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Monday, October 13, 2008

Are you a Citizen or a citizen?

In the body of the original US Consitution, "citizen" is uniformly spelled with a capital "C". For example,


The Citizens of each State shall be entitled to all Privileges and Immunities of Citizens in the several States.

However, the 14th amendment spells citizen with a lowercase "c".

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

According to other sources, law is case sensitive. Such an difference cannot be a typographic error. It was done on purpose.

Some people say the 14th amendment created two classes of citizens. There are "Citizens" and "citizens". The 14th amendment has been interpreted to allow corporate personhood. A corporation is a "citizen", but not a "Citizen".

Some people say that a "citizen" is subject to the income tax, but a "Citizen" is not. This is the idea of the Strawman Corporation.

Such legal technicalities are irrelevant. The important point is that the income tax is immoral. The increasing restrictions on individual rights are immoral. People who focus on legal technicalities are missing the true issue.

I mention these technicalities because I find them interesting, and not because they're the main point of my arguments against the evils of the income tax and Federal Reserve.

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

And yet, you're missing the point too.

People are immoral as a norm, ok? Everybody already knows there are taxes, and only few protest, how come?

You say this is because most don't realize that taxes are immoral.

I say, this is because majority receives through taxation more, than they pay out.

Accepted morality of people is this: as long as I gain from it, immoral is a necessary evil.

For this reason, democracy will not remove taxation. Only benevolent dictatorship can do that.

Founding fathers did not represent majority when they wrote the constitution. They were dictating benevolently, at the moment.

Nor did citizens of Russian Federation demanded a low flat tax, Putin did put that in place.

John Petrie said...

I don't know about those semantic-legal minutiae arguments, but I'm pretty sure the capitalization of Citzen and State and other nouns was just the way English was written back in the 18th century. The way German still is. I think one paperback version of Tom Jones by Henry Fielding that I've seen has every noun capitalized; all or most fiction and non-fiction written back then, if it's reproduced true to its original form, has the nouns capitalized.

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