Yes, I actually came across an article in The New York Times that I agree with **harungh** (h/t to Mark Couturier)
Even the title got it right. We have a lot of lame-brained idiot GOP Senators in Congress right now mulling over whether or not we need to change the language of the 14th Amendment regarding “anchor babies.”
These idiots being:
Senators Mitch McConnell, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, Jeff Sessions and Jon Kyl.
Yes – they’re idiots. This one is the biggest of all by stating the following:
“I’m not sure exactly what the drafters of the amendment had in mind,” said Mr. Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, “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.”
Hey, lame-brain – if you don’t know what they had in mind – leave it the fuck alone. Here is the main problem – while there may not be plane-loads of pregnant Brazilians on their way to have babies – we do in fact have millions of pregnant Mexican women coming here simply to have babies so they can be American citizens. Sure, this was not the intent of the 14th Amendment when written.
The language that is posing this problem for the idiots is this:
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.
Mr. Sessions – and you other idiots – here is the history and intent of this section of the Constitution since you don’t seem to understand it – Our founders were white rich folk who owned slaves. Many who wrote the Constitution and this amendment were abolitionists in support of freeing those slaves. One way to ensure slaves could be set free were to make them actual citizens of the United States. This essentially said that all negroes born in the U.S. became citizens with all the rights afforded any other white citizen in this country. The history and intent are pretty clear.
Has this been abused in the modern era? Absolutely. Do we need to change the language? Hell No. I am probably going against the grain of my fellow conservative brethren – but – bear with me. I have stated several times that I am a strict constitutionalist and believe the constitution as written is solid. The amendments that were successfully ratified and added were all well thought out and written. When there was a mistake (the 18th Amendment) it was successfully nullified and repealed through the 21st Amendment. The 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868 – 142 years ago. It has withstood time and many challenges but has yet to be repealed.
The GOP is trying to ratchet things up now by playing on fears as suggested in this article. While the vast majority of this country hate the idea of amnesty to 10′s of millions of ILLEGAL ALIENS – changing the 14th Amendment solves nothing. I get the idea that in order to be a citizen by birth it would make sense that you should be here legally when you give birth. But, that is not what the 14th Amendment states. The 14th Amendment gives hope to all non-American citizens (legal or illegal) that their children would have a better life than where they came from.
These idiot GOP’ers are just playing on the country’s collective anger against what is happening in Arizona. We all know the Federal Government has now become the enemy of the states by joining the ACLU and filing a lawsuit against S.B. 1070 (if you haven’t read the 17 page bill – that is a link to a PDF). These idiot senators are hoping to stir enough anger and fear about anchor babies and illegal aliens that you will want to vote for them in the next election cycle. Don’t let them fool you. As we all know, McCain and Graham tried to get an amnesty bill passed a couple years ago. They no more truly support enforcing immigration law than Felipe Calderon wants to help keep them from crossing our borders in to the U.S. Sessions is just an idiot – and – Kyl has been the senator from Arizona for many years and has done absolutely NOTHING to support Arizona’s efforts to secure those borders until now. McConnell is an idiot just following along because he is the Minority leader. They think by grand standing like this you might actually believe they are serious about illegal immigration. WRONG! What they are proposing is not a solution. It is simple fear mongering in hopes there are enough sheeple out there that will follow them down that path.
To solve this problem of an abuse of the 14th Amendment and anchor babies – all that needs to happen is that we actually enforce the current laws already on the books. If we built the border fence and actually controlled and documented who is crossing our borders – that would cut down on the anchor baby situation. If we actually fined those modern day corporate slavers who hire illegals – that would deny them the ability to make a living here. If we actually fined those landlords who house illegals – that would deny them the ability to seek shelter. If we denied them free social and public services – that would deny them access to health care, public housing, food stamps, etc.
If we actually enforce the laws on the books and detained and immediately deported them knowing if they come back they will serve actual jail time in a federal prison – they would not come back. We already have the means to stop the anchor baby situation – just follow the law. There is no need to change the 14th Amendment. It is written perfectly as is.
I decided to take the weekend to think her resignation through before I commented on it. After lots of thought about it – it’s brilliant! Sarah Palin has put herself out there as a Conservative first – Republican second. Sure – she might still be one of those Republitards – but – her resignation has just solidified her standing as a Fiscal Conservative.
She has proven that she is thinking about the taxpayers of Alaska by stepping aside. Those idiots on the left have been coming after her ever since her nomination as the VP elect – then they really stepped over the line and went after her teenage daughter and her handicapped child. They have no shame. In addition, they continue to file frivolous ethics charges against her that continue to be overturned. She has spent millions of Alaskan taxpayer money defending herself in addition to being away from her office to answer to these charges.
