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XXX SW Xxxx Ave., Apt. XX
Portland, OR 972XX
15 April 2004
Internal Revenue Service Center
Fresno, CA 93888-0002
To Whom It May Concern:
How exactly shall I start this? I might as well come right
out and state it: I intend to resist any attempt by the Federal
government to collect tax money from me. To that end, no check
is being included with my tax return this year.
This is a course of action I have been aware of for many
years, yet until now one I have refrained from taking in favor of
restricting myself to more lawful means. The events of the past
several years compel me to change my long-held stance.
It is more than just a lying, cheating executive branch that
led the nation into an illegal war of aggression. It is a
populace that is, by and large, either passively acquiescent to
or actively supportive of such an outrage. It is clear to me
that in present-day America, much as in the Germany of the early
1930's, there has been nothing less than a large-scale
abandonment of the values of decency that make even a nominally
humane society possible.
While some specifics of the situation (particularly the
level of domestic political freedom; were I to write this in the
Germany of seventy years ago I would be signing my own death
warrant) differ at present, the parallels between the two are
clear enough to me. Much as Hitler's self-professed preemptive
war against Poland in the name of national security ended up
creating a devastated and ruined Germany, I cannot help but
seeing our nation's current misguided foreign policy breeding
anything but further hardship at home (not to mention abroad).
In the face of the abandonment of values mentioned above, it
falls to those of us who maintain those values to use whatever
means we feel necessary -- legal and otherwise -- to frustrate
the operation of the machinery of death, destruction, and
inhumanity that are now in motion.
Maybe such efforts will spark increased resistance to the
machine at home. If not here then perhaps in the rest of the
world, which has also been largely acquiescent and passive
despite lots of talk. Maybe news of them will serve to undermine
the rising tide of blind hatred of all Americans (hatred, I may
add, which is exploited by terrorist groups to recruit new
members) by underscoring the difference between a government and
the people who live under it.
Maybe it's a doomed effort. Even then, I'll go to my demise
being able to live with my own personal conscience. That's
always meant more to me than the approval of others or of society
This decision will doubtless complicate my life, perhaps a
little, perhaps a lot. Who knows. But that's just to be
expected: in a complicated world, the desire to avoid
complications is nothing but the desire for a fool's paradise.
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