Almost 20 years ago, I interviewed a doctor who was challenging the Internal Revenue Service in court, defending himself, claiming that he was not required to file an income tax return because income taxes were unconstitutional.
A passionate and articulate Libertarian, he eloquently laid out his legal arguments for me, and shortly thereafter made the same pitch to a jury of his peers in federal court.
Unfortunately, they decided he was just trying to avoid “paying his fair share” of taxes, and he was sentenced to a year and a half in federal prison.
Not too long after he had served his time, I interviewed the same gentleman again, and asked him, would he do it all over again?
“No,” he answered thoughtfully, “I wouldn’t.”
He had missed the birth of his daughter, had lost his medical practice and subjected his family to great emotional and financial hardship. The price had been great, and what good had actually been accomplished was questionable.
But today, many more people are engaged in what is variously called the “tax protest,” “tax freedom” or “tax honesty” movement. Full-page ads in USA Today proclaim their core beliefs and legal arguments. An April 9 demonstration in the nation’s capital will feature hundreds of citizens surrounding the Internal Revenue Service headquarters wearing windbreakers imprinted with the words, “Tyranny Response Team.” A recently-filed lawsuit in Oklahoma, with two more to follow, is designed to prove in court that the 16th Amendment that gave us the income tax was never even ratified.
Who are these people?
Are they, as the Senate Finance Committee is saying in their hearing this morning, “scam artists”? Are they patriots and constitutional scholars, as they regard themselves? Are they “foolish heroes,” as the Cato Institute’s tax analyst Roger Pilon described them to CBS News this week, “reading the tax law in so strained a way, [that] they will in time pay the price for it. But,” Pilon further reasoned, “they’re heroes in the sense that they are bringing public attention to an issue that needs public attention.”
Although it’s easy enough to scratch the surface — yes, there are both patriots and shysters in their ranks — getting to the heart of the matter is something else. Having watched this movement for two decades, I can tell you that I’ve never yet seen a journalistic effort that actually dealt forthrightly and definitively with this issue. Virtually everything available on the subject is either: 1) tendered by the activists themselves — and therefore, although understandably passionate and often persuasive, readers never really know whether what is being said will free them from tyranny or land them in jail; or it’s 2) just like what CBS aired the other night on “60 Minutes II.”
CBS’ story was like virtually all “mainstream” press coverage of this issue — all heat and no light. It was the usual formula: First give voice to the words and arguments of the tax protesters. Then have government officials knock them down, saying in essence: These people are wrong, their arguments are frivolous, and they’re headed for fines and penalties, and possible prosecution and jail. End of story.
Well, that’s where WorldNet magazine’s current issue begins. The April edition of our popular monthly print magazine is, I believe, the first time that the key arguments animating income-tax opponents have actually been analyzed journalistically — that is, objectively, thoroughly and without regard to whom we make mad.
Is the act of signing your 1040 tax return on penalty of perjury — a felony — tantamount to giving up your Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination? Is the income tax actually voluntary? Can employers really stop withholding from their workers’ paychecks, as those activists in the CBS report claim? And was the 16th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution ever properly ratified? There is persuasive evidence that it was not.
If you want to get to the bottom of these issues for once and for all, then you must read the April issue of WorldNet.
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