Trump’s Racism

Since the House Censure yesterday does not include the text of their concern, it must be assumed that this is it:

In America, if you hate our Country, you are free to leave. The simple fact of the matter is, the four Congresswomen think that America is wicked in its origins, they think that America is even more wicked now, that we are all racist and evil. They’re entitled to their opinion, they’re Americans. Now I’m entitled to my opinion, & I just think they’re left wing cranks.

There is also a quote from Louisiana Senator John Kennedy.  Trump then addresses what he is most angry about: He wants the bitter “four horsemen” to “apologize to our Country, the people of Israel and even to the Office of the President, for the foul language they have used, and the terrible things they have said.’’

Again, let’s be clear, there is not one quote of President Trump’s actual text or verbiage besides individual words (“hate”, “go back” and “invaders”) yet the resolution contains the following three “charges of racism,” and states:

“That the House of Representatives —

“(1) believes that immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations;

“(2) is committed to keeping America open to those lawfully seeking refuge and asylum from violence and oppression, and those who are willing to work hard to live the American Dream, no matter their race, ethnicity, faith, or country of origin; and

“(3) condemns President Donald Trump’s racist comments that have legitimized and increased fear and hatred of new Americans and people of color by saying that our fellow Americans who are immigrants, and those who may look to the President like immigrants, should “go back” to other countries, by referring to immigrants and asylum seekers as “invaders,” and by saying that Members of Congress who are immigrants (or those of our colleagues who are wrongly assumed to be immigrants) do not belong in Congress or in the United States of America.”

Mr. Trump has repeatedly said and demonstrated his belief that “immigrants and their descendants have made America stronger, and that those who take the oath of citizenship are every bit as American as those whose families have lived in the United States for many generations.”  He consistently supports “keeping America open to all who lawfully seek refuge and asylum.”  Only Democrats reject the “lawfully” part. And yes, he has called illegal aliens who are thugs, gang members, racists, drug traffickers and murders “invaders.”  They are.

Only the Press and members of the Democrat Party has made racist comments, such as NPR saying Trump criticizes, “a group of Democratic lawmakers, all women of color, [who] should ‘go back’ to countries of their ancestry and that they ‘hate’ America.”  Trump never mentions “women of color” or “countries of ancestry.”  And, of course, Nancy Pelosi and other wack jobs call Mr. Trump “a racist” for affirming the three points and attempting to secure them.  Against their wishes.

Ilhan Omar, a Progressive Socialist, is from Mogadishu.  She was born there. The other three are American born.  Rahida Tlaib, a Progressive Socialist, was born  to Palestinian immigrants in Dearborn, Michigan.  Occasio-Cortez, a Progressive Socialist, is an American with a Puerto Rican mother in the Bronx.  Ayana Pressley, a Progressive Socialist, was raised on Chicago’s Northside. More than their “birth origins,” all four Congressional freshmen are Progressive Socialists — supporting and working for State control of all financial, educational, and production interests.  This is foreign to the established American government and Constitution, and representative of the failed policies, corruption, and squalor of Communist principles that Trump loathes.

Mr. Trump clarifies his contempt very specifically by singling out those who accuse America of being built on a “wicked foundation,” and “think that America is even more wicked now, that we are all racist and evil.” (We can assume that Pelosi called him a racist for pointing out that she and the DNC think he’s a racist.)

Wack jobs? Is that racist? Consider Cortez’s bold statement that, “the United States is running concentration camps on our southern border,” to name just one of a host of her wack job comments. Were they “immigrant communities” when Obama’s administration used them?

Or, consider Tlaib’s wack job statement: “Israel has hypnotized the world, may Allah awaken the people and help them see the evil doings of Israel.”  (She later apologized for the “use of the word ‘hypnotize’ and the ugly sentiment it holds.”)

Pressley may win the “wack job” award for her comment on climate change: “we have to talk about climate change in a way that we can also talk about mass incarceration – in a way that allows us to see the relationships between multiple struggles happening together. All of these things that are driving climate change are interconnected. That’s why we have to look through a lens of intersectionality and equity, or it won’t matter what we do.”

