Born Free and Not Really Taxed To Death
Yesterday, I came upon this sign in Seneca County, New York. It was placed there by a member of the Seneca County Republican Party, who wanted to let everyone traveling down that road know that he had been “Born Free” but had been “Taxed To Death”. The sign urged his neighbors to remember him by revolting and voting.
What a sweet memorial to an untimely death. Damn those taxes, for killing another human being!
But wait a minute. If the person who made the sign and put it by the side of the road was truly taxed to death, how did he make that sign in the first place, and then tow it out to the roadside?
Furthermore, if people are taxed to death, how can they revolt and vote? Dead people aren’t allowed to vote in the United States, and they are powerless to engage in acts of revolution.
The person who made the sign was, of course, not taxed to death. He was taxed to irritation. He was taxed to grumpiness.
He was taxed to exaggeration. This exaggeration makes for an initial burst of sympathy, but then, for those who care to think about it, provokes an eyeroll, at a peevish guy who isn’t capable of keeping his complaints in perspective.
It’s worth noting, too, that the Republican Party is firmly in control of the government of Seneca County. So, if Republicans there are going to revolt, they’re going to have to revolt against themselves.