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Various Thoughts After a Day on the Internet
1) How did the 14th Amendment get passed when only 33 of 50 senators voted for it? (The Senate leadership refused to seat a senator from New Jersey who opposed the amendment on the bogus grounds that he was elected to office by a plurality instead of a majority.) And how did Congress get away with declaring the governments of the Southern states illegitimate and still accept ratification votes for the 14th Amendment from those illegitimate governments?

2) Do the states retain any real power under the 14th Amendment? “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.” That sounds good, but it seems to me that it could be interpreted to mean that a state couldn’t enact any law that the federal government didn’t want it to–like banning abortions, or putting up a monument to the Ten Commandments on state property.

3) For that matter, how did the 16th Amendment pass (the one that established the federal income tax)? At least ten state legislatures rejected outright or could not produce evidence of ratification, yet still reported their votes as “ratified”. Add their ten to the seven that rejected the amendment and reported their votes as such, and the amendment fell far short of the 36 (of 48) states needed to carry. (That’s not taking into account the fact that Ohio, which ratified the amendment, wasn’t officially accepted into the Union until 1953! By the way, does this mean that any law signed by Taft, Grant, Hayes, Garfield, Benjamin Harrison, McKinley, and Harding is also invalid? Being born outside the United States makes them foreign nationals and thus ineligible for the presidency, and so…but I digress.)

More importantly, if I point this out on my 1040 next year, can I get a full refund on my income tax?

4) By the way, if we already have an amendment that prohibits the government from depriving “any person of life, liberty, or property,” why the *bleep* do we need an Equal Rights Amendment or special hate crimes legislation? Aren’t women, minorities, and homosexuals people?

5) Finally, what’s the deal with the Federal Reserve Bank? How did a private bank get the contract to print money for the U.S., and hold all its debt? Who in the world has $5 gazillion to loan to a country? Does Alan Greenspan really call the shots, and if not, who does? Do I really own my house, or is some Illuminatus going to show up and kick me out someday?

Ah, conspiracy hunting. Makes the Internet worth the price of admission.

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