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A Legg Up

Repealing the 17th Amendment
The 17th Amendment of the Constitution changed the election process for Senators. Until it's passing in 1913, state legislatures were required to appoint the two Senators from each state
Repealing the 16th Amendment
Congress shall have the 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. United States Constitution, Amendment 16
This amendment encroaches on both state's rights by given Congress the power to tax at will and spend the money, derived from the states, on any expenses or debts the Congress creates.
It violates civil, individual rights of residents of various states by taking their money in the form of taxes and expending them on Federal causes or the causes of other states.
This amendment is totally contrary to other statements within the Constitution.
Section 8 of the same document states, The Congress shall have the power to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, or excises; to pay the debts and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States; but all duties, imposts, and excises shall be uniform throughout the United States.
Section 9 of the Constitution specifically states that No capitation or other direct tax shall be laid, unless in proportion to the census or enumeration herein before directed to be taken
In order for us to progress as a nation and return to a point in history where individual and state rights are honored as laid out in the Constitution, the 16th amendment must be repealed.
The immediate effect of an repeal of the 16th amendment would be an end to the federal income tax.
Individual accountability
One of the great tragedies of modern time is the overwhelming lack of individual accountability our government now demands of it's citizens
Lawyers and insurance companies have changed the world in such a way that no one is accountable to authorities or society.
The Constitution is based on the idea that we are subjects to our government and beholden to one another for the state of our Union. However, modern times reflect a different view.
Today's citizens are beholden only to the whim and whimsy of Judges, lawyers and legislatures.
Individual freedom
Over the past 50 years, but especially in the last 20 years, this country has seen a dramatic decrease in the rights of individuals.
A cousin to lack of individual accountability is a decline in freedom.
Freedom is heavily burdened with accountability. For every privilege there is an accompanying responsibility to use that freedom in such a way that it does not encroach the freedom or rights of others.
Many believe that we are, or should be, free to do as we please, but the reality is that there are limitations.
The right and responsibility to both set and accept the consequences of violating those limitations rests with the individual, not the national government.
Gun ownership, seatbelt laws, alcohol and drug legislation, tobacco laws, etc., are all examples of the government's intrusion into individual's freedoms. If citizens want to drive without seatbelts, risking their personal safety, they are guaranteed the freedom to do so. Likewise, if they want to smoke, in the privacy of their home, in their car and in public places, they should have that right as well. Smoking on private property should be determined by the owner of that property.
Smaller national government
The Constitution states that the federal government should have an Executive, Legislative and Judicial Branch, each with set responsibilities.
The Congress should
Collect taxes and borrow money
Regulate interstate and international commerce
Set up standards for naturalization
Coin money and punish counterfeiters
Limit copy rights and patents
Determine what crimes and punishments shall effect the high seas
Raise and support all the branches of the military