posted on Apr, 3 2010 @ 09:41 PM
Ok, I think this thread got off course a little bit. Thanks to those (on both sides of the argument) who have enlightened me on the tax issue....I do
appreciate your input.
However, the legality of the tax code was not my main point. As I said in one of my arguments, I wasn't sure if the tax system was truly
constitutional or not. So, for the sake of argument, let's say the IRS and the current income tax is 100% legal.
My point about starting this thread is that not paying taxes would be an example of PEACEFUL CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE. I would like to that debated here,
more than the tax legality issue.
In the past, I have never had a problem paying taxes, because I know that taxes pays for fire, police, schools, civil defense, etc... And further
more, I know full well that not paying taxes (i.e. doing something illegal) would be something that could put me in jail.
However, there comes a point when every person has to ask: what am I willing to do for my country?
Am I willing to kill? No.
Am I willing to write and call and fax my congressman and senators? Yes, and I do all the time, but it doesn't work. (God knows, I've tried!)
Am I willing to protest? Yes, but it seems that protesters are not being heard these days...they are being ridiculed and vilified on national TV, and
I really don't want to be vilified on national TV for speaking up.
So, what is left? Peaceful civil disobedience, or violence. I will not choose violence, so I may choose civil disobedience. And, a tax revolt would be
my preferred method of peaceful civil disobedience.
And, peaceful civil disobedience works. Look at Ghandi. Look at MLK and the civil rights movement. They got changes made. Did they have to break the
law to do it? Yes. Did they get arrested? Hell yes, many did, many times.
For example, it was illegal for black people to sit at the lunch counter in Mississippi, but they sat down anyway. And they got arrested. It was
illegal for black people to ride in the front of the bus in Alabama, but Rosa Parks did it anyway. And she got arrested.
But as they found out in the days of the civil rights....how many people could they arrest in one day for sitting down at lunch counters? How many
people could they arrest for refusing to ride in the back of the bus? How many people could they arrest for signing others up to vote, as was their
I am not saying that not paying taxes wouldn't get me arrested. But if enough people decided to stage a tax revolt, how many Americans could they put
in jail? THAT was my point. A tax revolt would give us leverage, just like the civil rights movement did.
Think of it as the "taxpayer rights movement", if you will.
After a while, if the numbers of tax revolters got so great, that they couldn't continue to ignore us. THAT was my point. I'm sorry I brought up
the legality of the tax system. I should have left that argument out. Whether it is legal, or whether it is not legal, doesn't really matter, I
Because what really matters is if I am willing to do something civilly disobedient, as a way of protest.
[edit on 3-4-2010 by nikiano]