In 2011, Roy Moore told a radio show getting rid of constitutional amendments after the Tenth Amendment would ‘eliminate many problems’. As a lawyer and an ‘on-again, off-again’ judge, Moore knows exactly what those amendments say. So let us have a look at what he objected to.

Amendments fall into two categories – ones that extend rights, and ones that are merely administrative or technical. Many of the latter are uncontroversial. Let’s dispose of those.

The 11th limits federal judicial reach vis-a-vis the states. The 12th clears up the procedure to elect the President & VP. The 20th deals with Presidential/Congressional terms and Presidential succession. The 22nd limits the President to two terms. And the 27th deals with salaries. All relatively uncontroversial.

Now it gets unpleasant. And Moore’s remark reveals the depth of his racism and misogyny.

The 13th amendment outlaws slavery. Moore has already said that families were happy in Antebellum America, now he is saying that we should have another go at treating blacks as property.

The 14th guarantees citizenship to all born on American soil. So Moore would bid goodbye to ‘anchor babies’. And even children born here to legal aliens.

The 15th guarantees the vote to black men. Moore certainly doesn’t think slaves should have a vote. Especially as he would be a shoo-in if the vote were restricted to whites.

The 16th institutes income tax. Without it, Moore would have the small government he dreams of. Although it would be harder to pay for a modern military. But conservatives always find money for the toys — even if the troops have to suffer.

The 17th allows for the election of Senators by popular vote. Moore should be grateful for this one. Under the old rules, the Alabama legislature would have stuck with Luther Strange.

The 18th and 21st prohibit and prohibit alcohol. So that’s a wash.

The 19th guarantees women the right to vote. Moore’s girlfriends weren’t old enough to vote, and he see’s no reason for them to grow into the franchise. His prospects of a win are also enhanced by keeping the little ladies out of the voting booth.

The 23rd grants Washington DC citizens a vote in the Presidential election. And no conservative wants America’s most liberal voting bloc to have any voice.

The 24th prohibits poll taxes. Without it, the bigots would be free to roll out their backup plan to deny blacks the vote. Just in case the photo ID laws don’t get the job done

The 25th allows for the President to be replaced if judged unfit for office. And for the first time since its passage, we have a President who might render it necessary. But Moore sees a fellow abuser in the White House and has his back.

The 26th lowers the voting age to 18. And like blacks and women before, America’s youth is not in favor of Moore and his kind.

In short. Moore would like to turn society’s clock back 150 years to the halcyon days of America’s youth – when men ruled. Women were powerless helpmates. And blacks were out back in chains.


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“People speak sometimes about the “bestial” cruelty of man, but that is terribly unjust and offensive to beasts, no animal could ever be so cruel as a man, so artfully, so artistically cruel” ― Fyodor Dostoyevsky Anti-abortionists claim ‘sanctity of life’ underpins their expedient ‘pro-life’ belief that they are doing God’s work in denying pregnant […]

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Originalism Is a Fancy Word for Bigotry.

July 3, 2015

“Five percent of the people think; ten percent of the people think they think; and the other eighty-five percent would rather die than think” ― Thomas A. Edison Justice Antonin Scalia is a fan of ‘constitutional originalism’. He is qualified – in his own estimation – to divine, as a modern day haruspex, what the […]

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Is God Relevant? Is He a Good Reason Not To Serve Cake?

April 8, 2015

“It is straightforward—and never mind, for now, about plagues and famines: if God existed, and if he cared for humankind, he would never have given us religion” ― Martin Amis. Atheists cannot prove that God does not exist. The religious haven’t been able to prove that he does. The atheists are stymied because you can’t […]

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Should Stores Be Required to Serve Gays?

April 6, 2015

“Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right” ― Isaac Asimov. Some religious business owners don’t want to cater to gays. Laws allowing them to refuse service were proposed – and then withdrawn after a storm of protest. Which raises the question – were the protests fair or should religious […]

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Gay Marriage Will Soon Be Unremarkable.

March 8, 2015

“Don’t hide behind the Constitution or the Bible. If you’re against gay marriage, just be honest, put a scarlet ‘H’ on your shirt, and say, ‘I am a homophobe!” ― Henry Rollins The Supreme Court has made many controversial decisions. Decisions that many think were wrong. But two stand out as particularly egregious because they […]

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Intellectual Rigor Mortis – Because Faith Is Easier than Thinking.

May 27, 2014

Thinking is the hardest work there is, which is probably the reason why so few engage in it. – Henry Ford. There are people, who go through life confident that God’s moral system is identical to their own; confident that the Founding Fathers and they are of one mind; and confidant that “real” science describes […]

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Honor Tradition – Do Not Cling To It.

February 26, 2014

In his 2008 campaign Barak Obama famously said of small towns residents in the Midwest, “And it’s not surprising then that they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren’t like them or anti-immigrant sentiment or anti-trade sentiment as a way to explain their frustrations.” Many took umbrage. But, […]

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Defending Free Speech Means Defending Speech You Don’t Like.

December 19, 2013

“I do not agree with what you have to say, but I’ll defend to the death your right to say it.” – Voltaire “Duck Dynasty” star, Phil Robertson, expressed his bemusement over homosexuality in a very direct manner, saying, “It seems like, to me, a vagina — as a man — would be more desirable than […]

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