The mission of the service is to encourage and achieve the highest possible degree of voluntary compliance.
Federal Register, March 1974

American Bar Association Task Force on Treatment of Enemy Combatants
Preliminary Report, August 8, 2002

"The government has taken the position that with no meaningful judicial review, an American citizen alleged to be an enemy combatant could be detained indefinitely without charges or counsel on the government's say-so.

T. Coleman Andrews
Commissioner of IRS

"Maybe we ought to see that every person who gets a tax return receives a copy of the Communist Manifesto with it so he can see what's happening to him."
U.S. News & World Report May 25, 1956


"When you reach for the money is when they slip on the handcuffs."  (regarding government funding for vouchers)

P.S. Prof. John Arquilla
Information Warfare and Special  Operations Expert at the Naval Postgraduate School

"The idea of such an attack (like 9-11) was well known. It had been wargamed as a possibility in exercises before Sept. 11, 2001."

Dwight E. Avis
Head of ATF
IRS House Ways and Means Subcommittee Hearings 1953

"Let me point this out now. Your income tax is 100 percent voluntary and your liquor tax is 100 percent enforced tax. Now the situation is as different as day and night. Consequently, your same rules just will not apply... "

Bernard Baruch

"All wars are economic in origin."

Frederic Bastiat

"When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living together in society, they create for themselves in the course of time, a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it."

Henry Bellmon
Senator (1969)

"In a recent conversation with an official at the Internal Revenue Service, I was amazed when he told me that 'If the taxpayers of this country ever discover that the IRS operates on 90% bluff the entire system will collapse.'"

Hugo Black
Supreme Court Justice

"The United States has a system of taxation by confession."
U.S. v. Kahriger

Senator Richard Bryan

"As you know, the Senate Finance Committee held a series of hearings on problems with the complex tax code and the IRS. These hearings brought public many horror stories on the tactics used by the IRS. Additionally, my office received an anonymous fax which indicated that the regional offices of the IRS were maintaining quotas on collection agents; in effect rewarding these agents not for accuracy, but for how much they collected. I immediately contacted the new IRS Director who assured me publicly that practice would end. This practice has long been illegal, and legislation has now been passed that will strengthen the agency responsible for curbing this and other abuses.”
November 9, 1999.

Edmund Burke

"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing."

"Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon will and appetite be placed somewhere; and the less it there is within, the more there must be without. It is ordained in the eternal constitution of things, that men of intemperate minds cannot be free. Their passions forge their fetters."

George W. Bush

"If this were a dictatorship, it'd be a heck of a lot easier, just so long as I'm the dictator." December 18, 2000

Richard E. Byrd
Virginia House Speaker

"A hand from Washington will be stretched out and placed upon every man’s business; the eye of the federal inspector will be in every man’s counting house.... The law will of necessity have inquisical features, it will provide penalties, it will create complicated machinery. Under it, men will be hauled into courts distant from their homes. Heavy fines imposed by distant and unfamiliar tribunals will constantly menace the taxpayer. An army of federal inspectors, spies, arid detectives will descend upon the state."
predicting what would happen if the federal Congress were to enact a federal Income tax.

Mortimer Caplin
IRS Commissioner

"Our tax system is based on individual self-assessment and voluntary compliance.
1975 IRS IR Audit Manual

Senator Frank Church
Chairman, Select Committee to Study Governmental Operations
94th Congress, First Session

"If the law does not assure that tax returns filed by Americans will not be turned against them, our system of voluntary compliance with the tax laws faces a doubtful future.
Volume 3, Internal Revenue Service (October 2, 1975)


"A nation can survive its fools and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within."

Jack Cole Co. v. MacFarland
337 S.W. 2d. 453, 455-456 (Tenn. 1960)

"Since the Right to receive income or earnings is a Right belonging to every person, this right cannot be taxed as a privilege."

