Citizens Amend the Constitution

constitutionThere is something I just can’t understand—at all! Yesterday in my blog I gave some little bit of background about our U.S. Constitution. I mentioned that our Constitution has been amended only 17 times since the original Bill of Rights was adopted. Seventeen times since December 15, 1791. That’s more than 225 years.

But two of those amendments came in 1913. What happened in 1913 that allowed those two amendments to be approved? Woodrow Wilson was president and started the “progressive” movement. Which shortly died out for a while, but it’s back now—with a vengeance. Just look, we have our first openly socialist candidate.

Back to those two amendments. Why did it happen? I think those two amendments have done more harm to our country than any others. You may not agree with me, but I’d like you to explain why!

What are those two terrible amendments? you may ask. They are the 16th and 17th Amendments. Some scholars believe they may not have actually been lawfully passed. But that’s neither here nor there. We have them.

The 16th Amendment allows for direct taxation. Income tax. Before 1913 that was unconstitutional. The oldest and wisest of all the Founding Fathers at the Constitutional Convention was once asked if we should ever allow an income tax to pay for our government. His response was quick: “No, we should never allow an income tax. For an income tax will make liars of the people and a despot of the Government.”

A despot is a tyrant, a dictator, an oppressor, and even a slave driver! Some will ask: “Isn’t that what our government is?” And isn’t that what the taxpayers have become?

How did that ever get past the people? Were they asleep at the wheel? I know the media wasn’t what it is today, but really?

The 17th Amendment is more subtle, but equally as injurious. That’s the Amendment which changed our method of electing Senators, members of Congress, from being elected by the different State Legislatures, to being elected directly by the citizens—just like the Members of the House of Representatives.

Why is that so bad you ask? The Founding Fathers spelled out their reasoning carefully in the “Federalist Papers” which was written by Alexander Hamilton, John Jay, and the Father of the Constitution, James Madison, to explain their rationale.

Basically, the Union was an Agreement between the sovereign States, the original 13 Colonies, and the Federal Government. The Senate was to be elected to represent the various States, yes, the States themselves. The House was to be elected by popular vote, to represent the citizens who voted. There was much debate and consideration given to this particular point. See the Connecticut Compromise.

Under the new system of electing Senators, no one is elected to represent the States. That’s why you see so many sovereign States submitting to the will of the national government.

Just for one example, the States never would have approved of the Affordable Care Act, simply because the Federal bureaucracy can mandate what the States will pay to cover the costs of medical expenses now. The States have no say about it! Well, the Senators could object, but they are no longer seen as representing the States, but just the individuals in their respective States.

Think about it! Those two Amendments should be eliminated.

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