Letter: Cry for relief from the king
The following excerpt comes from the Bible and was written 3,000 years ago. It’s just as relevant today as it was then. The only thing that’s changed is at the time it was written the King demanded 10 percent, and our government today wants closer to 30 percent.
I Samuel 8:10-18:
(10) Samuel told all the words of the Lord to the people who were asking him for a king. He said "This is what the king who will reign over you will claim as his rights: He will take your sons and make them serve with his chariots and horses, and they will run in front of his chariots. (12) Some he will assign to be commanders of thousands and commanders of fifties, and others to plow his ground and reap his harvest, and still others to make weapons of war and equipment for his chariots. He will take your daughters to be perfumers and cooks and bakers. He will take the best of your fields and vineyards and olive groves and give them to his attendants. (17) He will take a tenth of your grain and of your vintage and give it to his officials and attendants. Your male and female servants and the best of your cattle and donkeys he will take for his own use. He will take a tenth of your flocks, and you yourselves will become his slaves. When that day comes, you will cry out for relief from the king you have chosen, but the Lord will not answer you in that day."
Happy the day when we all make God our King as individuals and as a nation, until then toil in vain for someone else. Perhaps it would not be in vain if not for the burden of debt we are all saddled with. May God have mercy on us all.