Conspiracy Friday – Debt and the 14th Amendment

Here’s a potential conspiracy that’s both extremely timely and extremely chilling – With all the talk of the debt ceiling being reached and America possibly going into default for the first time in our history, does the president have constitutional authority to basically write checks on behalf of the United States?

I first read about section 4 of the 14th Amendment, which states, in part, that the United States’ right to incur debt “shall not be questioned,” at The blog goes on to state that that phrase gives President Obama the right to borrow money without Congressional approval.

In a recent OpEd piece for the Washington Post,  even called upon President Obama to invoke his power under Amendment 14 to end the debt standoff because, among other reasons, its his “moral obligation.”

Excuse me? Has anyone ever heard another phrase: “checks and balances?” But, then my writer’s brain got off the leash and I started thinking a bit. If Obama, or any president for that matter, got away with such a huge reach of executive power, what else could he or she do after they set that precedent? Or, what other obscure phrases are there in the Constitution that, left up to our 21 century interpretations, would allow all kinds of shenanigans? As I’ve already been down the latter road with my latest thriller, The Brink, where our hero comes across a lost article of the Constitution that could mean the end of the US and the world as we know it, I am constantly fascinated by how Washington insiders interpret the document that founded our country over two centuries ago. I can’t help picturing Sly Stallone as Judge Dredd, the way he belts out, “I am the law!” If only we had such a hero to go in and clean house in DC. Then maybe things like debt ceilings would never be breached and war between the political parties would cease. But then where would all our government conspiracy theories go? Have a fantastic weekend!


Mark Fadden is a freelance writer and author whose latest, award-winning suspense thriller, The Brink, is now available as an eBook for Kindle and Barnes & Noble nook for only $2.99!

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