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Current Events and Continuing Education for April 1 through April 14, 2019

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison


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About how and why to be real American grown-ups.

Part II Of The Dallas Seminar Is Posted


Modern Americans have embraced a Devil's Bargain regarding moral agency.

The Infantilization Of The American People


Great uplift and outreach from great Americans!

New Victories!


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'An Iranian April Surprise?'


Featured in recent editions:

About staying on point and getting the really critical things done.

An Important Word For National Forum Members (And For Everyone Else, Too...)


The Russia-gate riff-raff have been partly right all along. They've just gotten the foreign principal wrong.

It Appears That DJT Really IS A Foreign Agent...


More great outreach from more great Americans!

New Wake Up And Get Up Videos


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Breaking Our Biggest Taboo'


We had a great time in Dallas a few weeks ago...

Part I Of The Dallas Seminar Is Posted!


Successful outreach rests on creativity as well as diligence.

Forrest Voss Analyzes The IRS "Fear Factor"


Could the fake "argument" ploy be behind the fake "FRP" ploy?

There May Be More To The False Ascriptions Fraud Than Previously Thought


Other Voices (with an important afterword)

'Americans Want A Less Aggressive Foreign Policy'


Vermont Warrior for the truth James Lambert shares...

The First Federal Victory Of 2019!


An updated and ever-more important commentary:

What America Really Gets From The Ignorance Tax"


Once resigned to the truth, tax agencies can do the right thing like any good public servant...

A Nice Victory Involving A Courteous, Respectful IRS



The Law, In Seven Pages


From the "Keepin' It All Real" department:

The Serious Threat Of Species Suicide


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The most important question facing Americans today:

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Spotlights on the past that help bring clarity to the present:

Illuminating Anniversaries for this week



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Thwarting Judicial Corruption With 'Constitutional Avoidance' Doctrine


"There are two distinct classes of men...those who pay taxes and those who receive and live upon taxes."

- Thomas Paine

C'mon! CtC can't be right! You're crazy!

If CtC were actually right,

it would mean the government's been concealing and denying the truth for years on end,

and everybody knows THAT would never happen...

(Edward Snowden, come home! It was all just a bad dream; there really is No Such Agency!)



Do you know someone truly steeped in the Kool-Aid?


 I mean someone who finds it easier to believe that the far-better-educated, far-more-suspicious-of-government Americans of a hundred years ago were complete morons who granted authority to the state to take whatever it wished from themselves and their posterity than to imagine that they themselves simply misunderstand the true nature of the income tax? Even while knowing that their beliefs about the tax are derived entirely from the representations of those who profit from those beliefs (like tax bureaucrats and "tax professionals")?


Do you know someone like that? Shake them awake with the latest (fifteenth) edition of CtC!



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You can't understand the present if you don't understand the past...

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 1- In 1826, Samuel Morey patents an internal combustion engine.  In 1867, Singapore becomes a British colony.  In 1924, Adolph Hitler is sentenced to prison for his participation in the "Beer Hall Putsch" (where he proceeds to write 'Mein Kampf").  In 1945, U.S. troops land on Okinawa in the start of the last campaign in World War II.  In 1967, the United States DOT begins operations.  In 1976, Apple Computer is founded.  In 1979, 98% of Iranian voters support the overthrow of the U.S.-installed monarchy of the Shah and transforming the country into an Islamic Republic.  In 2001 the Netherlands legalizes same-sex marriage; in 2002, it does the same for euthanasia.            


Anniversaries of interest for each day of this week will be found throughout the newsletter below.


Fear nothing but God


"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams


Columbia, Cupcake!! This Saturday, April 6!

Be there for the next CtC Seminar, in beautiful South Carolina!!

Last chance to reserve a seat!!

Click here for more information

By the way, I want to emphasize the importance of RSVPing if you wish to attend the seminar!!! In Dallas last month we lost a couple of people who arrived late and chose not to sit against the back wall with other overflows, which was the best that could be managed due to unexpected arrivals to a venue selected on the basis of RSVPs. You MUST PLEASE RSVP to Doreen as indicated in the information page linked above, and at the earliest opportunity.


Part II Of The Dallas Seminar Is Now Posted!

How and why to be a real American grown-up.


In this portion of the seminar Pete Hendrickson shows his Dallas audience why the truth about the income tax is so important to every American, and what it means to be a storm on its behalf-- that is, what it means to be a real American grown-up, as the Founders hoped would be seen from their heirs, and as our heirs so desperately need us to be.

(Mild apologies in advance for the audio on this film. A technical glitch left the camera microphone as the only one recording. A little attenuation and some background noise intrusions here and there are the unfortunate-- but less than disastrous-- consequences.)

