Is the Constitution worth Salvaging?

There’s nothing wrong with the Constitution that repeal and nullification can’t fix. In the context of Obamacare, the Supreme Court ruling upholding it, and the Sixteenth Amendment granting the government the power to tax incomes, here’s an interesting bit of history. It underscores the reason why we shouldn’t count on Romney or any Conservatives to rescue the country from the cannibals:

“In 1909 progressives in Congress again attached a provision for an income tax to a tariff bill. Conservatives, hoping to kill the idea for good, proposed a constitutional amendment enacting such a tax; they believed an amendment would never receive ratification by three-fourths of the states. Much to their surprise, the amendment was ratified by one state legislature after another, and on February 25, 1913, with the certification by Secretary of State Philander C. Knox, the 16th amendment took effect. Yet in 1913, due to generous exemptions and deductions, less than 1 percent of the population paid income taxes at the rate of only 1 percent of net income.”

So, the Progressives (aka Socialists) outfoxed the Conservatives, who shot themselves in the foot by introducing the legislation as a ruse to defeat a tariff bill. As the brief article explains, the “progressive” wing of the Republican Party also advocated an income tax. And the rate of tax has grown from 1 percent to blatantly confiscatory rates that only tax specialists can understand (if at all). The “progressives” knew this; the “conservatives” didn’t. But, it was Teddy Roosevelt who split the Republican Party by starting his own “Bull Moose Party” and handed the White House to that Progressive fashion plate, Democratic candidate Woodrow Wilson during the election of 1912. Wilson approved of every piece of Progressive legislation, including the 16th amendment and the Federal Reserve Act of December 1913 (he took office in March 1913, about a week after ratification of the 16th Amendment). Conservatives have been fighting a rear-guard action against the Progressives every since, in terms of political philosophy, and it too much resembles Napoleon’s retreat from Russia.

Here’s the link to the short article on the history of the 16th Amendment.

So, the Constitution is worth salvaging. It is too remarkable a political document. It just needs a Judge Narragansett to blue pencil those parts of it that contradict its glorious intention and premises, which are to restrict Congress’s power to loot and destroy, as depicted at the end of AS. Unfortunately, no one on the Supreme Court or on any Federal court now is a Narragansett. And I’m afraid we are headed for a civil war between the haves (us) and the entrenched looters, in and out of government. The conflict won’t wait for the philosophical reeducation of Americans. How it will end is a matter of speculation. Or it may be that the country will just become a full-fledged dictatorship lording it over an electorate resigned to its servitude.

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