The Sad Truth of the Sixteenth Amendment
The 16th amendment states:
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.
Many people hold that the 16th amendment was never really ratified. Well, maybe, maybe not, but there are other things which should be considered.
In making the tax a graduated income tax the government is penalizing a class of people, which is against the constitution. If you say redheads should be taken out and shot, that is penalizing a class of people. If you say rich people owe more money, that is penalizing a class of people.
The amendment does not supplant the rest of the constitution. Consider the three following examples.
1) The 16th amendment does not give the government the right to create a separate justice system.
2) The 16th amendment does not give the government the right to break the fourth amendment (illegal search and seizure).
3) The 16th amendment does not give the government the right to create a private army (IRS agents).
Yet, the government has used the 16th amendment to accomplish the above three points, and to do many other like things besides.
How does the government do it?
By writing massive handbooks of tens of thousands of pages which dictate bureaucratic powers, and assuming that the 16th amendment endorses such handbooks.
But the 16th amendment doesn’t endorse such actions, and it can’t, for such actions are against the constitution.
In closing, let me say this: Congress will never repeal the 16th amendment, for it is the source of their power. Only the people can repeal the 16th amendment, and if they don’t, then the government will continue to travel down the shabby road to totalitarianism.