Politically conservative Americans and libertarians generally agree on the worst year of the 20th century: 1913.
In 1913, three major events took place. First, Americans were informed that a constitutional amendment establishing an income tax passed. That was a lie. It did not pass. But the Attorney General of the United States announced that it had passed, and so, as far as the public was concerned, it had passed.
Second, the Constitution was amended, so that members of the Senate were voted into office by a general public election. This was mostly a symbolic change. Over half of the states had already adopted this. But it was a recognition that there had been a fundamental alteration of the United States Constitution. The old idea that the Senate would be elected by state legislatures was now officially defunct.
The third issue was the creation of…
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