Judge Cummings
U.S. Federal Judge

"Only the rare taxpayer would be likely to know that he could refuse to produce his records to IRS agents... Who would believe the ironic truth that the cooperative taxpayer fares much worse than the individual who relies upon his constitutional rights.
U.S. v. Dickerson (7th Circuit 1969)

Pastor Terry Dowd

"I remember when ships were made of wood and men were made of steel. Now it's just the opposite."


"I was just following orders."

Albert Einstein

"I know not with what weapons World War III will be fought, but World War IV will be fought with sticks and stones."

"To me the worst thing seems to be a school principally to work with methods of fear, force and artificial authority. Such treatment destroys the sound sentiments, the sincerity and the self-confidence of pupils and produces a subservient subject."

"The minority, the ruling class at present, has the schools and press, usually the Church as well, under its thumb. This enables it to organize and sway the emotions of the masses, and make its tool of them.

"In order to be an immaculate member of a flock of sheep, one must above all be a sheep oneself."

"The hardest thing in the world to understand is the income tax."

Senator Sam Ervin

"Apart from constitutional considerations, no-knock laws are bad. If its people are to have a respect for law, a nation must have respectable laws, and no law is respectable if it authorizes officers to act like burglars, and robs the people of the only means they have for determining whether those who seek to invade their habitations violently or by stealth are officers or burglars."

"The Privacy Act, if enforced would be a pretty good thing. But the government doesn't like it. Government has an insatiable appetite for power, and it will not stop usurping power unless it is restrained by laws they cannot repeal or nullify. There are mighty few laws they cannot nullify."

Form1040 Tax Instruction Booklet

"You are among the millions of Americans who comply with the tax law voluntarily."

Vicente Fox
(on the surrender of U.S. Sovereignty)

“In recent years a new International System has been developing, oriented toward the establishment of norms and principles of universal jurisdiction, above national sovereignty, in the areas of what is called the New Agenda, such as human rights and democracy, questions of gender and discrimination, the protection of the environment or the war on organized crime and corruption.”

“.... The construction of new rules of international co-existence must continue.... we are actively participating in various forums in the construction of this international architecture.”

Ken Freeman
Vietnam Veteran and Chairman of Alliance for Citizens Rights (ACR) in Alabama

"The Ten Commandments summarize the basis of our structures of government, of our ethics and of our moral codes. To remove them is to remove the very ground on which we stand as a nation and as a people.  We are gathered here today to say that this is a battle worth fighting! To the enemies of freedom, we are here to say, 'Thou shalt not' destroy this nation from within. And that "we the people" shall defend America from all her enemies- foreign or domestic!"

Milton Friedman

"If you want more of something, subsidize it."

Albert Gallatin
Secretary of the Treasury

"An internal tax on consumption essentially differs from a tax on visible property because, in the last case, nothing is more requisite than an account of what a man appears to be possessed of, whilst, in the other, it is necessary to know the quantity and quality of the article consumed; and in order to attain that knowledge a severe inquisition must take place... and... extraordinary & dangerous powers must be given to the collectors."


"Freedom is like birth. Till we are fully free, we are slaves."

"Truth, which is permanent, eludes the historian of events. Truth transcends history."

"Civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty when the State becomes lawless corrupt."

"Disobedience that is wholly civil should never provoke retaliation."

"Freedom received through the efforts of others, however benevolent, cannot be retained when such effort is withdrawn."

Joseph Goebbels

"The great masses of people will more easily fall victims to a 'Big Lie' than a small one, if it is repeated often enough."

