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.
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
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.