Now that I am finally done throwing-up after watching our politicians whine and pander over the course of the election and W’s subsequent victory, I want to take a moment between those events and the next world crisis to carefully consider what must be done to protect the citizens of the U.S. from the tyranny of unlawful and excessive taxation.
After all, if you believe the jokers who just tried to take over our nation — not to mention the ones who were running it for the last eight years — our government should take care of you and me from cradle to grave with all of the wonderful programs they have concocted. Programs that are going to cost hundreds of billions of your hard-earned dollars. Programs that would require Uncle Sam to pick your pockets and raid your wallet whenever our so-called “representatives” bloody-well please.
Republicans are not much better than Democrats in this regard any longer, and it is time we sent the whole lot of them a clear message. At the heart of this issue is control. It is your money that Washington spends, but most politicians arrogantly think they are smarter and wiser than you and thus better qualified to spend your money than you are.
And, spend it they do! On just about anything that helps them get re-elected. They control people and situations by spending your money. Indeed, they spend so much of your money these days that many families need to have both parents working just to keep themselves from sinking into debt.
It didn’t used to be this way
It used to be that only one parent needed to work to make ends meet. It used to be that one parent could stay home and be with the children rather than leaving them at daycare or letting them watch unlimited TV and roam the streets after school. No wonder, then, that drug usage, crime, gang membership, teen pregnancy, abortion and divorce rates have soared — nobody is minding the store at home to help our children grow up.
Do we honestly wonder, then, why our nation has been sinking so quickly into the immoral stench of Washington’s toilet bowl?
There is ample, solid evidence that the 16th Amendment to the Constitution was never legally ratified. And, while I would guess that most of the workers in the IRS are decent, law-abiding people who are just trying to do their job, it is clear that this organization remains way out of control. We’ve all seen the bumper stickers such as “Fight organized crime — abolish the IRS!” and “Don’t steal — the IRS doesn’t like competition!” on automobiles all over our nation. They exist because the IRS has made the lives of millions of Americans a living hell. (I’ll let you know if I get punished with an IRS proctology exam for my insolence here.)
But, just for the sake of argument, let’s pretend the 16th Amendment was ratified. What should we do?
We can change things!
We need a new constitutional amendment — one which forever puts to death the controversy over the 16th Amendment, which limits what our government can spend money on and which gives power back to the states and the citizens. You see, it’s not just the method by which taxation occurs that is at issue here. It is also the philosophies that undergird what our government spends money on that need to be addressed.
Our current system of income taxation is corrupt, wasteful and hurtful. Many people talk of replacing it with a flat income tax or sales (value-added) tax. Of those two solutions, only the VAT tax gets the IRS out of the average citizen’s life and does have the virtue of taxing criminal activity since criminals have to buy things to live too.
What our elected officials would like everyone to forget, however, is that the Constitution already provides for taxation in Article 1, Sections 8 and 9 of the Constitution. We don’t need a new method — we need to return to the original principles our nation’s founders had the foresight to place into the Constitution. Our nation got the money it needed to run just fine up until 1913 and nobody’s income was taxed to make this happen!
Philosophy of spending
In the end, we must get our citizens to stop sucking on the teat of the government sow. The U.S. was never intended to be a welfare agency to its citizens nor to other nations around the world. Government should exist solely for the protection of the society it serves.
Instead, our government representatives have corruptly mired us in debt and damaged our physical and financial safety. Wake up America! We must bring control back to the people now or it will be lost forever. The most critical aspect of this control is that our representatives must be forced to limit their spending only to what they are authorized to spend in the Constitution. Otherwise, they will continue to steal our money to pay for their “habit.”
And, you must ask yourself a question — regardless of whether you are a Democrat, a Republican or any other political persuasion: Is the current situation what you really want? Do you truly want you and your children — and your grandchildren — to forever be enslaved to the teat of the government sow? Do you want your sons and daughters to have to work multiple jobs just to keep food on their family’s table and thus avoid sinking into the mire of poverty and welfare while feeding this government beast?