Btw, you can find more videos like this on my YouTube channel here.


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Rick Van Camp's Excellent Outreach Letter

Notes And Tips For Educated Filers

This year's Declaration Day Party will be held on Saturday, July 6. Mark your calendars!!

Illuminating anniversaries of this week:

April 2- In 1513, Juan Ponce de Leon becomes the first European known to have set foot in Florida.  In 1792, the Coinage Act is passed, establishing the U.S. Mint.  In 1902, the first full-time commercial movie theater opens in Los Angeles.  In 1917, Wilson asks Congress for a declaration of war on Germany; and the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress takes her seat as a representative from Montana.  In 1972, Charlie Chaplin returns to the USA for the first time since being labeled a communist during the "red scare" on the 1950s.  In 1975, the CN Tower in Toronto becomes (for the moment) the world's tallest free-standing structure at 1,815.4 feet. 


The Infantilization Of The American People

A slave is one who waits for someone to come and free him. -Ezra Pound

"Oh my gosh! This is terrible! Why doesn't somebody DO something?!"

Good question... except for the "somebody" part.

Unfortunately, that "somebody" part is an all-too-common reflexive inclusion in expressions of dismay and concern by modern American men and women in regard to bad-- and even appalling and unforgivable-- behavior by the United States. Even when not said in so many words, the "somebody" is nonetheless present whenever, "This is terrible!" is not followed by, "I'm going to do something about this!"

Such expressions are meant to repudiate and denounce the state's actions while deflecting personal responsibility and any moral duty to act in regard to the evil acts onto a nameless "other". Unless made entirely for crass and hypocritical virtue-signaling purposes, these expressions reflect an infantile superstition that simply feeling bad about something and saying so amounts to positive remedial action.

The follow-on to the first dodgy expression is this, more-or-less: "I've told everyone within earshot that I disapprove! I even wrote a letter to my congressman!! What else can I do?" The cold translation reads: "I cried and I cried! What else can I do?"

WELL, LET'S SET THE STAGE A BIT, and then look at the matter in the light thus shed. Let's put in place a few examples of the "bad behavior" to which Americans have cause to react, whatever may be the forms of those reactions.

How do you feel about the killing of new-born or able-to-be-born children (whether at full term or before) because the mother isn't interested in dealing with them and can't be bothered to put them up for adoption?

How do you feel about the violence creating widows and orphans in Yemen and Gaza and Afghanistan and Syria and Ukraine and Niger and Venezuela and Iraq?

How did you feel about the products and processes that killed 500,000 children with cholera and dysentery in Iraq during the 1990s? Did you feel it was "worth it" as Madeline Albright said?

How do you feel about the implementation of "Common Core" curricula throughout the country, by which the vast majority of American children will be fed state-worship Kool-Aid and poor-quality academics, with an emphasis against logic, history, economics and independent-thinking skills?

How do you feel about 24/7 recording of all your phone and online communications, to be poked through now and stored for later scrutiny and nugget-sifting if ever that seems useful to someone in government?

How do you feel about the same data accumulation on current office-holders and media moguls being poked through by people here with agendas of their own (remember J. Edgar Hoover?) and also turned over to a foreign government to be used for its own purposes-- a government that has somehow (go figure!) managed to persuade those surveilled American officials to send it $billions of your money year after year?

How do you feel about bailing out cratering-but-well-connected banks and Wall Street behemoths?

Etc., etc., etc..

Do any or all of those things make your skin crawl and your hackles rise? Are any or all of them what you decry, saying, "Oh my gosh! This is terrible! Why doesn't somebody DO something?!"

WELL, GUESS WHAT? If you're not CtC-educated and -activated, YOU are paying to have all those terrible things happen. You're not the only one, but you're definitely one of them, meaning you're a "somebody" who can DO something (by stopping doing something). In fact, you're the only "somebody" whose response to your distress is within your control.

So, let's drill down on what's really going on with that distress.

Is your "Why doesn't somebody DO something?!" a cry for someone to give you permission to stop paying for all those terrible things? That is (follow closely here), are you crying to the folks who want you to pay for all those things-- and have told you that you must-- to change their tune and tell you that now you don't have to?

That is... (follow very closely here), are you imagining that you are relieved of moral responsibility for all those terrible things because somebody else hasn't given you permission to stop supporting them?

Do you believe, in short, that your moral agency has become the property of the collective (or the state, or the hive, or whatever)?

How convenient and comforting a fantasy...

But how thoroughly a fantasy!

It is the infantile fantasy of a slave mentality, and a Devil's Bargain, which subordinates decision-making to evil actors in exchange for relief from the anxieties of moral responsibility.

Pretty pathetic. And pointless, too.

