It is hardly an exaggeration to describe the America we live in as deteriorating.
From the failures of bridges and levees to the decline in America’s image abroad, from the fraying of our ability to engage in civil dialogue to failures in our public schools, from the effects of global warming to the gridlock in our governing institutions....well, you know the drill.
And which of these issues has occupied our elected officials for the past decade? Gay people. A woman’s right to choose. Teaching evolution in the schools.
And of course, keeping taxes low.
I am so OVER the people for whom these are the important issues. For what it’s worth, I am hereby issuing my very own “manifesto.”
Whereas, I am a taxpayer; and
Whereas, I consider taxes to be my “dues” to society—my fair share; and
Whereas, those dues are being paid for the privilege of living in a secure and free society, and for the services properly provided by government;
Now, therefore, the fairness of my taxes requires establishment of the following priorities:
1. I expect my government to maintain America’s infrastructure in good order; to provide police and fire protection; to provide good schools, parks, libraries and other public amenities that serve us all. I will gladly pay my fair share to support such activities.
2. I expect my government to provide for the national defense, and I will willingly pay my dues to support our military; provided, however, that such willingness does not extend to taxes paid to engage in wars of choice and national aggrandizement.
3. Since it is not government’s business to promote religion, or to discriminate among citizens based upon anything other than the lawfulness of their behavior, I am unwilling to pay taxes to enforce laws that effectively make some Americans second-class citizens, or laws that require or allow government to promote the religious beliefs of some citizens over others. I am unwilling to pay taxes to enforce laws that restrict my right to live my life in accordance with my own ethical and moral commitments, or that violate my conscience.
I have one message for the so-called “values voters.” Your real values are shown by the priorities you set—and they are not America’s values.