More Americans are beginning to see these changes are not what they voted for but are seeing the implementation of a socialistic welfare state that Obama had in mind when he made his promise to an enamored but gullible America.
Prior to the ratification of the 16th Amendment, the government had used income taxes only once, during the Civil War — to pay for that war. Congress tried to continue its use after the war but a then “wiser Supreme Court” ruled it “unconstitutional.” But a growing body of progressives never gave up hope.
Finally, through progressive Teddy Roosevelt, they were able to secure passage of this “transformational amendment” by dividing the populace between the rich and poor with “Soak the Rich,” a slogan that is still in use today as Congress continues its march toward a fiscal cliff. It was implemented, with a heavy hand, by progressive Woodrow Wilson and the progressives have never looked back. The promises made by its promoters to pass this 16th Amendment were forgotten the day it was ratified, something today’s gullible populace and media should remember as progressives work to destroy America’s Bill of Rights, our unalienable Rights from God.
Most Bible scholars realize that the foundation for Jefferson’s powerful, and world-changing document, the Declaration of Independence, was God’s Ten Commandments. Progressives deny this but any thinking American who has studied the Bible, The Federalist Papers, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution know that these Ten Commandments are the foundation for all civilized society and nations. They see these Commandments, along with the 59 basic statutes given to Moses on Mt. Sinai, throughout America’s foundational documents. Jefferson comprehended Hosea 4:6, a scripture that reads “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge …” America is self-destructing from a lack of knowledge.
Progressives, with their stealth-like approach to government, have been successful in removing or minimizing the importance of these commandants as they march toward their goals of “Fundamentally Transforming America” from a democratic republic to their version of a welfare state. Many now believe that the former party of the people has been high-jacked by the progressives who have used it as a spring board to achieve their socialistic goals. The Republican Party has also strayed from America’s foundational principles by using clichés for a platform that have little or no meaning to average Americans.
What may be needed today is a new party, a truly “American Party,” a party that embraces the Founders’ standards, with a platform that all Americans can understand and can embrace. A set of 10 such standards were detailed in a 1956 book by then-Secretary of Agriculture Ezra Taft Benson titled “So Shall Ye Reap.” These standards, at least for me, have meaning and are easily understood. They read:
1 “That the world owes no man a living, it owes every man an opportunity to make a living; that America believes in the supreme worth of the individual and in his/her right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness as guaranteed by the Constitution;
2. “That America cannot strengthen the weak by weakening the strong;
3. “That truth and justice are fundamental to an enduring social order;
4. “That we believe in “the sacredness of a promise; that a man’s word should be as good as his bond; that his character—not wealth, power or position—is the supreme worth to individuals and nations;
5. “That every right implies a responsibility; every opportunity an obligation; every possession a duty;
6. “That the law was made for man and not man for the law; that government is the servant of the people, not its master;
7. “That thrift is essential to well-ordered living and the economy is a prime requisite of a sound financial structure, whether in government, business or personal affairs;
8. “That America cannot establish sound security on borrowed money;
9. “That America cannot build character and courage by taking away man’s initiative and independence;
10. “That America cannot help men permanently by doing for them what they could do and should do for themselves; that the rendering of useful service is the common duty of man-kind…”
These are foundational standards needed by a badly divided, confused and wandering America to restore itself to its former world leadership role.
Donald Conkey is a retired agricultural economist in Woodstock.