The Background

In October of last year I embarked on a project, chronicling the US Constitution and the damage inflicted upon it from our federal government. The result at the time was a top twenty list, re-published below. I realize now, upon review, that I left out the 16th Amendment which established the Federal Income Tax and now have revised the list to include it, making it a Top 21 list. So be it.

In compiling the list, I assembled a spread sheet called the Timeline of US Constitutional Decline.

I’ve since converted it to a stand alone page, sans any WordPress formatting, as I think that would make the reference harder to use.

The Proposal

What I have in mind is to offer the worksheet to you, with the request that as you use the reference, if you have written a piece on a given subject that would shed a defining light on it, or you know of a piece already written, to please let me know and I’ll review it, and include it in the next update of the comments column of the time-line. All you need to do is send me an email or leave a comment on this page with a link. (The new page is not interactive.)

Some might wonder why post the reference at all? The answer is, I just couldn’t let it languish in the bowels of my hard drive if someone else might find some use of it. If you have any other ideas, let’s hear them!

In closing, I hope you find it as useful in your quest for the true history of our great nation as I did, and still do.

Cheers! ~ Robot

The Original Post

US Treasury via Joebengo, Wikipefia

Here follows the original History of Constitutional Decline (October 14, 2009)

I’ve been working on an American history time line this week. A work sheet for myself really. I thought it would be interesting to see the evolution of the constitution, in a format that puts the changes in context with historical events. Along the way, I’ve noticed the ebb and flow of freedoms and rights given and taken away. What follows is my top twenty list of losses of liberty. (Sorry to say, I couldn’t keep it to ten).

In chronological order…

* Early 1900′s – Karl Marx’s “Capital” taught in college in lieu of Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations” – The only one on the list that doesn’t involve government. It is on the list to mark a beginning of a train of thought.

*2/3/1913 – 16th Amendment Establishes Federal Income Tax
* 4/8/1913 – Amendment 17 – Senators Elected by Popular Vote, States lose representation
* 1917 – Wilson creates Food Administration, Grain Corporation, War Trade Board & Committee on Public Information by Executive Order begins World War 1 phase of extending government into virtually every phase of American life
* 1933 – US ends Gold Standard
* 1933 – FDR Launches New Deal – collectivism in full swing (One Generation)
* 1934 – National Firearms Act
* 1935 – Social Security enacted (Wrongly upheld by Supreme Court in 1937 misinterpreting “General Welfare”)
* 1938 – Federal Firearms Act greatly expands firearms restrictions.
* 1965 – Social Security Act of 1935 amended to create Medicare
* 1973 – Abortion legalized – giving way to more Social engineering
* 1991 – Civil Rights Act of 1991 further expanding affirmative action
* 1994 – Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act and Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act (Assault Weapons Ban)
* 2001 – Patriot Act – encroaching on privacy issues galore
* 2006 – AT&T, BellSouth and Verizon / National Security Agency – possible illegal wiretapping scandal – still no investigation
* 2007 – The official number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. reaches 11 million
* 2008 – Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in conservatorship for $300 billion taxpayer dollars.
* 2008 – ACORN – politically biased community activist organization given $500 million in earmarks with FNMA bailout
* 2008 – Bush signs TARP (Troubled Asset Relief Program) $700 billion bank bailout bill
* 2008 – General Motors becomes Government Motors for $40 billion taxpayer dollars
* 2008 – Chrysler bailout costs $30 billion taxpayer dollars

UPDATE: Linked by Little Miss Attila! – Thanks JWM.

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  • linda August 27, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    just discovered your site from the cartoon Day by Day. where did you come up with the name of our site? i also wish you would offer more in your About section like who you are,etc.

    what did you mean by this: “I’ve since converted it to a stand alone page, sans any WordPress formatting, as I think that would make the reference harder to use.”

    also, what is the worksheet you mentioned above and offered to send if requested?

    thanks for all your hard work!

    • mnrobot August 28, 2010 at 9:09 am

      Hi Linda. Glad you stopped in! I prefer to remain anonymous except to a chosen few who have discovered my secret Robo-cave and have sworn to keep mum for reasons concerning the various moonbats out there who take things a bit too personal, if you know what I mean. I could probably add a few details that wouldn’t reveal my Bruce Wayne alter ego so, thanks for the suggestion. I’ll take that under advisement.

      As to the Timeline, WordPress is the blogging program under the hood at MNR. The worksheet has been converted from an Excel spreadsheet to a stand-alone web page that is, like, sooo Web 1.0. ;-) You can find it by clicking this Timeline of US Constitutional Decline.

      I’m in the process of updating the spreadsheet to include some current events and some of Obummer’s “accomplishments” to date, so check back later to see the updates and if you see something I’ve left out, you can make a suggestion in the comments or send me an email to robot [at] mindnumbedrobot [dot] com

      Hope this answers your questions. Thanks again for stopping by.
      Have a great weekend!

  • linda August 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

    thanks mnrobot.
    can you at least reveal where you got the name mind numbed robot? also, i think you can still remain anoymous and share some of your philosophies and what your blog is about. this gives a newcomer like me a description when they first discover your site.

  • mnrobot August 30, 2010 at 11:16 am

    The Mind-Numbed Robot came from Rush Limbaugh. His detractors have called his listeners MNR’s for years, as if to say that they are just following orders and don’t have minds of their own. So, the name is kind of a jab at them so to speak. The point is to show that Conservatives do indeed think for themselves. If you read something on this site that Limbaugh happens to agree with, it just might be that he read it here first! lol
    However, chances are that he and I and many others just happen to agree.
    As to the purpose of the site, I think those are the basics, add a desire to share some things I’m learning as I grow as a person. The rest is for me to just have fun and hopefully a few folks can enjoy some of what I find entertaining. All of that, and having conversations with nice people like yourself makes for a happy robot. Now if we could just get our country back…
    Thanks again, Linda for visiting and commenting!

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