Moral responsibility cannot be handed off in this manner. The actor remains responsible for every act, and simply compounds sinful acts by attempting the, "I was just following orders" dodge.

OKAY, THAT WAS THE COLD, HARSH WAKE-UP CALL. Here is the happier part.

Despite the undermining efforts of misfits like Hamilton and a few others, the on-the-whole staggeringly brilliant Founders anticipated the insidious threat of the Devil's Bargain. The Founders understood the hard and hazardous choice which WOULD be faced by every American IF he or she was actually dependent on the permission of any state official as to whether to pay for every evil thing that got that official's motor running.

The Founders understood that politics attracts and rewards the most venal people. They knew, as Tolstoy observed, "In order to get power and retain it, it is necessary to love power; but love of power is not connected with goodness but with qualities that are the opposite of goodness, such as pride, cunning and cruelty."

Knowing these things, and having set their task as that of liberating humankind (or at least, their political and intellectual heirs) from the tyranny of slavish superstitions and the moral corrosion that inevitably results when the people are subordinated to the state, the Founders organized the powers of the state they created so as to eliminate the Devil's Bargain. They provided that no one could be compelled to finance a great and monstrous state.

As explained here in more detail:

[U]nder the unique rules controlling its taxing powers, the federal government is given a means by which an unlimited amount of wealth can be commandeered at the sole discretion of Congress and the President-- but only by a politically-challenging, largely self-regulating mechanism. This is "direct" taxation.

At the same time, the federal government is permitted to allege and seek to enforce individual, personal liabilities, but only in regard to gains from the purely elective exercise of federally-granted privileges. This is "indirect" taxation.

Because the population of a state in the aggregate will ultimately pay all direct tax levies, an explicit incentive exists for residents of the state to pressure its congressional delegation to keep direct taxes low. Further, because apportionment (the mechanism by which liabilities among the states are distributed) lays the burden for a tax upon a state based on its proportion of the national population, not its proportion of the national wealth, the overall per capita burden of any direct tax cannot exceed whatever the poorest state is able to pay, again forcing direct taxes to remain low.

On the other hand, indirect taxes cannot be collected unless individuals have chosen to engage in government-privileged economic activities rather than common economic activities engaged in by right. Thus, every individual is entirely in control of how much, if anything, he or she will pay the government in indirect taxes, such as the "income tax".

Because every individual naturally seeks to optimize the gains from all effort, individuals will keep privileged economic activity at a minimum, unless the rates of tax are kept so low that the overall net gains from privileged activities exceed those that can be had through unprivileged economic activity, even with the additional burden of the tax factored in as a cost. Either way, the power accruing to the government through the capture of indirect tax revenues is kept small.

Putting the two varieties of tax together, Congress has a deep and broad authority to tax. At the same time, the rules under which Congress is exclusively allowed to exercise this authority impose extremely powerful, diffuse, wide-reaching and self-activating constraints on how much power its exercise puts into the hands of those in public office.

The only thing the Founders left to the rest of us in regard to the hazard of the Devil's Bargain was the effort to know the law and to have the rocks to uphold it, even in the face of vigorous efforts by venal state actors to make us misunderstand the law or fearful of rising on its behalf.

THE FOUNDER'S DIDN'T BEQUEATH US the condition of slavery. Let's not dishonor their efforts and their sacrifices by imposing it upon ourselves through sloth, ignorance, timidity or the embrace of comforting but infantile fantasies.

We DO live in a time in which we are all subjected to powerful incentives to embrace the Devil's Bargain. These are the efforts of a state which has been foolishly allowed to grow dangerously large and arrogant over the last several decades.

It is our true moral duty to resist these pressures, so I'll close these comments with a few words from others that might help inspire the best in all of us. More, and of special importance, these good words might inspire those of you who aren't yet to get CtC-educated and activated:

The preservation of a free government requires, not merely that the metes and bounds which separate each department of power be invariably maintained, but more especially that neither of them be suffered to overleap the great barrier which defends the rights of the people. The rulers who are guilty of such encroachment exceed the commission from which they derive their authority, and are TYRANTS. The people who submit to it are governed by laws made neither by themselves nor by an authority derived from them and are slaves…

-James Madison


All servitude is voluntary and the slave is more despicable than the tyrant is hateful.

-G. A. Borgese

Necessity is the argument of tyrants; it is the creed of slaves.

-William Pitt


I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant.

-H. L. Mencken


If men use their liberty in such a way as to surrender their liberty, are they thereafter any the less slaves? If people by a plebiscite elect a man despot over them, do they remain free because the despotism was of their own making?