Fred Goldberg
IRS Commissioner

"We have a voluntary compliance system."
Nightline with Ted Koppel, April 13, 1990

Grace Commission

"100% of what is collected is absorbed solely by interest on the Federal Debt... all individual income tax revenues are gone before one nickel is spent on the services taxpayers expect from government."
Report submitted to President Ronald Reagan in 1984

Alexander Hamilton

"There is no method of steering clear of this inconvenience, but by authorizing the national government to raise its own revenues in its own way. Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources. The rich may be extravagant, the poor can be frugal; and private oppression may always be avoided by a judicious selection of objects proper for such impositions. If inequalities should arise in some States from duties on particular objects, these will, in all probability, be counterbalanced by proportional inequalities in other States, from the duties on other objects. In the course of time and things, an equilibrium, as far as it is attainable in so complicated a subject, will be established everywhere.
Federalist Papers 79

"In the general course of human nature, a power over a man's subsistence amounts to a power over his will."

"If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no recourse left but in the exertion of that original right of self defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government."
Federalist Papers 28

Congressman George Hansen

"It's impossible to have religious freedom in any nation where churches are licensed to the government."

Dorcas R. Hardy
former Commissioner of Social Security

"There is no law requiring a person to apply for a Social Security number, and there is no section of title 18, United States Code, making it a crime to not have a social security number."

Patrick Henry

"Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery?"


"Because it is so unbelievable, the Truth often escapes being known."

Adolph Hitler

"The great mass of people...will more easily fall victim to a big lie than to a small one.
Mein Kampf

Thomas Jefferson

"God who gave us life gave us liberty. And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the mind of the people that these liberties are of the Gift of God?"

"Deemed in other countries incompatible with good government and yet proved by our experience to be its best support."

"An elective despotism was not the government we fought for."

"Peace, commerce, and honest friendship with all nations, entangling alliances with none."

"[W]e must not let our rulers load us with perpetual debt. We must make our election between economy and liberty or profusion and servitude. If we run into such debt, as that we must be taxed in our meat and in our drink, in our necessaries and our comforts, in our labors and our amusements, for our calling and our creeds...we [will] have no time to think, no means of calling our miss-managers to account but be glad to obtain subsistence by hiring ourselves to rivet their chains on the necks of our fellow-sufferers. And this is the tendency of all human governments. A departure from principle in one instance becomes a precedent till the bulk of society is reduced to be mere automatons of misery. And the foreshores of this frightful team is public debt. Taxation follows that, and in its train wretchedness and oppression."

more Thomas Jefferson

"The remaining revenue on the consumption of foreign articles is paid chiefly by those who can afford to add foreign luxuries to domestic comforts, being collected on our seaboard and frontiers only, and incorporated with the transactions of our mercantile citizens, it may be the pleasure and the pride of an American to ask, What farmer, what mechanic, what laborer ever sees a taxgatherer of the United States?"
2nd Inaugural Address

"The suppression of unnecessary offices, of useless establishments and expenses, enabled us to discontinue our internal taxes. These covering our land with officers and opening our door to their intrusions, had already begun that process of domiciliary vexation which once entered is scarcely to be restrained from reaching, successively, every article of property and produce."

"The spirit of resistance to government is so valuable on certain occasions, that I wish it to be always kept alive."
letter to Abigail Adams, February 22, 1787

"To compel a man to furnish funds for the propagation of ideas he disbelieves and abhors is sinful and tyrannical."

Merrill Jenkins

"Those unaware are unaware of being unaware."

Eleanor Dwight Jones
(Social Darwinist)
Head of the American Birth Control League

"The time is ripe for us to launch throughout the country a systematic campaign against the present disgenic multiplication of the unfit. The public is beginning to realize that scientific, constructive philanthropy does not merely care for the diseased, the poor and the degenerated, but takes steps to prevent the birth of babies destined to be paupers, invalids, degenerates, or all three."
writing to Lawrence B. Dunham, director of the Bureau of Social Hygiene, Nov. 5, 1930

"The second half of our program is to secure the cooperation of the social agencies in these cities in getting the women of the lowest social and economic class to avail themselves of the contraceptive advice offered them... We ... are concentrating on the practical work of making it possible for the lower social classes to practice birth control. For the good of the race, people of poor stock - incompetant and sickly - should have few or no children, and fortunately they want few or no children. In this matter private interest is in accord with public interest. That is the strength of the birth control movement."

