(originally launched into cyberspace on 09/03/2008)
Just as some toxins (like mercury) can build up over time in one's
body, until they eventually cause a noticeable effect, it seems
that the truth can also wear away at someone's mind, even if there
are no outward symptoms for a long time. In other words, being
repeatedly exposed to a truth can slowly drag someone's mind,
albeit often kicking and screaming, from a state of ignorance to a
state of understanding. It can be a slow and frustrating process,
if you're the one trying to wake your friends up, but you may be
making progress even if it doesn't show yet.
I'm happy to report that several people who assumed that the 861
evidence must be not only invalid but "frivolous"--because the
government said so, and because I was convicted--after reading
"Kicking the Dragon" have changed their tune. What many people have
commented on about the book is how it delivers a constant stream of
high-dose absurdity--from my meetings with the IRS, the letter-
writing campaigns, and everything else, up through my trial--to
such a degree that by the end, no one with a brain can say "Nothing
seems suspicious there."
I'm also happy to report that some people who already were on
board, having read the book, now dare to bring up the subject to
family and friends, when they hadn't dared before. I, and many of
you, know first hand how frustrating, infuriating and fruitless it
can be to try to get anyone to begin to question things he has
always assumed. Well these days, I can just say "Read this," and
fling a copy of "Kicking the Dragon" at them. And I know others are
doing the same. (Don't fling too hard; it's a big book; you might
kill them.) While it's true that many people will just plain refuse
to read anything that even MIGHT go against their comfortable
beliefs, those who DO read it get a toxic overdose of reality from
which they will never fully recover.
Consider how many truths, that now seem obvious to us, had to
needle their way into peoples' heads over a long period of time.
The world was flat, and the sun went around it, until several
hundred years of nonconformist wackos claiming otherwise. Slavery
was viewed as natural and legitimate for millenia, until after
several hundred years of nonconformist wackos saying otherwise. And
the way people view all sorts of government nastiness has changed
over the years, too.
I admit that when it comes to the federal "income tax" deception,
it often feels hopeless, like the lie will outlast the truth. But
it won't. And as dense as people seem, and as viciously as the
parasite class rails against those who tell the truth, it's still
worth telling it. And some day, our grandkids will look back, and
wonder why it took this country so long to recognize the most
massive financial fraud in history. Maybe they'll find an old,
dusty copy of "Kicking the Dragon" in the attic, and then they can
reminisce on the days before the country realized the fraud, before
the truth had worn down the lie.