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The November 14 2022 Lost Horizons Newsletter
...where real knowledge-- and actual solutions-- intersect with real Americans!

So, Last Tuesday Was Election Day...
Let's do a "first impressions" post-mortem.

IT SEEMS TO ME that if some in a society or polity can be convinced that they have been cheated (or otherwise aggrieved) by the rest (whether "the rest" is considered as individuals or institutions), while infected with moral relativism (that is, "situational ethics", by which whether an act is wrong depends on the perceived reasons or justifications for its commission), that some will not hesitate to cheat (in vote-counting or whatever) in order to accomplish a "redress" of their perceived grievance. That cheating will (or can) be directed at putting (or keeping) in power those who pander to the "aggrieved" group.

Likewise, convincing gullible segments of the population that denying power to the most vocal hobgoblin floggers will bring about the end of the world (i.e., through "climate change" or a dire virus), or that one's political opponents are agents of a hostile foreign power, etc. will make those gullible segments open, if not prone, to cheating.

Heck, if I firmly believed that a fair election would result in political power falling into the hands of people who would use it to bring about the end of the world, including the suffering and death of my children and grandchildren, I would cheat or at minimum look the other way while others did so, in order to prevent that electoral outcome. You would, too.

And of course, all those preps, all that groundwork, have been indisputably and unmistakably underway for many years. How then can anyone observing the abundant overt indicators of specific acts of cheating (by which is encompassed rigging as well as outright fraud) harbor any doubts that such cheating is, in fact, what is going on?

How, for instance, can anyone doubt that the slow, seemingly complicated and chaotic, and otherwise inexplicable whack-a-mole vote counts in Maricopa and Clark counties going on last week and into this week, are cheating events underway?

How about the events illustrated here:

Continued...

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Responding To IRS "Proposals"
New entries in the Site Map Legal Resources section.

EVERYONE'S FAVORITE ALPHABET AGENCY has lately been ramping up an annoying pair of fog and intimidation generators in the way of "proposals" to change the "tax due" or the amount withheld in regard to educated tax returns (and for all I know, non-educated filings, as well). These typically come in the form of LTR525s in the former case and CP21B notices in the latter.

Both types of correspondence seem intended to suggest that the agency has valid grounds for its self-serving proposals, while nonetheless implicitly acknowledging that neither proposal can be implemented without the agreement of the filer (and both explaining to the filer how to register disagreement). Both proposals are plainly designed and dispatched in order to confuse and unsettle filers new to the wide and wild landscape of liberation-- new, that is, to once again seeing horizons lost to most Americans of the last several generations.

An example of the LTR525 thing can be seen here (in this case involving a CP2000-- an older but essentially identical version of the new-lipstick-on-the-pig LTR525, which now purports to have arisen as a result of an "audit"-- but an "audit" to the outcome of which, tellingly, you must agree). An example of the CP21B scam can be seen discussed in detail here.

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Other Voices (followed by an important afterword)

Republicans And The Growth Of Government
by Andrew P. Napolitano

As I write this on Election Day, I obviously don’t know the outcomes of the U.S. midterm elections. As you read this, you probably do. Most of my libertarian friends with whom I have spoken recently are hoping for a Republican victory.

I am not so sure I agree with them. Former Rep. Ron Paul, the living American I admire most, is not so sure either. He opined recently in an essay arguing that with the exception of blind opposition to all things Joe Biden — thus slowing the pace of increased federal spending — the Republicans are not much better than the Democrats.

This argument is in line with my own, which is that we don’t have a two-party system in America. We really have one political party — the Big Government Party. It has a Republican wing that likes war, corporate welfare, tax increases and borrowing, and a Democratic wing that likes war, individual welfare, tax increases and borrowing. Both wings enacted legislation to frustrate political competition, and both want more than anything just to stay in power.

In Congress, both wings of Big Government believe that they can right any wrong, regulate any behavior, tax any event and interfere in any process, whether the Constitution authorizes their legislation or not. Yet, Congress is a creature of the Constitution. The Constitution gives Congress only 16 discrete powers and one catch-all — to make all laws necessary and proper to effectuate the 16.

The Constitution came about when the 13 American colonies seceded from England in 1776 by violence and became 13 independent countries that referred to themselves as states.

Those 13 states formed the current central government in 1789 by ceding away the 16 discrete areas of governance — having to do with nationhood, not central planning — to the new federal government.

Through the course of wars — the War of 1812, the wars against Native Americans, Lincoln’s War Between the States, the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq — the federal government not only exported violence abroad; it sapped liberty at home and grew exponentially.

That’s what war does. It doesn’t spread liberty; it spreads killing. It enhances the health of the government because it induces higher taxes, a bigger military-industrial complex, nativist patriotism on the part of the masses, repression of civil liberties and a general compliance on the part of politicians. Both wings of Big Government have been complicit in this.

Continued...

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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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