Principled Opposition: Send a Warning

Be prepared for the upcoming push for a VAT—value-added tax. It can be placed on as many products as the legislators deem possible. The goal is to use it to fund programs so the deficit won’t be as bad as predicted.

Doesn’t this break a promise, though?

There are some invitations one should refuse.

Well, perhaps we can trust the Democrats who control the Congress to see the inequity of adding a VAT on top of the income tax.

Or will we instead get a repeat of the integrity we saw in the healthcare vote? Integrity? I’m not sure some congresspersons have any idea what that is. Of course, it all starts at the top. Some people are masters at changing the subject.

As we move into the next election cycle, what’s needed is an opposition based on principle. We need to explain as clearly as we can to the American people the difference between the constitutional approach to governing and the “progressive” approach. Even if the economy ticks up enough to make some feel more secure, we need to point to the underlying issues and the long-term disaster that awaits if we don’t change direction.

Will they listen? I’m reminded of a Scripture passage in the book of Ezekiel that lays out the responsibility before us. The context is different, but the principle is the same:

Son of man, I have made you a watchman for the house of Israel; so hear the word I speak and give them warning from me.

When I say to the wicked, “O wicked man, you shall surely die,” and you do not speak out to dissuade him from his ways, that wicked man will die for his sin, and I will hold you accountable for his blood.

But if you do warn the wicked man to turn from his ways and he does not do so, he will die for his sin, but you will have saved yourself.

America, like Israel of old, needs watchmen—those who will sound the warning. Will we do so? The responsibility is ours.