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The August 15, 2022 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

A "Right To Abortion" Is NOT A "Right To Kill An Unborn Child" (Or Fetus, Or Whatever Label You Prefer...)
Strange to hear, I know, but a legal fact, nonetheless.

THROUGHOUT THE DECADES SINCE THE ROE V. WADE DECISION, the two sides which squared off over the issue of abortion became so rigid with emotional and political investment in their positions that a very key aspect of the matter-- the real legal meaning of abortion, and its implications-- has fallen into the cracks. It never should have done so, but especially now, with Roe undone, and battles arising in various states over whether their Constitutions secure a "right to abortion", this very important matter belongs center stage in our conversation.

The fact is, "abortion" (as it relates to a pregnancy) just means, "end the pregnancy". By no means does it also, or inherently, or even at all mean, "end the life of the unborn child".

A "right to abortion", even if "found" in a state Constitution or enacted by a legislature, is a right to cease carrying a child in the womb-- thus, ending the pregnancy, period. But just as your right to expel a trespasser from your front lawn doesn't equate to a right to summarily execute that trespasser (even if doing so would be the most convenient solution for you), so, too, a right to expel an unwanted child from the womb is not a right to do so violently, much less fatally.

A woman may have a right to terminate a pregnancy. But she has no right to terminate a baby (whether born or unborn).

CHECK ANY STATE LAW AT ISSUE and check any judicial ruling at issue by which Constitutional "rights to abortions" are found. See how they're worded.

If an explicit "right" to kill the unwanted child is not articulated, but only a "right to abort", then that law or ruling does not even purport to legalize killing a baby (or fetus, or whatever).

If, on the other hand, a "right" to kill an unwanted child is explicitly articulated (as unlikely as I think that is), the monster responsible should be immediately impeached and ejected from civilized society, of course.

But more to the point, that law or ruling should promptly be challenged on the basis of such language, because if not necessitated by life-threatening physical threat to the mother (in which case no law or judicial support is relevant or needed), such a killing is plainly indefensible and cannot be a "right". Additionally, the principles of law require that a solution to any valid claim of one party (a right to be free of an unwanted pregnancy) which has an adverse impact on any other person (here, the baby, as well as, in many cases, the father) must be made as minimal in its impact as possible.

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Let's Celebrate Some Victories By The Good Guys!
...and push back some of the darkness.

ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT ASPECTS of the system of government established by America's Founders and Framers is its discipline over the federal government's access to resources. This discipline is imposed in large part by two key factors relating to each of the classes of taxation permitted under the US Constitution.

One of those factors is that all capitations and other direct taxes are made very politically-sensitive in their imposition (and effectively restricted to no more than can be borne by the poorest states) via the apportionment mechanism. The other disciplining factor is that all other permitted taxes are indirect imposts, excises and duties. Such taxes are subject to the control of individual citizens, each of whom decides how much engagement in excise-taxable activity will be undertaken, if any (a discipline that extends to the several states, insofar as they participate in income taxation).

As Hamilton put it in Federalist 21:

"Imposts, excises, and, in general, all duties upon articles of consumption, may be compared to a fluid, which will, in time, find its level with the means of paying them. The amount to be contributed by each citizen will in a degree be at his own option, and can be regulated by an attention to his resources."

It is by virtue of this disciplinary structure that the United States can be kept secure on the sovereign people's leash-- bound down from mischief, as Jefferson put it, by the chains of the Constitution. Today, we're going to celebrate a new batch of American patriots who are doing this critically-important work.

Danny Price

DANNY, SON OF THE EXCELLENT Roe Price, shares his debut victories today, by which he reclaims everything withheld from him and turned over to Missouri on the mistaken and rebutted notion that Danny's economic activities during 2019, 2020 and 2021 had been of a taxable character (with a little interest added on to the 2021 refund):

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

White Slaves And Other Inconvenient Historical Facts
by Matt Walsh

[Video]

Afterword

"Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities."
-Voltaire

MATT WALSH DOES A GREAT JOB summarizing the historical reality about slavery as a world-wide, and thousands-of-years-pervasive institution. And he does so for the right reason, having recognized the pernicious character and effects of endless and deepening race-hustling and guilt-mongering that has long-since eaten away much of what was once American harmony and tranquility.

It may be hard for younger Americans, and those with poor memories, to realize just how much has been lost to the deliberate, nihilistic and corrosive bile spewed upon us all over the last ten years or so by way of utterly dishonest and agenda-driven propaganda like "The 1619 Project" and every purveyor of "Critical Race Theory" infesting our schools and other public and even private institutions. The damage is vast and deep and deadly.

Corrective efforts like those undertaken by Walsh in the video above are welcome and important.

Indeed, I began this year's newsletters with an "Other Voices" sharing commentary by George Will on the subject of the "1619" attack. I follow Will's comments up in my "Afterword" with excerpts from the 1962 Encyclopedia Brittanica laying out the inconvenient truth that the African slave trade exploited by those bringing slaves to the Americas in the 17th and 18th centuries involved Africans enslaved by other Africans, who were then sold to traders who brought them here (and elsewhere). I recommend a look at those authoritative sources-- find Will's article and my afterword with the Brittanica articles here.

The truth is, America is the hero of the slavery story. America was conceived and established under principles inherently antithetical to slavery. Those principles worked (coincidentally with similar concurrent but uncoordinated efforts by Great Britain, another major white European ancestry power) over the course of a mere few decades to bring about the collapse of slavery not only in America itself but throughout the better part of the world where previously it had been ensconced for all of recorded history and doubtless deep into unrecorded history.

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Plus,
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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