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by JB Williams, ©2010

Woodrow Wilson was President of Princeton University and Governor of New Jersey before elected President of the United States in 1912

(Aug. 5, 2010) — Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax, the states had rights and representation in Washington, DC, there was no Federal Reserve Bank and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded it within the US Constitution. What a difference one year can make…

Almost a hundred years later, it’s clear that the policies established in 1913 must be revoked in order to restore power to the people and the states. But can the American people get the Genie back in the bottle?

The History of the US Tax System can be summed up in one paragraph…

Prior to the enactment of the income tax, most citizens were able to pursue their private economic affairs without the direct knowledge of the government. Individuals earned their wages, businesses earned their profits, and wealth was accumulated and dispensed with little or no interaction with government entities.

Passage of the 16th Amendment to the Constitution would forever change life in America and not for the better.

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.

It’s hard to imagine how this amendment could have been written any broader, or why 36 states would agree to such an open-ended federal power to strip citizens of their rightful earnings via taxation without representation and with literally no boundaries or limits to how far the federal government could and ultimately would go in its effort to buy the votes of some with the assets of others.

Since 1913, the federal tax code has been used as a primary tool of leftist social engineering in which the people have been forced to fund a government they no longer recognize and no longer support. The US Congress has a mere 11% approval rating today and the Executive branch is supported only by the 28% of citizens who benefit personally by the robbing of fellow citizens.

The states are now fiscal dependents of the federal government and the federal government is a twenty-trillion-pound ape trampling through the rose garden of American life, and nobody seems to have any clue how to rein it all in.

Further, thanks to the passage of the 17th Amendment also passed in 1913, the states no longer have representation in Washington, DC. Once again, what seemed like a simple sentence and a good idea to some at the time has since been used by the federal government to eliminate states’ sovereignty and rights.

The 17th Amendment states: “The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each state, elected by the people thereof, for six years.”

Article VI, paragraph 2 of the US Constitution, known as the “Supremacy Clause,”  has come to be interpreted as the wholly anti-American notion that the federal government has unlimited “supreme” power over the states and the people. Without states’ representation in DC due to the 17th Amendment, the Fed is free to run wild and it is.

Prior to the passage of the 17th Amendment, the U.S. Senate was the legislative body that represented the interests of the states, namely state sovereignty and states’ rights. The 17th Amendment eliminated both by eliminating states’ representation and reducing the Senate to just an extension of the people’s House of Representatives.

The Senate was elected by each state legislature and obligated to serve each state’s interest as a result. Unlike the House of Representatives in which local representatives known by local voters are elected by their neighbors to represent the will of constituents in their home districts, members of the Senate who are not known or accessible to most voters in the state also represent the will of constituents they don’t know and with whom they are no longer in touch. This leaves the state itself unrepresented.

As a result, the federal government is now engaged in running roughshod over state sovereignty and rights as a daily event. The recent situation in Arizona where the Fed sued the state for attempting to enforce existing immigration laws that the Fed refuses to enforce is but one glaring example of federal tyranny made possible by the 17th Amendment.

The Federal Reserve

On the heels of the banking Panic of 1907, Democrats were elected into full control of both congressional chambers. With full control over the legislative process they wasted no time shifting the focus of the federal government from the “enumerated powers” to federal power and social engineering.

“Financial panics and bank runs were all too common during the 19th and early 20th centuries. Some were more severe than others, but most followed the same general pattern. The misfortunes of a prominent speculator would undermine public confidence in the financial system. Panic-stricken investors would then scramble to cut their losses. And because it wasn’t uncommon for speculators to double as bank officials, worried depositors would rush to withdraw their money from any bank associated with a troubled speculator.”

The Federal Reserve System was established to provide a stabilizing factor to occasional extreme volatility in the financial markets, usually caused by over-reaching speculative trading by only a handful of eager investors.

The new system emerged from a private sector investment by then 70 year old J.P. Morgan which stalled the growing run on banks caused by the financial trouble of the New York Knickerbocker Trust. JD Rockefeller stepped in to help out, along with a few other well-heeled financiers.

