One of three ‘Reconstruction Amendments,’ the 14th is comprised of 5 sections primarily stating freed slaves were citizens of America with the full legal rights of any other citizen in the first three section and the 4th section basically laying out that the U.S. was not responsible for nor would pay any debts incurred by the Confederacy during the war.
Section 5 grants congress the power to enforce the amendment.
Section 4 is where Democrats now claim to have the authority for Obama to bypass congress on raising our public debt, claiming it says, “the validity of the public debt of the United States...shall not be questioned.”
In total, Section 4 says,
“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.”
While I make no claims of legalize, law school or attendance in any public institution of higher liberal indoctrination that allows me to read words that do not exist in a document or twist and convolute what is written to mean something other than what is says, I do see an awful lot of words left out and ignored by Democrats in this effort to bankrupt our country.
Clearly, the debt mentioned is qualified as being “authorized by law,” not by dictate. Presidents do not write law nor do they pass laws, they sign them once written and passed by congress.
Furthermore, nothing in the section says debt can be added at anytime, just that existing debt may not be questioned. No one questions that we have a $16.4 Trillion debt facing us, threatening to eat our nation and swallow our freedoms from excess taxation.
Currently, there has been on effort by either party controlling the country to pay off or even pay down our national debt, just make payments on the interest on our debt that already amount to hundreds of billions in our tax dollars every year and growing higher as the debt increases.
But that doesn’t seem to matter to Democrats and Harry Reid as they state in a letter to Obama,
“As you know, increasing the debt limit does not authorize new spending. It merely ensures that we meet our existing obligations.”
Somehow, it remains ignored that those “existing obligations” exceed the government’s means by spending billions of dollars more than revenues, necessitating an endless cycle of incurring debt that will either lead to a total collapse of our economy or printing of money that will be worthless, also leading to a collapse of our economy.
In simple laymen’s terms, you cannot borrow your way out of debt.
Oddly enough, as we now see Democrats embracing what they want the 14th Amendment to mean, it was Democrats who through much of the late 19th century and over half of the 20th century that outright ignored the existence of the 14th Amendment.
“In 1868 the 14th Amendment was passed giving equal rights to all citizens regardless of race. It states, “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.” The Republicans in congress passed it unanimously while not one single Democrat voted for it. This was the case with every other civil rights bill passed in the 1800s. By 1875, ten years after the end of the war to abolish slavery, almost 2 dozen civil rights laws were passed by Republicans and opposed by Democrats.”
“By 1892, when the Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the White House, they began to repeal all of the Civil Rights laws and the Supreme Court chose to ignore the 14th Amendment and saw the Constitution as a “living breathing document” that reflected their racists, segregationists views. In 1896 they ruled in Plessy v. Ferguson that equal didn’t necessarily mean that blacks and whites should share in the same things at the same time, and that institutionalized segregation was acceptable despite the fact that the 14th Amendment was clear that it wasn’t. This ruling was overturned almost 60 years later in Brown v. Board of Education. The Democratic response to this was to issue the Southern Manefesto which repudiated this ruling. It was signed by 100 Democrats from the House and Senate . . . not one Republican signed it.”
When it conflicted with their racist, segregationist views, they had no need for it and ignored it completely as they placed freed slaves and their offspring into slums and once again relegated them to non-citizen status, except of course, paying their taxes to the government.
In the hypocritical fashion we have come to expect from Democrats, we read in that Southern Manifesto mentioned,
“The original Constitution does not mention education. Neither does the 14th amendment nor any other amendment. The debates preceding the submission of the 14th amendment clearly show that there was no intent that it should affect the systems of education maintained by the States.”
Nor does it today or ever has mentioned a lone politician having any authority to raise the debt limit imposed by congress at anytime they feel warranted or a political party granting such authority to a lone politician.
Our constitution and its amendments are being shredded by Democrats and the Obama administration, right before our very eyes.
Democrats are willing to bypass congress to shut out Republicans seeing the need to rein in our growing debt in order to incur even more debt.
Obama has shown his willingness to misuse executive orders and write declarations, bypassing congress’ authority and the separation of powers.
Every year, both parties have over spent revenues and grew the debt, now the largest debt of any single nation on the planet. Obama now says increasing the debt limit, and the debt, is not open to debate.
He doesn’t owe that money, you and I do and it is being passed along to our children, grandchildren and their children for generations.
How long can we remain a free nation with the people being ignored and saddled with generations of debt, ostensibly for our own welfare?
This has to stop and both the Democrats and Obama must be reined in and forced to remain within the confines of our constitution.