February 3, 1913

On February 3, 1913, the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution was ratified. It authorized the federal government to impose and collect income taxes from individuals and business entities. So, when a sovereign citizen or any other nutjob conspiracy theorist tries to claim that the constitution doesn’t allow the federal government to impose or collect income taxes, just show them the 16th Amendment.

About Joel Byers

Born in North Georgia and educated at some very fine public institutions. Real education started after graduating from college and then getting married and raising two boys. Has the ability to see the funny and absurd in most things and will always remark on it, even if it means getting the stink-eye from his victims.
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One Response to February 3, 1913

  1. W. J. Benson says:

    Taxation is theft, period. Anybody who knows anything about economics know that if you have to use violence to force people to give up their own hard earned money, then your government is inherently illegitimate and corrupt.

    The fact that you lump us in with “conspiracy theorists” and call us “nutjobs” simply shows your bias against us. So, it seems unlikely that even a rational argument, based on facts, will make a difference, but I have to try.

    There are numerous problems with the so called “16th Amendment”:

    1. For starters, it was never properly ratified. Look it up, if you don’t believe me. If you read the text of the amendment that was supposedly “passed”, you will see that it clearly differs from the actual amendment that was submitted by Congress, in capitalization, spelling and punctuation.

    2. It also uses the word “income”, which can’t be applied to wages, because labor is exchanged for them. Thus, taxing wages violates our individual right to property, as set forth in the actual Constitution.

    3. In addition, it fails to explicitly specify that it is repealing existing tax laws, and as a result cannot legally changes those laws.

    4. A progressive tax of any kind, such as “income tax” is unconstitutional under the Equal Protection clause of the 14th Amendment, because it is not applied equally to every citizen.

    5. Even if you ignore every other point, which no reasonable person can possibly do, the bottom line is that both Kentucky and Oklahoma were counted as having “passed” the amendment, when in fact, neither of them actually did, and Ohio, which is also counted, WASN’T EVEN A STATE AT THE TIME.

    Frankly, the entire thing is bogus on every level and the only people who don’t think so are the ones who are happy continuing to steal property from those of us who worked hard and earned it to give to those who don’t.

    Yours Truly,
    W. J. Benson, Patriot

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