In Congress and the Fourteenth Amendment, William B. Glidden examines the misuse of the fourteenth amendment. The fourteenth amendment was created under the belief that states have the duty, and Congress the power by appropriate legislation, to protect people in their life, liberty, and property rights. Instead, the Supreme Court has insisted that Congress cannot regulate private conduct because the amendment only applies to actions of the states, and Congress cannot regulate state conduct because only the Court can decide what
An overview of the post-Civil War constitutional amendments -- The Thirteenth Amendment and the 1866 Civil Rights Act -- The original meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment -- Applying constitutional rules for governance over time -- The Supreme Court eviscerated the privileges or immunities clause and section five -- Congress, protective laws, and the court in the 20th century -- The judicial supremacy and state action doctrines should be removed from section five -- Section five should be restored to the Constitution in its full original meaning so Congress can protect our Fourteenth Amendment rights
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