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The January 27, 2020 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge intersects with real Americans!

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The Lights Go On In Colorado!
Rocky Mountain High, Baby!

FOLLOWING THE LEAD of the great warriors for liberty and the rule of law in the Georgia CtC forum, the Colorado organization has now lit up the Centennial State, as well!

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Billboards in three locations so far are waking up Coloradans and putting their feet on the path to becoming part of the solution, instead of remaining victimized "copper-top" contributors to the problem, in the grip of deeply-exploited, state-cultivated ignorance.

As I pointed out when Georgia lit up:

Continued...

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This Year, Nobody Has To Vote For The Lesser Of Two Evils
No more holding your nose and pulling the lever just to keep the worse threat out of office.

HOW MANY TIMES have you cast a ballot for an unpleasing political candidate simply to keep an even more unpleasing candidate from the office? If you're a typical American voter and no longer wet behind the ears, you've done it many times.

Over the last 80 years, that "lesser of two evils" choice has become a commonplace where it never really had been before. This is because over that 80 years audacious hobgoblin-floggers have skillfully exploited fears they have excited in the public mind and ignorance they have nurtured about the limited scope of the income tax to attach more and more power to the office they hold-- power which will be wielded by each of their successors.

As a consequence, over that 80 years each politician winning high office has become more and more capable of doing great harm to you and your children. In the case of federal office-holders, the threat extends to even non-Americans and their children, and to the world overall.
In light of these threats, prudence has compelled American voters to hold their noses and vote for folks their grandparents would have hooted off the stage, if not committed them for psychiatric evaluation-- because the other sociopath seeking the office is even hairier and scarier.

Many, many such voters would rather cast ballots for actually-pleasing third-party candidates. But those folks face the prospect that by withholding a vote for the lesser evil major-party candidate they will ensure that the greater evil from the other major party takes power-- a prospect too grim to face considering the modern scope of the power involved.

In the last presidential election a very large percentage of the votes cast for either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton were not votes FOR the candidate chosen. They were votes AGAINST the opposition candidate. And such has been the pattern for decades now.

This is no way for good Americans to make such choices. But it has seemed necessary-- until now.

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An Important History Lesson For Legal Scholars And Pundits Alike
...debunking the relentlessly persistent "income tax began in 1913 with the 16th Amendment" myth.

JUST LAST WEEK ALONE I encountered several ill-informed assertions-- by well-known pundits and even one historian-- that the origin of today's income tax is to be found in 1913 and the Sixteenth Amendment. This mythological infection has burrowed deeply into the American body of received wisdom, despite being not only wrong but unmistakably contradicted by the sources of information most routinely relied upon for accuracy regarding this sort of issue.

The persistence of this myth is a testament to its importance to the "ignorance tax" scheme, the beneficiaries of which-- the IRS and other tax agencies, the DOJ and its state counterparts, and the "tax professional industry"-- are its most flagrant boosters. So, though I've done so before more than once, I'm going to take that myth apart, in the hope that this latest debunking will find its way onto the screens of every one of its victims.

Happily, doing that "take-apart" only requires a look at a couple of as-mainstream-as-you-can-get authorities. The only challenge will be overcoming that quirky human tendency to read things selectively-- subconsciously editing as we go to harmonize what we're seeing with what we already believe true. I'll provide a little guidance (and some "emphasis added") where needed to meet that challenge.

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Other Voices
Important observations by Patrick Lawrence followed by an even more important afterword by Yours Truly

The Latest And Most Reckless US Imperial Act
Following the U.S. assassination of Soleimani, the Trump administration is leading American conduct abroad into a zone of probably unprecedented lawlessness.

Of all the preposterous assertions made since the drone assassination of Qassem Soleimani in Baghdad on Jan. 3, the prize for bottomless ignorance must go to the bottomlessly ignorant Mike Pompeo.

Speaking after the influential Iranian general’s death, our frightening secretary of state declaimed on CBS’s Face the Nation, “There was sound and just and legal reason for the actions the President took, and the world is safer as a result.” In appearances on five news programs on the same Sunday morning, the evangelical paranoid who now runs American foreign policy was a singer with a one-note tune. “It’s very clear the world’s a safer place today,” Pompeo said on ABC’s Jan. 5 edition of This Week.

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And, of course, as always:
Illuminating Anniversaries For This Week!

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"I confidently trust that the American people will prove themselves...too wise not to detect the false pride or the dangerous ambitions or the selfish schemes which so often hide themselves under that deceptive cry of mock patriotism: 'Our country, right or wrong!' They will not fail to recognize that our dignity, our free institutions and the peace and welfare of this and coming generations of Americans will be secure only as we cling to the watchword of true patriotism: 'Our country--when right to be kept right; when wrong to be put right.'"
-Senator Carl Schurz, October 17, 1899


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