Friday, August 13, 2010

Keep the 14th Amendment - Enforce its Original Intent.

Who knew the 14th Amendment was such a hot topic in Modern America?

Eversince Senator Graham (R-South Carolina) touted the idea of removing "Birthright Citizenship" from the 14th Amendment a few weeks ago, many Conservatives have been fighting with each other on this subject nearly everyday on the merits of whether or not such a change should be made.

I've avoided the annoying debate for one simple reason: do we not have more important things going on in America than debating the 14th Amendment, and I was also sure that someone in the Blogosphere or the new media would eventually bring up the entire Citizenship Clause, which would render such a drastic call of repealing the 14th Amendment as unnecessary.

As far as I can tell - only one Conservative outlet has brought up the entire Citizenship clause in this debate, and that would be RedState, kudos to them. However, Senator Graham and Senator McCain are calling for congressional hearings on the subject, while talk show host Michael Savage is arguing the 14th Amendment is no longer needed, and Mike Huckabee is bringing less than nothing to the proverbial table.

If the ObamaCare debacle taught us anything, it should be that we really need to read the bill's we discuss, or in this case, the Amendment:

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.

The debate is officially over. Could we please file a lawsuit with the United States Supreme Court arguing that Citizenship for the children of illegal aliens is unconstitutional. And within the reason as to why illegal aliens have absolutely no right to American Citizenship, I would suggest a glance or two at the remarks of Senator Jacob M. Howard, the man who wrote the Citizenship Clause:

This (The 14th Amendment's Citizenship Clause) will not, of course, include persons born in the United States who are foreigners, aliens, who belong to the families of Ambassadors or foreign ministers accredited to the Government of the United States, but will include every other class of persons.

I rest my case.

P.S. (8:30) - Senator John McCain announced today that he has not called for Congressional Hearings on the Birthright Citizenship Clause and that a previous statement on the subject has been taken out of context.

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