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 my federal taxes.
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 to be operating outside the laws of humanity and common morality, having violated many treaties and international laws.
Since the Vietnam War, 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 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" to demand respect and independence from the British Empire. 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 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. …