-Herbert Spencer


Still, if you will not fight for the right when you can easily win without bloodshed, if you will not fight when your victory will be sure and not so costly, you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance for survival. There may be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no chance for victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.

-Winston Churchill


Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, as to be purchased at the price of chains and slavery? Forbid it, Almighty God! I know not what course others may take; but as for me, give me liberty or give me death!

-Patrick Henry


The time is now near at hand which must probably determine whether Americans are to be freemen or slaves; whether they are to have any property they can call their own; whether their houses and farms are to be pillaged and destroyed, and themselves consigned to a state of wretchedness from which no human efforts will deliver them. The fate of unborn millions will now depend on God, on the courage and conduct of this army. Our cruel and unrelenting enemy leaves us only the choice of brave resistance, or the most abject submission. We have therefore, to resolve to conquer or die.

-George Washington, 1776


P. S. I dearly hope that every time one of you that ARE CtC-educated and -activated encounter anyone bitching about ANY bad behavior by the state you explain to them their lawful remedy as discussed above...

CtC ought to be raging through the ranks of Democrats, Republicans, Libertarians, America Firsters, school choice enthusiasts, Second Amendment supporters, privacy advocates, and so on, and so forth.

C'mon, people! BE THE STORM!!


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New Victories!

More great uplift and outreach from more great Americans!

Jacob Park

JACOB STARTS US OUT WITH ONE OF MY FAVORITE kinds of victory-- a victory of heart, mind and spirit by a young American well-raised by excellent parents. The complete federal refund of everything withheld from Jacob in 2018 is just icing on that beautiful cake!

Jacob's victory isn't a whole lot of money-- this is his very first filing ever, reclaiming every penny of the first amounts withheld from him, ever, during his first "real job":

Here is the filing that secured Jacob this great debut victory on behalf of the rule of law. Let's hope every one of his young peers take note!!


Tony Jackson

TONY IS A SEASONED WARRIOR, with many years of victories. Here is Tony's latest: a February, 2019 IRS surrender after some growling and whining by the agency trying to suggest Tony owed it some money in connection with his earnings during 2016.

This story begins with Tony's routine filing for 2016, by which he rebutted an errant information return and declared himself to have done nothing taxable during that year.

For some reason, an IRS that really should know better than argue with this man by now chose to do so, nearly two years after the filing:

Tony wasn't having any. He fired off this tart and cogent response to the nonsense.

Rocked back on its heels, the IRS eventually said it needed some time to "process all [Tony's] information". Then, when its cogitations were complete, the agency brought forth its white flag:


Elaine Kubiak


GOTTA LOVE THESE HEROES!! Jacob, Tony and Elaine are tuck-pointing the tattered brickwork in the rule of law on which we all rely to shield us from arbitrary power, and draining the swamp at the same time. Hats off to them all!!

And these heroes are not alone, of course. Their excellent victories join those of the tens of thousands of other awakened and activated Americans represented here. Each constitutes another critical step toward the restoration of the Founders republic and the true rule of law.

Don't you wish your victories were proudly posted, too?

It's easy. Stand up on behalf of the law, and then share the evidence.

That's all there is to it!

FURTHER, DON'T YOU WISH YOUR INSPIRING BEING-THE-STORM VIDEO was posted along with Tony's and Elaine's? This is easy to do, and very important (plus it can get you some great losthorizons swag!). See (and carefully read in their entirety) these guidelines and encouragements.

"It does not take a majority to prevail... but rather an irate, tireless minority, keen on setting brushfires of freedom in the minds of men."

-Samuel Adams


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Some Good Perspective From The Delightfully Sardonic John Prine

Another guy who's always had his head screwed on pretty straight, even though with a decidedly whimsical tilt.


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

April 3- In 1860, the Pony Express begins service, from Saint Joseph Missouri to Sacramento, California.  In 1865, Union forces capture Richmond, Virginia.  In 1882, Jesse James is killed by Robert Ford.  In 1917, V. I. Lenin arrives in Russia to take charge of the revolution after years in exile.  In 1922, Joseph Stalin becomes General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union.  In 1936, Bruno Hauptman is executed for the kidnap and murder of Charles Lindbergh's son.  In 1968, Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers his, "I have been to the mountaintop," speech.  In 1973, the first wireless cell-phone call is made.  In 1974, 148 tornadoes strike across the USA and in Ontario, Canada over 24 hours-- the largest such outbreak ever recorded.  In 1986, IBM unveils its first laptop computer.  In 1996, a plane carrying US Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown strikes a mountain in Croatia, leaving no survivors.  In 2000, Microsoft is the victim of an "antitrust lawsuit" ruling by a federal court, which effectively declares the company to be "too big to succeed".  Microsoft had been notable prior to this time for its disengagement from contact with or pandering to the political class.      



