How can people calling themselves a "civilization" tolerate this?
Are you paying attention, Debra A. Tuomey? You serpent, you of a generation of vipers, how do you think you will escape the damnation of hell?
Our patron saint,
Defending individual liberty against the tyranny of government.
SECTION 1.Did Knapp ever read that the 5th Amendment already specified "nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law"? So then why did the 14th do something so superfluous? Well, under the guise of giving citizenship to freed slaves, this made federal citizens out of everyone. Everyone was now under the now-legitimized jurisdiction of the federal government, whose ramifications should be clear to any believer in liberty.
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.This was a grand loophole to punish a state. Voting districts today are punished by the pork barrel system. Before, a state could be punished with reduced representation under the made-up pretense of denying certain men the right to vote.
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.Put simply, members of the Confederacy's government could not be part of the federal government -- unless they were friendly with a super-majority of Congress. Let's not kid ourselves: crony politics was as much a part of government then as today.
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."shall not be questioned" was one of the biggest screwings ever of the American people. The non-rebel states incurred their war debt, and that was that: now all federal citizens were responsible for it.
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.This clause was never used until the 13th Amendment. Supposedly it's a supplement to Article I's "Necessary and Proper" clause, but then at best it's superfluous. In fact "The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation" has always been a blank check for Congress to do whatever it wants, legitimized by "law." Conservatives should love this! They cling so much to "We must follow the law," except when they don't like it.
This record isn't about one person. There may just be one person that goes on the ledger, but it's really about the team. I want every man years from now, hopefully a lot of championships from now, to be able to look back and say I blocked for that guy when it happened or a guy on defense say that they had a big stop that gave the ball back to those guys. I want a receiver to say that they caught 50 balls that year for 600 of those yards. I want everyone to feel like they were a huge part of this.... I wish I had 150 of the [game ball] to give out to the team and everybody in the building. I guess we could cut it up. I don't know. I guess the ball itself is not as important to me as the memory, because that's something that will live forever."Now what was the point of this commentator's idiotic statement earlier, "In fairness, Tom Brady isn't far behind"? How the hell does "fairness" fit here? (That's actually was prompted me to write this post.)