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  •  Pluto (2+ / 0-)
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    Gooserock, Pluto

    I just checked, and the text of the 13th amendment doen't read as written in your first box quote.  I am on an iPad, so I can't link...but it basically says

    Slavery and Involuntary servitude, except for those convicted of crimes,...

    This is critically different from your quote, and the subcluase about those convicted of crimes clearly refers to involuntary servititude.

    Yes, prison labor is a big problem, and there are tons of problems here, I just think the box quote is over-emphasizing the constitutional element of the argument.  And whatever else, rewriting the actual text of the 13th amendment.

    "Empty vessels make the loudest sound, they have the least wit and are the greatest blabbers" Plato

    by Empty Vessel on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 04:48:23 PM PST

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      Empty Vessel, Pluto, mommyof3
      Text of the 13th Amendment

      Section 1.
      Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction.

      Section 2.
      Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.

      We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

      by Gooserock on Mon Nov 26, 2012 at 04:52:43 PM PST

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