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Meet Matthew, Kevin, Justin & Brianna, And Scott
...more American heroes, bringing on the 1776 storm!

LAST FEBRUARY I first heard from newly-minted CtC warrior Matthew Bossard. Matthew emailed me with a rather tentative tone, then.

Matthew was confident that what he had learned in CtC, and what he had consequently done with the knowledge, were correct. But Matthew had let years chasing "tax honesty" will o' the wisps deep into the weeds-- including years of non-filing-- get him into what he now knew to be a serious hole.

Matthew was manfully squaring-up. But he had a lot to overcome or undo, and knew it. Hence, that tone back at the beginning of the year when he wrote to introduce himself.

Last week, I heard from a rather differently-demeanored Matthew (into whose message I am inserting links to mentioned documents):

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Regarding the Power Of Impeachment
It's not what many folks like to imagine or argue...

The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.
United States Constitution, Article II, Section IV

PRETTY SIMPLE WORDS, in that section above. But a lot of folks misunderstand them nonetheless, and incorrectly imagine that some kind of crime needs to be proven in order to validly impeach a federal office-holder. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The reason for the misunderstanding is that people typically translate old language styles into modern meanings, when those styles incorporate words still in use today. In such cases we easily forget that 232 years ago, the words, though spelled and pronounced the same, had different or more nuanced meanings.

"Misdemeanor" is a good example. Today "misdemeanor" is a term endlessly put in front of modern Americans as simply the lesser category of criminal offense than its "felony" counterpart. Any other meaning of the word-- such as the one in use when the Constitution was written and ratified-- is pushed out of the modern mind.

"High crimes" is quirkier, in that we don't formally call felonies "high crimes". But we think of them that way, in part because of the relevance of "felonies" in modern criminal law practice to "misdemeanors". Because the latter is an actual criminal category which, in that context, means what might well be called "low crimes", it is easy to translate "high crimes" as being another way of saying "felonies".

Under the influence of these modern usages and associations, then, today's eyes can readily imagine "high Crimes and misdemeanors" in the Constitution to mean (and be confined to) actual criminal offenses. But it is not so.

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Tweets, Gabs And Posts To Share
A handy collection of Thought-Provokers and Dialogue-Starters sized for use on any platform.

THE FOLLOWING SHORT POSTS are all under 300 characters (with spaces), and so can be used as-is on Twitter, Gab, Facebook, or wherever. Please post them all widely and often!!

BTW, this list may get additions and updates throughout the week, so check back now and then! Here are the posts:

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If ever proof was needed that the Iranian regime is not the mindless monster portrayed by its enemies, simply consider all the years over which it has patiently refrained from quietly and anonymously putting down junk-yard-dog John Bolton. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfr ... eal-danger

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Want to save Julian Assange? Put on your grown-up pants at long last and trumpet the state-restraining truth about the income tax. Shrink Leviathan back down to law-respecting size. See-- and g*d*mnit, read-- http://losthorizons.com/N/41.htm#Remedy

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Other Voices: 'The Disinformationists'
An important commentary by C.J. Hopkins with an equally important afterword by Yours Truly.

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