Kevin Van Horn of the Beyond Ballots or
Bullets project is joining up with some other folks “along the Wasatch
Front in Utah” to organize a local “freedom activist” group. They’ve got a
project on their plate that sounds worthwhile:
Its purpose is to attract and recruit hard-core libertarians, as well as
beginning to publicize our cause. The idea is to hold an event on
to honor America’s tax resisters.
While the statist media condemn tax resisters, we’ll eulogize them as great
American patriots who have taken substantial personal risks in refusing to
financially support a dangerous criminal organization. We can talk about
specific, known tax resisters, and list all of the criminal activities that
they didn’t fund. If we can figure out how to do it, I’d even like
to erect a (temporary?) monument to the unknown tax resister, in analogy to
the tomb of the unknown soldier.
Being poor is what my dad would call a “useful life skill.” (He used this
phrase when he wanted us to carry cinder blocks or weed the tomato patch.)
And I happen to believe it’s a life skill that plenty of Americans could use,
saddled as they are with credit card debt, college loan debt and mortgage
debt. Being “poor” for a while — that is, making a conscious choice to manage
money differently — would be good for them.
The Apotheosis of Washington in the eye of the Rotunda of the
U.S. Capitol was
painted in the true fresco technique by Constantino Brumidi in
() was born and trained in Rome
and had painted in the Vatican and Roman palaces before emigrating to the
United States in . … The figures, up to 15
feet tall, were painted to be intelligible from close up as well as from 180
In the central group of the fresco, Brumidi depicted George Washington rising
to the heavens in glory, flanked by female figures representing Liberty and
Victory/Fame. A rainbow arches at his feet, and thirteen maidens symbolizing
the original states flank the three central figures. (The word “apotheosis”
in the title means literally the raising of a person to the rank of a god, or
the glorification of a person as an ideal; George Washington was honored as a
national icon in .)
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