Other than showing what a fiscal conservative she is – now that she has stepped down – she has control of the reigns now. She can now step out in to the spotlight and let those idiots on the left really have it. She can actually defend herself without having to worry about it reflecting on her as the Governor, nor does she have to worry about wasting taxpayer money.
Unlike Obama, Biden, McCain, and Hillary – who all campaigned for 18 months – all drawing a full paycheck and benefits from we the taxpayers without performing the jobs they were hired to do – this frees Palin up and does not provide any fodder for those idiots on the left.
In response to their charges that she quit – umm – really? Why are they not holding Obama, Biden, Clinton, Emmanuel, Sebellius, & Napolitano to the same standard? Did they not all quit their jobs that they were elected to? In fact, both Biden and Emmanuel had just been re-elected to their positions. What is the difference? Every one of them “turned their backs on their constituents” also. That’s just another lame excuse from the loony left. I personally believe they are scared to death of Palin. She recently had 20,000 people come to meet her at a parade. There are only 26,000 people in that town. Meanwhile, Biden goes out on a townhall tour and only 100 people out of a population of 103,000 showed up.
Palin has charisma and can attract conservatives from all around the country – Republican, Democrat, and Independents alike. She scares the hell out of not only the Democraps, but the Republitards as well. I stand behind her decision to resign to take on a national presence. Go Get Em, Sarah!
UPDATE! – Looks like I’m not the only one – Atlas Shrugs Vlogs Sarah Palin – and – seems she and I are on the same mindlink. I’m in good company!
Again! I have the great pleasure of hosting some really great posts from this past week from some really great bloggers. Bet you can’t figure what a lot of them are about?
ChristianPF presents McCain/Obama – Who is better for your money? posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “A debate over which candidate is better for your wallet”
Actually – that’s the question posed over at this blog. It’s up to you as the commenters to debate the issue.
Having grown up in the military and serving myself – I found myself abroad on two occasions in which I had to vote absentee as well. I commend you for doing your civic duty – and from so far away at that! When I was reading your first paragraph – I had to chuckle – as that was NEVER my experience when I was in Europe! Then I got to your follow-up – good one!
Excellent post, Steve. While I am not predicting doom and gloom myself – I will agree that Obama will most definitely weaken the U.S. The Republicans lost this election because a.) McCain was a very poor choice of candidate, and b.) The Republicans forgot who they were and lost their way. They kinda forgot they were supposed to be AGAINST big government, didn’t they? This is an excellent call to conservatives and to D.C. Republicans to return to their roots.
Curry Kenworthy presents Conservatives don’t really understand elections posted at Curry Kenworthy, saying, “Conservatives are brilliant on the issues, but liberals know how to get out the vote–and change the culture.”
Eh! I sorta agree. There was a huge turnout during the Reagan years to get people involved. However, for the most part, I would agree with a lot of the rest of what you have to say. In fact, Obama used technology brilliantly as compared to the McCain campaign. You wouldn’t believe how many “MyObamaSpace” pages I came across. Apparently, they set up their own Obama campaign social network. Additionally, they collected millions of cell phone numbers and were sending out texts messages regularly on election day to get those young’ns out there to vote. The turnout was the same as in 2004 – but – they pulled the youth vote in that wasn’t there before. I think a lot of Republicans and Conservatives stayed home this year.
Now that is funny! But, let me also remind you of a few other celebrity politicians – mostly from the past: Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono, Al Franken, Fred Grandy, P.T. Barnum (yes, THAT P.T. Barnum), Bill Bradley (former basketball player), Clint Eastwood (I lived in Monterey when he was the Mayor of Carmel), and John Glenn (former astronaut) just to name a few. The most recent ones we have are Al Franken and Jerry Springer. But, you’re right – I can’t see Jay-Z being the Mayor of NYC either. I can’t see him filling the same shoes as Bloomberg, Giuliani, Koch, and LaGuardia, just to name a few of the great ones!
Sarah Scrafford presents Obama vs. McCain: What the Next President Will Mean for Day Traders posted at Currency Trading.net.
Well, I personally don’t know much about day trading. I’m in it for the long haul. But – if I have any day traders who read this blog – there is some good info over there. While this is initially a comparison of both candidates – now that Obama has been elected – this is a good primer to follow up and see how Obama fares in the economy and what happens with the market.
TheMoneyHawk presents Reality Check: The President Can’t Save Us, Nor Should He posted at The Money Hawk, saying, “Everyone in the country needs to read this article, period.”
Ahh, yes! A financial blogger after my own heart! I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility! Most excellent post – a good read for everyone!
