American History

I present you with something I discovered whilst working on my current project at work:

Section 3 of the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution barred from office anyone who had violated their oath to protect the Constitution by serving in the Confederacy. That prohibition included Davis. In 1978, pursuant to authority granted to Congress under the same section of the Amendment, Congress posthumously removed the ban on Davis with a two-thirds vote of each house and President Jimmy Carter signed it. These actions were spearheaded by Congressman Trent Lott of Mississippi. Congress had previously taken similar action on behalf of Robert E. Lee.

From the wikipedia article on Jefferson Davis.

This is absurd. As a gesture, it sends a totally of backward political message--but I think getting hung up the political significance of this specific act of congress in the 70s, there's something larger at play that I think we need to spend a moment on:

In the 1970s, both houses of Congress and the President (of different parties) passed a law that allowed someone who had been **dead* for 89 years to run for office.*

The conclusion?

Trent Lott knew about and was making legal preparations for zombies.

There is no other rational explanation.

Upon further reflection, as the resident of a state who has elected a dead person to federal office, I think I can safely grant my support to any dead candidate seeking office. As long as we can be assured that they stay dead.

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