Quick to condemn Trump for anything he never said or implied, the House remains notably silent about the Progressive Socialists. They overwhelmingly resolved to avoid their own members’ racism, but never mentioned Tlaib and Omar for their anti-Semitism that instigated the resolution.

It remains a notable curiosity that the House Censure of the President does not include his statements.  It relies entirely on the spin of the Press that injects racism (including Naziism) into anything a Republican or Trump says. As a man they hate, he has no right to his opinion.

Progressive Communism

This short article covers only general principles, but if America ignores these realities, the evils of collective totalitarianism is our future. If any of this is wrong, just comment. Research it yourself, and share what you learn. If you use Google, you might have trouble finding the actual philosophy stuff. It will all be glowing recommendations of how nice it will be once we evolve. After all, Communism has not yet been tried — just poorly attempted — because we have not been ready to evolve.

“Progressive” is coined from the progress from savagery to feudalism to capitalism to socialism to communism. It is 100% communist ideology. Marx and Engels believed and taught this as evolution. The ultimate joy and liberty in the end was to do whatever we want in a society where we necessarily want the same things. Once there, everything selfish will be for the good of all. Selfishness, the highest virtue. We will be happy.

This philosophy of Marx and Engels is based on Georg Hegel’s ideas. Communism shares his religious concepts. Communism is metaphysics, so it replaces God with something better. That is why “God is dead.” God is replaced with perfect society without need of morals or ethics. It is entirely an ideal of a flawless human condition without contradictions, built on the “selfish will to the communist good.” Communism is god. It will tell you what to do and how to think. If you obey and act according to the common will, you will be in Paradise. “Primitive religions” are not only useless, but dangerous obstacles to Communist perfection. It is, of course, “survival of the fittest.” That is why society’s desperate lecherous and stupid will be used to fight against the capitalists. They are expendable.

Communism requires “evolution of mind” to allow the creation of the “new freedom.” The specific order is that savages are free. Savages traded their “freedom” for the “bondage of society and submission to religion and conscience.” Hegel felt it was time to remove those chains by making man submissive to the evolved common will.

Marx and Engels then argued that we would evolve into a common ideology (through practice and reeducation.) That would result in enlightened selfishness, because we all want the same thing. That simply meant creating the same desires in all of us (socialism) until we achieve perfect selfishness (communism.)  Then, one person could ably and effectively dictate the whole world order because we would all be on the same page. When the dictator dictates, we all joyfully cooperate. Think of Star Trek, and the Borg.

The Borg are a fantasy humanoid civilization who desired idealistic perfection. To do this, they started assimilating all species into a self-maintained “brain trust.” All Borg have a common mission and purpose. Individuality is stripped. Each member of Borg society is controlled, of course, by the Collectivist Borg. The Borg Queen was created as a single unifying voice. The Borg reflect the philosophy of Hegel, Marx and Lenin perfectly. Communism, they knew, requires a dictator. (first citizen, core leader, chairman, etc.)

Collectivism includes “Progressive Socialism” (or the Orwellian notion of “Democratic Socialism.” This kind of Democracy replaces “the will of the majority” with “what is best for the evolution of society.”) It also includes variations.

Fascism and Nazi-ism are both powerfully Hegelian Socialist evolutionary designs, but the evolutionary mind says, “There has been no communism, and those were not communist ideals.”

Bear in mind that both Socialism and Communism in numerous forms have been successfully implemented in Russian, China, Cambodia, North Korea, Cuba, and many other European, South American, Asian, and African nations. Virtually all of them require the death or imprisonment of large portions of their own people “for resistance to the Borg,” and violent revolution. Even on paper, you must be happy and content in Communism. There is no room for non-conformity. Pol Pot killed around two million. Hitler killed 11 million, Stalin killed 20 million. Mao killed around 50 million. If you are not evolving, you are a savage, feudal, fundamentalist capitalist. What would you expect?

