By: Len Harris
The No Nobility Clause of the Constitution is:
U.S.Constitution Article 1 §9 ¶8:
“No Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States; and no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State.”
“What do you call a sinking ship full of lawyers? A good start!”
That was told to me as a Joke and I imagine that most of you also have had that question proposed to you also as a Joke. However I submit to you that it is not a joke at all, but rather an adage, an aphorism or a proverb as it where.
Is there a group of persons, large or small that violates this clause of the constitution and does so with unfettered abandon? Lawyers, legal counsel, attorneys all! I submit to you gentle reader, that is why our legal system, our means of justice has become and is wholly corrupt. Ponder this: What other industry can a pencil neck mouthpiece be so well paid in such a luxurious position and get paid whether his/her performance is good, bad or indifferent?
Startin’ to make a little sence why the Framers of the Constitution would find it important to have this clause in our founding document?
But are lawyers in violation of the No Nobility Clause? To answer that question let’s start with Merriam-Webster.com’s definition of:
es·quire noun \’es-?kwi(-?)r, is-‘\
1. : a member of the English gentry ranking below a knight
2. : a candidate for knighthood serving as shield bearer and attendant to a knight
3. :Abbr. Esq. Used as an honorific usually in its abbreviated form, especially after the name of an attorney or a consular officer: Jane Doe, Esq.; John Doe, Esq.es·quire
4. :Archaic An English country gentleman; a squire.
Synonyms for gentry: elite, gentility, gentlefolk (also gentlefolks), aristocracy, nobility, patriciate, quality, upper class, upper crust.
That is pretty clear isn’t it? An esquire is a English gentry ranked below a knight. A synonym for gentry is nobility. Then last but not least the abbreviation of esquire: Esq. is used as a honorific title for lawyers and who gives lawyers ability to legally practice law? Government!
OK . . . so what?
Well gentle reader here is so what: This is Article XIII better known as the 13 Amendment to the Constitution After 1865:
“Passed by Congress January 31, 1865. Ratified December 6, 1865.
Note: A portion of Article IV, section 2, of the Constitution was superseded by the 13th amendment.
Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall ha
Congress shall have power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation.”
And this is what it looked like in 1825:
To be Continued.