PA representative Brian Fitzpatrick wants to see your tax returns and everything else you thought was private. He must be against the 14th Amendment which gives everyone a Right to Privacy. We know that’s what he wants because we have a copy of his: “Presidential Tax Transparency Act”. His basis to see the president’s tax returns is due to a basic flaw in his Americanistic Inheritance, i.e., the Right To Privacy that underlies a bunch of Amendments to the Constitution.
American’s believe that their tax returns should be private. In a massive conflicted bit of double-think a large majority of American do not think, however, that President Trump should be afforded privacy as related to his tax returns.
He refused to release his tax returns when he was a candidate for the presidency. Millions of people would like to know how he became so wealthy so they want him to reveal everything they think can tell them what they don’t know but which President Trump does know which is how to get rich.
Its a problem though because Americans have a right to privacy. That’s a huge right, but, …. it’s not understood by most people around the globe.
The Supreme Court was late for the party but finally they first recognized that the various Bill of Rights guarantees creates a “zone of privacy” in Griswold v. Connecticut, a 1965 ruling that upheld marital privacy and struck down bans on contraception.
The First Amendment protects the privacy of beliefs
The Third Amendment protects the privacy of the home against the use of it for housing soldiers
The Fourth Amendment protects privacy against unreasonable searches
The Fifth Amendment protects against self-incrimination, which in turn protects the privacy of personal information
The Ninth Amendment says that the “enumeration in the Constitution of certain rights shall not be construed to deny or disparage other rights retained by the people.” This has been interpreted as justification for broadly reading the Bill of Rights to protect privacy in ways not specifically provided in the first eight amendments.
The right to privacy is most often cited in the Due Process Clause of the 14th Amendment, which states:
“No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
That’s unusually clear. Who could misunderstand it and who could be against it?
The police for one. Police want to solve crimes and they believe nothing is more important so they hate it when people keep information away from them. The problem for the citizens is the police violate peoples privacy so often and they always have which explains why Thomas Jefferson and the Founders of America restricted the power of the police to intrude in people’s lives.
The only proper functions of a government are: the police, to protect you from criminals; the army, to protect you from foreign invaders; and the courts, to protect your property and contracts from breach or fraud by others, to settle disputes by rational rules, according to objective law. But a government that initiates the employment of force against men who had forced no one, the employment of armed compulsion against disarmed victims, is a nightmare infernal machine designed to annihilate morality: such a government reverses its only moral purpose and switches from the role of protector to the role of man’s deadliest enemy, from the role of policeman to the role of a criminal vested with the right to the wielding of violence against victims deprived of the right of self-defense. Such a government substitutes for morality the following rule of social conduct: you may do whatever you please to your neighbor, provided your gang is bigger than his..
Representative Brian Fitzpatrick should stop thinking the president is not an American citizen. He should stop demanding the president stop acting as though he is.
You are probably an American too so you should ask: “why does Fitz think anyone is entitled to see the president’s tax returns? Isn’t the Right to Privacy an essential difference between America and most of the rest of the Socialist world?
Yes, of course but Fitz is ex-FBI and he still has the mindset of a police investigator who believes the government has the power to get whatever information they want. His views on privacy align more with Germany and Russia in the last century which believe the state, meaning the government, is much more important than any individual citizen.
Never forget that the power of government is the power of the gun. Government has the power to enforce a set of rules in the territory it controls, a power that has often been turned against freedom. Let’s not let that happen in America again. It’s what our glorious revolution against England was fought for. Freedom from government was born here. Let’s not let it die here. .