The missing 13th amendment

Saturday, 23 April 2011 07:13 Tom Fitton

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A message to all members of Friends of Liberty

Today, I came to the realization that we really don't need any new Constitutional Amendments. What we need is to punish those elected officials that violate the ones we already have. The original 13th Amendment passed overwhelmingly by Congress in 1810 and finally ratified in 1819 if observed today would be able to solve the number one reason why our government is so corrupt. This Amendment prohibited Titles of Nobility and prohibited elected officials from accepting emoluments. In other words elected officials would be prohibited from taking bribes and/or campaign contributions. The Amendment made it illegal for the government to offer benefits and/or entitlements to any group that were not available to all. The purpose of the amendment was to make everyone equal under the law. Violators of this Amendment were to lose their citizenship.

This Amendment was ratified by Virginia in March of 1819. Virginia became the 13th state to ratify which allowed the Amendment to become the law of the land. It was published in Constitutions up until the time of the Civil War when it mysteriously vanished without being repealed.

"If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive, or retain any title of nobility or honor, or shall without the consent of Congress, accept and retain any present, pension, office, or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince, or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the united States, and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them."

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