Buying The Vote; The Twenty-Fourth Amendment

Did you know that until the 1960’s a few states required you to buy your right to vote?? It was called a poll tax and some Southern Democrats loved it. It was a way to go around the Fifteenth Amendment, which recognized black Americans right to vote. Sorta like anti-gunners going after ammunition to stop the Second Amendment.

Section 1.The right of citizens of the United States to vote in any primary or other election for President or Vice President, for electors for President or Vice President, or for Senator or Representative in Congress, shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or any State by reason of failure to pay any poll tax or other tax.

Section 2. The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

Straight forward, it made poll taxes illegal. Before you showed up to vote, paid your money, and then got to vote. It was blanket biases, if you had the money, pick your politician. If not, so sorry, your opinion doesn’t matter. JFK pushed this amendment and it was passed and ratified in less than a year.

Remember that just societies have a  check and balance system. Government makes laws which are enforced by the cops. Laws are just words on paper, you don’t have to follow them, which is why we have cops. The Constitution and the Bill of Rights are the laws that keep the Federal Government in check BUT it’s just words on paper unless enforced by someone. Guess who that is? WE THE PEOPLE, and we are failing miserable due to apathy and complacency. A little monetary or physical security in exchange for freedom and liberty. Not for this wolf, I’m not one of the flock, I’m above it and have taken it upon myself to snap you from your slumber, remove your blindfolds and show you how IT IS!

Another essay to follow on the Twenty-Fifth Amendment. Stay tuned for it next week.


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