Rev. Ellen W. Lankhorst of Milton, New Hampshire, announced her decision to resist taxes in the local paper. “In fear and trembling I have decided to make this illegal gesture in the hope that many more people will do likewise. When a lot of people dare to resist the use of their tax dollars, things will change.”
All three [U.S.
presidential] candidates share one bedrock conviction: The war is not their
fault, or ours. It is Bush’s fault, “Bush’s war.” Of course that’s a lie.
For five years we were embarrassed by looting, humiliated by greed and
disgraced by torture, but we paid our taxes and most of us voted for the
president in . When we turned to the
Democrats in we were depressed but hardly
surprised when they failed to end what we had come to call “Bush’s war.”
Now, with 4,000 Americans and vast, unknown numbers of Iraqis dead, few of us
are doing very much except following another campaign in which only two
things are clear: the war is not our fault and, while this and our other wars
are not going very well, we do not know what to do. But that’s
OK, because it’s not our fault, or our
The problem of shared responsibility — these are our wars — cannot be named,
for if it were we might have to do something.
On what that “something” is, O’Brien is a little timid and vague. Less so,
[W]hat of our own culpability? What about our options for nonviolent
We do have options. We each can, at the very least, pressure our elected
representative, through legal or extralegal lobbying, to vote against
President Bush’s 102 billion dollar supplemental funding request which the
U.S. House of
Representatives will likely vote on the last week of
and with the Senate following suit
Another option was pursued, this year, by the National War Tax Resistance
Coordinating Campaign’s “War Tax Boycott.” This project helped people
eliminate at least a portion of war making from their personal budget.
Kelly concludes: “If you’re among those who are wearied and exasperated by the
wrongfulness of this ongoing war, allow yourself some relief: don’t