13th Amendment: Does Income Tax Violate 13th Amendment?
by: Anthony Parent
Isaac Brock Society Guest Post Article: Questions and Thoughts about the 13th Amendment and the Income Tax
In a guest post for the Isaac Brock Society, I wrote a few words about whether or not the income tax violates the 13th Amendment. Here's the conclusion of my piece:
"..My point is not that the income tax violates the 13th Amendment (even though it probably does, against individuals at least). But rather, my point that the issue of whether or not the US individual income tax creates a form of impermissible forced labor is a very legitimate concern. Every American has the right to ask for an explanation, without fear of being belittled by the courts for bringing a 'frivolous' claim. I for one, would love to hear a reasoned, principled argument, correct on factual observations, on how the income tax does not violate the personal liberty guaranteed by 13th Amendment and the rest of the Constitution; this is an argument I have yet to see."
Additionally, I just found this quote from irs.gov which relieves the courts from the burden of having to explain unprincipled decisions:
Note that courts often decline “to refute arguments with somber reasoning and copious citation of precedent” for a variety of reasons. Wnuck v. Commissioner, 136 T.C. 498 (2011) (quoting Crain v. Commissioner, 737 F.2d 1417, 1417 (5th Cir. 1984).
So as long as something is called frivolous, no further explanation is warranted. Cute.