Friday, February 19, 2010

An unlimited power to tax involves, necessarily, a power to destroy: 1666

When he heard of any that did not go to church, he did not trouble himself to set a fine upon him: but he set as many soldiers upon him, as should eat him up in a night. By this means all people were struck with such a terror, that they came regularly to church. And the clergy were so delighted with it, that they used to speak of that time, as the poets do of the golden age.
--From History of his own Times--

The government would send soldiers to a family, they would be forced to feed the soldiers until their food ran out, and then they would face starvation. One of the reasons why the United States Bill of Rights includes:
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.

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