“The year 1913 was a terrible one for human liberty. The 16th and 17th Amendments were ratified that year, and the Federal Reserve central bank was established. The Federal Reserve created a fiat money system of theft for the benefit of the banksters and the moneyed elites. It is designed to impoverish the people. The 16th Amendment established a progressive income tax that the U.S. Supreme Court failed to strike down. The 17th Amendment changed the way Senators were selected, taking the appointing power from State legislatures and placing it in the hands of voters. That removed the final nail holding the checks and balances the States had in place over Federal power. Most of the nails were removed in 1861 when Abraham Lincoln shredded the Constitution, stripped Americans of their strongest check against Federal tyranny and invaded the secessionist States.
The result is that in 1913 the U.S. government was taken over once and probably for all time by moneyed power.”