Recently downloaded an interesting book from mises.org, One is a Crowd, by Frank Chodorov. Published in 1952, the book makes it clear that even then we had already been on the wrong track for a long time. He traces the death of America to the passing of the 16th Amendment. Once the government has a claim on your income, freedom is gone.
I always wondered why Social Security itself was constitutional. What gave the Federal Government the right to impose a savings plan on people? The intellectual ancestors of John Roberts called it a savings plan, but it was constitutional because it was actually a tax.
If you don't want to read the whole book, the income-tax-as-doom argument is made separately in The Income Tax: Root of all Evil.
"Thus, the immunities of property, body and mind have been undermined by the Sixteenth Amendment. The freedoms won by Americans in 1776 were lost in the revolution of 1913."
It took a century for the 16th Amendment to put us under the thumb of the likes of Barack Obama. According to Chodorov, it was inevitable.