What is the Role of Government? Are Property Taxes Immoral?

By Brian Massie, A Watchman on the Wall

We thank a Kirtland lobbyist for sending this article on funding for Ohio libraries.


After reading the article, we asked ourselves what is the role of government? Not what it has become, but rather what services other than fire and police protection, maintaining roads and bridges, sanitation, running elections, securing our borders, etc. should be the purview of a governmental body. The questions at hand are: Has the government grown so large that it is unsustainable, and how should we pay for vital services?

We have come to the conclusion that property taxes are immoral, and should be abolished. Any tax that can cause a citizen to lose their home is immoral. Property ownership is the foundation of our liberty, and families can get out of poverty by passing property ownership from one generation to the next. Without property ownership we will become merely serfs, and our society will look like the Chinese communist model.

Should we continue to use property taxes to pay for libraries, schools, parks, mental health services, abortion services, “affordable” housing, etc., or should those that use the services pay a fee for the use of the service? What if the public library charges a fee to a citizen for using the library services? Should a senior that never uses the library pay property taxes so someone else can use the public library that has morphed into a venue that promotes immorality and is counter to the value system of the senior?

The use of property as the basis for taxation has permitted civil government to grow out of control, and will continue to cause severe hardships on the citizens, especially those on fixed incomes. In reality, property tax is theft because it does not limit what is paid to the government. The current thinking by State officials, and seemingly well-meaning, well-paid lobbyists, is to eliminate the income tax. We fail to understand the rational for that type of thinking.

Here is another question that will have many “grabbing their hearts” and wondering if we have lost our minds. Should the government be involved with educating our children?

Since many people have been indoctrinated and the abnormal has become normal, we continue to pass school levies “for the children” and to ensure that our property values are protected. What is ironic is that we fail to realize is that we are funding our own demise.

Controlling the children was/is a communist goal. Regretfully, they have been very successful by slowly, but surely, accomplishing their goal of making the children wards of the State. Evil works in incremental steps.

The book by Joel McDurmon “Restoring America One County at a Time” pages 11 and 12 has a very interesting slant on public education:

Whoever controls education determines all of these issues for you and your child, and therefore, for your entire legacy. In a free society, all of these decisions would be left to the individual and the family and never made an issue of coercion from the State. You should be accountable to God and no one else for these decisions.

What does education look like in a truly free society under God?

  1. Parents exercise personal responsibility for an authority over their own children.
  2. Federal, state, and local governments have no jurisdiction in this area, and no ability (legal or otherwise) to coerce free individuals and families in any way.
  3. Parents pay for their own children’s education.
  4. No one is forced to fund the education of other people’s children in any way (directly or indirectly).
  5. No one demands that anyone else fund their child’s education (indeed, a free citizen would not even allow or accept funding derived from coercive means – taxation or otherwise).

Ah, there is the “elephant in the room”, should God be in the debate or discussion? Are we better off today than we were with the one room school house? When we can pay $46,000 per year per child (East Cleveland School District), and yet some children cannot read or write upon graduation from high school, we submit that we are on the wrong path.

Unfortunately, we have become an ungodly, uneducated society where families have been destroyed and churches have abdicated their role in society with many stopping at the message of salvation, or are preaching false messages. Sodom and Gomorrah showed a lack of hospitality is one message that is hard to forget. This has caused an increasing, unsustainable growth in civil government at all levels, and a walking away from churches.

Since we are all sinners and without families and churches to curb our behavior, civil government is required to grow in order to control and “care for” the citizens.

John Adams, a Founding Father and the second president of the United States, wrote in 1795, “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other”.

Oh my, how far we have fallen.

“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 14 For the gate is narrow and the way is constricted that leads to life, and there are few who find it.” Matthew 7:13-14

For the men that are only worried that “the Browns are down by ten at half-time”, you are performing exactly like Adam in the Book of Genesis. He did not stop Eve from eating the forbidden fruit, and look what that has done for humanity. We fear that even a “hail Mary” pass will not stop the wrath we are about to reap for the immorality we have sown.


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