14 August 1995

Course in Political Miracles: Lesson 35

"I campaign for non-retaliation and forgiveness."

The truth that taxation (holding a gun to your neighbor's head and demanding money for your purposes) is immoral and criminal is not sellable to the general public who have been carefully brainwashed to believe that paying taxes is their "duty."

Only among people highly dedicated to reason can I point out that taxation is extortion and even hope to be heard. If I campaign in public on the immorality of taxation, I will be crucified.

How then can I hope to spread the truth about taxation without being attacked or with any attack against me working in my favor?

The answer is: my campaign has to cause the issue to be looked at without specifically raising the issue. This is accomplished not by campaigning against taxation but by campaigning against retaliation for taxation and in favor of forgiveness of tax advocates.

Such a campaign also serves to head off a future possible threat to freedom. With taxes continuing to decimate paychecks and more people than ever furious about taxes, what if a charismatic leader came along who said, "It's okay to trick the tricksters! Those who are taxed would be within their rights to tax the taxers! Politicians who steal from the people have no moral claim to immunity from theft of their own personal property!"

If such a leader were to influence even a few followers, it would not be long before we would see the spectacle of misguided vigilantes taking upon themselves a self-appointed mission of conducting midnight sneak attacks stealing the personal property of politicians who favor taxation and the personal property of those who call for assertive government programs requiring taxation.

Only a handful of such attacks would lead to the noisiest cry ever for more protection for politicians and those in cahoots with politicians. A noisy cry by politicians and their cohorts for protection would lead to more oppressive legislation and expansion of police-state powers than ever before.

To head off such a disastrous chain of events, advocates of freedom serve their cause doubly, burning the candle from both ends so to speak, by campaigning long and loud against retaliation for taxation.

Citizen's committees should be set up in cities all over the United States for the specific purpose of opposing retaliation for taxation. There should be thousands of letters to editors and hundreds of news media contacts regarding this issue. We need to "head off at the pass" any tendency people have to begin retaliating against politicians who tax or people who favor taxation.

Freedom advocates themselves should have as one of their important campaign "platform planks" an unequivocal stand against retaliation for taxation.

Bumper stickers should be printed up stating: "No retaliation for taxation!" and "Forgive the taxers!"

Petitions should be circulated for people to put their names on record favoring: "Clemency for politicians and others who vote for taxes!"

Issue ads should be purchased with bold headlines stating: "Retaliation for taxation is not the answer!"

All tools of the trade of issue-oriented campaigning should be used for this issue.

The public already knows that punishing politicians and others who vote for taxation ... other than voting such politicians out of office ... is not the way to go. But by continuing to state the obvious, I invite the public to look deeper at the immorality of taxation itself.

One of my goals for this week is to imagine the value of a campaign opposing retaliation for taxation. Each day this week I will attempt to list all the positive effects that come to my mind which could possibly come about as a result of such a campaign. My list should have at least 100 possibilities by the end of the week. Some positive effects on my list might be:

(1) More people than ever would be inclined to think about the fact that taxation could not work except for threat of force against innocent victims, which is in itself immoral.

(2) Many people would come to question their previously unquestioned belief that taxation only hurts people if it is excessive.

(3) People would at least subconsciously be in rapport with me since their inner spirit really does teach non-retaliation and forgiveness.

A second goal for this week's lesson is to telephone all the freedom advocates I know and attempt to fire them up regarding the benefits of this campaign.

My third goal for this week is to ponder the value of these special kinds of issue campaigns in general. What if an issue campaign was launched which had no other purpose than to get people to thinking differently than they have ever thought before? I am teaching myself that causing a change in people's way of thinking causes changes in the world.

Finally, my last goal this week is to be happy, enjoying the knowledge that taxers and their allies really are getting what is coming to them ... not by citizen vigilantes, but by the inevitable "what goes around comes around" effects of their own actions.

The device which even more deeply prepares freedom lovers for success, A Course in Miracles , talks about our ultimate need to free ourselves from every kind of slavery:

You have been told to bring the darkness to the light, and guilt to holiness. And you have also been told that error must be corrected at its source. Therefore, it is the tiny part of your self, the little thought that seems split off and separate, that the Holy Spirit needs. The rest is fully in God's keeping, and needs no guide. But this wild and delusional thought needs help, because, in its delusions, it thinks it is the Son of God, whole and omnipotent, sole ruler of the kingdom it set apart to tyrannize by madness into obedience and slavery.

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