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Duty of government: We hold these these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights - that which cannot be taken away, given away, or transferred - among which are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. To secure these rights is why government is instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

How can we hold these truths to be self-evident when Amendment 16 states Congress shall have the power - ability to control others - by laying - imposing a tax or penalty on - their inalienable rights. Our inalienable rights now belong to Congress, which can take these rights away, give these rights away or transfer these rights to others, which is direct contradiction to their duty as government, and the very meaning of inalienable.

However, if the Supreme Court really cared about the citizens and the constitutionality of the law, and the meaning of inalienable they should and would realize that our forefathers could not have given these rights away in the first place back in 1913. No citizen can give another citizen's inalienable rights away. If one citizen takes the inalienable rights of another, the courts call it murder, kidnapping or stealing. If Congress takes the inalienable rights of another citizen, the courts call it justice.

So it is up to we the citizens of these United States who have worked for, fought for and loved the United States for what it stood for before Amendment 16 made it into a democratic dictatorship, to repeal Amendment 16, and to once again become a democracy. There will be a new burst of freedom for all citizens bringing jobs and opportunities back into our great country, while once again gaining the respect of all nations.

Robert D. Painter

Gibson City

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