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Like Son Like Father: An Inseparable Journey (Brown Tax Protest!),Sun 17 Jun 2007

Article by
Correspondent Beverly Darling.
(Author’s Note: The media that is covering the tax protesters in New Hampshire, and has covered other stand-offs in the past like Waco and Ruby Ridge, often forgets that each person has a story. This is a father’s journey in which he has decided to join his son Cirino Gonzalez, who along with Ed and Elaine Brown, have barricaded themselves inside their home and are surrounded by Federal Marshals and the U.S. military.)

Thinking back, Jose remembers the story his mother would always tell him that when he was born the doctor tossed him on the bed and said, ‘Life is very hard for man.’ Living in the colonias of south Texas Jose can still remember the day they finally had running water in their small home. Years later he was thankful to also have electricity.

Jose’s father soon left and he remembers packing his suitcase and sitting beside the front door hoping and dreaming that his father would drive-up and take him away. His mother always reminded Jose that he would never see his father again. Jose’s mother was right. Later he vowed that if he ever had children, unlike his father, he would actively be involved and a part of their lives.

In 1977 Jose dropped out of High School in order to support his wife and new-born son. He wanted to go to college but found that working at fast-food restaurants provided only meager earnings. Since he was a ‘drop-out,’ Jose carried the stigma of a pachuco-trouble maker. He also had several run-ins with the law because of his race. Jose decided to join the Army and was trained in Weapons Ordinance and then stationed in Panama.

While in Panama Jose found that not everyone loved America and began working on a college degree. He wanted to do his first research paper on how Texans fought for their freedom against Mexico, since this is what he learned in school. But Panama only had Santa Anna’s Diaries and a few books written from Mexico’s perspective. In his readings he discovered that Texan Independence was not so much about freedom, as it was in maintaining the institution of slavery.

After three years in Panama, Jose was sent to Germany. Again he remembers going on convoys through small German towns where people greeted him and the other soldiers with unkind gestures. Another time he drove his Commander to a bank and noticed everyone was tall and slender and wearing trench coats. He turned to his Commander and jokingly said that everyone looked like a terrorist. His Commander exclaimed, ‘Hell Gonzalez, look how dark your skin is…You’re the one that looks like a terrorist!’

During this time Jose did another research paper hoping to prove how Capitalism was a much better system than Communism. In the end though, he found himself attracted to Communism and its ideas of sharing, redistribution of wealth, and emphasis on the working class. He also began to cherish the ability to think critically and to question the status quo. It was this attribute-a love of learning, an inquiring mind, and analytical thinking, that Jose wanted to instill in his son Cirino.

Even though Cirino was very intelligent in school, like his father, Cirino dropped out in 1993 and pursued his GED. In 1995 Cirino was recruited by the Navy and was stationed in Norfolk and Hawaii. He then was sent to the U.S.-Serbia-Kosovo War. One thing that always bothered Cirino was that the U.S. continued to bomb Serbia days, weeks, and even months after a cease-fire agreement had already been declared.

Cirino received an Honorable Discharge from the Navy and returned home where he tried a business venture. Because of a crisis, he lost his business and savings and started to work security for $6 and $7 an hour. In 2003, Cirino responded to an add posted by a private American contractor who was searching for former military personnel trained in repairing weapons. Since Cirino was trained in Weapons Ordinance and the pay was $85,000 a year, he applied and was hired and began working in Iraq.

Several things started to disturb Cirino. First, he believed that the private company was not only repairing American weapons but also insurgency and enemy weapons. Second, he was disheartened by the remarks made by U.S. troops that killing Iraqis was just like shooting a dog or a goat. Finally, after seeing the death and devastation in Iraq, he started to question the U.S. mission. Cirino returned to the U.S.

It was then that Jose introduced Crino to Noam Chomsky on Webb TV. Chomsky was lecturing about the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq and how the war, from politicians to corporations, had been sold to the American public. Both Jose and Cirino continued to watch and read other progressive and patriotic sites warning that America was in danger of becoming a police state and showing U.S. citizens being Tasered and beaten by police.

Cirino concluded that the only way to stop the war in Iraq and what he considered to be an abusive and oppressive government was to not pay taxes. He also questioned why Americans were allowed only to demonstrate or speak in free-speech zones and believed Homeland Security was like another Mafia. Cirino also feared the rumors of a new national ID card and was concerned about the U.S. military spying on its own citizens.

Energized by his research and learning Cirino began to attend pro-peace rallies across the country. Yet, Cirino became disillusioned because many of the peace activists did not seem committed and appeared to be more interested in taking a vacation or making a house payment instead of ending the war. It seemed there was very little sacrifice and according to Cirino, ‘When you have a lot it is difficult to sacrifice, but it is easy to risk everything when you have nothing but only a cause to fight and die for.’

One evening Cirino saw a news story about Ed and Elaine Brown. Ed and Elaine, who are in their sixties, are tax protesters from New Hampshire and have claimed for many years that there is no law stating U.S. citizens are obligated to pay income taxes. In early 2007, they were found guilty of numerous criminal charges and sentenced to over five years in federal prison. Ed and Elaine refused to surrender to authorities and are now barricaded in their home which is surrounded by armed authorities.

After emailing the Browns, Cirino left his home and his father in south Texas and traveled to New Hampshire to support Ed and Elaine and their cause. Cirino was concerned mainly about the long siege and stand-off, and if the group inside the home had been infiltrated. Jose, who had talked to his son just last week, said things had gotten worse. The electricity had been cut-off along with the telephone, and their internet and cell phones have been scrambled and disrupted.

U.S. Marshalls have also blockaded all of the roads and are starting to harass and detain people who want to take food to the Browns. According to Cirino, a few days ago a supporter was walking two dogs and stumbled on a sniper’s nest. He was shot at, arrested, and then Tasered while in handcuffs. As of Thursday morning, Armored Personnel Carriers have arrived at the stand-off and Cirino believes a raid is imminent, especially before more media attention is given to the tax protesters.

Right now for aiding and abetting a tax resister, which is considered obstruction of justice and a felony, Cirino could receive several years in prison. Jose hopes that what happened in Waco and Ruby Ridge does not happen in New Hampshire. Jose said that his son believes that if Americans do not act or do something now then a future and a more bloody revolution may occur.

Jose has frantically been trying to contact state and congressional representatives from Texas, but they are not returning any phone calls. He contacted the local newspaper which did a lead story about his son. When he went to work the next day he was told to take a Leave of Absence. It is more than likely that the story has cost him his job.

With tears welling-up in his eyes Jose solemnly says, ‘I must live with my conscience, therefore I must go…maybe I can stop the bullets from flying. After all, I am his father and the military trained us both to fight and if need be to die for our freedoms.’ He continues, ‘We must do this now or the U.S. Government won’t stop and next…it will be on your doorstep!’

After a long sigh, Jose remembers that in second grade instead of doing the lesson like everyone else he was writing a poem. ‘Maybe I always questioned things and did things differently,’ says Jose. When another student brought his poem to the teacher’s attention, the teacher made Jose stand in front of the class and read the poem aloud, hoping to embarrass him. Surprisingly, the teacher was deeply touched and moved by the poem.

The name of the poem was ‘Peace on Earth.’ Jose leaves and returns to his home to pack his suitcase, and life is very hard for man.

Beverly Darling -

(Beverly Darling received her Masters in Theology and her Bachelors in History and Philosophy. She currently teaches U.S. and World History and works with at-risk youth. Beverly also served in a Guatemala Refugee Camp and has traveled throughout Mexico, Panama and Canada. For several years she ministered to the urban poor and rural populations of the U.S.)

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