Just as Obama and Democrats are doing today, democrats tried to saddle Republican President Teddy Roosevelt with the blame for the banking panic.

“One person who didn’t seek advantage in the crisis was William Jennings Bryan, the Democrats’ perennial presidential candidate. In an impromptu speech to the assembled crowd” at the Binghamton, New York train station, he came to the defense of President Theodore Roosevelt, a Republican. “I notice,” said Bryan, “that one of the officers of the bank that just closed its doors yesterday attributed it to President Roosevelt. That is not the reason. Don’t blame the Sheriff, but the horse thief.”

It wasn’t the Federal Government that stopped the run on banks, it was private investors. However, the formation of the Federal Reserve System that followed would once again give the federal government power it could not be trusted to hold.

From that moment forward, it would not be private investors who bailed out failing banks, but American taxpayers. Even worse, there would be no end to the printing of money and accumulation of public debt once the federal government via the Federal Reserve had what would be treated as a bottomless well from which to draw cash.

Beginning in 2001, the Bush administration tried for seven years to convince congressional Democrats including Barney Frank and Christopher Dodd that there was impending trouble with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, but to no avail.

It was the Federal Reserve and American taxpayers who would be held accountable for the misdeeds of Democrat incompetency and a refusal to address the growing mortgage problem until there were no good options left.

In the end, the Obama regime would drive the nation from $10 trillion in debt to $14 trillion in debt in just its first two years in office, with trillions more in unfunded social spending aimed at propping up the failing labor unions that will keep them in political power.

1913 was one of the worst years in American history as the people thereafter became fiscally responsible for the unethical actions of a few in banking and government, the states lost their representation in the Senate, state sovereignty and rights, the Fed grabbed “supreme powers,” and the Federal Reserve became the arm of government that would sink the nation in a mountain of debt.

In 2010, Democrats now control both houses of Congress, the White House, the press and the courts. What happened in 1913 is nothing compared to what Democrats have in store for America now.

Before the people and the states can control this nation again, they will have to undo all the damage done in 1913 which allowed further damage to be done via FDR’s Raw Socialism Deal.

The 1st – 2nd and 10th Amendment initiatives under way in the states today are necessary due to the events of 1913. Reverse 1913 and most of the problem is easily solved.

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  1. 1913 Was a very bad year
    by JB Williams, ©2010

    (Aug. 5, 2010) — Prior to 1913, there was no federal income tax, the states had rights and representation in Washington, DC, there was no Federal Reserve Bank and the federal government lived under the enumerated powers afforded it within the US Constitution. What a difference one year can make…

    Prior to the enactment of the income tax, most citizens were able to pursue their private economic affairs without the direct knowledge of the government. Individuals earned their wages, businesses earned their profits, and wealth was accumulated and dispensed with little or no interaction with government entities.

    And from the guy who gave his OK…

    “Since I entered politics, I have chiefly had men’s views confided to me privately. Some of the biggest men in the United States, in the Field of commerce and manufacture, are afraid of something. They know that there is a power somewhere so organized, so subtle, so watchful, so interlocked, so complete, so pervasive, that they better not speak above their breath when they speak in condemnation of it.”
    – Woodrow Wilson, The New Freedom (1913)

  2. What is happening with your news blog?
    It has reverted back to old news of Aug 5th and no new items have been posted . . . . .
    just wondering
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Everything should have been restored, and several new stories have been published since we switched hosting services. If you cannot view the current front page, please send me an email at editor@thepostemail.com.

  3. We must repeal the 17th Amendment. It is the second most damaging progressive accomplishment. By means of the Constitution, the States ceded to the federal government certain enumerated powers. The States secured their representation in the federal government in the Senate. (The House of Representatives was the representative of the will of the people.)

    If the Senators were beholden to state legislatures, would Arizona have border security?

    If the Senators were beholden to state legislatures, would Massachusetts have voted for Obamacare? (They already have mandatory health insurance in Massachusetts.)

