The original American patriots were those individuals brave enough to resist
with force the oppressive power of King George. I accept the definition of
patriotism as that effort to resist oppressive state power.
The true patriot is motivated by a sense of responsibility and out of
self-interest for himself, his family, and the future of his country to
resist government abuse of power. He rejects the notion that patriotism means
obedience to the state. Resistance need not be violent, but the civil
disobedience that might be required involves confrontation with the state
and invites possible imprisonment.
Peaceful, nonviolent revolutions against tyranny have been every bit as
successful as those involving military confrontation. Mahatma Gandhi and
Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr., achieved great political
successes by practicing nonviolence, and yet they suffered physically at the
hands of the state. But whether the resistance against government tyrants is
nonviolent or physically violent, the effort to overthrow state oppression
qualifies as true patriotism.
True patriotism today has gotten a bad name, at least from the government and
the press. Those who now challenge the unconstitutional methods of imposing
an income tax on us, or force us to use a monetary system designed to serve
the rich at the expense of the poor are routinely condemned. These American
patriots are sadly looked down upon by many. They are never praised as
champions of liberty as Gandhi and Martin Luther King have been.
Liberals who withhold their taxes as a protest against war, are vilified as
well, especially by conservatives. Unquestioned loyalty to the state is
especially demanded in times of war. Lack of support for a war policy is said
to be unpatriotic. Arguments against a particular policy that endorses a war,
once it is started, are always said to be endangering the troops in the
field. This, they blatantly claim, is unpatriotic, and all dissent must stop.
Yet, it is dissent from government policies that defines the true patriot and
champion of liberty.
It is conveniently ignored that the only authentic way to best support the
troops is to keep them out of dangerous undeclared no-win wars that are
politically inspired. Sending troops off to war for reasons that are not
truly related to national security and, for that matter, may even damage our
security, is hardly a way to patriotically support the troops.
Who are the true patriots, those who conform or those who protest against
wars without purpose? How can it be said that blind support for a war, no
matter how misdirected the policy, is the duty of a patriot?
Once a war of any sort is declared, the message is sent out not to object or
you will be declared unpatriotic. Yet, we must not forget that the true
patriot is the one who protests in spite of the consequences. Condemnation or
ostracism or even imprisonment may result.
Nonviolent protesters of the Tax Code are frequently imprisoned, whether they
are protesting the code’s unconstitutionality or the war that the tax
revenues are funding. Resisters to the military draft or even to Selective
Service registration are threatened and imprisoned for challenging this
threat to liberty.
Statism depends on the idea that the government owns us and citizens must
obey. Confiscating the fruits of our labor through the income tax is crucial
to the health of the state. The draft, or even the mere existence of the
Selective Service, emphasizes that we will march off to war at the state’s
A free society rejects all notions of involuntary servitude, whether by
draft or the confiscation of the fruits of our labor through the personal
income tax. A more sophisticated and less well-known technique for enhancing
the state is the manipulation and transfer of wealth through the fiat
monetary system operated by the secretive Federal Reserve.
Nice to see a shout-out to tax resisters in the very depths of Mordor.