Let's start with some links:
Legal Theory Blog: Larson on "Titles of Nobility"
The Real Thirteenth Amendment
Supreme Law Library: 28 U.S.C. 372(c) COMPLAINT AGAINST WILLIAM D. BROWNING
The Original 13th Amendment & Why Our Politicians Get Away With Treason
The Missing Thirteenth Amendment - The Lawful Path
Let's begin by referencing the other side of the argument - ThirdAmendment.com: The "Real" Titles Of Nobility Amendment FAQ [quotes added by hANOVER fIST].
So...have you read the page yet? Do the explanations presented by Jol A. Silversmith hold water?
I'll tell you why they do NOT.
This "FAQ", in its entirety, is a hodge-podge of suppositions, prevarications, and "reasons" for why the proposed amendment couldn't POSSIBLY mean what it says.
But... IN NO WAY does it disprove the MOTIVE for the amendment...its reason for being.
That reason is stated in Article I, Section IX of our Constitution - quoted as thus:
Clause 1: The Migration or Importation of such Persons as any of the States now existing shall think proper to admit, shall not be prohibited by the Congress prior to the Year one thousand eight hundred and eight, but a Tax or duty may be imposed on such Importation, not exceeding ten dollars for each Person.
Clause 2: The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.
Clause 3: No Bill of Attainder or ex post facto Law shall be passed.
Clause 4: No Capitation, or other direct, Tax shall be laid, unless in Proportion to the Census or Enumeration herein before directed to be taken. (See Note 7)
Clause 5: No Tax or Duty shall be laid on Articles exported from any State.
Clause 6: No Preference shall be given by any Regulation of Commerce or Revenue to the Ports of one State over those of another: nor shall Vessels bound to, or from, one State, be obliged to enter, clear, or pay Duties in another.
Clause 7: No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.
Clause 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.
Do you see? This was a clear and present danger in the eyes of our forefathers - J. A. Silversmith's prevarications notwithstanding, the Titles Of Nobility Amendment strengthened the wording present in Article I, Section IX, to add a PENALTY to those who would commit TREASON against WE THE PEOPLE of the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Do you see how simple the Constitution and the Bill Of Rights are to read?
Now...try reading any Internal Revenue Service document.
This was done on purpose; to obfuscate the law in such a way that LAWYERS would be required to disentangle the legalese presented therein.
Don't believe any of this?
Ask yourself, then...why did the British make such an effort to DESTROY EVERY KNOWN COPY of our Constitution during the Revolutionary War (well, I consider it the Revolutionary War, Part the Second, but this is the War of 1812)?
Think on that, dear readers...