Rev. D. James Kennedy

"The IRS, a branch of our government, has succeeded in gagging Christians."

Edward M. Kennedy

"The tax system is stacked against the average taxpayer."

John Maynard Keynes
Economic Consequences of The Peace

"If governments should refrain from regulation....the worthlessness of the money becomes apparent and the fraud upon the public can be concealed no longer."

Rudyard Kipling

"If any question why we died tell them because our fathers lied."

Henry Kissinger

"Today, America would be outraged if UN troops entered Los Angeles to restore order. Tomorrow they will be grateful! This is especially true if they were told that there were an outside threat from beyond, whether real or promulgated, that threatened our very existence. It is then that all peoples of the world will plead to deliver them from this evil. The one thing every man fears is the unknown. When presented with this scenario individual rights will be willingly relinquished for the guarantee of their well-being granted to them by the World Government."

"Military men are dumb, stupid animals to be used as pawns for foreign policy."
(Quoted by Monika Jensen-Stevenson, Kiss the Boys Goodbye)

Jerome Kurtz
IRS Commissioner

"The IRS's primary task is to collect taxes under a voluntary compliance system."
1980 IR Annual Report

Senator Paul Laxalt

"The high-handed bureaucratic excesses of the IRS are a national disgrace... riding roughshod over the taxpayers and making a joke out of our rule of laws."

Charles Lindbergh, Sr.
U. S. congressman

"This act establishes the most gigantic trust on earth. . . . When the president signs this act, the invisible government by the money power, proven to exist by the Money Trust Investigation, will be legalised. . . . The new law will create inflation whenever the trusts want inflation."
(on the passage of the Federal Reserve Act, 1913)

Abraham Lincoln

"We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven...but we have forgotten God......and we have vainly imagined in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own".

"Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become... too proud to pray to the God that made us."

"The only assurance of our national safety is to lay our foundation in morality and religion."

"To sin by silence when they should protest makes cowards of men"

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country; corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in High Places will follow, and the Money Power of the Country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the People, until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands, and the Republic is destroyed."

Loan Association v. Topeka
United States Supreme Court (1874)

"To lay with one hand the power of government on the property of the citizen, and with the other to bestow it on favored individuals... is none the less robbery because it is... called taxation."

Senator Edward V. Long

"The IRS has become morally corrupted by the enormous power which we in Congress have unwisely entrusted to it. Too often it acts like a Gestapo preying upon defenseless citizens."

General Douglas MacArthur

"I am concerned for the security of our great nation, not so much because of any threat from without, but because of the insidious forces working from within."

James Madison

"The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands . . . may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny."
Federalist Papers 47

"We have staked the whole future of American civilization, not upon the power of government, far from it, we have staked the future of all of our political institutions upon the capacity of mankind for self-government, upon the capacity of each and all of us to govern ourselves, to control ourselves, to sustain ourselves according to the Ten Commandments of God."

"It will be of little avail to the people, that the laws are made by men of their own choice, if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow. Law is defined to be a rule of action; but how can that be a rule, which is little known, and less fixed?"
Federalist Papers 62

Gary Makovski
Special IRS Agent

"If no information or return is filed, [the] Internal Revenue Service cannot assess you."
Testifying under oath in U.S. v. Lloyd

Maxim of law

"He does not appear to have retained his consent, if he have changed anything through the means of a party threatening. Non videtur consensum retinuisse si quis ex praescripto minantis aliquid immutavit."

"Where the law is uncertain, there is no law. Ubi jus incertum, ibi jus nullum."

"When the law fails to serve as a rule, almost everything ought to be suspected. Ubi non adest norma legis, omnia quasi pro suspectis habenda sunt."

"Where there is no authority to enforce, there is no authority to obey. Ubi non est condendi auctoritas, ibi non est parendi necessitas."

