“Constitutional Argument: Speech After Being Convicted for Voting in the 1872 Presidential Election” by Susan B. Anthony 1872.

Susan “Bucks” Anthony

“Constitutional Argument: Speech After Being Convicted for Voting in the 1872 Presidential Election” by Susan B. Anthony 1872.

  • I’m being charges with the crime of voting in the last election without having the right to
    • It wasn’t a crime but an exercise of my rights guaranteed to all citizens by the Constitution & cannot be denied
    • This is the basis of government – the natural rights of citizens to have a say in the writing & execution of laws
      • It’s the government’s job to secure this right – not to give it
      • We don’t barter with the government for our rights, only pledge to protect each other’s rights via legislation, judiciary & execution, & abandoning the law of the jungle
        • Principle established in the Declaration of Independence, the US Constitution & the various state Constitutions to protect our rights
  • The Declaration of Independence & US Constitution mention all men to play a role
    • But how can you infer any consent of the governed by denying the right to vote
      • It’s taxation without representation
      • It’s imprisonment without a jury of one’s peers
      • It’s marriage taking away rights to control wages & children
        • One half is at the mercy of the other half in a form of serfdom
  • Only white males are guaranteed the promises of the Constitution – leaving a lot of people out
    • It’s silly to ask other citizens to sit on the sidelines & give their blessings in this
  • In the discussion of equal suffrage in early Congress after the Articles of Confederation
    • Every citizen should have a voice in the making of the laws they are to obey & in choosing magistrates to enforce them
  • Later Post-Civil War support for universal franchise
    • 13th Amendment granted slaves freedom, inferring that freed men were citizens & therefore had the right to vote
  • The New York State Constitution’s preamble doesn’t mention the US Constitution giving it any powers, merely stating that it would protect people’s natural rights
    • Just because it doesn’t mention “female” shouldn’t mean that it says to exclude females. Only prejudice & precedent do that
    • I asked Senator Sumner to say women should be able to vote along with black but he said that blacks weren’t equipped mentally to do so but women were but that this should be done through the Courts & a Constitutional Amendment
    • But in the last election, the courts didn’t come through for me & they indicted me for having voted illegally
      • Using the Senator’s words, this is an unjust disqualification based on sex, color, race, size, etc. – taxation without representaton
  • Any state making sex a qualification is making an ex post facto law, violating the Constitution, withholding liberty from women
    • The government does not have consent of the governed & has established an oligarchy based on sex
    • The Constitutions & laws use “he”, “his” & “him” only in the most literal sense, not in the general sense.
      • This should exempt women from any responsibility or duty to pay tax, obedience to the government based on any law, since in the most literal sense, it never included women
      • In order to require obedience, responsibility or duty, it must give rights alongside compulsion to follow laws
    • The 14th Amendment has clarified that all American citizens are given equal protection of the laws & therefore the government has no legitimate power to deprive them of the right to vote
      • Every state denying women the right to vote is essentially doing the same as denying any freed slave the right to vote
      • They have no legitimate power to do this & are tyrants impinging on the rights of citizens
        • The question remains: Are women people?
          • Even the biggest opponent to Women’s Rights can’t say that.
          • If they are indeed people, they can’t legally stop us from voting & the laws made to do so are null & void

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