November 10, 2008
Okay, I meant to post about this over the weekend but got distracted and now it is in the comments to my previous post so here we go.
Apparently, Melissa Etheridge feels that she isn't enjoying the entirety of her rights as an American (Californian, I guess, but to her I'm sure there is little difference) citizen and as a consequence has decided to withold her half-a-million in taxes this year.
Singer Melissa Etheridge has come up with a novel way of protesting against California's ban on gay marriage – she is refusing to pay the state's taxes.
The legality of the singer's marriage has been called into question by the passing last week of Proposition 8, which reverses the recent decision to legalise same sex marriages. And according to Etheridge, this makes her a "second class citizen" in the eyes of the state. But writing on the Daily Beast, Etheridge says that the state will not receive a cent from her.
She wrote: "OK. So Prop 8 has passed. Alright, I get it. 51% of you think I am a second class citizen. Alright, then. So my wife, uh I mean, roommate? Girlfriend? Special lady friend? You are gonna have to help me here because I am not sure what to call her now. Anyways, she and I are not allowed the same right under the state constitution as any other citizen."
She continued: "I am taking that to mean I do not have to pay my state takes because I am not a full citizen. I mean that would just be wrong, to make someone pay taxes and not give them the same rights, sounds like that taxation without representation thing from the history books."
Hate to break it to her but she is taking that wrong. The worst part is that she (and the MSM) seem to believe this is a novel thought. They seem to believe that nobody has every before in America thought they weren't enjoying the fullness of their rights. Nope, not ever.
By her logic, the following people should also not need to pay taxes:
- Anyone living in a Fascist Gun-Free City like Chicago or any city that "infringes the right to keep and bear arms" in any way.
- Anyone that is not a member of a 'victim' group that does not receive a job or admission to college due to unconstitutional* race preference policies.
- Everyone in America that could conceivably argue that an illegal vote cancelled their legal vote out. This reasonably could be construed to include all American citizens.
I really could go on and on. In the end, nearly every person in the country has some pet policy they believe is oppressing them on and would love to stop paying taxes in protest.
There's just one problem: We have to. I know this may be novel to someone with the mind of an idiot man-child but the American tax system includes penalties for non-payment. We aren't all, in fact, paying because we just love contributing to laziness and illegitimate children.
You could even go to jail! I know, Fascism!!!!1 Probably racism, too! What? The Prop 8 Brigades hate black people? Awesome.**
I just can't believe these people are taken seriously in political circles. Their political ideology and logical reasoning skills are about as clever and calculated as Jackass: The Movie.
* - Last I checked the 14th Amendment makes it illegal for congress to enact any law that discriminates on the basis of race, etc. Picking one person for something because of the color of their skin seems to pretty clearly violate that.
** - Is anyone else having a Nero-playing-the-fiddle kind of fun watching the various Victim Groups tear each other apart? I mean, it was always inevitable wasn't it? Each of them grab for more and more victimhood but there is only so much to go around and now that they've reached saturation the only place to get more is from other groups.
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