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19 March 2006

The Fourteenth Amendment: In Which Gwen Decides That Unconstitutional Laws Need Not Be Obeyed

So I was thinking about Amendment 14 last week, and I had the idea to consider it logically. It breaks up into a fairly simple statement that can be analyzed using nothing more than the rules of logic, like so:

1) IF:
a) someone is a person
b) that person is either:
1) born in the United States
2) naturalized into the United States
c) that person is subject to the jurisdiction of the laws of the United States
2) THEN:
a) that person is:
1) a citizen of the United States
2) a citizen of the state wherein they reside
b) no state may make or enforce any law which shall abridge the priveleges or immunities of that person

(That looks complicated, but it's easier to mess with than the original text.)

So, take me. Since I meet conditions 1a and 1b1 (let's leave c for the time being), then either all of 2 is true, or 1c is false, because that's the only condition left. So either I'm a citizen of the United States, and a citizen of Arizona, and so it's unconstitutional for Arizona to pass a law abridging my "priveleges and immunities," OR I'm not subject to the jurisdiction of any of its laws anyway.
Which means, for example, that either AZ's "sure, pass a curfew" law is unconstitutional, or I have the constitutional right to ignore it. It's impossible to have it both ways, that I'm a citizen and have to obey the law, yet a non-citizen in that a law can abridge my first amendment rights no problem.
Unless anyone cares to argue that I'm not a person.

Anyone want to show me where I'm wrong? I'm not a constitutional scholar nor a logician.

3 Meepage:

Anonymous Kathy meeped...

Jenn, Jenn, many times do I have to tell you that you're not a person?! You were given to me by aliens conducting an experiment. How many years of brainwashing must I invest to get this through to you?! ;0)

Verification word: hdcubup

20 March, 2006  
Anonymous SciVille meeped...


Brilliant post! Very true, too.

23 March, 2006  
Blogger Jessie meeped...

coolio site! ^_^ I reallt is so much better than mine! I hear Arizona is pretty.I only been there once.Do you like living there? My blog...

17 April, 2006  

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