Could now be the time for the U.S. Supreme Court to review the first Congressional Reconstruction Act of 1867? This act was used to gain enough state adoptions to lead to the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Though the first Reconstruction Act involved life, liberty and property, issues protected under the Constitution’s due process of law, this legislation has never received judicial review for its conformity with the laws of the Constitution.

Did this legislation deny due process before exacting punishment upon the citizens of 10 states? Did it serve as a congressional tactic to force those states to adopt an amendment each had lawfully rejected under the adoption procedures established by Article V of the Constitution?

The high court rulings in favor of gay marriage and of Roe v. Wade rest upon the 14th Amendment, and the 14th Amendment rests upon the first Reconstruction Act as being lawfully valid legislation.

It is time for the federal court to review the first Reconstruction Act of 1867, “Mother of the 14th Amendment.” It’s up to the states to challenge the Supreme Court to do so.

Bill Ivy

Point Park Drive

Johns Island