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Letters to the Editor

Just the Constitutional facts

From Alexis Swanson


I am not sharing an opinion here, I am only stating facts – mostly direct quotes from our wonderful country’s Constitution.

James Madison said, “Do not separate text from historical background. If you do, you will have perverted and subverted the Constitution, which can only end in a distorted, bastardized form of illegitimate government.”

The Constitution reads that our elected officials “shall be bound by oath or affirmation, to support this Constitution.” (Article VI) The president’s oath is given in Article II, Section 1.

“The Congress shall have power to ... provide for the common defence and general welfare of the United States ... To provide for calling forth the militia to execute the laws of the Union, suppress insurrections and repel invasions.” (Article I, Section 8)

“No state shall ... engage in war, unless actually invaded, or in such imminent danger as will not admit of delay.” (Article I, Section 10)

“The United States shall guarantee to every state in this Union a Republican form of government, and shall protect each of them against invasion ...” (Article IV, Section 4)

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.” (Amendment XIV, Section 1)

The historical background of Amendment XIV, in a nutshell, is that it applied to the slaves freed by the American Civil War and the children birthed by those whom are in the country legally. This amendment does not apply to the children birthed in our country by women who came into our country illegally.

Looking at the historical background of the word “invasion” in our Constitution, an invasion could be a single person or thousands, even millions of people.

If you need a copy of the Constitution, you can get a free brochure-sized copy by visiting Hillsdale College’s website.

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