Ratification of the Fifteenth Amendment shifted control over voting regulations from the states to thefederal government. However, even following ratification, full voting rights for all blacks did not occur until the mid-20th century:
Although ratified on February 3, 1870, the promise of the 15th Amendment would not be fullyrealized for almost a century. Through the use of poll taxes, literacy tests and other means,southern states were able to effectively disenfranchise African Americans. It would take the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 before the majority of African Americans in the southwere registered to vote.
This came, in part, as a result of President Lyndon B. Johnson¶s telling Congress on March 15, 1965, that³we cannot have government for all the people until we first make certain it is government of and by allthe people.´
Although President Lincoln helped emancipate the slaves, he would not have agreed with PresidentJohnson or with the Congress that passed the Voting Rights Act. Lincoln did not believe that whites and blacks were equal, nor ever could be. During his campaign for Illinois senator, in his fourth debate withSenator Stephen A. Douglas, his position was candidly clear:
I will say then that I am not, nor ever have been in favor of bringing about in any way the socialand political equality of the white and black races, that I am not nor ever have been in favor of making voters or jurors of negroes, nor of qualifying them to hold office, nor to intermarry withwhite people; and I will say in addition to this that there is a physical difference between the whiteand black races which I believe will for ever forbid the two races living together on terms of socialand political equality. And inasmuch as they cannot so live, while they do remain together theremust be the position of superior and inferior, and I as much as any other man am in favor of having the superior position assigned to the white race. I say upon this occasion I do not perceivethat because the white man is to have the superior position the negro should be denied everything.
Lincoln was likewise opposed to negro citizenship.
Most politically correct Americans (non-Christians and Christians
alike) have been well-trained to believe the Fifteenth Amendment (and the entire Constitution) is a good thing. But this is just another example of calling good evil and evil good (Isaiah 5:20). In addition to the fact that elections are entirelyunbiblical, unnecessary, and counterproductive (seeChapter 5, ³Article 2, Executive Usurpation´), theconsequences of Amendment 15¶s ethnically blind voting privileges are compounded. Equal voting rightsfor all races led to blacks and other non-Israelites participating in political affairs, which led, in turn, tonon-Israelites unlawfully ruling over Israelites. (SeeChapter 23, ³Amendment 14: First-Birth vs. Second-Birth Citizenship´ for a more thorough explanation of the ancient Israelites¶ genetic affinity with today¶sCelto-Saxons.)
Some of the initial proposals for the Fifteenth Amendment included provisions for holding public office:
The Senate began debating a constitutional amendment drafted by the Judiciary Committee andintroduced by Republican William Stewart of Nevada that was similar to [George] Boutwell¶s proposal, except that it also banned denying public office based on race, color, or previous statusas a slave. «on February 9, 1869, the full Senate narrowly approved, 31-27, [defeated six dayslater by the House of Representatives] a proposed amendment introduced by Republican HenryWilson of Massachusetts that prohibited the federal and state governments from discriminating invoting or office holding based on ³race, color, nativity, property, education, or [religious] creed.´