Finally at the end of this Amendment, Sections 4 and 5. They deal with debt and enforcement. Let’s look.
Section 4. 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 4 says that the money we owed as a country was legal, including what was spent to beat down the South. And it cannot be questioned. It also blankets the reunited southern states, forgiving them of debt they incurred in the war. Also, after Lincoln and later the Thirteenth Amendment freed the slaves, and they got to walk away, no one paid the former owners for their loss of a labor force. And Section Four says they never will.
Section 5 puts the strength and gives Congress the authority to make laws that enforce what the Fourteenth laid out. Unfortunately, Congress habitually goes beyond the restrictions laid out in the United States Constitution. Like mandating CFL lightbulbs and Ethanol in gas that screws up my lawnmower that wasn’t designed to burn corn alcohol. Just so you can payback your paymasters in the Green Lobby and put tax money in the form of subsidies to farmers and our money by forcing us to buy ethanol laced gas.
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!
Now that we are done with this we can move on to the Fifteenth. Stay tuned for it next week.
- Slavery is illegal. Right? The Thirteenth Amendment (roninsjourney.wordpress.com)
- No Love For the Gray/Section 3 of the 14th Amendment (roninsjourney.wordpress.com)
- The Unenforced Right to vote, Section 2 of the 14th Amendment (roninsjourney.wordpress.com)
- Freedom for All, Section 1 of the 14th Amendment (roninsjourney.wordpress.com)