International Writers Magazinee Reality Check
How Renouncing Your Citizenship Can Save You Big $
Good news for smart people.
Before the Democrats
take over and tax us silly in a veiled attempt at yanking this country
out of the fiscal sinkhole the Bush lunatics have dug us, the comedy
team of New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and the Homeland Security
Department have offered an out. As of December of this year, all
breathing humans, legal, illegal or otherwise will be able to procure
a driver's license in the Empire State, joining Arizona, Vermont
and Washington as the latest sanctuary for tax evasion.
This means a binding identification to work, bank and the undeniably powerful
access to mobility all in one fell swoop; simultaneously subverting the
privilege of citizenry while rendering the burden to pay taxes obsolete.
And to think I wasted two years trying to secede from the union, when
all I had to do is renounce citizenship and still receive all the police
protection, fire department assistance, and several other civic amenities
I stupidly pay for currently. Now I'll simply pony up property tax to
the state government and gleefully tell the feds to take their crazed
warmongering and international nation building and those pork-addled entitlements
handed to lazy-ass senior citizens and unemployed crack-baby machines
and shove them all.
You have to love the Bush Administration. It will not take no for an answer.
The president wanted full amnesty for illegal aliens and was rebuffed
with extreme prejudice by a whopping majority of the American people and
a surprisingly uncooperative congress. So what? You think a man who joined
the National Guard and never showed up could be denied? You think a man
who inhaled mounds of cocaine for two decades could not co-opt Jesus into
high-profile political gigs? You think a president sitting on the lowest
approval ratings since Nero wouldn't start bombing Iran tomorrow?
Bush is a competitor. Yee-Ha! If we know nothing else about Captain Shoo-In,
we know that much. Junior gets what Junior wants, and I applaud him for
it. Hey, you never know, soon whatever is left of your Social Security
will be riding on the mercurial vagaries of the stock market, Bubba.
His partner in this caper, Eliot Spitzer, is an elitist bully, who placates
the insurance lobbies in their raping of the middle class while selling
the unfathomable idea that unleashing criminals onto our byways will lower
rates. By denying the poor their tax-free earnings and pulling illegal
aliens from their blessed invisible freedoms into our shackled tax burdens,
he has become the uber-liberal bogeyman.
But none of the above is our concern any longer.
It is a new dawn. The Wild West has returned, and rather than decry it
like the last angry fossil, it is time to embrace change, strap on the
helmet, and cash in.
Issuing formal IDs and handing privileged licenses to lure harbored criminals
"out of the shadows" is just the beginning. This is a new age.
Legitimate citizenry is for suckers. What do you need to be an American
citizen for? So you can vote? Choose from the line-up of drooling troglodytes
we're presented each year? Keep it. Not being a citizen means not having
to send your kids to be mutilated in the desert for the next half century
so the fat chick next door can drive her Hummer down to the Atlantic &
Pacific for chocolate slathered grease balls. Next to hailing from the
People's Republic of China, what better financial future could you provide
the little shit-bags?
It's easy as sin to renounce citizenship. Go to any federal building and
ask about where one can change the "status of citizenry". If
they ask where you will be living, tell them to deal with your ACLU attorney.
Those are easy to get. Since the moment I took the helm here at The Desk
I have them on speed-dial.
Once you are an expatriate, move to New York and join the one million
"illegals" joyfully roaming untouched. Immediately apply for
a nifty Level-Three license. Use it to open a bank account at Citibank,
Bank One, or the nearly 40 financial institutions that regularly serve
illegal aliens. You can then apply for a credit card from dozens of lending
institutions that do so without requesting a single Social Security digit.
Now you're riding the crest of the new wave.
From here getting further phony documentation is easy. Go online. For
less than a grand you can have anything you need to bolster your new or
old identity. It is best to next weasel into a big company job. Big companies
fight like hell to keep you working. And they rarely pay "on the
record", which keeps things neat and clean.
Let's face it; being a non-person person is living the dream. Standing
for nothing and everything at once. Responsible or accountable for nothing
and receiving all there is to receive.
The American Dream.
© James Campion November 2nd 2007
READERS RESPONSES Nov 10th 2007
Great article/interview! It looks like you have uncovered some new info.
(ON THE ROAD AT 50 Part I &
I really enjoyed reading it although I am surprised it has taken people
so long to wake up to the fact that On the Road is not what it is touted
as being. Clearly watered down, but also, as Leland points out, not much
of a novel having dispensed with most of the things we think of as making
a book a novel. It's not even, truth be told, much a genre-buster ...
Henry Miller had already been writing pretty much the same sort of novels
decades earlier. Miller, in fact, was one of his idols, and he telephoned
Henry from Big Sur at one point.
But we Americans love our icons and we will make them into what we want
them to be no matter what they actually are.
The log-roll manuscript was, as far as I understand, the 3rd version of
Jack was utterly full of shit with his so-called spontaneous prose ...
that is to say, like every writer other than Andre Breton and a couple
of other Surrealists, he revised. Very little of the image Jack projected
had all that much basis in fact.
Personally, I think, with the exception of a few stellar moments (the
mothswarm of heaven being one of them) On the Road, is not a very good
piece of work at all. In fact, one day I will make the argument it--and
most of his other books--are not even novels. They are simply journals
dressed up as novels.
But that is my own ax, and it doesn't diminish my enjoyment of Jack's
work. Desolation Angels is head and shoulders above On The Road, but nothing--nothing
touches the writing in the first third or so of Visions of Cody. Unfortunately,
he ruined the book with a transcript of a boring conversation that lasts
about 150 pages. This is a good example of failing to make his journals,
notes, recordings into novels--he just transcribed material he'd recorded.
Talk about the lazy man's way out ... and yet the writing prior to that
is just fucking stunning.
I also read John Leland's Why Kerouac Matters and thought it quite revelatory,
although a tad gushing. I was never a huge Kerouac fan, but I always understood
On The Road's significance to the American literary landscape. This is
why I thoroughly enjoyed the quotes you culled from him and getting to
the bottom of his motivation for uncovering the book again from a totally
new perspective. It is amazing how much of the artistic motivation and
metaphor is lost on even the most ardent fans of the work, from music
to film, etc.
I think it is quite obvious from your article and the Leland book, and
what I have been able to read regarding the new "Scroll" version
of Road, that Kerouac was on a personal journey of faith and maturity
and was angered somewhat by the total ignoring of his tenets not only
unfurled in his most famous novel, but in many others. He was extremely
consistent in this avenue until his death, and again, I am not a big fan,
but know of his work enough to really bridge the gap between what is accepted
as fact about the author and Road and what lies beneath.
Madam Shoo-In On The March
The Democratic Party is officially scared, widespread
panic is palpable. The consensus is in: Hillary Rodham Clinton is unstoppable
and a growing number of Democrats are not sure they like it
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