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JFK conspiracy? No problem... Income Tax conspiracy? C'mon, man, don't be silly! How could that ever happen?!

Cognitive dissonance in action.

THERE'S BEEN A LOT OF CARRYING-ON recently by people who are certain that official crimes and cover-ups were involved in the JFK assassination. The outcries had been prompted by the outrageous Oct. 26, 2017 and April 26, 2018 renewed sequestration of CIA records which otherwise would shed some light on the matter.

But leaving aside the questions about the Kennedy affair for a moment, these passionate denunciations themselves raise a question in my mind: How many of these same very vocal pundits and bloggers and tweeters-- already proven able to grasp government deception and criminality-- nonetheless refuse to acknowledge the possibility of a government scheme concealing the true nature of the income tax and exploiting the consequent widespread ignorance about how the tax actually works and on what it actually falls?

I CAN ANSWER THE QUESTION MYSELF, of course. Many of the very same folks who are 100% certain that the JFK assassination was--

  1. a crime by rogue elements of the US government itself, and

  2. has been kept from revelation by a much larger conspiracy, on behalf of mere political interests and the purported benefits of "stability" and "confidence in government" by many participants over the decades with nothing personal at stake--

...can't even imagine that such things could have ever happened in regard to the income tax.

This blindness to the income tax scheme (or better put, the "ignorance tax" scheme) while simultaneously embracing the JFK assassination and cover-up scheme is ironic.

Even the JFK conspiracy crowd itself concedes that a really inarguable "smoking gun" in that case has yet to see the light of day; hence the complaints over the continued sequestration of documents. The income tax conspiracy, on the other hand, is already fully-revealed in all its shabby corruption, at even more than a mere "smoking gun" level. Unlike the JFK crimes, there are no hidden records still allowing for the harboring of doubts.

THERE'S A FURTHER IRONY in this cognitively dissonant embrace of the not-yet-"smoking gun"-proven JFK scheme but not the fully-"smoking gun"-proven "ignorance tax" scheme. This arises from the fact that the JFK truthers' own "motive" argument-- that Kennedy's murder was committed by cold-warriors who saw Kennedy's turn toward detente with the USSR and Cuba as a genuine threat to national security-- is far more strongly applicable to the "ignorance tax" scheme.

After all, JFK was just one man-- and one who might have been out of office before long. Further, he could be thwarted by congress in many ways, as well as by his military subordinates, members of his cabinet and others. While he may have been seen as a threat to national security, it was very much within limits, and temporary in any event.

The "ignorance tax" scheme, in stark contrast, is the only means available to accomplish a perpetual and absolute "cold-warrior" requirement of diverting a river of wealth sufficient to pay for all the bombs, surveillance hardware, black-ops and all the rest of the infrastructure of the national security state from the pockets of individual Americans into the hands of those who imagine they know better how to use that money. And that's just what it does.

HERE'S A FINAL IRONY that I'll propose in this commentary:

On November 10, 2017 a back-seat-to-nobody JFK conspiracy enthusiast-- Jacob Hornberger of the 'Future of Freedom Foundation'-- posted a column in which he derides a mainstream journalist who had interviewed John Tunheim, the chairman of the 'Assassination Records Review Board' set up in 1992 to decide the fate of the unreleased JFK documents (and which ultimately decided they should be released this past October 26). Hornberger's complaint was the failure of his target too pursue what Hornberger thinks are obvious questions about his favorite mystery.

Hornberger recites the following list of speculations as to why the journalist, Chris Hrapsky of TV station KARE in Minneapolis-St. Paul, dropped the ball and failed to follow-up when given an opening for questioning Tunheim about a pretty well-supported speculation that the Kennedy autopsy report was fraudulent:

"Perhaps it was just ignorance of the facts that prevented Hrapsky from following up on one of the critical questions he asked Tunheim. Or perhaps it’s what might be called the “inconceivable mindset” that afflicts many mainstream reporters and commentators when it comes to the JFK assassination, a mindset that holds that it is simply inconceivable that the U.S. national-security establishment would carry out a domestic regime-change operation, even if national security ostensibly required it. Maybe Hrapsky was scared of how his employer might react if he made a deeper exploration into what the ARRB found. Maybe he was worried about being labeled a communist sympathizer or a conspiracy theorist. Or perhaps it was just a deep-seated fear of exploring what some consider a very frightening possibility, one they simply cannot confront mentally or emotionally — that the U.S. national-security establishment acted to protect national security by removing Kennedy from power, just as it did with regime-change operations in Iran, Guatemala, Congo, Cuba, Chile, and other places."

So here's the irony: Hornberger is not only an ardent, back-seat-to-nobody JFK conspiracy enthusiast. He is also a vocal booster of the standard statist mythology about the income tax (such as here and here, to pick just a couple out of many errant posts over the years), and an "I-refuse-to-even-look-at-the-evidence" CtC denier, despite having been directly presented on many occasions over many years with every form of CtC evidence and authorities, by me personally and a number of other folks, as well.

Hornberger's persistent refusal to face the truth, prompts some speculations, just as Chris Hrapsky's failure to follow up on the JFK autopsy issue prompted Hornberger's own speculations. There is nowhere that I have seen such speculations better expressed than in Hornberger's own well-chosen words, to whit:

Perhaps it is just what might be called the “inconceivable mindset” that afflicts Hornberger when it comes to the "ignorance tax" scheme, a mindset that holds that it is simply inconceivable that elements of the U.S. government would cultivate popular misunderstanding of the income tax and then exploit it to not-quite-illegally extract $trillions from deceived Americans, even if national security ostensibly required it. Maybe Hornberger is scared of how his donors might react if he made a deeper exploration into what CtC reveals.

Maybe he's worried about being labeled a "tax protester" or a conspiracy theorist. Or perhaps it's just a deep-seated fear of exploring what some consider a very frightening possibility, one they simply cannot confront mentally or emotionally — that the U.S. national-security establishment has acted to protect national security by a massive, sustained subterfuge, just as it has done in covering up the truth about the removal of Kennedy from power and the regime-change operations in Iran, Guatemala, Congo, Cuba, Chile, and other places.

Here's my advice for Hornberger: Next time you've done such a fine job polishing some well-turned phrases for the critique of someone else playing the "See no evil" monkey, Jacob, look at them closely. You'll see your own reflection looking back at you.

To everyone else, I'll point out that Jacob Hornberger is far from the only pundit who embraces "truth" notions about JFK and other things (often perfectly soundly) while at the same time having an enormous blind spot regarding the thoroughly-proven, critically-important CtC-revealed truth about the income tax. The same, of course, is true of many, many non-pundit Americans.

USE THE POINTS MADE ABOVE TO HELP WAKE THESE PEOPLE UP!! Like Hornberger, they don't know what they don't know, and they simply have to be persuaded to start looking at what they have never actually explored.

"All governments are run by liars and nothing they say should be believed."

-I. F. Stone