By Christopher Jackson
The other day, I was surfing my normal list of progressive political blogs when I came across a post on Media Matters entitled "Did the GOP commission Fox to rewrite the history books?" The article highlights the fact that Fox News Channel continues to say that President Obama has not cut taxes, even though $288 BILLION in tax cuts were implemented through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, aka the Stimulus Bill. Blatant lies like this continue to be thrown through the airwaves unabated, in a perceived attempt to rewrite US History. Not only is the Conservative media guilty of these actions that are detrimental to our country, but elected GOP officials are complicit in it as well, sometimes secretly or sometimes completely visible.
Because of this, I have decided to start a periodic column highlighting the efforts of the GOP, the Tea Party, the Conservative media, and their operatives to rewrite American History.
Cue GOP Candidate, and Tea Party darling, in the run-off election for Alabama's 2nd Congressional District, Rick Barber.
Talk about all kinds of CRAZY!
First off, Barber brings up the IRS and the 'progressive income tax.' Guess he thinks that progressive is a good boogie man to scare people into voting for him. I guess he forgot to look in the dictionary where you will find 12 different definitions for the word, and that the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was passed which allows for INCOME TAXES to be collected! (Ironic side note, the first state to ratify the proposed Amendment in 1909, yep, you guessed it, Alabama.) Clearly, Barber is trying to rewrite history by implying that income taxes are unconstitutional.
Second fallacy, the IRS will force you to buy insurance. An article, published by a Law professor at Washington and Lee University, concludes that the paying the penalty imposed by the law "will therefore be largely voluntary (although the IRS can still make a tax resister's life miserable, whether or not it can ultimately collect)."
The last, and biggest, rewrite of history found within the TV spot, the Founding Fathers "revolted over a Tea Tax." The Founding Fathers did not mind taxes themselves, the fact is that they did not like that the British were taxing the colonies without allowing the colonists to have representation in the Parliament, hence the age-old adage "No Taxation without Representation." Anyone with a basic high school education should be able to distinguish the difference between the two. This Founding Fathers lie ranks right up there with the "Ronald Reagan singlehandedly ended the Cold War" bull$#!% in its ability to piss me off (A myth which, by the way, is a complete and utter lie!). The fact that the Federal Government was given the ability to collect taxes to fund its operations proves that the Founding Fathers did not mind taxes, and therefore they would not revolt against taxes which the Congress clearly has powers to levy and collect, as the ad attempts to recommend.
Although you might think that these fallacies and outright lies are minor inconveniences that can largely be ignored, it illustrates the overwhelming trend of actions that the far-right continues to commit in order to rewrite American history in their favor. With this column, I intend on continuing to bring these actions to light in order for us to attempt to stop them from spreading.