Communism is not a “welfare state.” It is not a source of free stuff. You will have a job, and you will do it. It will be assigned to you by the Borg, based on the needs of society as seen by the first citizen or Queen. You will get just what the Borg thinks you need. “Free” lunch programs, daycare, healthcare, education, transportation, etc. are expensive. That is why Bernie, Kamala, and Elizabeth simply say, “We’ll tax the rich.” The fact is, the rich cannot afford it. Real communists know that. So do you. Communists will gladly pay for all of society by their selfish hard work. “From each according to his ability, to each according to his need,” deteriorates quickly into “from each in his poverty, to each according to what remains.” You will desire to pay with harder work, which will be required of you. Hegel’s “yoke of necessity” is capitalism. You only think you need it. Of course, you will be happy.

These ideas are not “the evil world of communism according to Dave Delany.” There are accurate communist ideals filtered through reality.

Readmission of Slavery

“[A]fter the admission of slavery, it was right to say nothing of Christianity . . . It is easy to be inconsistent. Congress made this important declaration, ‘that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their creator with certain unalienable rights, and that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,’ and these truths were held to be self-evident. . . For God’s sake, then, let one more effort be made to prevent so terrible a calamity.” – Timothy Pickering, 1785

Among men, perhaps the spirit of slavery can never be fully washed away.  It never died after the Civil War, nor after Reconstruction, nor into the 20th Century.  We still have slavery today, even in its different form.  Most of us are quite comfortable as sloggers, with the possession of our lives under the exacting care of masters, bosses, and freedmen corporations.

Slavery is comfortable enough.  Although it prevents us from realizing the wealth of our successes, it takes care of us.  We are housed and fed, essentially, and left somewhat free in our off time, as long as it is properly scheduled.  Depending on our owner, and his name, whether Dept of or Corp., on duty or off we have some options remaining, some places to go, and some things to do, even as the list of prohibitions slowly grow.

In fact, we rarely think about it.  Most of have never had property seized or bought land that we cannot use.  We rarely suffer more than being fired or held to a steady wage despite our health or productivity.  We can always change owners.  At least, one or two of them.  If we object to ABC Corp, we simply move to XYZ.  If New York’s agenda disgusts us, we move to New Jersey and its demands.  Easy-peasy, even as they, too, respond and react to the fed.

Jove fixed it certain, that whatever day
Makes man a slave, takes half his worth away.
– Homer, the Odyssey

It even becomes hilarious when we realize that the very 14th Amendment to the Constitution intended to free us from the burdens of slavery is the one that gives our masters their superhuman powers.  Yes, just like “all men are created equal” allowed us to own slaves in 1785, the 14th Amendment makes us slaves in 2019.

So quit complaining, child.

Giants In the Earth

Follow the money.” Corruption in our modern system means, simply enough, that tracing something to the source of dollars, or the source of financial influence, leads you to the legislation or court decision.  If you find the correct route, too often you find the “proper reason” for a shady act or opinion.  “Justice” has nothing to do with such acts.

They need not be inevitable.  The truth is, as a nation, we generally do not pay attention as the power of the Immortals rises and puts us out of business, pushes us away from life, and constrains our freedoms.  The pursuit of happiness becomes more difficult.

The Immortals are citizens who seldom die, speak with a chorus of ten thousand paychecks, and keep growing in power and might by the legislation of Congress and the approving decisions of the Supreme Court.  Giants in the Earth.

They arise from power, of course — yours and mine.  We have little choice. The Supreme Court granted it to them out of thin air.  Magic!  Divine Authority!  The powers of demons rolled up from the shards of the Civil War, dredged from the rivers of taxes, knocked down from the mountains of righteousness.  And we paid for it.

There is a sentence in Genesis that was translated, “There were giants in the earth in those days.”  A careful look tells us the word for Giants is nephalim.  Nephil means the Fallen.  The suffix -im is the Hebrew plural.  Many fallen men of renown, indeed.

Jefferson On the 14th Abusement

Thomas Jefferson had a lot to say about what the courts have done to the 14th Amendment, even though it was not written for a generation after his death.

