Time Magazine just ran a piece that encouraged around 65 million Americans who voted for Hillary Clinton to break the law and not pay their taxes in the future if another Republican wins the Electoral College but not the popular vote, because the author claimed that the Electoral College is unfair.
Nope, this isn’t a joke; Mark Weston actually wrote about this in Time Magazine (well, it is a joke, but it didn’t appear that Weston thought so…).
Weston discussed the circulation of a pledge not to pay taxes:
Is signing a pledge to not pay taxes legal? Yes, if no overt act of conspiracy is involved, and the pledge itself is hypothetical. No one knows when or if it would be carried out.
A national movement not to pay federal taxes in the future would put Republicans on notice: they do not have the right to impose a hard-right, second-place presidency on a moderate nation every dozen or so years. If the Republicans won’t help amend the Constitution so that America can resume being a democracy, then Democrats, lacking the representation that supporters of a future popular vote-winner ought to have in the executive branch, should not submit to paying taxes to the federal government.
Oh that’s rich — he whines about a “hard-right” presidency imposed on a “moderate nation,” and doesn’t see the irony. As he rails against the Electoral College, he misses that the whole “not imposing rule on the rest of the nation” is part of the reasoning for the thing he hates. The Electoral College, whether one agrees with it or not, was put in place in part to stop densely populated areas from imposing their will on the rest of the union.
Alright, I got that out of my system.
How would the pledge work?
First, an online group such as MoveOn.org, Change.org or both, should circulate a petition. The pledge is not just a powerful protest; it is also effortless, requiring no legal or financial sacrifice at all for years, possibly decades.
Second, the pledge should only apply to federal taxes. We would still pay state, local, sales and property taxes. This is a protest against our 229-year-old system of electoral votes, not against taxation in general.
Third, if a Republican wins the election without winning the popular vote again, we should still pay what we owe in federal taxes—just not to the IRS. Instead, people would compute their federal taxes, file a Form 1040 and write a check to a national escrow account, preferably in a well-established Canadian or British bank that is beyond the reach of the U.S. Justice Department, because whoever opens this account probably will be in violation of U.S. law. In the check’s memo line, people should write, “Funds to be transferred to the IRS as soon as America resumes being a democracy.”
Yeah, that’s going to be tough because we aren’t a democracy and never were…
Weston also noted that the whole whiny ordeal wouldn’t have to actually go through — in fact, the threat of it may be enough to impose their will. He wrote:
The beauty of a no-taxation pledge is that it almost certainly won’t have to be carried out. The mere threat could be enough to propel a Constitutional amendment. If millions sign now, Republicans will know that a third modern Republican runner-up presidency is impossible; Democrats will not be cooperative again.
The cry, “No Taxation Without Representation,” inspired America to declare its independence in 1776. It can also lead to a rebirth of democracy in our own time.
So the moral of the story is that if you don’t agree with something you should just take your toys and go home. Should be interesting to see how the tax man responds to this…
They don’t tend to take kindly to people not paying their taxes. I’m going to go out on a limb and say this garbage won’t fly… even if Leftists do try to get it off the ground.