This is the thirteenth essay of the “Breakdown” series. We’ll explore each right in the Bill of Rights. And where they stand today. Comments appreciated, now lets begin.
Section 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.
Section 2. Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
This is an easy one, it outlaws slavery and indentured servitude, unless you break the law, charged and convicted, and sentenced to prison. Slavery is easy to understand and it is wrong, indentured servitude is the unknown quantity.
People used to be forced into labor to pay debts, imagine your credit card company forcing you to work for them for free because your late on a payment. Or blackmail, threat of force, extortion. “Threat of Force?” Hmmm, that would make the military draft unconstitutional. If you didn’t serve after getting drafted you were going to jail. That’s considered force. Selective service papers we had to fill out after we turned 18, unconstitutional. Well, I think it is. In 1918, the Supreme Court said it wasn’t. It was discontinued in 1973.
Another thought, Guantanamo Bay is unconstitutional, how many of those people were charged and sentenced? Now there are bad people in Gitmo that do not need to be free, but those elected idiots know they violated so many Constitutional Amendments even a lousy defense attorney can get them off. Even IF they had smoking guns in their hands when captured. But I digress beyond my point. Section two is simple, Congress can make laws to enforce this amendment.
Remember that just societies have a check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!
Another essay to follow on the Fourteenth Amendment. And I’m taking it a section at a time because it’s so long. Stay tuned for it next week.