As mentioned before in this series on the abuse of the 14th Amendment, our nation was not born in a vacuum, and the complete fall of East India Trading Co. was fresh on the minds of our free people.

“I hope we shall crush . . .  in its birth the aristocracy of our moneyed corporations, which dare already to challenge our government to a trial of strength and bid defiance to the laws of our country.” – Thomas Jefferson, in the early years of the 19th Century.

Asked to speak for the grand 50th Anniversary celebration of the United States, Jefferson (now old and feeble) sent a brief message instead, acknowledging the wonder of 50 years, and July 4th being “the signal of arousing men to burst the chains under which monkish ignorance and superstition had persuaded them to bind themselves, and to assume the blessings and security of self-government. That form which we have substituted, restores the free right to the unbounded exercise of reason and freedom of opinion. All eyes are opened, or opening, to the rights of man. The general spread of the light of science has already laid open to every view the palpable truth, that the mass of mankind has not been born with saddles on their backs, nor a favored few booted and spurred, ready to ride them legitimately, by the grace of God.”

This address to the people, and the warning to corporations, was abandoned by our courts.  Not all at once, of course, but since the huge (and actually nonexistent) loophole of the 14th Amendment, banks and big business are the “more equal” pigs of George Orwell’s book, 1984.

It happens when corporations ride and Congressional bureaucrats sell saddles.  Even then, Jefferson pushed to have corporations die within a reasonable lifetime.  The horror now is an eternal ruling class named Apple, JP Morgan Chase, Berkshire Hathaway, and Microsoft.

The original intent of the 14th Amendment was to resolve the financial debts of the Civil War and give the federal government power in respect to the rights of newly freed slaves.  Original intent, as originally conceived, is the normal and substantial opinion that “we meant what we said and wrote!”

The outrage against judicial corruption of our Constitution was already was clearly felt by Jefferson by 1819, when he wrote, “The Constitution is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary, which they may twist and form into any shape they please.”

We can learn a lot from our Founders’ Wisdom regarding their specific meaning, what they intended for “Constitutional Law,” and the perverse Frankensteinian notion of a “living document.”  Maybe next.  I’m already quite sickened by the contempt of our courts.


14th Amendment Outcomes, Illustrated

“Personal rights . . . are a species of rights of the most sacred kind.  [Anyone who would use his wealth] or presume upon the influence it would give him, to dispossess or rob another of his property or rights, uses that pecuniary property as he would use fire-arms, and merits to have it taken from him.” – Thomas Paine, 1795

Using money and its influence is now “business as usual” for most of our United States and State and local governments.  With sufficient wealth, you can buy low taxes and new assessments, accept stolen property, dispossess whole neighborhoods of their homes and small businesses, force code changes and escape regulations, compel your competitors out of business, and a great number of other abuses.

You can also purchase the right of Personhood for your corporation, creating a straw man cum scape goat for your personal and corporate evils.  It is very little wealth and a great deal of influence used to bury the rights of individuals with the shovel of willing government.

Outside of purely illegal miscarriages of absent justice without challenges, almost all of these pecuniary “rights” can be attributed to the 14th Amendment.  (Usually in conjunction with the commerce clause, but 500 words is the goal for article length.)  After one of the judicial horrors (Citizens United vs FEC, a case worthy of its own article and special attention for its convoluted and stupid reasoning at another time) Justice John Paul Stevens was so incensed by the 5-4 decision that he read part of his dissent from the bench to reprimand his fellow Justices.

Stevens declared from the bench that the inexcusable majority opinion in this case “threatens to undermine the integrity of elected institutions across the Nation. The path it has taken to reach its outcome will, I fear, do damage to this institution.” Our nation and government, he stated, “cannot function effectively when its constituent members believe laws are being bought and sold.

