(Update: I am republishing this 2009 post as background for tonight’s (9/8/11) Revolution Radio show, where Sharon Rondeau guest hosts and interviews Red Beckman on the fraudulent 16th Amendment. Our current presidential candidates have come down this way: Bachman was an IRS/Tax attorney; Romney says everyone should pay; hairplugs-barbarian Biden believes paying taxes is patriotic; and Obama never saw a tax increase he didn’t like. The current congress plays games either being for or against taxes, without addressing the real truth–income taxes have always been unconstitutional.)
A nation of intelligent people will not trust government with their rights, wealth, and future. They will secure their inalienable rights by maintaining an efficient, honest, and powerless servant government. A nation of people, who believe politicians’ lies, will be forced to pay for an inefficient, corrupt and authoritarian government that will confiscate rights, wealth and mortgage the future. –Red Beckman, “Walls in our Minds”
My assessment of this statement is that we have moved from a ‘nation of intelligent people’ to a nation that ‘believes politicians’ lies’. This has happened over many years, and over many administrations and generations of Americans…much damage to the Constitution was done between 1860 and 1920; between 1933 and 1950; with increasing frequency of course since then.
A First Big Wall Exposed
One of the biggest lies is that the 16th Amendment to the Constitution is a valid amendment, and that we are required to pay income taxes–taxes on our labor. The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is the agency that was created to terrorize the people by making war on anyone who resists or refuses to pay taxes.
There are dozens of people in jail right now–many of them former IRS investigators, CPAs, and staffers. These are people who have done the investigation and know the truth–they have torn down one of the biggest walls put up in front of the people’s eyes. Look at what happened to Sherry Peel Jackson, a former IRS employee. These people would be America’s political prisoners.
They are convicted by juries of the people who do not know that they can judge the law and the facts. Evidence proving the 16th Amendment was never ratified is seldom allowed into evidence by judges and prosecutors. And why would they? Being paid of of taxpayers money, isn’t there just a slight conflict of interest? 😕
When and if the U.S. Supreme Court takes this up, they will dismiss it and say its a ‘political question‘?
The 16th Amendment
Philander Knox, the U.S. Secretary of State at the time, falsely declared the 16 Amendment ratified on February 3, 1913:
Passed by Congress July 2, 1909.
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.
Before describing Bill Benson and Red Beckman’s historic work on the 16th Amendment, the concept of laying taxes on income was rejected in Pollock v. Farmers’Loan & Trust Company:
In distributing the power of taxation, the Constitution retained to the State the absolute power of direct taxation, but granted to the Federal government the power of the same taxation upon condition that, in its exercise, such taxes should be apportioned among the several States according to number, and this was done in order to protect to the States, who were surrendering to the Federal government so many sources of income, the power of direct taxation, which was their principal remaining resource.
It is the duty of the court in this case simply to determine whether the income tax now before it does or does not belong to the class of direct taxes, and if it does, to decide the constitutional question which follow accordingly, unaffected by considerations not pertaining to the case in hand.
Taxes on real estate being indisputably direct taxes, taxes on the rents or income of real estate are equally direct taxes.
Taxes on personal property, or on the income of personal property, are likewise direct taxes.
The tax imposed by sections twenty-seven to thirty-seven, inclusive, of the act of 1894, so far as it falls on the income of real estate and of personal property, being a direct tax within the meaning of the Constitution, and therefore unconstitutional and void became not apportioned according to representation, all those sections, constituting one entire scheme of taxation, are necessarily invalid.
These cases were decided on the 8th of April, 1895, 157 U. S. 157 U.S. 429.
So Congress had tried to impose a direct tax on income without regard to apportionment, which was not within its enumerated powers. The law was ruled unconstitutional.
But they kept trying, and reintroduced the same bill in 1909. It took nearly the entire Taft administration to try and ratify it.
Bill Benson’s findings, published in “The Law That Never Was,” make a convincing case that the 16th amendment was not legally ratified and that Secretary of State Philander Knox was not merely in error, but committed fraud when he declared it ratified in February 1913. What follows is a summary of some of the major findings for many of the states, showing that their ratifications were not legal and should not have been counted.
Knox had received responses from 42 states when he declared the 16th amendment ratified on February 25, 1913. Knox acknowledged that four of those states (Utah, Conn, R.I. and N.H.) had rejected it, and he counted 38 states as having approved it.
Twelve other states, besides Tennessee, violated provisions in their constitutions requiring that a bill be read on three different days before voting on it. This is not a trivial requirement. It allows for a cooling off period; it enables members who may be absent one day to be present on another; it allows for a better familiarity with, and understanding of, the measure under consideration, since some members may not always read a bill or resolution before voting on it (believe it or not!). States violating this procedure were: Mississippi, Ohio, Arkansas, Minnesota, New Mexico, West Virginia, Indiana, Nevada, North Carolina, North Dakota, Colorado, and Illinois. Now the number is reduced to 21 states legally ratifying the amendment..further review would make the list dwindle down much more, but with the number down to 20, sixteen fewer than required, this is a suitable place to rest, without getting into the matter of several states whose constitutions limited the taxing authority of their legislatures, which could not give to the federal government authority they did not have.
So, Philander(er) Knox falsely declared the 16th amendment ratified, knowing it was short by 16 states. What was the rush?
Just let this sink in a bit.
The power that the income tax has over people is enormous…and it is laced in fear. The government needs ‘tax protesters’ to accomplish their mission of creating a fear of questioning “the law that never was.” Why don’t we hear about the cases where juries are returning ‘not guilty’ verdicts in tax cases? Could it be that the IRS has everyone by the shorthairs?
And Congress uses this extra money to exact behavior out of states by withholding funding if a state refuses to comply. When your senator or representative brings home the bacon, what did we give up for it?
Redress and the Grand Jury
The CC2009 prepared a report on this issue; the issue has been petitioned under the First Amendment right of redress, and you can still participate in WTP’s petition here; and is a fundamental tool needed to return our government to Constitutional governance.
It is critical to understand the power that individuals have with their votes in the Grand jury. Jury nullification of bad law can occur but only in the context of fully informed citizen jurors. Think of the heartache and disaster to thousands of people from losing their homes, cars, businesses, and lives to federal tax liens or confiscation.
Think about how helpful your local sheriff could be, as a constitutional officer, in protecting your neighbor from IRS confiscation, arrest, or harassment.
Its time to awaken fully and get to work!