No, it makes perfect sense. According to you, the cops, the courts, the IRS, and everyone else will ignore anyone who says that income tax is illegal. They’ll throw you in jail, or shoot you, or confiscate your property anyway.
Since the cops really are going to arrest these tax protestors, and they really are going to jail if they aren’t killed by the cops first. So what difference does it make if the law really says that you don’t have to pay income tax or not? The cops and the courts and the banks and the prison guards don’t care.
The only way it might matter is if, when you point out that there’s no law that you have to pay income tax, the judge believes you and sets you free. If he ignores the law and throws you in jail anyway, and every appeal all the way up to the Supreme Court similarly ignores the law, then it doesn’t matter that the law isn’t written down anywhere, you’re still going to jail exactly as if the law was written down somewhere.
The point is, if a cop is robbing you, it doesn’t do any good to tell the cop that he’s breaking the law. Surely the cop already knows this but doesn’t care. It won’t do you any good to pull out the legal code and show him that robbery is a crime, it will just make him angry. The only way it will help you is if there are non-corrupt cops who will help you arrest the corrupt cop, or if you can rally your friends and neighbors to help you.
In these tax protestor cases, there are no clean cops, every court and every government official in America will pretend to believe that you owe taxes. And just about every citizen in America believes that the government has the power to collect income taxes, and even if you showed them that the government didn’t have that power, their response would be that the government SHOULD have that power, and the law should be changed to allow the government to collect income taxes.
Thing is, exactly what do our government masters gain by keeping income taxes technically illegal? They’ve pulled the wool over everyone’s eyes. Since everyone believes that the government has the power to collect income taxes, wouldn’t it be trivial for them to get that written down into law sometime when people aren’t paying attention?
So your argument that there is no law that you have to pay income tax is an ineffective argument, since even if it were true it wouldn’t matter. A better argument would be to try to convince us that the government SHOULDN’T collect income taxes, since that way, even if there really were a law that you have to pay income taxes, we would try to get the law changed. Stop arguing that the government doesn’t have the power to collect income taxes, since the plain fact of the matter, since people go to jail every day because they didn’t pay income taxes, is that the government DOES have the power to collect income taxes, they do it every day. Whether that power is immoral, tyrannical, contradictory, or unconstitutional is another matter.