are you a 14th Amendment citizen?Submitted by juliusbragg on Mon, 05/31/2010 - 15:56
Ive posted information like this before, but I have condensed it to an easy to determine post!
If the 14th Amendment made all citizens equal, then why did we need a 15th and 19th Amendment to allow black men and women to vote?
This is a VERY telling piece of case law:
- "It is quite clear, then, that there is a citizenship of the United States and a citizenship of a State, which are distinct from each other and which depend upon different characteristics or circumstances in the individual. "
[Slaughter House Cases, 83 U.S. 36][(1873) emphasis added]
Two terms were used here, Characteristics OR Circumstance.
You should note that the term Characteristics means:
adj. Being a feature that helps to distinguish a person or thing;
This provides evidence that a 14th Amendment citizen was either a black man or a woman as distinguished from white men by their characteristics, AND later white men volunteered to be 14th Amendment citizens by "circumstance".
14th Amendment citizens are equal, but not because blacks and women regained their God given rights, but because whites gave them up.
Unfortunately this country, and the Constitution, was established by white men, therefore, the intent of the Constitution was to protect them. If we presume that the 14th Amendment actually made all black men and women equal to the "We the People" White man, then we have to construe that the racist administration* was ok with a black man being eligible to be President, but not being able to vote for himself??
*only years before the 14th Amendment, Lincoln signed this proposed Amendment:
- "ARTICLE THIRTEEN, No amendment shall be made to the Constitution which will authorize or give to Congress the power to abolish or interfere, within any State, with the domestic institutions thereof, including that of persons held to labor or service by the laws of said State."
Did Lincoln and his entire administration change their minds on slavery in the matter of 3 years?
OR, did the legislators of the day find a way to create the appearance of a noble act by creating a new class of "citizen of the United States"?
NOTE, the "c" in citizen is in lower case in the 14th Amendment for the FIRST TIME in the entire Constitution. I think this was to give the courts an 'out' if they ever had to rule on whether black men and women were, for example, eligible to be President.
- "The first clause of the fourteenth amendment made negroes citizens of the United States**, and citizens of the State in which they reside, and thereby created two classes of citizens, one of the United States** and the other of the state."
[Cory et al. v. Carter, 48 Ind. 327]
OVER the next years, Americans, white and black, begun to declare themselves 14th Amendment citizens, thus giving up many of their constitutional rights, hence volunteering into servitude!! DONT FORGET the 13th Amendment had just legalized "Voluntary servitude".
This case VERY CLEARLY shows that "citizen", "as those words were used" is absolutely different than "Citizen" as originally used:
- "The right to trial by jury in civil cases, guaranteed by the 7th Amendment…and the right to bear arms guaranteed by the 2nd Amendment…have been distinctly held not to be privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States guaranteed by the 14th Amendment…and in effect the same decision was made in respect of the guarantee against prosecution, except by indictment of a grand jury, contained in the 5th Amendment…and in respect of the right to be confronted with witnesses, contained in the 6th Amendment…it was held that the indictment, made indispensable by the 5th Amendment, and trial by jury guaranteed by the 6th Amendment, were not privileges and immunities of citizens of the United States, as those words were used in the 14th Amendment. We conclude, therefore, that the exemption from compulsory self-incrimination is not a privilege or immunity of National citizenship guaranteed by this clause of the 14th Amendment."
[Twining v. New Jersey, 211 US 78, 98-99]