(Editor’s note: It is my greatest pleasure to turn over today’s Opinion Section to guest Author Stanley Evans. For some time now, I have wanted to post an article on The Original Thirteenth Amendment known as the “Titles of Nobility and Honor” Amendment which just vanished one day, poof, gone from the U.S. Constitution. Since delving into the research and learning more about the history of the amendment, I thought it wise to make contact with key members of Virginia’s General Assembly to request assistance affirming Virginia’s obvious ratification of the original 13th Amendment. For some peculiar reason though, these good men have not responded. One can only imagine why; especially after reading this most excellent post by my friend Stan Evans. Enjoy!)
Titles of Nobility and Honor, 1810, Second Session, Eleventh Congress
by Stanley Evans
Right or wrong, this is a hypothesis. A personal opinion based on many years of research.
Why was Virginia’s vote of ratification on March 12, 1819, rejected, hidden, and finally suppressed?
Because, in those days, “Esquire” was a title of honor granted by the British Bar under the sovereign authority of his majesty. How many politicians today would support a bill that would not only throw them out of office, but also strip them of their citizenship? Does the number zero come to mind? [Read more…]