Bought and sold indeed!  The most distressing and disgusting aspect of this case, though, has little to do with the decision itself. It was rejected by Stevens, but his dissent was joined only by Breyer, Ginsberg, and Sotomayor — the three most liberal partisans on the court and the most eager to kill the case.  Its support came from the Conservatives, though the case has the most un-conservative nonsense written into it.  It includes bench legislation, insufferable stupidity, ignorance of their own established law, and as much irrational and circular logic as any case in the history of the Court.

It also covered two sets of facts: one set offered in Court, the second argued only by the Justices in their decision (wrongly.)  It was such a bad decision that Chief Justice Roberts felt obliged to write a second opinion to defend the majority opinion and explain the bad reasoning.

Nobody, but nobody, argued for legitimate reasons, and the express constitutional justifications were utterly and inexcusably ignored in favor of further partisan perversion of our sacred document by a thoroughly corrupt court.

We have since lost Stevens, a great and honest man, impartial Juror, and perhaps the last truly fair and decent Justice who will ever serve on that now disgusting body of cheap legal opinion.  Much worse, however, is that his replacement was the partisan who argued badly for the losing side: Elena Kagan.

No Compromise

The strongest betterment of our nation starts with the refusal to compromise the most morally corrupt ideas. Our nation began under the best of conditions, with the strongest of moral compasses, and only fell on one (morally bankrupt) count: slavery.

Yet we all know it as a tragic fall! Slavery hurt our standing, provided a justification for unfair taxation (more than once) and resulted in continual abuse from rich veins of corruption, foreign and domestic.

Morality must never be compromised. Moral evil must never be included in our compromise. The overwhelming majority of our Founders knew it. Franklin forecast, “We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly, we shall all hang separately.

The Founders met a wall of evil when they realized it had to be all or nothing. We began our nation with slavery, with compromise, with an evil that was morally wrong. We did it to enter the new nation together, to hang together. We all hanged separately to the noose of the Civil War, the 14th Amendment, and the legalized death of the Bill of Rights under a morally bankrupt tweak. Even with a 30 year provision to end the importation of slaves, it was too little. It was compromise.

Most of our politicians are willing to compromise anything, and they giggle like children playing Monopoly with our lives. Today, like every day, our legislators are absolutely uncompromising about something, but it always turns out to be their power, not their morality. They will not compromise their power for anything, no matter how good it would be for We, the People.

It may be time to move to the next bitter understanding of what the 14th Amendment means. It was a reaction to compromise, and it was quickly compromised. The 14th Amendment, clearly intended to assure liberty to slaves, has turned Americans back into slaves. The 14th has become the means to make us slaves. It has assured that our posterity will pay for today’s financial and political debts and be responsible for accepting our sickness. It turns us over to the plantation owners . . .

One thing we can clearly understand: if we establish foundations with any diseased form of moral compromise, the infection will spread and continue oozing back out of the imperfect scar.

Broad Strokes and Agendas

How Slavery Became Blacks, Homosexuals, Politicians, a Privacy Clause, and Big Business

“Due Process denies unjust and arbitrary denial of life, liberty, or property by the government.” That is the general dictionary opinion in this millennium. The two word clause appears in two places in the US Constitution: the 5th Amendment,

No person shall … be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law …

and again in the 14th Amendment,

[N]or shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law …

Seems like solid and desirable stuff until you consider the broad brush interpretations the Supreme Court has mangled into these two clauses. For one thing, the Supremes consider not one, nor even just two “due process” clauses to be present here, but four. They see a procedural due process, substantive due process, a prohibitive due process, and as the vehicle for the incorporation of the Bill of Rights. And that makes eight, because they apply the same principles differently for the national and State governments. What began as the law to end slavery and support the reunion of the USA became the means to remove the Bill of Rights, deny virtually all (or at least, any) State law, and permit the feds to “order our liberties” to exclusively conform with the goals of government.

The procedural issues are mostly criminal court stuff — whether the bad guy heard his rights read to him, whether police announced themselves properly, etc. This may be the most obvious portion of legal protections, simply because it makes certain that laws are followed and obeyed. Then it gets funny.

