The Roots of America’s Political Madness

March 10, 2014
By Alan P. Halbert
Obama Food StampWe know what in fact the progressive left has planned, we need to fight, not just sit around and grouse about the hand we have been dealt. We can end the madness if we are willing to come together and destroy their ability to continue in the very madness that is destroying us.

Do we know what it is they want?

Yes, they have been plain as day about it and we know that they are using our institutions against us to the point of arrogance with a dismissive attitude that just begs for a counter attack. The left can only win if we play their game.

 I suggest we play ours.

One of the avenues I have been exploring is the roots of this madness and it began in the 1890’s with the advent of the “Progressive Movement” and came to fruition under Woodrow Wilson as the nation’s first progressive president. Wilson inherited four Constitutional Amendments through ratification or their becoming effective.


 16th ratified 1913, The creation of the Income Tax
17th ratified 1913, Popular election of Senators
18th ratified 1919, Prohibition
19th ratified 1920, Women’s Suffrage gave women the right to vote

Let us just accept the fact that under Wilson this movement “baked-in” the cataclysm that we are seeing today by using the Constitution as the vehicle for our society’s current changes. Wilson either by design or by default was the president in office and recipient of the most Constitutional Amendments after the “Bill of Rights” was ratified in 1791, which codified our rights in relation to the government.

If we examine these amendments, we see the powerful hand that shaped our society to what we have today. By taking each in turn, we will see that they have been used or corrupted for less than noble ends.

The 16th Amendment has been the vehicle to grow the federal government to the size it is today by the collection of Income Taxes where 91% of the Federal tax revenue comes from. The income tax as originally proposed was to be a modest tax only for the wealthiest amongst us would pay, (where have we heard this before). It was not to be used to re-distribute wealth from one segment of our society to another as we have today; it was simply to fund the government. As a practical matter, this is what it has wrought, as 48% of our citizens pay no Federal Income taxes (takers), or receives more than they paid in benefits with the other 52% (makers) shouldering the takers burden as well as their own.

Popular election of Senators, with the 17th Amendment was a terrible mistake that dissolved the States of their duty under the Constitution to monitor and direct their Senators in federal legislation. To keep their finger on the pulse and direction of the Federal Government in-check, since prior to this amendment they could appoint, recall and direct a Senators actions and voting in the Senate. This is an important point, as the States are the only entities that can amend the Constitution.

Congress can only suggest an amendment the States ratify them.

They also originally ceded a small portion of their sovereignty to create the Federal Government at the Constitutional Convention in 1787 as a limited government of modest means with the States holding police powers and the ultimate power, power to amend with the federal authority constrained by negative rights

  As Jefferson so eloquently defined:

 “In questions of power, let no more be heard of confidence in man, but bind him down from mischief by the chains of the Constitution.”

In the end States define what the Federal Government actually is, through the Constitution.

This is now used by default to expand federal powers, as Congress is free of State oversight. Since Senators have fallen to the craven lot of most all other elected officials, of avoiding all semblance of controversy, which could sour their chances at re-election…and gives emphasis to the corrupt practice of redistribution of federal revenues through largess to their constituents.

Prohibition through the 18th Amendment points the way to the social engineering to come, through a matter of law, which ignored human nature, with the creation of the welfare state, drug laws, prohibiting gambling, gun control, legislation of morality etc… This particular amendment unleashed a torrent of rampant crime and violence upon the nation and left us with the legacy of organized crime, which we have with us today.

 Prohibition was repealed through the 21st Amendment in 1933. This Caused Congress to bring forth the first gun control act the National Firearms Act better known as the NFA of 1934 due to the violence seen with Prohibition. This is the basis for Senator Feinstein’s Assault Weapon Ban 2013 we see today. All of this has cascaded forward by the changes to our government as defined in the 18th Amendment ratified in 1919; amendments to our Constitution have powerful consequences.

Giving women the right to vote with 19th Amendment pointed the way to use legislation in other areas of social engineering, as was done with Prohibition. Frankly, its time had come to bring equality to women on an intellectual level and recognition of their unalienable rights. The outcome however has become a wedge between the sexes, only because the left uses women’s gender as a club against men and society in general.

 Social engineering from the left has created its latest darling and disaffected group, “Gay” rights, along with the abhorrent Violence Against Women’s Act, which has created more single parent families than Welfare alone. Obama continually panders to these predominately-single woman households as just one of his electorates for his continual re-distribution schemes.

 The federal government has no business in States Powers or the rights of their citizens or these issues, much less legislating morality for the nation at large. So given all of these redefinitions to the Constitution (federal government) points the way in which we can deal a deathblow to the left. They have patiently waited 100 years to bear the bitter fruit we see today through these amendments.

Which means we can do the same to redefine what the Federal Government is and more importantly what it is…NOT!

We can affect permanent changes to our nation by using these same methods to defeat the left by repealing the 16th and 17th amendments, which would restore power to the States and people where it belongs. Utah was the only State in the nation to reject both the 16th & 17th Amendment and saw the destructive power behind them for what they were, I am proud to call Utah my home.

Others have argued that the 16th Amendment was never properly ratified and became a law that never was.

Thinking that if we just elect the “right” people to Washington to solve our dilemma is a fool’s errand as Washington is the problem as Reagan so eloquently said. One hundred years of the corrupting influence and trillions of dollars that have flowed to politicians to re-distribute to their electorates is too powerful to defeat by a federal legislature redefined to do just that by these amendments.

The solution must come from the people as a grass-roots effort to wrest control back from the corrupting environ of Washington and back to the state and local level where it belongs where “We The People” can monitor and once again control. We must demand a Constitutional dialog and amendments to rein-in all the elements arrayed against the citizen and nation.

Preferably through Constitutional Conventions as outlined in Article V to redefine the federal government once again. This would be free from interference from federal legislators and be firmly in the hands of the people the same as was done for the repeal of the 18th Amendment through the 21St in Sec. 3 shown below:

 Section 3. This article shall be inoperative unless it shall have been ratified as an amendment to the Constitution by conventions in the several States, as provided in the Constitution, within seven years from the date of the submission hereof to the States by the Congress.


 Bold and underlined text is my emphasis.

This is the only peaceful means to effect permanent change as any other method using elections, legislation, or the courts will just mean constant battles and skirmishes with the progressive left in perpetuity until they eventually win!

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