14th Amendment and considerations…

Okay if isn’t one thing than it’s automatically the other – or so things addressed by politicians seem to turn-out. When it comes to politicians these folks up on Capitol Hill are as namby-pamby as they come. However, all things being equal don’t you and they feel as though the Founders wrote the document for later negotiations? We could sit here and write; moreover, there are plenty of quotes and personal notes from the Founders on this very topic; however, when directions are left for how “Amend the Constitution” it’s a pretty good indicator of how they felt. (Hint: They knew it would have to be changed!)

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said Tuesday he supports holding hearings on the 14th Amendment right, although he emphasized that Washington’s immigration focus should remain on border security. The “right” is the birthright citizenship that ignites the majority of Americans.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) says, “I’m not sure exactly what the drafters of the (14th) amendment had in mind, but I doubt it was that somebody could fly in from Brazil and have a child and fly back home with that child, and that child is forever an American citizen,” Sessions said. Finally! Now we are negotiating comprehensive immigration reform.

As many readers know we covered the 14th amendment in detail numerous times since our inception; furthermore, we have covered this particular amendment as it polarizes American society on various issues. On November 13, 2008 we covered the amendment and the slew of special interest groups and individuals had been scheming with The Equal Protection Clause; then again on November 25, 2009 (a full year later) we covered how the amendment was being used to justify the heinous murders at Ft. Hood; the again it became a separate but equal and same-sex equality issue on January 11, 2010; and finally for this article especially we looked to June 22, 2010 to express our elation that someone in Washington D.C., was looking at the amendment regarding the 14th amendment.

Accordingly John McCain (R-AZ) let it be known that “I believe that the Constitution is a strong, complete and carefully crafted document that has successfully governed our nation for centuries and any proposal to amend the Constitution should receive extensive and thoughtful consideration,” he said. No doubt we say! But that doesn’t mean it is a sacrilege to do so.

Any person who has taken the time to read and actually reflect on the content of the XIV amendment could easily understand why it needs to be seriously looked at. The amendment was put together in haste as part of the support of the 1868 Civil Rights Act on the one hand, and to reunify the United States of America on the other. Therefore, even though we have an amendment – people! These things are not inscribed with God’s finger; it wasn’t even put forth by the nation’s Founders, and as such potentially could be the fallacy of men. Nothing has changed the values, morality, and fortitude of this Nation more than the 14th amendment.

Quoting a newspaper columnist, Senate Democratic leader Harry Reid of Nevada said Republicans were “either taking leave of their senses or their principles” in advocating repeal. First, this person has a lot of gall even mentioning such a claim – when considering his actions to sway others to his side during the health care debates (sweetheart deals, Louisiana purchase, Cornhusker touch down!).

And lastly an estimated 10.8 million illegal immigrants were living in the U.S. as of January 2009, according to the Homeland Security Department. The Pew Hispanic Center estimates that as of 2008, there were 3.8 million illegal immigrants in this country whose children are U.S. citizens. Further research conducted by the Pew Research Center indicates that there are 380,000 anchor babies born each year in the U.S.A.

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  1. 14th Amendment and considerations? « American Age…

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  2. This is one small issue that I tend to agree with those that are on “that” side of the teabag. At the time when the 14th amendment was ratified the US was still a very large place. We needed to gain population, and we did. We filled out the lower fortyeight pretty nicely. With the advent of population and immigration being what it is. I would vote in favor of adding a few more criteria to the “born in the USA” statute.

    • Dear David:
      Thank you so much for your insightful comment regarding the 14th amendment. I am not precisely certain – completely – the side of the “teabag” but I’m sure I will. In addition, pursuant to your argument of the USA needing population during that epoch of history, I see the argument in both directions:

      First: Sure the USA had just lost approximately 600,000 men, women, and children to a heinous war. However, I don’t believe this notion was on anyone’s mind at the time of writing or ratification.

      Secondly: I do believe there was a nationwide fear of reprisals from openly oppressed slaves. Suffice it to say that Nat Turner was in the forefront of everyone’s minds as was John Brown.

      As for the writer’s of the 14th amendment I find not the most honest or dignified men doing the selling. Between a Supreme Court Justice, Senator, and Govenor and later of course Justice Brennan’s little addition — it is believed that it was drawn up in haste. I, like George Will, believe it ought to be retooled. Your feelings?

      Btw, stopped by your site — Magnificent!Cheers,

      jps

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