Substantive due process deals with the nature of power, as in “who has what control over which legal action and which part of society.” The originating principle was to distinguish what laws Congress could legally pass, and what authority the President had to enact laws. Due to the 14th, the courts removed all authority from the States. This means the most frightening element of “substance” is left to the broad opinion of the Supremes themselves.

Very much along the same lines, prohibitive due process supposedly restricts vague laws. It is illegal and immoral to write a law that says, “you must be nice,” because “nice” is entirely too vague to interpret. In fact, the word that annoyed the Supremes was the word “annoy” in Coates vs Cincinnatti. They sided with a fellow determined not guilty because at some point everybody is annoying to somebody.

Incorporation begins with corruption and ends with federal usurpation, despotism, and the denial of the Bill of Rights. At the bottom line, “incorporation” is what the Supremes have done to remove all rights from States and We, the People, and give them to the federal government. Not to the protection of federal government, but incorporation hands the rights over wholesale. A few Justices have said so outright. Black, Harlan, and Frankfurter agreed that the only rights of citizens are those “fundamental to a scheme of ordered liberty.Ordered liberty was the initial standard for deciding what provisions of the Bill of Rights would be upheld by the states through the due process clause of the bastardized Fourteenth Amendment.

If the Bill of Rights are “fundamental to a scheme of ordered liberty” only, then the more “ordered” our liberty, the less of it we are allowed. This should scare the living daylights out of you and every American. We left to assume that abortion, Homosexual marriage, sexual, religious, and lifestyle favoritism, the Electoral College, voting rights, and a few specially named “privacy concerns” have special compelling interest for our “ordered liberty.” Now it gets real funny.

Ordered liberty was the minority opinion until it just was. Black, Harlan and Frankfurter, mentioned above, were the THREE solitary Justices who carried such a despotic view of rights for the first 50 or so years after the 14th Amendment. Somehow — no doubt some cause fundamental to a scheme of ordered liberty — it became the published opinion of the Supreme Court . . . except they forget to formally or officially publish it or tell us how or why.

But wait until you hear how corporations became people! Better still, free people!

Unlike us. The 14th Amendment in the hands of a corrupt Judiciary makes us all slaves to the ordered liberty of the United States federal government and hundreds of global corporations and other governments.

Isn’t that funny?

Corporations in America

This will be a supporting article for the 14th Amendment abuses. As it continues, the obvious need to “make it a book” becomes more apparent. What can happen, of course, is to publish a short list of supportive documents to start to tell the story, and maybe introduce some long-forgotten concepts of “good” that stand in the moral and legal forefront of our “old, dead, no longer relevant US Constitution.” The only thing really old or dead about it is our modern refusal to consider its wisdom or follow its precepts.

The concept of a corporation has changed considerably in America, but one can honestly say that we grew from mostly British corporations. The Virginia Colony, William Penn’s Pennsylvania, the Massachusetts Bay Colony, etc. were corporations. It can also be said that our founding as States or as the States United were essentially without corporations.

The first corporations in the USA were mostly banks, and infrastructure groups, set up by groups of citizens to build roads, bridges, waterways, etc. The corporations did things the States could not afford. They were given permission for specific goals, with strict time constraints, specific areas to address, and capitalization limits. It took a good deal of pressure to get permission for our early corporations because we knew how dangerous, powerful, and expensive corporations and corporate leadership could be. We knew their immoral capacity and even the evil outcomes of greed, carelessness, or circumstances.

You know when the bubble burst? One, then two, then handfuls of banks began collapsing, recession set in, mortgages collapsed, and the government had to step in and bail out “too big to fail” corporations? It cost the government all of that, more than 22% of the GDP, and it cost taxpayers 20% tax increases and more for decades.

No. Not the 2008 collapse in America. The 1772 collapse of the British East India Company in England. That was something that would never happen in America. It was fresh and clear in the minds of the colonists, and resulted in higher taxes on tea. (That part you know.) Our nation began with a clear understanding of that horror, the terrible destruction, and all the associated problems of giant, greedy corporations. Like government, corporations were a dangerous tool, and a fearful power.

In America, there was no lack of wisdom about what corporations were, or could be. It was obvious that they could be good or bad, and could do good or bad, and have good or bad character that might change radically with every shift in controlling interests.

That is where the limited idea of “personhood” originated. It was an exclusively legal title, exercised only in courts of law, and only for liability issues. It prevented a corporation from claiming that directors had changed since the crime was committed, for instance, and therefore was no longer responsible. There was no political, social, or moral right whatever. It was, to be very clear, a “dead personhood,” never even remotely available to lobby or directly influence elections. Nor, in those early days, was there much need for such things, because America itself would never stand for it.

Amendment 14

What it Says and was Supposed to Mean

The abuse evident in the history of the 14th Amendment is too long for any article. Justice in dealing with the corruption stemming from this single — seeming noble and straightforward — Amendment requires a book. Maybe this should be a book. For now, it is intended as a group of simple articles, starting here: What the 14th Amendment clearly says and obviously means.

Section 1.

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

No more slavery! Abe Lincoln emancipated (freed) every former slave in the USA. This section of Congress’s supporting proclamation assured with the full authority of a Constitutional Amendment and the ratification of our States. If you were legally born here, or naturalized as an American, you are a full-fledged citizen of the United States of America. Like every other citizen, as a full-fledged human child of our Republic, you are free with all the rights, privileges, securities, safety, and protection of all laws. What a glorious, wonder-filled, noble, and humanitarian thing to do!

It even assures that non-citizens as well as free citizens, can never be taken as slaves. No person may be denied the full protection of the law.

Section 1 makes corrupt and perverse decisions, such as the Dredd Scott decision of the Supreme Court, utterly null, void, illegal, and unenforceable. To be human is to be fully human. To be American is to be free. To be a human being — a Person — in America, regardless of your status in other parts of the world, is to be free in America within the reach of all of our laws and rights.

Section 2.

Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male (changed to include women by the 19th Amendment in 1920) inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, (changed to 18 by Amendment 26 in 1972) and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.

This Section is a very unfortunate compromise, but masterfully handled by the US Congress. It would be wrong to tell a State who it must allow to vote in its State elections. The separation of powers remained. Positive laws (those that demand compliance rather than forbidding or punishing wrong-doing) rarely accomplish the correct goal. A State would remain its own authority. Yet a State that denied full citizenship rights to citizens would also be denied rights as a State in proportion to its census. In other words, if you don’t allow voters for the State elections, you also give up representation at the national level.

Section 3.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.

Quite simply, if you took an oath of office and violated your word once, you would hardly be allowed to take a similar oath and then trusted with it again. It would quite literally take a 2/3 Act of Congress for your faithless betrayal to be excused.

Section 4.

The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.

This section declares that a State, municipality, business, individual or any other entity was responsible for its debt or portion of debt owed for the service of reunifying our nation and suppressing insurrection. It also declares that neither the national government nor any State government owes anybody for trying to tear us apart, or for losing money because of a debt for losing slave labor.

Section 5.

The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

This dreadful clause or its principle stands behind every abuse of power in the history of mankind.  It probably “seemed appropriate” at the time of the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments, since the restored Congress would need specific authorities to deal with the still smarting wounds of a long Civil War.  It remains true, nevertheless, that if mankind can seize power in government, it will. 

To “have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, these provisions” stands as a limitless and variable assortment of abusive, cruel, or unreasonable powers, to be interpreted only by the power of Congress itself in whatever form it chooses. It is an open invitation to corruption.  Words such as “power,” “enforce,” “appropriate,” and “provisions” leave open an irrational array of potential meanings  — especially when all those words are completely unqualified and essentially undefined.

We can say that the intention of the 14th Amendment seems quite clear, but our Supreme Court has twisted and stretched, mangled and reformed it into a Carte Blanche’ of abusive license, and our bi-partisan Congress has used it as an opportunity to create, establish, and enforce, by questionable perversion, nearly every word. . . including some that were never uttered.