There are those who think the most patriotic thing a person could do in America is, fight for this country. I disagree. The most patriotic thing a citizen can do is pay their taxes. How else would we be able to pay for our military, never mind all other government services?
I have little to, no respect, for people who cheat on their taxes. And I believe, the greatest sin committed against democracy is apathy.
So why would I encourage Blacks, in particular, to boycott voting? Answer: No one likes to be played for a fool. The two stories I read in the same week suggests Republicans are playing Black citizens for fools and switching parties is not the answer for this Black Republican.
The week of October 1, 2018, I read of President Donald Trump and his father in a New York Times “Special Investigation” where it appears the Trump family was involved in a tax fraud scheme for years. And in the same week, I read of a March 2018 Washington Post article where Crystal Mason was sent back to prison after doing time for a tax fraud conviction.
Crystal Mason was a tax preparer who went to prison in 2012 after pleading guilty to tax fraud by inflating numbers for her clients. She served her time but was on community supervision during the 2016 general election when she decided to vote. At the urging of her mother and never informed by her probation officer that she was not allowed by law she did all the proper things one does to register and vote.
When she went down to actually vote she was assisted by a volunteer because her name was not on the list. What appeared to be an honest mistake; never mind that her “provisional ballot” was never counted, turned into a 5-year prison sentence for Ms. Mason who was led away to serve time, vowing “never” to vote again.
Juxtapose this Black woman’s experience as both a person convicted of tax fraud and voter fraud with how the IRS viewed a White man who is being accused of tax fraud while spending tax-payer dollars on a bogus “Voter fraud” claim by our now President Trump.
Quoting the New York Times:
“President Trump participated in dubious tax schemes during the 1990s, including instances of outright fraud, that greatly increased the fortune he received from his parents, an investigation by The New York Times has found.
Mr. Trump won the presidency proclaiming himself a self-made billionaire, and he has long insisted that his father, the legendary New York City builder Fred C. Trump, provided almost no financial help.
But The Times’s investigation, based on a vast trove of confidential tax returns and financial records, reveals that Mr. Trump received the equivalent today of at least $413 million from his father’s real estate empire, starting when he was a toddler and continuing to this day.
Much of this money came to Mr. Trump because he helped his parents dodge taxes. He and his siblings set up a sham corporation to disguise millions of dollars in gifts from their parents, records and interviews show. Records indicate that Mr. Trump helped his father take improper tax deductions worth millions more. He also helped formulate a strategy to undervalue his parents’ real estate holdings by hundreds of millions of dollars on tax returns, sharply reducing the tax bill when those properties were transferred to him and his siblings.
These maneuvers met with little resistance from the Internal Revenue Service, The Times found. The president’s parents, Fred and Mary Trump, transferred well over $1 billion in wealth to their children, which could have produced a tax bill of at least $550 million under the 55 percent tax rate then imposed on gifts and inheritances.”
In reading the Washington Post piece on Crystal Mason it touched on what others have reported, another Texas woman who came to the country as an infant from Mexico. Now, a 37-year-old registered Republican, she was sentenced to 8 years in prison for voting when she was not allowed under federal law.
I love voting. But again, I hate to be played for a fool. And though I have a great record of participating in our country’s democracy, I in good conscience cannot go to my place of voting, knowing how this country showed no mercy to a Black woman while at the same time continues to show great favor to a certain White man.
It is my understanding, Crystal Mason is appealing her conviction. And if I learn that she is released from prison while her appeal goes through the process, I will be back at voting. But until then, I am one pissed off Republican who will not vote until she is released from prison.
Even civil rights great, Medger Evers, who lost his life because he was getting Blacks registered to vote would pause, today, to protest the incarceration of Crystal Mason who is now locked up wishing she had never voted.