Sunday, August 23, 2015

Anchors Aweigh, Baby

The Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is nearly two hundred years old. That doesn't mean that it is part of the firmament and can never be challenged. Section One, for example, reads: "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." All that talk about liberty and protection of the laws, that's good stuff, right? 
What it means is this: If you were born here, you belong here. You're a citizen of the United States because that's where you were born. It even counts for Hawaii. It hasn't always been a popular notion. Not everyone thought, after the Thirteenth Amendment was passed and slavery was abolished, that newly freed slaves ought to be citizens. What to do with nearly four million new immigrants who were very tired, hungry and poor, looking to breathe free? Pass another amendment to the Constitution that would allow them to become part of this ever growing republic. According to one well known politician, "no sane country" would allow automatic citizenship. That very conservative sounding thought comes from the mouth of Senator Harry Reid, Democrat from Nevada. Of course, what sane country would produce Donald Trump?
It is the Donald's opinion that Heidi Klum is no longer a "ten," and that this whole Fourteenth Amendment business will not stand up in court. Having recently spent some time on jury duty, I have to imagine that he's pretty up on his jurisprudence. Mister Trump, whose name comes from playing a card that wins a trick, and in this case the trick is on us. Or maybe it's all part of an elaborate plan to be rid of that awful wife of his. But his kids, born to the Czech immigrant would still get to hang around here, right? But not if he keeps mouthing off at Bill O'Reilly. Bill gets the whole wall thing, but not the mass deportations. Can somebody please call Herman Cain and get him into this mix? At least he brought pizza. Good old American pizza

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