"Resignation is the spontaneous relinquishment of one's own right. Resignatio est juris proprii spontanea refutatio."

more Maxim of law

"A wrong is not done to one who knows and wills it. Scientia et volunti non fit injuria."

Robert McNamara
Former Secretary of Defense

"The commitment of government to deal with the population issue is of course essential….There are many ways to make the death rate increase."

Daniel J. Mitchell

"Compare this (40% to 75% total local, State and Federal tax rate) to the plight of medieval serfs. They only had to give the lord of the manor a third of their output and they were considered slaves. So what does that make us?"

sir Thomas More
(1478 - 1535).

"Everywhere do I perceive a certain conspiracy of rich men seeking their own advantage under that name and pretext of the commonwealth."

Edward R. Murrow

"Anyone who isn't confused really doesn't understand the situation."

Richard Nixon

"When we have them by the [testicles] their hearts and minds will follow."

Jennifer O'Neal

"To have the opportunity to encourage and comfort the hearts of women who have suffered is humbling, and making the whole truth known about abortion is absolutely necessary."

Thomas Paine

"Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must... undergo the fatigue of supporting it."

Theophilus Parsons
Massachusetts Convention for Ratification of the U.S. Constitution

"But, sir, the people themselves have it in their power effectually to resist usurpation, without being driven to an appeal of arms. An act of usurpation is not obligatory; it is not law; and any man may be justified in his resistance. Let him be considered as a criminal by the general government, yet only his fellow-citizens can convict him; they are his jury, and if they pronounce him innocent, not all the powers of Congress can hurt him; and innocent they certainly will pronounce him, if the supposed law he resisted was an act of usurpation."

Ms. Shirley D. Peterson
former Commissioner of the IRS

"Eight decades of amendments and accretions to the Code have produced a virtually impenetrable maze. The rules are unintelligible to most citizens - Including those who hold advanced degrees and including many who specialize in tax law. The rules are equally mysterious to many government employees who are charged with administering and enforcing the law.

"It is also a known fact that the Internal Revenue Code is a very easily misunderstood area of law, even misunderstood by trained professionals. Judges and lawyers admittedly do not know the tax laws."
"Tax Policy Lecture" before Southern Methodist University, April 14, 1993

Publication 21

"'Do you have to file a tax return and pay taxes?'

'The U. S. income tax system is built on the idea of 'voluntary compliance.' This means that it is left to the taxpayer to keep the necessary records, file a return on time, pay any required taxes, and meet any other requirements of the tax law. The system is built on trust in the citizens to know their responsibilities and to do what needs to be done. Taxpayers voluntarily follow the steps the tax system lays out. Failure to do so can result in penalties.

"Two aspects of the Federal Income Tax system - voluntary compliance with the law and self-assessment of tax - make it important for you to understand your rights and responsibilities as a taxpayer. 'Voluntary compliance' places on the taxpayer the responsibility for filing an income tax return. You must decide whether the law requires you to file a return. If it does, you must file your return by the date it is due. IRS Publication 21."

Ayn Rand
Atlas Shrugged

"Degrees do not does not bargain about inches of evil."

Congressman John E. Rankin

"The United Nations is the Greatest Fraud in all History. It's Purpose is to Destroy the United States."

Ronald Reagan

"No nation ever taxed itself into prosperity."

Franklin D. Roosevelt

"In politics, nothing happens by accident. If it happens, it was planned that way."

Theodore Roosevelt

"Every thinking man, when he thinks, realizes that the teachings of the Bible are so interwoven and entwined with our whole civic and social life that it would be literally impossible for us to figure ourselves what that life would be if these standards were removed. We would lose almost all the standards by which we now judge both public and private morals, all the standards towards which we, with more or less resolution, strive to raise ourselves."

Pastor Everett Sileven
Faith Baptist Church
Louisville, Nebraska

"God has commanded us to preserve our assets to create an inheritance for our children. With the criminal IRS and other government agencies after our assets at all times, it is difficult to make that preservation."

