The first 15 were pretty good. Then… Progress! HAH!


This would be a good time for this discussion. The 16th Amendment to the Constitution is in essence the first amendment NOT to limit federal power.  In fact it expands it.

“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.”

By all means read the first 15

# Amendments Proposal date Enactment date Full text
1st Protects the freedom of religion, speech, and the press, as well as the right to assemble and petition the government September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
2nd Protects the right to keep and bear arms September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
3rd Prohibits the forced quartering of soldiers September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
4th Prohibits unreasonable searches and seizures and sets out requirements for search warrants based on probable cause September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
5th Sets out rules for indictment by grand jury and eminent domain, protects the right to due process, and prohibits self-incrimination and double jeopardy September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
6th Protects the right to a fair and speedy public trial by jury, including the rights to be notified of the accusations, to confront the accuser, to obtain witnesses and to retain counsel September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
7th Provides for the right to trial by jury in certain civil cases, according to common law September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
8th Prohibits excessive fines and excessive bail, as well as cruel and unusual punishment September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
9th Asserts the existence of unenumerated rights retained by the people September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
10th Limits the powers of the federal government to those delegated to it by the Constitution September 25, 1789 December 15, 1791 Full text
11th Immunity of states from suits from out-of-state citizens and foreigners not living within the state borders. Lays the foundation for sovereign immunity March 4, 1794 February 7, 1795 Full text
12th Revises presidential election procedures December 9, 1803 June 15, 1804 Full text
13th Abolishes slavery and involuntary servitude, except as punishment for a crime January 31, 1865 December 6, 1865 Full text
14th Defines citizenship and deals with post–Civil War issues June 13, 1866 July 9, 1868 Full text
15th Prohibits the denial of suffrage based on race, color, or previous condition of servitude February 26, 1869 February 3, 1870 Full text
16th Allows the federal government to collect income tax July 12, 1909 February 3, 1913 Full text

Come on folks the first 15 either prohibit or define (limit) federal power.  But the 16th.  That one is special.   It “allows” the Government to do something. Amendments can be repealed, just as Prohibition was. It is time to get rid of this sham of an amendment which flies in the face of the Constitution.  I think back to our current President who on the election trail said the Constitution is a document of negative liberties.  We certainly had a military before 1913.   How did we pay for it?  Taxes yes but not unchecked as they are now.

Or how about our President saying the founding document has a fundamental flaw.  Here listen for yourself

This man is not in office for all of America and his vow to uphold, protect and defend is shallow at best.

Remove him from office in 2012 and let’s get going on repealing the 16th Amendment.   There’s a thought.



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