Kill the Mobocracy- Repeal the 16th Amendment and 17th Amendment and you restore the Republic


Paul Gordon Collier- We think we are a democracy because we actually ARE a democracy, in direct violation of the spirit and intent of the Constitution.  We began as a republic, for a republic allows Americans, even states, to say to the Federal government, if they so choose, leave me alone.    The death of the republic marks the end of that possibility.

First, we created a power concentrated in national parties, two to be exact.  Now, we have concentrated that power in one office, the Imperial Presidency.  That path was laid by republicans and democrats alike.  And the power it has created serves only itself and the dependents of that system, no matter their political persuasion.  Here is how we got to this point:

In 1913 we had two amendments, one result- the death of the Constitutional Republic. The 20th Century was the slow-roll death of that Republic. The rise of the national parties was the evidence of that death.  The 21st century will be the death of the illusion of a republic….

A 1914 cartoon about the 17th Amendment

A 1914 cartoon about the 17th Amendment

Within a couple of decades of the passage of these two amendments, we had ourselves a mobocracy, one manipulated by central power national parties, with a rank and file enabling body that is fed with government bribes in the form of welfare, corporate welfare, benefits, grants, etc, aimed squarely at the producers, the middle class.

On February 3rd, 1913, the Sixteenth Amendment was ratified, giving the Federal government the power to create taxes for any reason whatsoever, removing the safeguard that limited Federal power:
“The Congress shall have 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.”

In the same year that the power of the states to limit Federal power to levy taxes was ended, the 17th Amendment ended the republican form of government by creating direct-election offices in the US Senate, as opposed to state legislative-appointed Senators. This amendment was ratified on May 30, 1913. 

Woodrow Wilson- the last President of the republic, the first President of the mobocracy

Woodrow Wilson- the last President of the republic, the first President of the mobocracy

“The Senate of the United States shall be composed of two Senators from each State, elected by the people thereof, for six years; and each Senator shall have one vote. The electors in each State shall have the qualifications requisite for electors of the most numerous branch of the State legislatures.”

In the span of 3 months and 27 days (a little less than four months), two amendments significantly empowered national parties and national power, while significantly reducing the power of the states.

If I say to you that the US Senate once was selected by the State legislatures and that the 17th Amendment, ratified in 1913, changed that process to direct elections, you will probably think that more direct elections of the Senate are much more in keeping with freedom and liberty than the state legislatures selecting the Senators.

If you support democracies, then yes, this is a good move, but if, like me, you view democracies as the playground of tyrants, then you view it as being directly oppositional to freedom.

The Senate was intended to be a check on mob power. You might think that mob power is a good thing. You might think mob power just means the ‘voice of the people rules.’

Mob Rule graphic

But what you are failing to see is how a Senate directly elected by the people empowers national parties. Our Senators of today are the fruit of this amendment. They are far more beholden to the national parties than they are the state. If a would-be Senator falls out of favor with the national party, his or her chances of getting elected are near nil.

The Senate was intended to be a governing body that represented the GOVERNMENTS of the states, not the people of the states. This mechanism made it much more difficult for small groups of people to consolidate power at the national level.  

The House was intended to represent the people, the rank and file folks. The Senate was intended to represent the producers. The checks were intended to prevent the producers from dictating to the rank and file folks and the rank and file folks from dictating to the producers.

With the 16th and 17th Amendments, the very wealthy soon had the power, through their manipulation of government dependents, to dictate to the producers. And you, the sheep who cry ‘democracy’, are their unwitting partners, happy to get your trifling cut of a march larger booty these super wealthy elites began collecting from the producers.

The 16th Amendment gave the Federal government the power to tax the producers directly, then the 17th Amendment gave the super wealthy the power to control the election of every national official directly. Two national parties, who both control the election laws, were able to concentrate their wealth and power to create the narratives you, the sheep, would accept.

You voted for a central power whose only real ideology was to control the wealth and keep it for themselves. In exchange, you got a few scraps from their banquet table, a banquet ripped from the arms of the producers who prepared the food.

We transitioned, in an accelerated manner, in the last 15 years, from a national party consolidation to an Imperial Presidency.  It took almost 100 years for the fruit of these blows to become transparent with the rise of the Imperial Presidency that has culminated with the Obama Presidency.  To be sure, Obama is the benefactor of a century of preparation for his Presidency and the next President, be he or she republican or democrat, is sure to be the benefactor of that century plus the years Obama has helped to further that consolidation of power.

The culmination of the rising tyranny that occurs in any mobocracy is seen today in the office of the Presidency, where most all power resides, with some residual power still left in the Judiciary.

The Presidency, with the power to appoint regulators who now have the power to make new law at will, is the only national office that matters in the American mobocracy of today.  It is only a matter of time, unless we repeal the 16th and 17th amendment, before the illusion of a republic is openly discarded, and the reality of the tyranny we now live under becomes overtly embraced by the very wealthy manipulating the rank and file to pick the bones of the producers.

The death of the republic is a an accomplished fact.  There is hope in restoring the republic, but not in saving a corpse.  Repeal the 16th Amendment and you gut Federal power immediately.  The power to manipulate states, corporations, individuals, to behave as the Federal government wants them to behave goes away over night.  Repeal the 17th Amendment and you gut the power of the national parties to control the Federal government through mass, easily-manipulated elections.

This is not a republican or democratic problem. This isn’t even a bipartisan problem.  This is a problem with us, the people, who have accepted this death, or ignored it, because sometimes the power benefits our party of choice.  Restore the power of the states and you restore the republic.  You can do this by repealing the 16th and 17th amendments.  Are you ready to get started?