Eric Copenhaver With A Great Video Testimonial

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The Best Response To Tax Agency Bad Behavior

This simple step will make a world of difference in how things end up.


IRS Desperation Gets Truly Bizarre As CtC Warriors Continue To March Forward

A "Notice of Deficiency" for... $0. The most imaginative writer in Hollywood couldn't dream this stuff up.


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

Cognitive dissonance in action.


Do You Know Who Pays For All That "Patriot Theater" At The Stadium?

Every victim of the "ignorance tax", 'cause it's all just statist consent-engineering propaganda.


The Law, In Seven Pages





Share these all, everywhere you can. Be your most creative self in sending and "selling" these links. Do memes; make gifs; respond to everything in the news that would be or have been better had the state been small, or if Americans kept their money for their own uses.

If you pay attention to the news and train yourself to apply these perspectives, you will see a dozen things of which you can make use in awakening other Americans to the virtues of having the income tax correctly administered. Please, for my sake, for your own sake, for the sake of your children and their future, make that use.

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DUE TO CHRONIC AND ESCALATING interferences by ISPs (or others) which have made direct newsletter emails an extremely time-consuming and increasingly unreliable announcement mechanism, I have transitioned to alternative announcement methods. These include:

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If you choose one of these social media options (or use them in addition to other means, as I wish you would), PLEASE get the full value out of them by diligently "liking" and "retweeting" or "sharing" or "reposting" my posts! That will significantly improve their visibility to others, and very much help the cause!!

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(Members of the state CtC Warrior forums in AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, IL, MI, MN, MO, NE, NY, NC, OH, OR, PA, SC, TX, UT, VA, WA or WI, will continue to get the regular announcements if the membership is set to receive email updates.)

NOTE: I will still not be engaging in correspondence by any of these alternative means-- those wishing to correspond with me should continue to use direct email for this purpose.

NOTE II: PLEASE help ensure that others in the CtC community know about this change in newsletter delivery!!

Hey, Gamers!


You are surrounded by an actual battle between villains, monsters and true heroes, all simply concealed from you by sophisticated spells which also keep you from engaging in the fight.

There are real great deeds to be done, and real treasures to be had for your efforts, and frankly, your real future is at stake. You just have to gain "the sight" in order to penetrate the illusions.

Visit losthorizons.com to get the counter-spells and get onto the real field of battle!




The Biggest Snow-Job In World History: The Myth That 1913 America Adopted A Marxist Progressive Tax On "All That Comes In"

“Knowledge will forever govern ignorance; and a people who mean to be their own governors must arm themselves with the power which knowledge gives.”

-James Madison



Thank goodness the sun is now shining...


PRO TIP: If I were the IRS and I wanted to discourage people from rebutting allegations that they had done things I can tax, and keep them from successfully reclaiming withheld or paid-in money, I would salt the "tax honesty" community with passionate-seeming "legal researchers" who would warn anyone whose ear they captured that filing a 1040 is a bad idea for one reason or another...



Regarding Trolleries

(Deceitful efforts to discourage Americans from learning the truth about the "income tax")



FFOR ALL THE YEARS SINCE 2003 when CtC was first published, the government has engaged in a concerted effort to frighten people away from its truths. This effort involves official government websites and press releases touting an occasional court ruling that appears to be at odds with some CtC-revelation (but without details sufficient to expose the real substance of the ruling)-- and sometimes even more mendacious behavior.

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Are the presentations and resources offered on this site and in my other work of any value to you?

Tim Kendrick has posted a video on YouTube regarding donations. I didn't know what to do about it to begin with; I don't do what I do intending for anyone to feel obligated in any way.

But of course, no one IS obligated. I will continue to make my work freely-available here, and in my books for only the cost of a cheap paperback.

Thus, even though I post it here below, Tim's very thoughtful personal resolution and encouragement to others is just an invitation for consideration by those who may not be conscious of the fact that I can't do what I do without support. No one is to feel any pressure from it; if it moves anyone to act let it be solely because it seems right.


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

April 4- In 1581, Francis Drake completes a trip around the world and becomes SIR Francis Drake.  In 1818, the US Congress adopts the Flag of the United States-- 13 red and white stripes and (then) 20 stars.  In 1841, President William Henry Harrison dies of pneumonia after only 32 days in office.  In 1949, NATO comes into being.  In 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. is assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee.  In 1973, the World Trade Center is dedicated.  In 1975, Microsoft is founded.    In 2008, 543 women and children are kidnapped from their communal home in rural Texas by an armed gang operating under the auspices of state authority purportedly in response to sincere concerns for the well-being of the children after an anonymous complaint of child abuse.  This was later found to have been a bogus pretext by both a Texas Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.  It is virtually certain that the real reason for the concocted raid was bureaucratic and political antipathy toward the religious views of the 700 or so residents of the community, who, as fundamentalist Mormons are outside the "mainstream" and thus fair game for abuse in the minds of statists.  After two months imprisonment, the 401 children and 133 women were turned loose.  All in all, the abusive assault cost the citizens of Texas at least $14 million, as well as a good deal of self-respect.  The costs borne by the victims are impossible to calculate.        


