Saturday, August 7, 2010

Birthright? . . . Not So Fast

And then there's this talk about changing the 14th Amendment to remove automatic citizenship from people who are born in this country. What else is going to become expendable because people have decided to hate somebody? I've long feared that the Constitution is slowly being eroded to fit the fears of people. It would have been inconceivable a few years ago that a U.S. senator could possibly countenance such an idea.

But now we're treated to the spectacle of Lindsey Graham, the Honorable Senator from South Carolina,  supporting this nonsense. Graham, who has not said anything I agreed with ever since he got to the Senate, just recently garnered a few points with me by leading the little gaggle of Republican senators voting to confirm Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court. But now he's reverted to form: one of the leading spokesmen for the Republican wingnuts.

Let's just toss out the insane idea of messing around with the 14th Amendment in any way at all and just consider this from a political point of view. What sense does it make for the Republican party to alienate the burgeoning Hispanic population in the US? Don't they know that this demographic will constitute the majority of the US population in the not too distant future? Are they declaring themselves once and for all, the white peoples party? (Of course they are and have been for a long time, but we don't talk about that, do we?)
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