The Fourteenth Amendment should be repealed. An Act of Congress to provide newly freed slaves with citizenship rights based on their birth in the United States, the Fourteenth Amendment has been a dead letter law from its inception, at least for people it was intended to help. Never in the course of its long history has the penalty section of the Amendment been enforced. The penalty for violation of the Amendment was a proportional loss of seats in Congress for the offending States. Although the Southern States persisted in denying citizenship rights to Blacks, these States never lost representation in Congress. In fact, because of the whites-only political system in the South, the representatives who were in Congress illegally, prospered and attained immense power because of the Congressional seniority system. There was no effective political opposition in the South, therefore, Southern Congressmen were returned for multiple terms, racking up committee chairmanships and party leadership positions that they held illegally, according to the Fourteenth Amendment.
The only ones to benefit from the Fourteenth Amendment have been stockholders of business corporations who used the Amendment to shield themselves from just and proper treatment of employees, customers, and the environment.
If the Fourteenth Amendment could not serve the people it was intended to help, repeal it. Don’t extend its benefits to others, without giving benefit to those whose trust was placed in its original framework.