How To Be A Leader In The CtC Community

It's simple::






All-in-all, just be the sort of person for others that you would go to yourself for trustworthy leadership.

Leadership is a challenge. But it's not complicated, and you can do it.


The 'Watching the Watchmen Amendment'

If you're not talking this one up everywhere and helping generate a buzz, you don't really want liberty and the rule of law...


In light of the actual evidence, those who doubt or deny the accuracy and correctness of CtC just because some government officials denounce it are like the 16th-century Europeans who were mystified by Copernicus getting all those astronomical predictions right even though the church had said he was wrong.

Do you have a victory to share?  Click here to learn how to do so.

If you're working on one, and just getting stonewalled or speed-bumped, you can still be recognized! Go here to learn what to do.

Learn The Liberating Truth About The Tax

NEW! Orders of twelve or more books now come with a free DVD on request containing six informative and inspiring videos-- 112 minutes in all. Click here for the details.


Did you miss the 'Set Your Church Free' commentaries?

Set Your Church Free

Ignorance of the true nature of the "income" tax has gagged, gutted and seduced-into-disgrace America's ministerial community. This must change.

You're a passenger on a riverboat that relies on regular contributions of fuel from the passengers to keep moving forward. You see an unsurvivable waterfall ahead, and note a soon-to-be-irresistible current growing stronger each day. What does common sense suggest?


Copy and post this one around, people!le!




Media Evasion Of CtC Must End, Now

Time, unfortunately, is on the side of the well-funded disinformation specialists class


Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

April 5- In 1614, Pocahontas marries John Rolfe.  In 1792, the first presidential veto is exercised by George Washington.  In 1930, Gandhi marches to the sea.  In 1933, Franklin Roosevelt signs an executive order purporting to ban the "hoarding of gold" by U.S. citizens, and requiring the surrender of nearly all privately-held gold to the United States.  Needless to say, a mere executive order lacks the actual force of law of a general nature, and this remains true even despite Congressional pretensions of having delegated the authority to the Executive under actual legislation, such as the 'Trading with the Enemy Act'.  Nonetheless, most Americans divested themselves of their gold under the threat of imprisonment accompanying the pretense.  Only one prosecution was ever attempted under the order, and it was subsequently ruled invalid by the federal district judge overseeing the case.  In 1951, Julius and Ethel Rosenberg are sentenced to death after being convicted of espionage for giving nuclear secrets to the Soviet Union.  In 1955, Winston Churchill resigns as Prime Minister of Great Britain.       


Are You Having Trouble Spreading The Word??

SKEPTICISM (SOMETIMES INVOKED BY FEAR) IS TO BE EXPECTED when you're trying to explain to someone that everything they've been encouraged their whole lives to believe about something as entrenched and significant as the income tax is basically nonsense. So here's a way to help cut through the resistance:

Ask your listener how he or she would react if you were to show an announcement from the Commissioner of Internal Revenue admitting that the tax doesn't apply to the earnings of most Americans and is misapplied most of the time because people don't understand how it works? Or how about if you showed a ruling from the Supreme Court saying the same?

Now you just have to explain that you're going to show exactly those things-- but because the state really doesn't want people to know this, these things haven't been said quite as forthrightly as we would all wish. It's going to take a bit more work to take these admissions in than is sufficient for just reading a press release. But it'll be worth the effort...


The Liberating Truth About The 16th Amendment

IF YOU'RE NOT SPREADING THIS LINK with every bit of energy you can, to school libraries, homeschool families and community groups, your neighbors, your family members, your pastors and co-congregationalists, journalists, lawyers, CPAs, members of congress, tax-agency workers, Wikipedia, Anonymous, WikiLeaks, the Tax Foundation, everyone in the "tax honesty" movement, the 9/11 truth movement, other activist movements and everyone else, you have only yourself to blame for your troubles with the tax, and a whole lot else of which you might complain. It's on you.

WRITE A NICE, FRIENDLY AND BRIEF introductory note explaining what will be seen at the link-- cryptic is bad; excited is good-- and then send this WMI (weapon of mass instruction) far and wide.

"I am a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work, the more I have of it."

