Cindy Sheehan Pledges Total Tax Resistance

You may have heard about Cindy Sheehan — she’s the co-founder of the group Gold Star Mothers for Peace who is camping out at the gates to Dubya’s vacation home in Crawford, Texas trying to provoke him into coming out to hear her complaints about the war her son was killed in.

Looks like she’s following in the footsteps of Pat Blackburn and deciding to withhold her taxes until she gets some answers. She addressed a veteran’s group in Dallas recently, saying in part:

My son was killed in , so I’m not paying my taxes for . If I get a letter from the IRS, I’m gonna say, you know what, this war is illegal; this is why this war is illegal. This war is immoral; this is why this war is immoral. You killed my son for this. I don’t owe you anything. And if I live to be a million, I won’t owe you a penny.

And I want them to come after me, because… I want to put this frickin’ war on trial. And I want to say, “You give me my son, and I’ll pay your taxes.”

I live in Vacaville, come and get me if you can find me there and put me on trial, because like Camilo [Mejía], Camilo knew what was right. And he went to prison for that. And Henry David Thoreau he went to prison, he refused to pay his poll tax, and Emerson — I call them HT and RW — and RW came to visit HT and said what are you doing here, buddy? And HT said, why aren’t you here? This is the only place for a moral person in an immoral world.

It’s up to us, the people, to break immoral laws, and resist. As soon as the leaders of a country lie to you, they have no authority over you. These maniacs have no authority over us.…


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