Why America needs Grover Norquist and the Taxpayer Protection Pledge

Grover Norquist has the right ideas about taxation. It's time to listen to him. Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP File Photo

WASHINGTON D.C., November 28, 2012 – For nearly three centuries, private citizens and small business owners in America have treated proposals for tax increases with contempt. The American Revolution began with people enraged over far less tax hikes than what the current regime inside the Beltway is proposing to avert the so-called fiscal cliff. Yet today, a evil ideological shift is occurring in our country: while fighting taxes was once considered the most patriotic thing a person could do, today the political-media complex has successfully perverted America’s two parties into believing that we can tax and spend our way to reform.

Today, if you dare to think that the purpose of life is to grow up, thrive, work in a profession that pleases you and enjoy the fruits of your labor with your family, you are considered a dangerous extremist, a heretic and an obsolete man. If we think like our elected members of Congress, the real purpose of human life is to ensure positive revenues for the government and its bond selling apparatus.

ATR’s Grover Norquist, along with his Taxpayer Protection Pledge, has been demonized and slandered by members of both major parties for his relentless stand against taxation, called “a dark wizard” of a “cult” by liberals, implied as a terrorist sympathizer by decepticon Republicans and even recently mocked by ABC News commentator Matthew Dowd as being “an impediment to good government” whose only redeeming virtue is that “he was named after a character from Sesame Street.”

The worst part of this saga of American decline is that a growing number of Republicans, from elected members of Congress to armchair admiral trolls that haunt online social media have attempted to place Mitt Romney’s defeat on the head of Norquist, suggesting that if the Republican Party had been more aggressive in its pursuit of taxation and entitlement spending, Romney might have won.

God forbid that Republicans should be made to keep their promises, or that members of Congress should actually honor commitments made during their campaigns!

Let me say this: if the only way that Republicans can win a presidential is to advocate shaking change out of pockets, compelling people to subscribe to crummy government services and supporting higher levels of government spending at the expense of future generations, then America is no longer the land of the free and the home of the brave.

Where exactly does this tax and spend mentality end? Thanks to inflation, we no longer have a stable currency, which means that the cost of everything will increase uniformly every year. Will our members of Congress and local legislators really vote to raise taxes every year? Where does this end? If no one holds the line on “no new taxes, no new spending” what will become of the private citizen? Are we really now just nothing more than government-owned creatures to be farmed and taxed?

What does it say when the Great Experiment in freedom, a nation that once bravely rebelled against colonial taxation, is now the world’s leading advocate for big government and theft of income? What does it say when our government is so thirsty for more money that it will cross land, sea and air to tax expatriates abroad, lest they enjoy their own money?

America is collapsing around us and we are seeing a moral mutation of our values and our way of life. There is a cancer on this country and it is growing every day. People like Grover Norquist are the last shout of conscience and his Taxpayer Protection Pledge is an important reminder of what our responsibilities should be to one another.

Let us not join the ash heap of history of imploded empires, fallen republics and destroyed democracies. America needs all the voices of wisdom and courage it can get right now, and to be sure, Grover Norquist leads the way to real reform.


Danny de Gracia is a political scientist who lives in Hawaii. Learn more and follow Danny on his official blog!

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Danny de Gracia

Dr. Danny de Gracia is a political scientist and a former senior adviser to the Human Services and International Affairs committees at the Hawaii State Legislature. From 2011-2013 he served as an elected municipal board member in Waipahu. As an expert in international relations theory, military policy, political psychology and economics, Danny has advised numerous policymakers and elected officials and his opinions have been featured worldwide. Now working on his first novel, Danny resides on the island of Oahu.

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