The Constitution:
The 14th Amendment


The 14th Amendment

The 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution (which can be read below) is sometimes pointed to as the point where the states became subservient to the federal government.  We are told that this amendment gives sweeping power to the federal government to control the states like their private pawns and no longer as sovereign individual entities.  But, did the 14th amendment actually do this or has it been twisted by activist Supreme Court Justices to insure power of the federal government continues to grow?  Thomas Woods, Jr. gives the history of the 14th amendment and shows where in history the federal government began to severely overstep its bounds with this amendment and how the amendment was originally understood when it was initially passed.  Available for download as Mp3.

The 14th Amendment

by Thomas Woods Jr. | The Truth About American History: An Austro-Jeffersonian Perspective

Below is the video of the audio lecture above.

What Did the Fourteenth Amendment Really Mean?

With the handing down of the Obergefell decision in 2015, the Fourteenth Amendment was thrust back into the news. But, what was it really supposed to mean? Not what many wish it said, but what was it originally supposed to mean? Kevin Gutzman joins Tom Woods Jr. for the answer.

What Did the Fourteenth Amendment Really Mean?

by Thomas Woods Jr. | The Tom Woods Show - Episode 114

Text of the Fourteenth Amendment

Section 1

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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


Section 2

Representatives shall be apportioned among the several States according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each State, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice-President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the Executive and Judicial officers of a State, or the members of the Legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such State, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such State.


Section 3

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice-President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.


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. But neither the United States nor any State shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.


Section 5

The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

The Fourteenth Amendment

The U.S. Constitution