Joseph Sobran

"Your chances of being killed by a terrorist are extremely remote. That you will be oppressed by your own government is a virtual certainty."

So. Pacific v. Lowe
238 F.847 (1917)

"'Income,' as used in the statute should be given the meaning so as not to include everything that comes in. The true function of the words 'gains' and 'profits' is to limit the meaning of the word 'income.'"

Paul Strassel
Former IRS Headquarters Agent

"The real point of audits is to instill fear, not to extract revenue; the IRS aims at winning through intimidation and (thereby) getting maximum voluntary compliance."
Wall Street Journal 1/28/80


"The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws."

Leon Trotsky

"You may not be interested in war but war is interested in you."

United States v. Flora
362 US 145 (1958)

"Our system of taxation is based on voluntary assessment and payment, not upon distraint."


"If you believe government should re-distribute taxpayers' money you are a Socialist. Specifically, if you believe state government should re-distribute taxpayers' money you are a State Socialist; if you believe that the federal government should re-distribute taxpayers money you are a National Socialist; if you believe that the federal government should re-distribute taxpayers' money overseas, you are an International Socialist. If you believe government has no right to re-distribute taxpayers money, you are a real American."


"In general the art of government consists in taking as much money as possible from one class of citizens to give to the other."

Johnie M. Walters
IRS Commissioner

"Each year American taxpayers voluntarily file their tax returns and make a special effort to pay the taxes they owe."
1971 Form 1040 Booklet

George Washington
The Father of our Country

"I am sure that never was a people, who had more reason to acknowledge a Divine interposition in their affairs, than those of the United States and I should be pained to believe that they have forgotten... the omnipotence of that God who is alone able to protect them."

"True religion affords to government its surest support. Religion and morality are the essential pillars of civil society."

" .... Of all the dispositions and habits which lead to political prosperity, religion and morality are indispensable supports. In vain would that man claim the tribute of patriotism, who should labor to subvert these great pillars of human happiness, these firmest props of the duties of men and citizens. The mere politician, equally with the pious man, ought to respect and to cherish them. A volume could not trace all their connections with private and public felicity. Let it simply be asked: Where is the security for property, for reputation, for life, if the sense of religious obligation desert the oaths which are the instruments of investigation in courts of justice ? And let us with caution indulge the supposition that morality can be maintained without religion. Whatever may be conceded to the influence of refined education on minds of peculiar structure, reason and experience both forbid us to expect that national morality can prevail in exclusion of religious principle.

It is substantially true that virtue or morality is a necessary spring of popular government. The rule, indeed, extends with more or less force to every species of free government. Who that is a sincere friend to it can look with indifference upon attempts to shake the foundation of the fabric?

Promote then, as an object of primary importance, institutions for the general diffusion of knowledge. In proportion as the structure of a government gives force to public opinion, it is essential that public opinion should be enlightened ....."
(George Washington's Farewell Address in 1796)

"Observe good faith and justice towards all nations...In the execution of such a plan, nothing is more essential than that permanent, inveterate antipathies against particular nations, and passionate attachments for others, should be excluded; and that, in place of them, just and amicable feelings towards all should be cultivated. The nation which indulges towards another a habitual hatred or a habitual fondness is in some degree a slave...So likewise, a passionate attachment of one nation for another produces a variety of evils. Sympathy for the favorite nation, facilitating the illusion of an imaginary common interest in cases where no real common interest exists, and infusing into one the enmities of the other, betrays the former into a participation in the quarrels and wars of the latter without adequate inducement or justification...As avenues to foreign influence in innumerable ways, such attachments are particularly alarming to the truly enlightened and independent patriot."

The Washington Post

"The IRS's goal is to increase the rate at which taxpayers voluntarily pay their taxes from the current 82.3% to 90% by 2001."
Front page, Dec. 2, 1993, IRS Hopes Change