It’s being circulated around the blogosphere (and I helped it along) that ALIPAC failed to comply with tax laws. The group ALIPAC.net alleges to have discovered this and has a discussion regarding this claim in their forum. While there is no clear message from ALIPAC.us leadership if this is true there seem to be an army of commenters cutting and pasting message from Gheen stating the claim is false.
I picked the story up from Damn Mexicans blog and posted it in my daily rundown of blogs yesterday with the title “ALIPAC – Thanks For Supporting Migrants.” Since then Damn Mexicans has written a new post titled What’s Going on Mr. Gheen? looking for answers from Gheen himself.
The truth is I don’t really care if Gheen or ALIPAC pay their taxes or not. It would obviously be very stupid of a group claiming to be “patriotic” which also claims migrants don’t pay taxes to themselves fail to pay taxes to their government and fail to obey the law. However, this doesn’t mean there isn’t some possibility that the claims being made by ALIPAC.net are true.
But no matter if ALIPAC.us pays taxes or not it will do nothing to help the many migrants suffering in the U.S. under a broken immigration system. It doesn’t matter one small kernel of a bit to those people suffering in the many raids by ICE happening all around the country. Not one child missing their father or mother and not one person sitting in a detention center waiting for a hearing is going to gain any amount of satisfaction because Gheen may or may not have ‘played by the rules.’
Therefore I feel I have done a disservice to the real suffering going on around this country by even posting on this alleged finding by ALIPAC.net. While I find the idea that Gheen didn’t pay some tax or another, and that a reward for turning him in will go to help migrants, a beautiful irony I don’t think it was really the most important story for me to write on. Unfortunately the whole thing’s turned into a twisted mess.
While I have to give The Watchman over at ALIPAC.net for diligently fighting against Gheen’s hate machine it has never been part of my routine to try and dish up dirt on group leaders or other bloggers. In all honesty (and in stupidity I’m sure) I’d rather find out that Gheen changed his views rather than discover he broke the law.
For all those people suffering who I try to help through my on-line endeavors I apologize. To my fellow bloggers I apologize as well. While there seems to be something to this story it just isn’t that important with everything else going on.