The Unenforced Right to vote, Section 2 of the 14th Amendment

Now we look at Section 2 of the Fourteenth Amendment and tear it apart.

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.

We got a lot to cover.

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.

This amended the clause in the Constitution that counted slaves as only 3/5ths to now equal. Indians didn’t count because they were seen as sovereign.

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.

If a state didn’t allow a man of voting  age(this was before women got the vote) the Federal Government would take away some of the voting power in the strength of its Representatives and Senators in Congress. It was rarely enforced until the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Unless you are a convicted felon, you can vote. But so few do, only about a third of the population, and they only vote for personality usually. Don’t believe me? Who has more extroverted personalities, Obama or McCain, G.W Bush or Kerry, G.W Bush or Gore, Clinton or  Dole, Clinton or G.H.W Bush? Policy wise, not much difference, freedoms are lost, just depends on the ideological thought processes they have. But I digress.

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 Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment. And I’m taking it a section at a time because it’s so long. Stay tuned for it next week.

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