Do use a calendar which reads 1800? I do not. I would guess that the rest of America does not either.were we a representative democracy in 1800?
that would be the 16th Amendment to the US Constitution. Perhaps yours is not a copy printed in the last century?The Constitution and the government of the people, by the people and for the people disagree with you on that.
fascinating claim. where in the Constitution do you find a rejection of Jeffersons' oft-repeated warning against giving to some the 'right' to the product and property of others?
and your response wasI suspect that much of the rich would not be where they are today if they had not done so on the backs of the common people by enslaving them, exploiting them and dominating them through a rigged and corrupt system for much of our sad history. The great mass of working people indeed have carried the load for them and made it possible for them to be where they are today.
You seem to have swallowed the kool aid in large vat fills. For every Henry Ford, how many workers did it take to produce "his" wealth? For every Rockefeller, how many workers did it take to produce "his" wealth? For every Carnegie, how many workers did it take to produce "his" wealth? Pick one hundred other names and the question is the same. And the answer remains the same. They are legion.then you have either no idea of the history you claim to have taught, or no idea of economics. fortunes are not made "off people's backs" unless it is literally slavery; and those who were rich via slavery were a tiny minority even in the antebellum South (and certainly they were ruined with the region after the War of the Rebellion). fortunes were made by helping others. the great mass of working people have benefited from the wealthy.
The system was rigged in their favor and they exploited it and exploited the vast majority of those who worked for them. Your wiseguy sarcastic comment about me not knowing history really cannot be that totally ignorant. Certainly you are not that ideologically sheltered not to know that all historians are not working for the Cato Institute and that there are views of history from very highly educated and respected people that differ radically and substantially with yours.
There seems to be a trend here among some right wingers to castigate and excoriate the intelligence of progressives simply because such folks have the bald faced temerity to take a different view of things. Mea culpa mea culpa mea maxima culpa.