Thursday, August 5, 2010
Round up the non-white babies!
Truth, once again, is far stranger than fiction.
Prominent white Republican men have come out in favor of (1) holding hearings on amending the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, (2) repealing the 14th Amendment to the Constitution, or (3) writing a state law which would deny federal citizenship.
I am not quite sure which, but then again, they have no idea what they are talking about either.
The 14th Amendment specifically provides “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside…”
It also forbids states from denying anyone "life, liberty or property, without due process of law", and makes it illegal for them to "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws."
Mainstream Republicans no doubt seek to mollify fringe conservatives (can anyone tell the difference anymore?) by calling for hearings on what would be this outlandish and highly improbable action. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has discussed introducing a piece of legislation that would repeal the 14th Amendment. That has about as much chance of happening as Khalil Gibran becoming the next governor of Arizona. (Gibran, a Lebanese poet whose works were adopted by the 60’s counterculture, died in 1931.)
A bill like Graham is trumpeting would have to pass both houses of Congress by a two-thirds majority in each house, and then be ratified by the legislatures of three-fourths of the states (most Constitutional amendments have taken this route), or by a state convention (has happened only once in history). Perhaps Graham could precipitate a Constitutional Convention being called by two-thirds of the legislatures of the States. That Convention could then propose an amendment. The amendment would then have to be sent to the states to be approved by three-fourths of the state legislatures or conventions. (has never happened in our history)
Nevertheless, Republican heavyweights like Sen. John Kyl (R-AZ [go figure]), the Senate's no. 2 Republican, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) have begun calling for Congress to hold hearings on the idea.
In 2007 Graham lobbied for granting legal status to 12 million undocumented workers, and along with President George W. Bush and Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, led the failed immigration reform effort that would have given illegal immigrants a path to citizenship. Graham and McCain have officially flip-flopped. And about the only thing Bush 43 has uttered publicly since retiring to obscurity in Dallas is that he would torture people again (in reference to waterboarding) to save lives. No word on whether he joins the ranks of “baby racist” like his former colleagues.
The House of Representatives nearly always outdoes the Senate when it comes to kooky extremism. Lamar Smith’s (R-TX) Birthright Citizenship Act of 2009 would deny children of illegal immigrants US citizenship through statute rather than a constitutional amendment.
Has this guy been living under a rock? Or does he just like wasting taxpayer money by proposing laws that are clearly illegal? Smith proves once again that most Republican Congressmen have failed eighth-grade civics class. Can someone please send him a telegram informing him his “beloved” United States Constitution cannot be changed in that fashion?
Even worse, he has 93 co-sponsors on the bill! That means that almost one-fourth of the entire body of the House of Representatives aren’t smart enough to get out of middle school. And you wonder why the country has seemingly gone to the dogs? White Republican men could not negotiate their way through a game of Pac Man.
Others supporting the baby-bashing movement include Rep. Nathan Deal, a Georgia Republican, who is in a runoff to be the party's candidate for governor; Kevin Craig, R-MO, and Gary McLeod (an obscure South Carolina Republican Christian conservative who is challenging Majority Whip Dem. James Clyburn).
Senate candidate Rand Paul (R-KY) said he supported stripping citizenship from children of the undocumented shortly after he won his primary. He said other things too until the national Republican leadership told him to stuff it lest the populace really find out what his positions were.
Fred Thompson, the TV actor and short-lived candidate for the 2008 Republican nomination for President, spoke of repealing the 14th Amendment back in 2007. And no such list would be complete without racist Tom Tancredo, son of Italian immigrants, Republican politician from Colorado, who is attempting a run for the governorship of that state by joining something called the American Constitution Party. (yeah,…rrrright)
McCain has taken an increasingly hard-line position on every conceivable issue in politics, particularly immigration matters, as he faces conservative J.D. Hayworth in Arizona’s primary election later this month.
Unchallenged and unrivaled champion boneheads remain Arizona (where else would they be from?) politicians Russell Pearce and Andrew Thomas, who believe they can repeal the 14th Amendment by passing a state law in Arizona!
Pearce at least has an excuse—he was an idiot to begin with, an unthinking, thug cop who was second in command at the world renown (for all the wrong reasons) Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.
Thomas is less fortunate. He is running for the Republican nomination for Attorney General of the state of Arizona amidst a state investigation into his ethical behavior in prosecuting his political enemies, and a criminal investigation by the federal government in which he is a “subject” involving criminal allegations of abuse of power concerning his days as Maricopa County Attorney, and his unholy alliance with the “target” of that investigation, America’s worst and most embarrassing Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
Thomas has said that if elected he plans to work with Sen. Pearce to write a “legally sound” bill aimed at denying automatic citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants. I am beginning to suspect that the real Andrew Thomas, the one who graduated from Harvard Law School, was abducted by aliens from Area 51, and whoever or whatever has taken over his body and is running for the chief law enforcement official for the State of Arizona, is not of this world.
And let’s not forget Tom Horne, who promised to support efforts to challenge a 112-year-old Supreme Court interpretation that all babies born on US soil are citizens, with the exception of the children of foreign diplomats. As superintendent of public instruction, Horne was instrumental in the adoption of a law banning the teaching of ethnic studies classes in Arizona's K-12 public schools signed by the governor in May.
The rationale for the ban was that such classes were somehow “racist”. Horne is also running for the Republican nomination for Attorney General of the state of Arizona. Jeez…..Is David Duke running for Arizona Attorney General too?
The Arizona politicians contend their proposed state baby-bashing bill would not violate the 14th Amendment because they would “write it right." A reasonable person is left to conclude only that they are in denial, delusional, or both. The 1868 Amendment to the Constitution and the Supreme Court case of US v Wong Kim Ark, 169 US 649 (1898) have been the law for almost 150 years.
These people are all in law enforcement. Why should they let the law get in their way?
Do you notice anything in common about all these people? Why, yes…they are all white Republican men.
If I were a betting man, I wouldn’t bet on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution going anywhere anytime soon. I also would not bet on the majority of these white Republican men regaining their sanity.
Instead of allowing them to join crazy Joe Arpaio in “cracking down on illegal immigrants”, the country would be much better served by setting up internment camps for white Republican men. With profuse apologies to the States of Mississippi and Alabama, we set up the rest of the entire country but for those two states as “exclusion zones” where white Republican men could not reside.
We thank Mississippi and Alabama for their patriotic sacrifice, and rest easier at night knowing the nation is more secure than ever without this cadre of white Republican men constantly conspiring to violate the individual liberties and freedoms of the rest of the American people.
We even let ‘em have waterboarding back, but only on each other. That’ll keep ’em busy.