For years, individual Americans representing various “truth, honesty and protest” income-tax groups, including We the People (www.GiveMeLiberty.org), FairTax (www.FairTax.org), and Truth Attack (www.TruthAttack.org), have been striking from work annually on April 15 to spend the day at their local post office—or other visible public locations—distributing various pieces of literature on the subject to fellow Americans in the process of mailing their tax forms.
Joining us this year will be the New American Tea Party (locally, www.AshevilleTeaParty.wordpress.com), a new nonpartisan group of folks who believe the government should obey the law, and should not give public money to corporations and other private interests. Such giveaways are outside the federal government’s jurisdiction and the powers granted to it, as limited by the U.S. Constitution.
There will also be new participants from the nonpartisan grass-roots group The 9-12 Project (www.TheGlennBeck912Project.com), which is now brewing as a result of recent encouragement by media personality Glenn Beck.
An easily and inexpensively reproduced “Tax Day Strike ‘09” flier can be downloaded (sites.google.com/site/wethepeoplenc/files), introducing Americans to our right to petition for redress of grievances, as guaranteed by the “accountability clause”—the last 10 words of the First Amendment.
To learn more about local April 15 nonpartisan tax-day activism, visit: LibertyAsheville (www.libertyasheville.ning.com) and 9-12 Project Asheville (www.9-12projectashevillenc.ning.com).
— Bernard Baruch Carman