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Amendment 15: Colorblind Voting

Amendment 15: Colorblind Voting

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Equal voting rights for all races led to blacks and other non-Israelites participating in political affairs, which led, in turn, to non-Israelites unlawfully ruling over Israelites.
Equal voting rights for all races led to blacks and other non-Israelites participating in political affairs, which led, in turn, to non-Israelites unlawfully ruling over Israelites.

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Published by: Mission to Israel Ministries on Aug 14, 2010
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Bible Law vs. The United States ConstitutionA Christian PerspectiveTed R. WeilandChapter 24
Amendment 15Colorblind Voting
Section 1
The right of the citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the UnitedStates or by any state, on account of race, color, or previous condition of servitude.
Section 2
The Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.
The Fifteenth Amendment, the last of the three postbellum reconstruction amendments, was adopted onFebruary 3, 1870. The specific purpose of the Fifteenth Amendment was to secure voting privileges to allAfrican black men who had been recently freed by means of the Thirteenth Amendment and who had become United States citizens by the Fourteenth Amendment. All other male non-Caucasian citizens werealso guaranteed the same voting privileges.Like the Fourteenth Amendment, the Fifteenth was ratified by dubious means, by what amounted toextortion:
Congress passed the Fifteenth Amendment on February 2, 1869. But some states resistedratification. At one point, the ratification count stood at 17 Republican states approving theamendment and four Democratic states rejecting it. Congress still needed 11 more states to ratifythe amendment before it could become law.All eyes turned toward those Southern states which had yet to be readmitted to the Union. Actingquickly, Congress ruled that in order to be let into the Union, these states had to accept both theFifteenth Amendment and the Fourteenth Amendment, which granted citizenship to all people born in the United States, including former slaves. Left with no choice, the states ratified theamendments and were restored to statehood.
The principal incentive behind this Amendment was political ± that is, to establish the Republican Partyin both the North and the South, based upon the belief that blacks would support the political party thathad ended slavery. They needed more black votes in order to do so:
«the Radical Republicans imposed a bold agenda of strict reforms upon the former Confederacy.Collectively, their push for African-American political rights surpassed any measure ever seen inthe United States. The 38th Congress (1863-1865) quickly passed and submitted for ratificationthe 13th Amendment (13 Stat. 744-775) ± outlawing slavery ± in 1865. That same year, Congressestablished the Freedman¶s Bureau (13 Stat. 507-509), which was charged with preparing thenewly freed slaves for civic life by providing social services and education. In 1866, the 39thCongress (1865-1867) passed the first Civil Rights Bill (14 Stat. 27-30), granting American
citizenship to freed slaves, and then expanded upon the legislation by approving the 14thAmendment (14 Stat. 358-359), which enforced the equality of all citizens before the law«. Theact also provided strict conditions for re-admission to the Union: each of the remainingconfederate states was required to rewrite its constitution at a convention attended by black andwhite delegates, to guarantee black suffrage, and to ratify the 14th Amendment«. The 15thAmendment (16 Stat. 40-41), which passed in 1869, enforced the right to vote for eligible African-American men. Thus, in an effort to achieve their ambitious vision for a racially transformedSouth, Radical Republicans drastically changed the status of southern blacks; within the space of adecade, millions who formerly had been classified as property exercised their new rights as votersand potential officeholders«.All of the 19th-century black Congressmen were Republicans, recognizing and appreciating therole that the Republican Party played in obtaining their political rights and ± for many ± their emancipation.
In 1868, ten of the twenty-one Northern states already allowed blacks to vote in elections.
Blacks hadactually been voting in some Northern states for nearly a century. Because blacks were unlikely to voteDemocrat, the Democrats, who controlled the Northern states, were just as politically determined to block the passage of this Amendment. In other words, little genuine altruism toward the blacks existed behindthe passage of the Fifteenth Amendment from either side of the political spectrum. They were predictablylooked upon as political expedients:
The right of blacks to vote became a controversial question. In March 1867, under the FirstMilitary Reconstruction Act, the Thirty-ninth Congress enfranchised black males in ten southernstates as a requirement for readmission of those states. But elsewhere in the former slave states,Democratic state governments blocked Negro enfranchisement. The only exception wasTennessee, which Republicans controlled. In most of the North, especially the lower North wheremost blacks lived, blacks could not vote and whites rejected any change. Blacks, however, votedin New England (except Connecticut) and in four Midwestern states.The stimulus for the Fifteenth Amendment came from the election returns of 1868. AlthoughRepublican presidential candidate Ulysses S. Grant won 73 percent of the electoral vote, he wononly 52 percent of the popular vote. Without the southern black voter, Grant would have lost the popular, though not the electoral, vote. In state after state Grant and the Republicans won by precarious margins. Democrats also gained seats in Congress. And in the South during 1868, whiteDemocrats resorted to violence and intimidation in order to prevent black Republicans fromvoting. Such disenfranchisement of blacks in the south, defeats in state referenda on suffragethroughout the North, and close calls in many elections convinced Republicans that something hadto be done by the Fortieth Congress before Democrats arrived in force in the new Congress and inthe statehouses.Republican congressmen in early 1869 believed it was necessary to enfranchise adult black malesas a counterweight against a resurgent Democratic party. Just as political need impelled Congressto mandate black voting for the South by federal law two years earlier, so now congress found itexpedient to inaugurate African-American voting in the northern and border states by means of aconstitutional amendment.
Gary North gets to the heart of the self-serving political agenda of those who ratified the FifteenthAmendment:
The black slave became a tool in the statist plans of the North¶s Republican politicians.Congressman William D. (³Pig Iron´) Kelley of Pennsylvania announced this messianic humanistvision: ³Yes, sneer at or doubt it as you may, the negro is the µcoming man¶ for whom we havewaited.´
 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.´

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