The Tax Revolt That Never Happened
There is a tedious meme making its weary way around FB. It shows a smiling British soldier and informs the viewer that the USA, a country that once fought a revolution against taxation, has just hired 87,000 more IRS agents. Where are the FB fact-checkers? There was no revolution against taxes, and one of America's chief propagandists was a former tax-collector. James Otis's slogan, "no taxation without representation," was a fine rallying cry, but as Otis and his sister knew well the New Englanders' main objection was ti search and seizure provisions that road roughshod over the Common Law protection of property rights.
What the FBI did to Trump a few days ago they do regularly. It was Sam Ervine's complaint against Nixon that the Attorney General John Mitchell was authorizing the FBI to make no-knock invasions of property. They take you property for back taxes or to make a developer rich, and there is no massive protest. Americans would rather complain about taxes to pay for the programs the insist on having but watch without blinking an endless series of illegal searches and confiscations.
Public Education has triumphed, when any number of sensible people think the American Revolution was a tax protest.