-Thomas Jefferson

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Real Americans don't accommodate fog, lies and a sliding scale of adherence to the rule of law. Real American men and women stand up for the truth and the law, come what may, knowing that it is only by setting the bar at the top and enforcing it, come what may, that liberties are secured.

"Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as freedom should not be highly rated."

-Thomas Paine




ONLY ONE THING WILL WIN YOU YOUR LIBERTY: Spreading the truth. Accordingly, I've assembled outreach resources into a new, dedicated page. Find it here, and please, USE THESE TOOLS!! I can't do this all by myself.

"In a time of universal deceit telling the truth is a revolutionary act."

-George Orwell


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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)


An Iranian April Surprise?

by Philip Giraldi

The situation that is developing around both this year’s Israeli election and next year’s ballot in the United States smacks of something like a developing conspiracy to renew the mandates of both Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump somewhat reminiscent of the October Surprise that helped bring Ronald Reagan to the White House. Back then, the Reagan campaign team led by William Casey secretly negotiated with Iranian representatives to prolong the U.S. Embassy hostage crisis past the 1980 election, enabling Reagan to use the continuing stand-off as a wedge issue to attack the “weakness” of Carter foreign policy. If Carter had been able to bring the hostages home, he might have won reelection. In exchange for a Reagan offer of considerable military hardware, the Iranians agreed to release the U.S. hostages after the new president took office, which they did. And Reagan provided the hardware in an exchange that eventually morphed into Iran-Contra.

What is less known is that the initial secret meetings between Casey and the Iranians were set up by a group of CIA Chiefs of Station who had served in the Middle East but were at that time in Europe. The first meetings were in Paris. The Chiefs, all active-duty, serving CIA officers, were working for the Carter administration but were conspiring to defeat him and contributed materially to that outcome. Several of them were rewarded when Casey was subsequently named Director of Central Intelligence.

Curiously, both then and now Iran was and is at the center of what might or might not develop and there are clear signs that the United States is escalating its crisis with Tehran artificially to produce a conflict that would benefit no one in the short term but Bibi Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, who is struggling to get re-elected. A critical question becomes “Since Trump has pledged disengagement in the Middle East, is it he who is pulling the strings or is it National Security Advisor John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, somewhat reminiscent of the cabal of CIA Chiefs conspiring behind the back of the elected president in 1980?” But the more important question is, perhaps, whether Bolton and Pompeo actually want Trump reelected or might they be engaged in something even more devious? Is a Mitt or a Marco lurking, either of whom would be seen very favorably by Israel and the neocons versus an extremely narcissistic and ultimately unreliable Trump?


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...and then proceed to the afterword below...

I hope you read all of Giraldi's article. It's a cogent warning of a very real threat.

The only problem with Giraldi's article is its failure to provide a real remedy to the problem, because drawing attention alone isn't going to to anything. When was the last time Washington abandoned a corrupt and criminal practice, policy or program just because fingers were pointed and wagged?

But I'll fill in that blank:

Dangerous and corrupt practice, policies and programs will stop only when there's not enough money in the hands of the criminal actors to pay for them, because the rest of us cease sending them that money. Thus, as with so many other matters of the swamp, the only solution is the CtC solution, which is to say, the Founders' solution.

In short, We the People (you and me) have to do as the Founders meant for us to do, and stop fueling bad behavior by people in power. We must make ourselves once again strong-- at their expense-- just as they have made themselves strong at our expense over the last 80 years!

Aren't you REALLY, REALLY glad YOU'VE had the fortitude and clarity of vision to do that?

Now ask yourself this: Have I really done all that I can to urge everyone I know to also stand up and act in the only way that will really bring about change in my lifetime?

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EVEN AS ARDENT A STATIST as Abraham Lincoln, in announcing his willingness to burn the Southern states to the ground in order to keep them paying the tariff for the benefit of Northern interests in his first inaugural address on March 4, 1861, paid at least lip service to the Founders design of leaving control over the fuel available to feed the fires Washington wants to light in the hands of the individual citizenry when he said, "Doing this I deem to be only a simple duty on my part; and I shall perform it, unless my rightful masters, the American people, shall withhold the requisite means..."

Held over great reading recommendations:

Disinformation-How it works

by Brandon Smith


The Discourse of Voluntary Servitude

by Étienne de la Boétie


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Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

April 6- In 1320, the Scots sign the Declaration of Arbroath.  In 1830, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints is organized by founder Joseph Smith.  In 1862, the Battle of Shiloh, Tennessee begins.  In 1869, celluloid is patented.  In 1896, the first modern Olympic Games open in Athens, Greece-- 1500 years since the last round.  In 1917, the U.S. Congress accedes to the relentless pressure of Woodrow Wilson and his fellow traveler's and declares war on Germany.  In 1919, Mohandas Gandhi calls for a general strike by India's native population.  In 1926, the company that will become United Airlines makes its first commercial flight.  In 1930, Gandhi makes tax-free salt and tells the British to go pound sand.  In 1965, the first geosynchronous communications satellite is launched.         


