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.