Repeal the 16th Amendment
Actions to repeal the 16th Amendment would return the checks and balances that had been originally placed in the Constitution. The 16th Amendment was a major blow against States Rights. The States were no longer a barrier between the people and the Federal government.
Our Founding Fathers established the States to be a “Wall of Political Protection” between the citizens and the Federal government. This Wall of Protection was one of the checks that were placed into the constitution to assist in bridling an out-of-control central government.
The 16th Amendment to the United States Constitution allowed the Federal government to directly tax citizens of the United States. Prior to the enactment of the 16th Amendment the Federal government would tax the individual States for monies it needed to operate. The States then had to decide how the necessary funds were to be collected from the State’s population.
What is a Constitutional Amendment?
An amendment to the constitution permanently changes the constitutional document. Changes to the constitution must be made carefully so that the unalienable rights of the people are not adversely affected. A constitutional amendment not only affects the constitution it may affect other related laws. Our Founders made adoption of constitutional amendments difficult to avoid reckless changes to the constitution.
To protect the rights of the people additional requirements was established mandating that ¾ of the States approving any changes made to the constitution. This approval was to be performed by either the State’s legislature or a specifically elected constitutional convention committee. Failure of ¾ of the States to approve an amendment would negate that amendment.
Article 1, Section 9 of the Original U. S. Constitution
Article 1, Section 9 of the U. S. Constitution prohibited the Federal government from collecting taxes or funds from individuals. The Federal government was limited to collecting revenue from the States according to that State’s population. Each state was responsible for determining how the individuals within the state were to be apportioned for their individual share of the monies levied against the state.
Our original constitution gave the Federal government the power and authority to collect revenues from limited specific sources. The Federal government was authorized to set tariffs, excise taxes, along with consumption taxes.
The 16th Amendment to the U. S. Constitution
The 16th Amendment severely damaged State rights by allowing the Federal government to tax the State’s citizens directly. The 16th Amendment and the following 17th Amendment have severely damaged the “Wall of Political Protection” that the Founding Fathers had established to control the Federal government. By repeal the 16th Amendment and repeal of the 17th Amendment the damage to the checks and balances established within the constitution can be corrected.
- The 16th Amendments reads as follows: “The Congress shall have power to lay and collect taxes on incomes, from whatever source derived, without apportionment among the several States, and without regards to any census or enumeration”.
Repeal the 16th Amendment
The Wall of Political Protection or checks and balances must be re-established in order to bring the Federal government back under control. The power and authority of the States must be returned. It is important to repeal the 16th Amendment however of greater priority is to repeal the 17th Amendment.
Repeal of the 17th Amendment will give the States power and authority to once again bridle the Federal government. After the 17th Amendment has been repealed we can proceed to repeal the 16th Amendment.
Failure to correct errors placed in amendments to the constitution in a proper order will open up the possibility of greater control being taken from the States and given to the Federal government. Corrections to the constitution must be done with care and forethought.
Healing of America
America can be healed. Through education followed by deliberate actions the errors placed in the constitution can be corrected. The healing of America can be accomplished in a relatively short period.