The founders understood the dangers of imperialism and crafted a constitution that specifically denied the power of the federal government to directly tax citizens. It was this, more than anything else that allowed our country to evolve free from much of the worst abuses in the "great game of thrones" that infects every imperialist nation. 100 years ago our nation ratified the 16th amendment. This amendment created the imperial Washington government that has until Obama tread lightly on our liberties, or at least disguised their loss. No individual can hold Washington politicians accountable, which is why they gave direct taxation to the states. No action short of repeal of the 16th Amendment will change the course we are on.