ZaptheIRS Calls for National Day of Mourning on July 12th
Post courtesy of John Hanson, founder of Zaptheirs.com
Save those ashes as you close down your fireplace and get some sackcloth (try your local monastery)!
The day of mourning is coming!
Zap the IRS declares a national day of mourning to mark the centennial of one of the saddest days in American history! On July 12th, 1909, the 61st Congress passed and submitted for ratification to the then 48 States an amendment that would empower the government to directly tax income from any source without apportionment by population. A day that will live in infamy!
What a paradigm shift the 16th Amendment initiated. It began the demise of our American way of life. The Earth must have shook as the Founding Fathers spun around in their graves at this change to the Constitution they had so carefully and wisely crafted. They had designed it to reward hard work, saving, and investment and protect the fruits of a free market republic from a self-serving national government. Now the representative government the people had risked their lives and fortunes and sacred honor to establish would shift to being one of the Congress, by the Congress, and for the Congress. Congress has come a long way, Baby! And a wrong way. The way to socialism.
You have to ask yourself, "What were they thinking?"!! Republicans were in the majority and were actually opposed to the 16th Amendment. Why did they pass it? The more things change the more they stay the same. The Democrats had since 1896 included the amendment in their populist platform. Even then politicians played the poor against the "evil" rich. Wasn't that a tactic in the 2008 elections? The Republicans decided to vote for the amendment to avoid being painted by the Democrats as a party for the rich. They figured the States would never ratify it. Never say never!
The original income tax code was a bare 4 pages long, a flat tax calling for a few very wealthy people to contribute a very small percentage of their income once a year. It was a "drop in the bucket" for government revenue. Taxes on alcohol and tobacco and tariffs continued to fund the "lions share" of government revenue as they had since 1776. One cannot point to even a week between 1776 and 1942 when our government failed for lack of funding. During these 166 years the income tax was not a significant factor in its funding. The crisis of WWII brought on the "victory tax" (proposed as temporary) and the practice of withholding began. Victory came but the taxes remained. They had our money in hand and have only continued to tighten their grip.
So Zap the IRS invites all Americans to put on their mourning duds and join us in ruing that fateful day in 1909. If you're not a sackcloth and ashes type, or not the type to show up on July 12th at your local federal building where the IRS offices are as part of our national vigil, at least join us in a moment of silence, at noon, on July 12th, to condemn the Internal Revenue Code and the damage it wreaks on our liberty, prosperity, and dignity. Mark it on your calendar!