"Ah, the number 13. Always a source of fear. That's certainly true for Iowa Republicans who hope to strike fear in the hearts of Democrats by using the 13th amendment. They don't mean the current 13th amendment, the one outlawing slavery. That one they'd just as soon forget. No, says Iowa's GOP, the 13th amendment that the rest of the nation is following is not the real deal.
Instead, it wants to reintroduce the "original 13th Amendment" first offered by senator Phillip Reed of Maryland in 1810. The amendment states that "if any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honor” from a "foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen" and "shall be incapable of holding any office of trust."
Why should Iowa Republicans be so interested in passing an amendment that failed 150 years ago? Because Barack Obama won a little thing called the Nobel Prize. That's right, Iowa Republicans want to pass a constitutional amendment that would strip Obama of his citizenship... for winning the Nobel Prize. Take that, birthers! Time to step up your game."
The intent of the Iowa Republicans is to replace the current 13th amendment with this ridiculous relic. The take on this is that the fact that it would make slavery legal again would just be an unintended consequence. If you believe that, you still have your head in some very thick clouds. I have been saying as long as I have had this blog that sooner or later we would hear these people start to suggest that slavery wasn't such a bad idea, and that the Federal government has no right to outlaw it. Well, here's another baby step toward the time five or ten years from now when we will see the likes of Newt Gingrich and Pat Buchanan openly advocating the right of people to own other people.
This is how far into evil the Republican party has sunk. And it gets a little bit worse every day.