“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men living in society, they create for themselves in the course of time a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.”
Frederic Bastiat (1801-1850)
Plunder verb - to enter forcibly and steal goods from, especially during war or civil disorder.
That's from my Oxford English Dictionary. That is probably very close to the definition, if not the definition, of the word plunder as would have been understood in Bastiat's day.
When a populace is fed up with something, and makes it known that it doesn't want it, and the gubment does it anyway, is that not plunder? The public has made it substantially KNOWN that it is done with all this spending! But the plunder continues!
When a gubment sets up every one of its citizens for forcible future financial demise via a legal system they create for themselves that authorizes it and claims the moral authority to glorify it, is that not the current definition of plunder as we know it?
When nearly half of a populace is not contributing to, what is it now, oh yeah, balanced revenue enhancement, and instead are taught that they are entitled to other people's money via a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it, is that not the current definition of plunder as we know it?
Remember one of the most significant theses in the book 1984 where an entire language was changed (to the VERY, VERY politically-correct Doublespeak) in order to create a legal system that authorized plunder and a moral code that glorified it, was this:
IN ORDER TO GET SOMETHING DISTASTEFUL TO BE ACCEPTED BY SOCIETY, THE GUBMENT ONLY NEEDS TO CHANGE THE WORD TO SOMETHING MORE PALATABLE.
So, let's say the gubment wants to get something as distasteful as abortion accepted by society (and "constitutional")? Well, simply change the word to "choice." How about homosexuality? Call it "gay." And when you want to euthanize grandpa for his money before "the home" gets it, what can we call that? How about "the right to die." I could go on.
Clinton tried to change the word taxes to "investments." That didn't fly. But now, since taxes, and huge, built-in, long-term, never-ending, inter-generational taxes must, that is MUST, be paid to sustain an unsustainable legal system and moral code - what do you think? Should we call it taxes, plunder or "balanced revenue enhancement?"
GET READY FOLKS FOR BALANCED REVENUE ENHANCEMENT (OR WHATEVER WORDING CATCHES ON) TO GET SHOVED DOWN YOUR THROATS! BUT REMEMBER, IT'S NOT PLUNDER! IT IS MERELY A LEGAL SYSTEM AND MORAL CODE DESIGNED TO CHANGE AMERICA AS YOU KNOW IT. THE DREAM, YOU KNOW...