Congress, however, sensing an opportunity to use the euphoria of victory in the Northern States to usurp the power of all the States, proposed in 1866 the superfluous Fourteenth Amendment, a rambling, 435 word behemoth of legalese and obfuscation.
Section 1 begins: " 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." This was an extraneous rebuttal of the Supreme Court's 1857 decision in Dred Scott v Sanford, in which it was declared that Negoes could not be citizens of the United States. One hundred forty years later, however, it has become the basis for "anchor babies," children born of criminal infiltrators (aka illegal immigrants) who automatically become U.S. citizens under the 14th Amendment. The United States is the only modern, civilized country that has such a counterproductive law.
Section 1 continues: " No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; ..." While this phrase was clearly meant to protect the newly freed slaves, it has been taken out of context by the Supreme Court on numerous occasions to impose on the States everything from incorporation – the legal doctrine that the States are bound by the provisions of the Bill of Rights – to prohibition of the States from exercising their Constitutional rights to regulate abortion and queer marriage within their borders.
The federal government's misapplication of this phrase is a clear abrogation of the Ninth and Tenth Articles of the Bill of Rights as codified in the Constitution of the United States. Prior to 1868, citizens of Texas were citizens of Texas, free to make any laws within their jurisdiction that suited the citizens of Texas. They were not citizens of the United States! The distinction is momentous. If citizens of Texas are citizens of the United States, then Texas is a mere dominion of the United States! The intent of the framers of the Constitution was that the United States should be a tool of the citizens of Texas, not their master!
Section 2 takes 136 words to restate the terms of Congressional representation already specified in Article I Section 2 of the Constitution.
Section 3 takes 110 words to say that anyone recently in rebellion against the United States is prohibited from serving in the government of the United States.
Section 4 takes 84 words to say that the United States will not reimburse Southerners for the value of their emancipated slaves.
The Fourteenth Amendment was never ratified. It was unlawfully adopted in 1868 by simply excluding eleven Southern States in order to achieve the Constitutionally mandated ratification by three fourths of the (Northern) States. Nonetheless, it stands today as part of the law of the United Sates of America.
The Fourteenth Amendment was a response to current conditions that existed after the Civil War. Those conditions no longer exist, and in any case they should have been addressed at the time by legislation, not by codifying their solutions for eternity in the Constitution of the United States, where they are fodder for modern misinterpretation and misapplication.
In light of the facts that the Fourteenth Amendment was never, as is required by the Constitution, ratified by three fourths of the States in the United States at the time, that it has had no practicable applicability since the 1870s, and that it specifically contradicts the provisions of the Constitution as it was ratified in 1791, the only conclusion one can logically reach is that it should be repealed – and with it every un-Constitutional Supreme Court decision that was based on it over the past 147 years.