    (The most damaging progressive accomplishment has been redefining the Constitution’s intent by natural born citizen to include people who are not born in the exclusive jurisdiction of the government established by the Constitution, see https;//naturalborncitizen2.blogspot.com)

  4. There is a lot of controversy on the 16th amendment. I have heard that it does not apply to wages. Income defined as earnings acquired as a result of commerce. There is a great video that goes into great detail on this subject. I’ll try to find the link.

  5. Well, well today we have another 1913 type scenario. Elena Kagan is now a justice for life. Talk about diminishing states rights since Wilson. Now watch the liar-in-chief scale legal walls without pole-vaulting over it. With the inside of DoJ now sealed with a racists Attorney General, a gay rights advocate/anti-military and her consistent blocking of court cases challenging barry soetero’s eligibility as the solicitor general, the court avenue of exposing the fraud of the illegitimate occupier is a closing door.

    It is now up to the people to increase the intensity of our investigations into barry’s past. Share with the world the findings and pray God will use the next hero of this Republic to stand in his/her position of authority to Arrest this scam artist. I don’t know if you can IMPEACH a non-president. You arrest him with a multitude of charges (to long to list on this comment area) and the accomplices with additional misprison of felony charges.

    It is taking a bit longer than most of us anticipated to bring all the facts forward in concise, coherent, and confirmed manner. However, the net is getter smaller and smaller, and soon the gills of these bottom feeding fraudsters will be clogged by the mud and mire of their own swamp of moral decay.

    1. Mark my words: The SCOTUS will very soon be ready to address the eligibility issue, or lack thereof, of Oilbama. They will accept as proof either the online COLB or a counterfeit birth certificate will be accepted without checking against the issuing state’s registrar and “natural born citizen” will be (re)defined in a way that renders Oilbama eligible.

      He and his attorney(s) have been stalling until this appointment could be made. This is what the $2million in legal fees was all about. It’s evident by their unexpected and untimely departures that both the Justice that Sotomayor replaced and the Justice that Kagan will replace were forced out. (Forgive me for not being able to recall names in my current state.) Whether they were told to resign or were told how they would be ruling on cases such as Oilbama’s (in)eligibility, leaving them with the choice of resigning or selling their souls, we may never know and it doesn’t matter. All that matters is that one of the women who’ve been helping Oilbama keep his secret of ineligibility for the office of the presidency – an anti-American, anti-US Military communist woman – will be sitting on the SCOTUS very soon.

      Game over, America. We could insert coins for more time, but there aren’t enough coins in the world.

      1. By the way, now we know why Lindsay Graham is suddenly concerned with the anchor baby problem and is all for the SCOTUS clarifying the meaning and intent of the 14th amendment. Knowing for the last few days that Kagan would be approved, he could appear to be against using the 14th to grant citizenship to anchor babies, all the while knowing that the newly-socialist-leaning SCOTUS will “clarify” or (re)define the 14th so that anchor babies are granted US citizenship.

        It’s funny. Some people can’t stand Graham because he’s a nancy-boy. That doesn’t bother me. I can’t stand Graham because I hate snakes.

  6. I like reading JB’s articles and certainly his heart is in the right place.
    However, he tends to be somewhat inaccurate in some of his “Constitutional
    This is the second time I have written to correct a “Major Factual Error” in one of JB’s articles.
    The Supremacy clause (as I have learned it) is expressed in the second paragraph of Article VI of the Constitution and is only coincidentally connected to the 17th Amendment.
    I hate to sound critical of this patriotic man; but errors of this sort need to be corrected lest your readers be misinformed. Although there is no doubt about the patriotic fervor attendant in JB’s writing, a little more fact-checking before publishing would be helpful with regards to the educational value of his pieces. Otherwise, I enjoy reading JB Williams’s writings.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: I did contact Mr. Williams as I read the piece before publication, as I thought perhaps a paragraph was missing. I will update as necessary.

