Our basic freedoms are rooted in private property rights. Without them it is impossible to be free. Absolutely every despot in history has denied all but a favored few the right to private property. Our Constitution also guarantees equality before the law. We are to be neither punished nor favored because of who we are.
“The Rich” are being targeted because they are a successful minority, 3 percent of our population. Their private property rights would be taken from them by elected officials, some who themselves have become rich while “in public service.” This is in stark contrast to “The Rich.” Most earned their wealth through a combination of education, working long hours and taking significant personal risks.
Before we endorse taxing “The Rich,” we must carefully consider the words of a Lutheran pastor in Nazi Germany who barely escaped execution for his very vocal opposition to the German government:
“First they came for the Communists, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Communist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn’t speak up, because I wasn’t a Jew. Then they came for the Catholics, and I didn’t speak up, because I was a Protestant. Then they came for me, and by that time there was no one left to speak up for me.” Rev. Martin Niemoller, 1945
If we think we are safe because we are not “The Rich,” Rev. Niemoller’s words suggest otherwise. If we are not all safe, none of us are.