April 11, 2013

The Slaughter Could Not Be Ignored

and a Constitutional amendment needed to be reduced. In this episode, we look at the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States. It was created in a battle between a President and a Congress. And, due at least in part to offensive slaughterhouse odors and filth, it was cut down in its scope and its power for a century. Today, what to do with the 14th is not clear. The changing way the 14th is used in American law and politics is looked at in this episode. We talk about Justice Scalia's comments on the amendment, and how other Justices have ruled in the past. We look at guns and gay marriage, bakery goods and ice cubes. Finally, we wonder about the future of the 14th, and maybe all amendments.