Our schools do not tend to teach much real history anymore, so I am going to ask, do you remember that period of history from 1775 to 1783, during which time a little thing we like to call the Revolutionary war happened? Do you remember what gave rise to the resistance and skirmishes between the colonial militiamen and British soldiers that eventually led to armed conflict? Taxes!
As you can imagine, after eight years of war, when the crafters of our constitution set out to create a new type of government, they were very leery of, and quite cautious with, taxation. That is why our constitution prohibited the federal government from direct taxation, and taxes were collected through tariffs and duties on items such as liquor, tobacco, sugar, legal documents, etc. The first challenge to this system was the Whiskey Rebellion, then again in the later 1790’s when a property tax was implemented to pay for the war with France. Subsequently, the war of 1812 was financed through excise taxes and higher duties. We were clearly a nation of people who were willing to fight and die over taxes.
What happened? That man who many like to call the father of the republican party, Mr. Abraham Lincoln, well, he decided it was a better idea to go to war with some of the states rather than honor the rights given to these states by the constitution. No, for the last time, no, the Civil War was not about slavery, it was about the rights of the states, and we have seen the rights of the states’ slip away on a pretty consistent basis ever since. In order to pay for the expenses being incurred by a nation at war with itself, the Revenue Act of 1861 was passed. Taxes were levied upon incomes exceeding $800, while this Act was rescinded in 1872, it created the foundation of our modern-day tax system and the IRS was founded.
Again, the constitution forbid any direct taxation that was not levied in proportion to each state’s population, and the Supreme Court declared the 1894 Wilson-Gorman Tariff Act (a flat tax) unconstitutional in 1895. The 16th Amendment was introduced in 1913 to remove the proportional to population clause, and expanded the powers of Congress to levy taxes not only beyond what powers were given to them in the constitution, but in direct opposition to the constitution. The same concept was attempted earlier via statute, but declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court.
Think about something for just a moment. Our constitution was drafted to be a limiting document, granting only those specific powers enumerated within it to the federal government. The constitution was not written to outline the rights of the people, but to expressly limit the powers of a central federal government, to avoid exactly what we have today, an over burdensome federal government that has managed to worm its way into every facet of our lives. The 16th Amendment (which many to this day argue was not legally and properly ratified by the states, not to mention it is inherently unconstitutional), paved the way for the rising cost of government and subsequent escalation of the income tax. If we the people are going to sit back and allow the government to make amendments granting them additional powers, especially those in direct conflict with the constitution, then we might as well just shred the constitution and let them go ahead and do whatever they want. They basically do anyway at this point.
An article by Andrew Beattie, published in Forbes in 2010 states:
“Roosevelt’s New Deal and WWII saw many taxes introduced or increased. The New Deal ran a heavy deficit that needed to be made up by revenue. By 1936 the top tax rate was a staggering 76% and the economy’s output plummeted. Taxes were raised several more times with the exception of the 1938 Revenue Act–it contained a corporate tax cut that Roosevelt objected to, but that nevertheless passed. By 1940, the need for the U.S. to prepare for war and support its allies led to even more aggressive taxation. People with incomes of $500 faced a 23% tax and the rates climbed up to 94%. By 1945 43 million Americans paid tax and the yearly receipts were in excess of $45 billion, up from $9 billion in 1941.”
Talk about a slippery slope. We have come from a people who were so opposed to this type of taxation they fought a war against Great Britain for independence and they drafted a constitution that specifically denied the federal government from imposing such a tax. Why are we not fighting this? Why are we just sitting back and allowing our representatives to violate the constitution without doing anything or saying a word about it? Taxation and government intrusion into our lives is completely out of control, and we have to start somewhere if we are going to fight back and return the power to the people. For this reason I have drafted a petition for the repeal of the 16th Amendment and abolishment of the IRS. Do I expect congress to do either one? Of course not, I am not that naive. However, with a President Trump in office, we have someone who just happens to be brash and bold enough to bring this type of issue into the limelight, and even to use it against congress in his attempts to reform the tax laws. But it will never even be brought to his attention if I cannot get enough people to take just a minute to sign the petition. We must gain 100,000 signatures by September 17th in order to receive a response from the White House and at the very least get some exposure for this issue. So please, take just a minute, follow the link below and add your name to the petition. You will then be sent an email to confirm your email address is valid before your name is added to the petition.
Many brave men and women have sacrificed so much for our freedom, liberty, and what our constitution stands for, is it not worth just a moment of your time to put your name on a list that says you know what the government is doing is not right and you want it to stop?