Tax resistance is everyone's moral charge.Byline: GUEST VIEWPOINT By David Hazen For The Register-Guard
Due to recent events within the Bush administration, I have been forced to reconsider my willingness to pay Willingness to pay (WTP) generally refers to the value of a good to a person as what they are willing to pay, sacrifice or exchange for it. See also
I am a member of a Christian church in Eugene, and I accept the power of love, compassion and nonviolence as it is spoken to us by all traditions of faith. These ideals are not only moral, they are a functional necessity for coexistence on a planet that is increasingly interdependent.
It simply takes some humility, patience and creativity to implement such values, and we can do that if we would but try.
I perceive the federal government of the United States United States, officially United States of America, republic (2005 est. pop. 295,734,000), 3,539,227 sq mi (9,166,598 sq km), North America. The United States is the world's third largest country in population and the fourth largest country in area. to be operating outside the laws of humanity and common morality, having violated many treaties and international laws.
Since the Vietnam War Vietnam War, conflict in Southeast Asia, primarily fought in South Vietnam between government forces aided by the United States and guerrilla forces aided by North Vietnam. , the U.S. has intervened militarily in more than 31 foreign countries. The reality is that our government uses the overpowering threat of military violence to impose the will of the rich upon the weak and poor nations of the world.
President Bush is only the current player in a long list of puppets.
The savage militarism Militarism
See also Soldiering.
leader of the Seven against Thebes. [Gk. Myth.: Iliad]
killed many enemies; led many troops to victory. [Ger. Lit. Nibelungenlied] of the United States has contributed to permanent conditions of poverty in this nation and around the world. These conditions deny the dignity, freedom and equality of all people.
Our government scorns the concept of human equality. Our founding fathers used the words "all men are created equal The quotation "All men are created equal" is arguably the best-known phrase in any of America's political documents, as the idea it expresses is generally considered the foundation of American democracy. " to demand respect and independence from the British Empire British Empire, overseas territories linked to Great Britain in a variety of constitutional relationships, established over a period of three centuries. The establishment of the empire resulted primarily from commercial and political motives and emigration movements . Now, the United States has become the despotic empire, falsely claiming that we know what is best for other nations and using incredible destructive power to prove that we are right.
Therefore, I refuse to be complicit com·plic·it
Associated with or participating in a questionable act or a crime; having complicity: newspapers complicit with the propaganda arm of a dictatorship. with this government in the form of personal income tax. The idea that my money is being used to buy more weapons of war is morally repulsive.
I intend to divert my tax to an escrow account, to be used for life-affirming purposes, until Congress passes the Religious Freedom Peace Tax Fund. This bill would enable people such as myself, who conscientiously object to their income taxes being used for death and destruction, to legally divert their tax into a nonmilitary fund.
Oregon Democratic Rep. Peter DeFazio Peter Anthony DeFazio (born May 27, 1947) is an American politician. He serves as a Democratic U.S. Representative from Oregon, representing the 4th Congressional District and is currently serving his 11th term. was a co-sponsor of the bill in the last session of Congress. DeFazio's constituents need to contact him to ask him to make passage of the Peace Tax Fund a priority this session of Congress.
Until the fund bill is passed, I would release all withheld taxes to the federal government if the following conditions are met:
Unconditional withdrawal of all American military forces from Iraq, combined with an open-bid, international rebuilding of the infrastructure, agriculture and industry of Iraq and Afghanistan that is funded by the United States.
Reduction of the U.S. military budget by 25 percent, with the resulting funds devoted to a worldwide campaign to end hunger, disease, illiteracy and water shortages; to stabilize population, and to care for refugees.
A stand-down of all nuclear weapons that are on alert status, and a renunciation The Abandonment of a right; repudiation; rejection.
The renunciation of a right, power, or privilege involves a total divestment thereof; the right, power, or privilege cannot be transferred to anyone else. of the policy of pre-emptive pre·emp·tive or pre-emp·tive
1. Of, relating to, or characteristic of preemption.
2. Having or granted by the right of preemption.
Establishment of a fully funded, cabinet-level Department of Peace, the purpose of which is to end all forms of violence, from domestic to international. The Department of Peace would provide the president with an array of creative, peace-building options to de-escalate conflict before violence begins.
Legislation creating the Department of Peace is sponsored by Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, and is supported by DeFazio.
David Hazen of Eugene is writing on behalf of Taxes for Peace Not War.