Friday, April 2, 2010

So You Want To Take Your Country Back!

Part 3: Repeal the Sixteenth Amendment

The only way we can really take our country back and restore it to follow constitutional government, is to elect truly conservative citizens to our state legislatures, the governors’ offices, and both houses of Congress this fall.

We must elect congressmen and congresswomen who will promise to legislate term limits as I wrote in my second post in this series. As a part of this action which will limit the ability of our elected representatives to establish themselves in positions of power, we must elect only those representatives who promise to work with others to repeal the Sixteenth Amendment, which states, “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regard to any census or enumeration.”

Is the amendment unconstitutional, since it is an amendment to the U.S. Constitution? What if it conflicts with other provisions of the constitution? But, what if it were never properly ratified? The web site, The Law That Never Was, has a good argument with statistics to back up the claim.

Arguments go back and forth on both sides. The Sixteenth Amendment only authorizes congress to collect only two types of taxes, i.e., direct or indirect, but these have specific definitions. More information can be found at Restoring the Republic...One Citizen At A Time.

Whoever is right, several things are obvious about our current tax code. 1) IRS collection tactics deny us Due process, 2) We are guilty until proven innocent, 3) And it provides congress almost unlimited control to spend on earmarks and pork projects.

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