Section 1. 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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.In fact it was through some perversion of the interpretation of Providence and Divine that rationalized Manifest/divine destiny allowing us to steal the lands of the native Mexicans and Indians in the name of God.
As if that was not proof enough of the Christian Charity so many profess to adhere to, now a few Republicans would like to repeal or rewrite the 14th amendment.
Jon Kyl 14th Amendment Repeal Support – The republican senator from Arizona, John Kyl stated today that Congress should repeal of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. and therefore deny citizenship to children born in the United States to illegal aliensAnd way past wacko is Senator Russell Pearce's (R-Mesa) contention that:
Senator Lindsey Graham, republican from South Carolina was considering the introduction of a Constitutional amendment that would repeal a provision of the 14th amendment, which assures all children born in the United States are citizens even if their parents have arrived via illegal entry
“Somebody ought to go to jail for robbery,” said Pearce. “They've robbed African Americans of their legacy. That Fourteenth Amendment was intended to apply to them, and them only.”Apparently these esteemed would be dick-taters need to bone up on the history of Republicans that came before them. It was Mich. Republican Senator Jacob Howard who authored the citizenship clause of the 14th amendment in and introduced it on the senate floor in 1866.
A fellow republican, Sen. Edgar Cowan, R-Penn. opposed the amendment asking, "Is the child of the Chinese immigrant in California a citizen?' he asked. “Is the child of a Gypsy born in Pennsylvania a citizen?”
To which Sen. John Conness, R-Calif., replied that the answer should be 'yes.' “(With) respect to the children begotten of Chinese parents in California, ... it is proposed to declare that they shall be citizens .... I am in favor of doing so .... We are entirely ready to accept the provision proposed in this constitutional amendment, that the children born here of Mongolian parents shall be declared by the Constitution of the United States to be entitled to civil rights and to equal protection before the law with others."
In 1898, the Supreme Court held that a baby born to Chinese immigrants was a U.S. citizen, noting that all children born here are citizens here, “including all children here born of resident aliens.” The only excpetion to birthright citizenship thus far recognized by the court has been to children of foreign dipplomats. (citation for the above: Arizona: itching for a 14th Amendment fight).
Damn Senator Pearce, you fergot to mention them their Chinese didn't ya? But shoot darn dude, you go on o.k. Maybe next you can take away the right of women to vote and drive too!
But apparently our ambassadors of ignorance now about as much about history as they do the constitution. Cause see, there is this other little part of the 14th amendment that affects them:
Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any State, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any State legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any State, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may, by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.Are not these folks under sworn oath to uphold the constitution of the United States as opposed to "abolishing" it bit by incremental bit until it is useless. But then again, it maybe that's their plan.
Would that not be treason?Add to Technorati Favorites