14th Amendment

By From page A5 | January 23, 2013


Given the convoluted reasoning the Mountain Democrat editorial board has used to justify its interpretation of certain portions of the Constitution in the past, we should probably not be surprised by its latest venture into tortured logic as demonstrated in Monday’s issue. My eighth grade English teacher would certainly take the editor to task for somehow reading Section 4 of the 14th Amendment as not specifically prohibiting the intentional default of obligations already entered into by the United States. My college Logic professor would quickly refute the notion that Section 5, by giving Congress the power to enforce the article, somehow could also be interpreted as allowing Congress not to enforce it.

At this time the President has said he would not use his executive powers to enforce these provisions, leaving it to Congress to do their sworn duty to protect the full faith and credit of the United States. However, if a small minority of members of Congress were to attempt to hold the nation hostage by withholding money to pay obligations it has already incurred, who could blame him for issuing an executive order as a means of keeping faith with his oath to uphold the Constitution?

Cameron Park

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