To the Editor,

In order for a people to live freely and have a constitutional, republican form of government, it is a necessary principle that the citizens and their chosen leaders have virtue. That this principle is beyond debate has been proven repeatedly down through history in those nations where self-government has been attempted. The principle is very simple — in order to have a government conducive to liberty, citizens must first be able to govern themselves as individuals. When this principle is violated, then those elected as representatives from among the people cannot be expected to be virtuous in their governing.

It has recently come to light that Senator Robert Menendez (D) of New Jersey allegedly sponsored and promoted legislation that would benefit a major donor to his political campaign (donations that through PACs totaled over $600,000). The legislation in question would have granted special tax credits and grants to a company in which his donor had invested heavily. The Senator also attempted to intervene in his donor’s behalf due to a criminal investigation being conducted by the FBI in a dispute the donor had with several governmental health agencies. He also accepted two trips to the Dominican Republic on the donor’s private jet.

This is how entrenched politicians maintain their hold on power. They manipulate the tax code to reward those contributing to their campaigns. Without an income tax they would not have this “tool” to play “scratch my back and I’ll scratch yours” game, and as a result our economy and liberty would be less threatened.

There is some good news, however. There is a bill in Congress that would rectify this anti-virtuous system. It is a national sales tax, more commonly known as “The Fair Tax Act.” To learn more about how it would solve our taxation problem and give us the opportunity to have more control over our personal finances and taxes, go to www.fairtax.org.

We must eliminate this corrupt system we have in place before we are completely ruined. As another principle stated long ago says, “Righteousness exalts a nation; but sin is a reproach to any people.”

Frank Kuchar,

Arlington, Texas