"The Congress shall have the 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."
As of 1787 income was defined as earnings derived from earnings on land or capital, such as crop sales, rents, interest, dividends, or capital gains; that is income derived from corporate activity and asset transactions. It did not include income derived from a person's wages. The Supreme Court in Brushaber upheld this as the Constitutional directive, and it was never overturned. Just ignored over time.
Next, taxes "apportioned among the several States" are direct taxes. Taxes not apportioned among the several States and without regard to the population of the State are excise taxes, taxes on privileges. To whom does the Federal government grant privileges? Another question is, what privileges does the Federal government grant to American citizens? The answer is none. Because the federal government does not own the citizens of the 50 sovereign States, but the citizens of the 50 sovereign States own the Federal government. A State can grant privileges to its citizens, but the Federal government cannot.The federal government can only grant privileges to foreigners who are not American citizens, because for them to do anything in this country is a privilege. The 16th Amendment confirms Congress' taxing power limited to foreigners and foreign corporations doing business within the continental United States. It does not give Congress the authority, as we have been brainwashed to accept by blind faith, to tax the wages, to seize the private property of the citizens of the States for any well-meaning purpose.
The 16th Amendment does not contradict any other clause relating to taxes. It only clarifies it. What is this saying? The Constitution is our law. This makes the Federal income tax illegal. Corporate taxes illegal. Any kind of direct tax by the Federal government upon the State citizen illegal. But the government has, since the inception of our Constitution, abused its power. We've allowed it to happen because of our lack of knowledge of the law. We've allowed the government to dictate how things are to be, in violation of our sacred national law.
Yeah.... that makes me sick to my stomach, too.