Oh! And think about this Mr. and Mrs. America: As you age, do you want your family caring for you in your dotage — or some overworked, underpaid government nurse while you rot away in a miserable excuse for an old-age home? Think hard about that one because many of our senior citizens already cannot make ends meet. What makes you think that a young family with all of the costs of children, mortgage, vacations, taxes, soaring utility bills, etc. are going to have either the time or money to help? They will be far more able to help if they do not have to pay such a huge chunk of their income in various taxes to feed our bloated federal sow.
Amending the wrong
It didn’t used to be this way. It doesn’t have to be this way now! I propose the following amendment to the U.S. Constitution:
Section 1. The sixteenth article of amendment of the Constitution of the United States is hereby repealed and any laws, policies, or judicial decisions which derive their authority from the sixteenth article of amendment of the Constitution of the United States are hereby repealed.
Section 2. The Internal Revenue Service and any other organizations which derive their authority from the sixteenth article of amendment of the Constitution of the United States are hereby declared illegal, are to be immediately and permanently disbanded upon this amendment’s lawful ratification and are to immediately stop all efforts to collect money from any citizen of the United States or any business organization operating in the United States.
Section 3. The power to tax any citizen, business organization, or state of the United States — for any purpose — will be limited solely to the authority already provided in the Constitution of the United States other than the sixteenth article of amendment.
Section 4. The United States government and its representatives are no longer allowed to collect or spend tax revenues except for the specific activities itemized in the Constitution of the United States. All current programs and expenditures not directly specified in the Constitution are to cease immediately upon this amendment’s lawful ratification.
Section 5. All people who have already paid into the Social Security program may opt to remain in the program. Or, they may opt at any time to get out of the program and to receive back all of the money they have paid into Social Security in a lump sum, less any money already received in benefit payments, plus interest. Interest will be paid at a flat rate of ten percent of the total amount a citizen has paid into the system for each year, or portion thereof, in which they were in the system. People who have not already paid into Social Security will not be allowed to participate in this program. The Social Security program is to be terminated once the obligations described in this section are fulfilled.
Section 6. All people who have already paid into the Medicare program may opt to remain in the program. Or, they may opt at any time to get out of the program and to receive back all of the money they have paid into Medicare in a lump sum, less any money already received in benefit payments, plus interest. Interest will be paid at a flat rate of ten percent of the total amount a citizen has paid into the system for each year, or portion thereof, in which they were in the system. People who have not already paid into Medicare will not be allowed to participate in this program. The Medicare program is to be terminated once the obligations described in this section are fulfilled.
Section 7. Any elected representative, appointed official, or other employee of the U.S. government that fails to implement the provisions of this amendment within their scope of authority is to be charged with treason, prosecuted to the fullest capability of the law and, if found guilty, removed from office to spend the rest of their life in prison without possibility of parole. Upon legal ratification of this amendment, a 90-day grace period shall immediately follow to allow sufficient time to implement this amendment.
OK, America, now it’s your turn
I’ve put forward a concrete, specific proposal that we should all get behind and support! Commit yourself to spend at least one hour each week until we win. Put your time where your mouth and your heart are and start sending what is written here to other news organizations. Spread the word to any organizations which will champion our cause, to your elected officials and to anyone else you know. Let’s get this out to the whole nation now!
How to amend the Constitution
What do we need to do to win? The process for ratifying this amendment is found in Article 5 of the Constitution and essentially operates as follows:
- Either two-thirds of the members of both houses of Congress vote for a proposed amendment or two-thirds of the states may petition Congress to hold a constitutional convention to propose the amendment.
- The legislatures of three-fourths of the states must then vote to ratify the proposed amendment.
We can turn things around if enough of us push our representatives to vote for this. Or, we can continue to whine and complain about how bad things are while we watch our nation float from Washington’s toilet bowl into the sewer on the evening news each night. If you are not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem.