Were any of you taught this in school? ever?:
The 14th Amendment WAS NEVER RATIFIED back in 1868! Due to the blatantly unconstitutional machinations of the 40th Congress, the 14th Amendment did not legitimately meet with the required Constitutional ratification process, and it was NEVER SIGNED by President Andrew Johnson.
Here is a treatise of the FRAUD perpetrated by the 40th Congress back in 1868, which in 1967 was inserted into the Congressional Record of the 90th Congress at the request of former Congressman John Rarick (Dem-LA) (still alive). The treatise was written by Judge Lander H. Perez, of Louisiana.
Here is short commentary on what Judge Lander Perez has to say:
The article pasted below provides a well-written account of what happened and WHAT THIS ALL MEANS!
VITAL SIGNS: Law, Power, Legitimacy, and the 14th Amendment
By Joseph E. Fallon
If the South had "no legal state governments" after 1861 (as Congress maintained in 1867 following the defeat of the 14th Amendment), then the 13th Amendment was never constitutionally ratified in 1865. Slavery, therefore, is still a lawful institution in the United States. On the other hand, if the South had legal governments (as Congress affirmed in 1865 when the South ratified the 13th Amendment), then the 14th Amendment was constitutionally defeated in 1867. Therefore, all subsequent legislative and executive acts and judicial decisions based upon the 14th Amendment are null and void.
Without the 14th Amendment, the federal government is deprived of a principal source of its power. Most, if not all, of the laws, regulations, and rulings pertaining to affirmative action, desegregation, "hate crimes," multilingualism, multiculturalism, U.S. citizenship, voting, reapportionment, religion, education, housing, welfare, states' rights, and territorial powers are based almost exclusively on the 14th Amendment. Even the immigration policy pursued since 1965 is justified, to a significant extent, by the 14th Amendment.
After 1868, the federal government has not permitted any serious legal challenge to the constitutionality of the 14th Amendment. To do so would risk dismantling the entire apparatus of the federal government in a single stroke, depriving federal officeholders—Democrats and Republicans, judges, politicians, and bureaucrats—of the powers and perks they enjoy and expect.
The government of the United States, as established by the U.S. Constitution in 1789, was effectively abolished by the 14th Amendment. In its place was substituted a regime that resembles the absolutist centralized state envisioned by Thomas Hobbes in Leviathan. It is the type of political system Patrick Henry and other Founding Fathers had warned against—a consolidated government ruled by demagogues for the benefit of special interests.
It was natural for the post-14th Amendment government of the United States to expand from a continental empire, in which the states of the Union had been effectively reduced to mere administrative units of the federal government, to one whose reach would be, in the words of neoconservative ideologues William Kristol and Robert Kagan, nothing less than "benevolent global hegemony." And it was a relatively simple matter, then, for the government of the United States to go from inflicting death and destruction at Waco to inflicting death and destruction on Iraq, Yugoslavia, and Afghanistan. Washington emulates Imperial Rome, of whom it was said, "They create a desert and call it peace."
Thanks to folly, hubris, and the 14th Amendment, the government of the United States is faithfully following in the footsteps of ancient Rome—from republic to empire to oblivion.