I know quite a few people who are planning to go to Washington DC for the 9/12/09 March on Washington. And quite a few people who say they are not. Here’s what one Nevada blogger says about why he and his family are going.
I admit I’ve been a little ambivalent about the upcoming Las Vegas Tea parties (July 3rd or 4th depending on which you choose). The one on April 15 was great fun, and I made some friends and gained new contacts – but I’ve wondered since then, what really came of it? And what’s next?
Ralph Benko has a suggestion in his latest Examiner column, and I kinda like it. As they say, “Go big or stay home.” Or – and I happen to know this is one of Ralph’s favorite quotes - ”Lost causes are the only ones worth fighing for.” (Clarence Darrow)
Here’s the core of the piece:
There are plenty of targets for the tea parties. Most ambitious is the call for repeal of the 16th Amendment — the income tax amendment.
A declaration is circulating on the Internet pointing out that July 12 is the Centenary of Congress’s passage of the 16th Amendment and proclaiming a National Day of Mourning coupled with a demand for repeal. The key proponent of the demand for Repeal is John Hanson, an old Cajun chased out of Louisiana by Katrina and resettled in rural Virginia.
With no money to speak of, little exposure, and just a handful of very part time volunteers, he is using www.RepealIncomeTax.com to enlist thousands of signers of the declaration demanding repeal. On July 12th, Hanson will start a three-year campaign to raise awareness of the issue in the states.
Before all we roll our eyes and say, “yeah, like that’s gonna happen,” Ralph reminds us that the 18th Amendment – Prohibition- was repealed after a concentrated national outcry. No constitutional amendment had ever been repealed before and many naysayers laughed at that one, too. Notably, the income tax has something in common with prohibition: it is starting to be hated with a passion.
A movement for repeal, if not succesful, could perhaps at least spur major reform. A welcome thing indeed, and what a wild wonder if the Tea Party Movement could one day point back and say, “We helped do That!”