The 14th Amendment to the Constitution

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.

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 inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, 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.

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.

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.

Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

On the same day a judge issues a stay on California’s Proposition 8, we hear that Levi and Bristol decide to split up.  Coincidence?

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14 responses to “The 14th Amendment to the Constitution

  1. I guess it’s a 14th kind of day.

    • dnd

      This is interesting:

      “The 14th Amendment guarantees due process and equal protection of the laws to all citizens. It enshrines in the Constitution provisions of the GOP’s 1866 Civil Rights Act. The original purpose of the 14th Amendment was to defend African-Americans from their Democrat oppressors in the post-Civil War South.

      The principal author of the 14th Amendment was U.S. Rep. John Bingham (R-OH). In Congress, all votes in favor of the 14th Amendment were from Republicans, and all votes against it were from Democrats.

      In 1868, the Republican Governor of New Jersey vetoed an attempt by the Democrat-controlled legislature to rescind the state’s ratification of the 14th Amendment.”

      My-oh-my how times have changed. What’s really funny is where this was posted:

      http://www.gop.com/index.php/learn/accomplishment/#ixzz0vkEuU4eE

  2. TempeBev

    Boycotting Target for their political contribution to an anti-gay candidate – Excellent video

  3. Irony is lost on the GOPer of today!

  4. I’m going to a moveon.org event at my local Target tomorrow.

  5. TempeBev

    The You Tube video above represents why I will swallow the bullet and probably shop a Walmart. At present, it seems to be the least offensive in my life at present.

    • dnd

      Democrat John Hickenlooper has picked the president of CSU-Pueblo to be his running mate, a move hailed as “brilliant” by those who know Joe Garcia.

      http://www.denverpost.com/election2010/ci_15682613

      The Republicans have two tainted candidates, Tancredo running with the American Constitution Party, and Hickenlooper picks a guy who would be the first Hispanic Lt. Governor in state history. This in a state with a heavy Hispanic population (since before it was part of the U. S.). What do ya think? Smart move?

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