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IGNORANCE TAX: An unnecessary income tax exaction suffered out of ignorance as to lawful objects of the tax and the means of its application by someone too lazy, frightened or misled to learn how it really works and to what it really applies.

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(How our forefathers responded to arrogant "Rule of Law defiers"...)





“All truth passes through three stages. First, it is ridiculed, second it is violently opposed, and third, it is accepted as self-evident.”

-Arthur Schopenhauer


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Regarding "Tax Reform"

"Taxes are not raised to carry on wars, wars are raised to carry on taxes."

-Thomas Paine

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Law Professor James Duane Says: "Don't Talk To The Police.  Period."

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Ever Wonder How Much An Unrestrained FedState Would Like To Tap You For?


Warrior David Larson shares this beautiful little farce, wryly observing that, "Depositors have "..not lost one penny.." - OK we could agree on that simple statement  ..how about the purchasing power of that same penny 'not lost'?"


Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics




Illuminating Anniversaries of this week:

April 7- In 1795, France adopts the meter as the basic unit of length.  In 1827, the first friction match hits the market.  In 1922, the US Secretary of the Interior grants no-bid leases to the federally-owned Teapot Dome petroleum reserves in Wyoming (and reserves in Elk Hills, California, as well) to cronies, in return for substantial bribes.  In 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower articulates the "domino theory" of impending communist conquest of the world.  In 1990, Admiral John Poindexter is convicted of five charges connected with the Iran-Contra scandal.  His convictions were later reversed on a technicality.  In 2009, former Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori is sentenced to 25 years in prison for "Human Rights" violations, specifically involving the ordering of renditions and assassinations under the auspices of his state's "war on terror".  This came after a 2007 conviction for ordering an illegal search and seizure, resulting in a six-year sentence.       


Last Word

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel, nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains set lightly upon you; and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen."

-Samuel Adams, Architect of the first American Revolution


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About The Author

Pete Hendrickson is possibly the most effective lawyer in history, even while never having set foot in a law school, nor ever being a card-carrying member of "the bar". He is the first American in history to secure a complete refund of Social Security and Medicare ‘contributions’ withheld from his earnings (along with all other property taken for federal taxes); further, since 2003 students of his legal analyses and arguments in ‘Cracking the Code- The Fascinating Truth About Taxation In America’’ (CtC), and its sequel, 'Was Grandpa Really a Moron?' have been routinely retaining and recovering billions of dollars which otherwise-- wrongly, but as a matter of course-- would have gone to federal or state government treasuries. This despite concerted efforts by government to suppress his work, and in some cases vigorously oppose the claims by his students.

Hendrickson is also a widely-read essayist on matters of politics, public policy and law; many of these works are collected in his second book, ‘Upholding the Law And Other Observations’. He is a member of Mensa; an award-winning artist; and has paid his dues as a youth soccer coach. He is a long-time political activist as well, and has served as co-chair and platform convention delegate of Michigan’s largest county Libertarian Party organization; as a consultant to the National Right to Work Foundation and Citizens for a Sound Economy; as a member of the Heartland Institute; and as a member of the International Society for Individual Liberty. He is a frequent radio-show guest on stations across the country.

Hendrickson's business career has included nearly a decade-and-a-half at the leading edge of the renewable-energy industry, both as Director of Purchasing and Materials Management and member of the R&D board at Starpak Energy Systems, the mid-west's then-largest solar heating and energy-recovery-and re-utilization company; and as founder and president of AFJ Inc., a high-efficiency lighting design, manufacture and installation firm.

Beginning in the mid-1990s and continuing for the twelve years before his present full-time focus on the restoration of the rule of law in America, Hendrickson directed purchasing activities for the $84 million-a-year multi-family-housing division of the Farmington Hills, Michigan branch of Edward Rose and Sons, with responsibility for 18,000+ apartments, direct supervision of 35 technicians and agents, and incidental authority over several hundred divisional workers. He also ran the division's 10 cable television earth-station and distribution systems in four states, and designed and administered the company's website.

On rather the other end of the spectrum, amidst these more mundane pursuits Hendrickson co-founded and was the primary creative force behind a small board- and card-game company that enjoyed a modest success for several years.

Hendrickson makes his home in southeast Michigan, with his wife and two children. He is currently working on his next book.

© All written and graphic material on this page and website are copyrighted by Peter E. Hendrickson, unless otherwise attributed.