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  •  "Good Germans" (4.00)
    It is human to believe that one's own, one's kind, cannot be the beast.  The beast must always be "the other". And thus, the "good Germans" of the Nazi era, those whose senses were bombarded by all the signs of a collosal horror, and chose to deny their own senses, rather than lose the delusion of their national virtue.  That would mean acknowledging ownership of the beast.  But all of us pathetic humans, regardless of nation, race, gender, age have the beast within.  I know my beast, I own it.  

    Do you pay taxes?  If so, this was done with your money.  I know it was done with mine.  I am responsible.  So the question is, how does one be something other than a "good German"?  What can one person do when one's own nation has unleashed the very soul of horror on the world, and even the supposed "opposition" is complicit by their silence?  Is there no choice but to be a "good German" if our voices count for nothing, if the political game rolls on as though nothing has changed? In Sy Hersh we have our Zola...

    the civil wars and the uncivilized wars conflagrations leap out of every pore ... i'm a no good coward & an american too a north american that is not a south or a central or a native american i must not think bad thoughts i'm guilty of murder of innocent men innocent women innocent children thousands of them my planes my guns my money my soul my blood on my hands its all my fault i must not think bad thoughts i must not think bad thoughts the facts we hate you'll never hear us -Exene Cervenka

    I don't belong to any organized political party, I'm a Democrat--Will Rogers

    by Dancing Larry on Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 09:58:22 PM PDT

    •  simply stop paying those taxes (none)
      well, sure, it'll  make a mess of your credit rating and get a bunch of unpleasantness started against you, but, damn, think about what that money gets used for. You can do this right now. You can go to your payroll office  and ask to refile your w-2 form (or is that the w-4?), the one where you declare your exemptions and  where you can sign and state that you are not required to have your tax withheld. The line is right there at the bottom of the form.  This is a break they give new workforce entrants. New form. payroll office pushes a few buttons, and your taxes are no longer withheld. If you want to cover your ass, you can put the money in an escrow account to be paid when the fed gets it's head screwed back on right. A lot of people did this during the Vietnam War era. Instant shut off of your participation in the funding of the criminal war machine.  Will you get in trouble for that? Possibly, eventually. What would Jesus do? What would a "good german" do?  What are you going to do?

      don't always believe what you think and Beware of Fungibility Unlimited

      by claude on Wed Jul 14, 2004 at 11:17:37 PM PDT

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