Have You Read This Thing?
By: Barry Belmont

Every now and the someone tells me I should read the Constitution. Periodically I try — I sit down, I say to myself, Okay, You’re gonna read this thing, and I never end up finishing it. I get passed the preamble and I think, Oh, This won’t be so bad, I can do this. But then there’s all that stuff about the legislative branch and then the presidency and then snoo. zers.

However, being the committed libertarian I am (though I’m willing to change that opinion if presented with sufficient evidence), I’ve decided to give it a go again. Upon re-reading The Constitution (actually reading it, not just letting my eyes glide over the serifs of the words, I mean, really getting down and dirty with them), I’m noticing a lot of rather…disturbing stuff that I never noticed before. It’s like that second reading of the Bible where you realize that rape and murder are talked about.

So, maybe I’ll make a series of this, but I was just glancing over the thing and I wanted to share something that many of us have probably never noticed. I mean, have you actually read this thing?

Amendment 14, 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.” [emphasis added]

Say whaaaaaat? Let me just put this another way, this part of The Constitution has it so that it is literally illegal to question the validity of the public (government) debt…

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2 Comments Posted in Have You Read This Thing?
  • http://vislupiestgrex.blogspot.com/ Some law student

    Perry v. United States, 294 U.S 330 at 354 (1935).

    Basically, if the government issues bonds, no action can be brought that challenges the validity of the issuance.

    But that’s like 5 minutes on Westlaw, so YYMV.

  • http://vislupiestgrex.blogspot.com/ Some other law student

    Two minutes through the Government Printing Office. You just need to be reading the “right” constitution.