If past experience is any guide, within a few months they’ll try to find some
account from which they can seize this money.
If you’re following along at home, in I
filed a return indicating that the
would expect me to pay $3,863 (which included a penalty for having failed to
pay quarterly installments of my self-employment tax). Since then, the
added about $404 in interest and penalties to that amount, so that they’re now
after me for a touch more than $4,267.
Someone with the Kafkaesque pseudonym of
“Citizen K” has
posted an Armistice Day message from an American war tax resister to American
To me, it seems to have a split personality and a repulsive self-loathing. On
the one hand, the author is “enormously proud” of the veterans and “wholly
indebted to their legacy” and “truly thankful” for the “rights and freedoms
[that] were hard-won” by such “[b]rave men and women [who] gave their lives
for cowards like me.” Indeed:
My words and actions are an affront to their memory, and I am not worthy of
But on the other hand, because the author is “a peaceful man” whose “religion
prohibits me from participating in any form of violence,” he has been
unwilling to pay taxes to support all of that honorable stuff he’s so proud
of, because, though he is wholly indebted and truly thankful for the legacy of
these brave men and women, “[m]y daughter, my wife, my family deserves better
from me. My efforts should build our lives together, not tear down other lives
in lands far away.”
While I don’t agree with the need to enforce our national superiority through
violence and bloodshed, I respect those who do. Without them I would not be
free to write this and I know that.
Thank you to all those who came before me, and who continue to fight for what
they believe in.
It’s hard to believe anyone could contain this much cognitive dissonance in
his head without just going completely around the bend.
This assessment is coming from the
Defense Business Board, which is
composed of people appointed by the Dubya Squad’s own
U.S. Secretary of
“Defense.” This isn’t some peaceniky group of outsiders.
The group’s conclusions could provide some political cover for Obama should he
decide to target some of the Pentagon pork to make way for deficit reduction,
lower taxes, or for spending on other programs. On the other hand, Democrats — always excruciatingly sensitive to being labeled “soft” — may see this as a
trap and may fear running against Republican candidates who accuse them of
The issue at stake here is the use of our tax dollars by the federal
government to pay for the performance of abortions or euthanasia. I, nor any
other Roman Catholic, cannot, in good faith, contribute materially (i.e.
monetarily), to abortion. Should I be conscious of the fact that my tax
dollars are being used to fund abortion or euthanasia, I can be declared in
schism with the Catholic Church and be disallowed by my local bishop from
receiving the Eucharist at Mass. In order to retain my standing as a faithful
Catholic, in harmony with the Church, I will be placed in the position of
having to perform an act of civil disobedience by becoming a tax resister. As
past tax resisters have all failed utterly in defending their position before
courts of law, I will likely suffer legal consequences for my failure to pay
taxes to the federal government (granted, past tax resisters have not
objected to said taxes on a religious basis, but rather on a constitutional
law basis; I believe the result will be the same, however, regardless of the
basis of the objection). To borrow a scenario from
Dinesh D’Souza’s book, Letters to a Young Conservative (pages 81–82),
should I refuse to pay my taxes, the government will kill me. D’Souza
explains that the government will fine me for not paying my taxes and, after
some time, send federal agents out to seize my property. I will, not
unreasonably, attempt to defend my property; given that I will be outnumbered
by trained, well-armed federal agents, I will likely lose my life in the
ensuing fracas. So there, in a nutshell, is the problem: as a Catholic I
cannot, in good faith, pay money to the federal government that I know will
be used to perform an abortion; the government will object to this and either
imprison or murder me.