Forget taxes, let's talk about our "tax experts". And jail.Submitted by Smudge Pot on Mon, 03/18/2013 - 10:56
A few posts over the weekend indicated a trend of "tax experts" and calls for "tax resistance". And I'll state this plainly at the outset:
Some of us have heard these "methods" swirling around for years and we've seen people jailed for them quite regularly over these same years.
Let's consider the case of that old guy we've all heard about who defeated a driving citation using a constitutional defence....like 40 years ago. Do you know his name? What state he was driving in? Don't feel bad, almost nobody else does. Know how many people have tried that defence since then? Let's just guess a couple MILLION. Know how many of us have won using these arguments since then?
Now let's consider some of the other arguments all at once: sovereign citizens, contract law, the old "admiralty law" thing and ALL jurisdictional arguments, the obscure references to Blacks and the gossamer-thin and mystical game of "legal definitions". Just roll them into one huge ball. And ask yourself how smart you are.
Because we've never won a case that didn't have a jury we could swing and we've never won in a court of precedent. So while a few lucky ones like Joe Bannister (nearly) walked (his career and finances were destroyed), some of our real heavies, some of our greats, Irwin Schiff himself (Peter's dad) and Sherry Peel Jackson have done cold, hard jail time. Irwin is still there, in failing health and it looks like the state intends to keep him there until the day he dies.
These two people had the support, they had the resources to put up a fight, they had established and upstanding reputations and they are both almost frighteningly smart. And they got trounced and went to jail.
I also noticed one of those perennial calls for "critical mass" in tax resistance.
"We need critical mass for tax resistance." Uh yeah that would be very helpful but people talk about it like it's something we can go shopping for.
Husband: Can you get me critical mass next time you are at the store?
Wife: I just baked you a pie, you have enough critical mass.
Discussions of critical mass are fine as long as you remember we have a maximum potential of roughly 50%. Roughly 50% of people are in the "government is fine or I don't care" category, they are happy with how things are for the most part and they support the status quo. Half of the remainder are leftists. Those of us willing to contemplate hard line resistance, well allow me to tell you this:
They'll happily keep building jails, we'll become a commodity and states will bid on the opportunity to incarcerate us. We'll become our own little economic stimulus engine for the prison-industrial complex. Now I'm not suggesting they will send us thank-you notes and Christmas cards but trust me, that would make certain people deeply happy and profoundly grateful. Grateful as Al Capone was upon prohibition or perhaps the gratitude of an overweight and undisciplined child who falls asleep under a counter and awakens to find themselves locked inside a fudge shop.
Or my old buddy Seamus who did in fact fall asleep in a bar to awaken to find it closed and himself locked in. Freaking Seamus, what a hoot he was. "Seamus what did you do?" I asked. He said "well smudge, I made muself a drink". It truly did occur to me that to lock an Irishman INSIDE of a bar might be the only way to truly keep them incarcerated.
The rest of us might do well not to count on the "luck o' the Irish" when it comes to fighting Uncle Sam over his candy. And "critical mass" is not yet available in stores.
Some of you are ready to fight. Are you ready to lose?
Because believe me right now, believe me as of this moment that no matter how much mass or support or logic or interest you think you have, at one point in all this you are gonna be alone. All alone. Just you in a very massive system that's designed to grind you down and destroy you and it literally has THE REST OF YOUR LIFE to do it.
Note that I didn't get into right or wrong or telling you what to do. I just wanted to put this out especially for you young people. I want you to consider the above, pick and chose your fights wisely and remember TIMING IS EVERYTHING.