    1. Mrs. Rondeau,
      You are an Internet wonder – how do you find the time for all you do?
      The writing (not just on this site, but requests for information, networking, &ct) I’m sure I have no idea how much work you must put into this but I know that you have helped make this the “GO TO” site (IMO) for information regarding Obama and his nuthouse policies.
      Thank You for your response – Please tell JB to keep up his good work!!
      You Keep up your good work too!! We’ll get there!
      Mrs. Rondeau replies: Well, thank you for that high praise, Elmo. Actually, there is an additional paragraph coming out in JB Williams’s article. I just have to find time to get to it!

      1. Heck. Just approving all of my comments is enough to keep her busy, not to mention the time spent editing out the – uhm – questionable verbiage from my comments.

        Thank you, Mrs. Rondeau and P&E News for all you do.
        Mrs. Rondeau replies: You have made my job easier recently, which is much appreciated!

    2. Elmo:

      Actually I had a little different take on what JB meant with his “supremacy clause” comment. To me he wasn’t referring to what we know of as the 17th amendment itself but to the effect the 17th amendment had in promoting federal supremacy. IOW, with no real State input as would have been available earlier with States choosing their Senators there is no check and balance to what we know as the supremacy clause (Art. VI) since today Senators are merely longer-tenured Representatives selected by the same folks who select those Reps.

      Perhaps I took the wrong inference, but I merely took it as the 17th eliminating any ameloriation of desired checks and balances allowing the federal government to run even more roughshod over us and not that the 17th itself was the supremacy clause.

  7. A well-informed article JB and one has to presume that you realize that the 2nd plank of Marx’s Communist Manifesto is to institute a “progressive income tax” – which is exactly what we have since 1913.

    Many do not realize that the income tax became law in 1913 by a Constitutional Amendment that was allowed to go forward by the Republican Taft administration (thinking they were pulling a “neat” political trick against their opponents). It certainly did not work out that way and here we are almost 100 years later still suffering from the effects of 1913.

    Many also do not realize that Lincoln started the very first income tax in the War Between The States era to help pay for that debacle. I actually have a copy of the income tax form used and it looks not at all like those presently used. After only a few years of that nonesense, the income tax (as presently known) was declaued unconstitutional – more than once – by the Supreme Court until the populace was scammed in 1913.

    In addition to that, the man who devised the idea of income tax withholding ( called “pay-as-you-go” in its era of origin) for FDR was a man named Beardsley Ruml – then a department store executive in the Macy’s chain. He clearly understood what was transpiring when he gave a speech in 1946 that EVERYONE should read:


    TYVM JB – keep up the good work

    1. The banking cartel (Rothschild) wanted to fund the Civil war(nothing civil about it) at 20 plus % interest.On the backs of the American People. Lincoln said no and printed greenbacks without interest and burden on the American People. This is why he was shot.

      Likewise Kennedy also was pulling away from the banking cartel and with Executive Order
      11110. He was able to print real American money (silver certificates) with value backed by silver without interest and burden on the American people, unlike the Federal Reserve note is printed with interest and without value. This is why he was shot.

      The PRINTING PART of EO 11110 has never been repealed by any U.S. President to this very day.

      This is the TRUE reason why both of these men were shot in the head.

      Ronald Reagan’s Grace Commissioner Report found out where most of the wasteful spending goes in America and that is 100% of the income tax on labor goes to the interest on the money that the Federal Reserve (banking cartel) prints. Not to where we expected it to go, roads, schools, Military etc. We have Constitutional taxes that take care of all of those things. This is why Ronald Reagan was shot before it was released.

      Article 1, Section 8, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution States ONLY Congress has the Power “To coin Money, regulate the Value thereof” The Courts have ruled that Congress cannot pass its Constitutional power to a foreign entity.

      Federal income tax on private sector labor goes to pay the interest on the money the Fed prints. We do not need a private banking cartel to print our money backed by nothing but interest. What are we, fools?

    1. Just guessing, but I bet there were also a lot fewer lawyers. I don’t think getting out of the mess we are in is possible as long as a bazillion lawyers are trying to make everthing in government, and everywhere else, need their services as much as possible.

      There are lawyer commercials on TV 24/7 that come very close to saying this:

      “Please sue somebody or some company for something!!

      Just call the law offices of Dewey, Cheatem and Howe.”