to 1913, there was no federal income tax, the states had rights and
representation in Washington DC, there was no Federal Reserve Bank and
the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded it
within the US Constitution. What a difference one year can make…
a hundred years later, it’s clear that the policies established
in 1913 must be revoked in order to restore power to the people and
the states. But can the American people get the Genie back in the bottle?
to the enactment of the income tax, most citizens were able to pursue
their private economic affairs without the direct knowledge of the government.
Individuals earned their wages, businesses earned their profits, and
wealth was accumulated and dispensed with little or no interaction with
of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution would forever change life
in America and not for the better.
16th - 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.
hard to imagine how this amendment could have been written any broader,
or why 36 states would agree to such an open ended federal power to
strip citizens of their rightful earnings via taxation without representation
and with literally no boundaries or limits to how far the federal government
could and ultimately would go in their effort to buy the votes of some
with the assets of others.
1913, the federal tax code has been used as a primary tool of leftist
social engineering in which the people have been forced to fund a government
they no longer recognize and no longer support. The US Congress has
a mere 11% approval rating today and the Executive branch is supported
only by the 28% of citizens who benefit personally by the robbing of
states are now fiscal dependents of the federal government and the federal
government is a twenty trillion pound ape trampling through the rose
garden of American life, and nobody seems to have any clue how to reign
it all in.
thanks to the passage of the 17th Amendment also passed in 1913, the
states no longer have representation in Washington DC. Once again, what
seemed like a simple sentence and a good idea to some at the time has
since been used by the federal government to eliminate state’s
sovereignty and rights.
17th – “The Senate of the United States shall be composed
of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for
is referred to as the “supremacy clause” today, a wholly
anti-American notion that the federal government has unlimited “supreme”
power over the states and the people. Without states representation
in DC due to the 17th Amendment, the Fed is free to run wild and it
to the passage of the 17th, the U.S. Senate was the legislative body
that represented the interests of the states, namely state sovereignty
and state’s rights. The 17th eliminated both by eliminating state’s
representation and reducing the Senate to just an extension of the people’s
House of Representatives.
Senate was elected by each state legislature and obligated to serve
each state’s interest as a result. Unlike the House of Representatives
in which local representatives known by local voters are elected by
their neighbors to represent the will of constituents in their home
districts - members of the Senate who are not known or accessible to
most voters in the state also represent the will of constituents they
don’t know and with whom they are no longer in touch. This leaves
the state itself unrepresented.
a result, the federal government is now engaged in running roughshod
over state sovereignty and rights as a daily event. The recent situation
in Arizona where the Fed sued the state for attempting to enforce existing
immigration laws that the Fed refuses to enforce is but one glaring
example of federal tyranny made possible by the 17th Amendment.
the heels of the banking Panic
of 1907, Democrats were elected into full control of both congressional
chambers. With full control over the legislative process they wasted
no time shifting the focus of the federal government from the “enumerated
powers” to federal power and social engineering.
panics and bank runs were all too common during the 19th and early
20th centuries. Some were more severe than others, but most followed
the same general pattern. The misfortunes of a prominent speculator
would undermine public confidence in the financial system. Panic-stricken
investors would then scramble to cut their losses. And because it
wasn’t uncommon for speculators to double as bank officials,
worried depositors would rush to withdraw their money from any bank
associated with a troubled speculator.”
Federal Reserve System was established to provide a stabilizing factor
to occasional extreme volatility in the financial markets, usually caused
by over-reaching speculative trading by only a handful of eager investors.
new system emerged from a private sector investment by then 70 year
old J.P. Morgan which stalled the growing run on banks caused by the
financial trouble of the New York Knickerbocker Trust. JD Rockefeller
stepped in to help out, along with a few other well-heeled financiers.
as Obama and Democrats are doing today, democrats tried to saddle Republican
President Teddy Roosevelt with the blame for the banking panic.
person who didn’t seek advantage in the crisis was William Jennings
Bryan, the Democrats’ perennial presidential candidate. In an
impromptu speech to the assembled crowd" at the Binghamton, New
York train station, he came to the defense of President Theodore Roosevelt,
a Republican. "I notice," said Bryan, "that one of
the officers of the bank that just closed-its doors yesterday attributed
it to President Roosevelt. That is not the reason. Don’t blame
the Sheriff, but the horse thief.”
wasn’t the Federal Government that stopped the run on banks, it
was private investors. However, the formation of the Federal Reserve
System that followed would once again give the federal government power
it could not be trusted to hold.
that moment forward, it would not be private investors who bailed out
failing banks, but American taxpayers. Even worse, there would be no
end to the printing of money and accumulation of public debt once the
federal government via the Federal Reserve had what would be treated
as a bottomless well from which to draw cash.
in 2001, the Bush administration tried for seven years to convince congressional
Democrats including Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd that there was
impending trouble with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but to no avail.
was the Federal Reserve and American taxpayers who would be held accountable
for the misdeeds of Democrat incompetency and a refusal to address the
growing mortgage problem until there were no good options left.
the end, the Obama administration would drive the nation from $10 trillion
in debt to $14 trillion in debt in just their first two years in office,
with trillions more in unfunded social spending aimed at propping up
the failing labor unions that will keep them in political power.
was one of the worst years in American history as the people thereafter
became fiscally responsible for the unethical actions of a few in banking
and government, the states lost their representation in the Senate,
state sovereignty and rights, the Fed grabbed “supreme powers”
and the Federal Reserve became the arm of government that would sink
the nation in a mountain of debt.
2010, Democrats now control both houses of congress, the White House,
the press and the courts. What happened in 1913 is nothing compared
to what Democrats have in store for America now.
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the people and the states can control this nation again, they will have
to undo all the damage done in 1913 which allowed further damage to
be done during the via FDR’s Raw Socialism Deal.
1st – 2nd and 10th Amendment initiatives underway in the states
today are necessary due to the events of 1913. Reverse 1913 and most
of the problem is easily solved.
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engaged in returning the power to the right people in America.