We’ll see! This freakin’ two year election cycle put a world of hurt on this country!
Sam Douglas presents Mandatory Internet Censorship and our Right to Choose posted at Philosophy Hurts Your Head.
You know, I read about this and heard about this on the news. I sure as hell hope they don’t try to pull this kinda shit here in the U.S. I feel bad for you Aussies. You’d think your government was being led by the Chinese or something!
Um – okay – we’ll let it slide by THIS time! If it weren’t for that little pun at the end there – I probably would have nixed this one. And..considering Thanksgiving is up next here in the U.S. – and – I just LOVE pumpkin pi – these are good tips for pumpkin growers and gardners.
OMG! Too funny – and yet – at the same time – so sad! Is this the next generation to lead our country! Lord help us.
GrrlScientist presents Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Election Eve 2008 Celebration in NYC’s Times Square posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “One of the nice things about living in NYC is the fact that there are often fun things happening that are both spontaneous and free-of-charge. One of those events occurred last evening and continued through the wee hours of today, when I spent election eve in NYC’s Times Square, along with half a million other people.”
You know – when I first read this – the first thing that came to mind was the last South Park episode with half the town celebrating, getting drunk, tipping cars, and puking everywhere (especially after seeing the picture of the guy hanging on the streetlight – that’s EXACTLY what Stan’s dad did, LOL) – while the other half of the town were either hiding in bunkers or killing themselves.
Those are some great pix you have up there. My favorite is the close-up of the police officer. Excellent blend of pix to illustrate your content. I enjoyed your journey!
THIS must be what Biden was talking about! We’ll see, John! I see the cold war starting all over again under an Obama Presidency. I’m sure his weak ass will back off. After all, he’d rather TALK – which won’t mean shit to Putin!
Had a bad day did we Ron? I wish I had done as you and watched some movies instead of torturing myself through the evening watching all of that. My sentiments exactly!
David Lamb presents Riding the Wave of Recession: A history of economic depression in presidential politics posted at Killer Buffalo, saying, “I didn’t realize you did the carnival so often. I’m glad I didn’t miss my chance!”
One of my fellow bloggers from Inside Government! But – oh, David – how dare you try to tell us that Clinton left Bush with a higher debt than he started with! Don’t you know that he left office with a surplus! Rubbish! I guess all those I.O.U.’s in the Social Security till didn’t count! But, with hindsight being 20/20 – I would say that you were spot on with regards to the economic downturn being blamed on Bush as the primary reason McCain lost. Personally, I see Obama doing the same thing as Carter. While he is surrounding himself with Clinton era staff – we already know how that turned out – I think he’s going to make even worse mistakes than Clinton did. I still don’t see how those libs are able to seriously say that we had prosperity during Clinton’s reign. I guess they will always re-write history to slant their way.
Joe Hayes presents Political Jokes posted at Restoring Your Finances and Your Faith, saying, “Some really funny politically oriented jokes, just in time for the Election! Includes Barack Obama and John McCain related humor, and quotes from famous people too.”
I‘ve seen some of these before – others are new! Good one!
Well – since we don’t really have to worry about McCain’s plans – we’ll just have to see what kind of damage Obama can do to our education system. Personally, the first thing I would do is get rid of that No Child Left Behind crap! The fact of the matter is – that program is designed to leave kids behind. They force low performing kids to drop out of high school and encourage them to go for their G.E.D.s instead which gets those from bringing their scores down. Not only that – but rather than teach the kids the basics – the schools are teaching to the test instead.
I think his most dangerous plan is to force ALL student loans through the government – just growing Government again! We know what his unflinching support for Fannie & Freddie did.
Raymond presents My Vote Does Not Matter Because I Do Not Live In A Swing State posted at Money Blue Book.
Personally, I think every vote counts. However, I do agree with you that our Electoral College system of voting needs to either be changed or completely eradicated. But – while you might think your vote doesn’t matter nationally – it DOES matter locally – and – does have an impact nationally when voting for your Representatives and Senators!
GrrlScientist presents Sarah Palin: In her own words posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Sarah Palin’s greatest hits: Proof that all a woman needs to succeed in America is a pretty face and a tight ass.”
I think you guys are being WAAY to hard on Sarah. She’s a lot more intelligent than you guys realize. The problem is that the McCain camp scripted her. I’ve seen her in action prior to her being selected as VEEP. When she’s not scripted – she comes off real classy. There’s a reason why she has a 90% approval rating in her state – and it’s not because she’s hot!
What you may not know is that during the entire election cycle – she held a security clearance higher than both Obama and McCain. She’s briefed daily on the National Security Intelligence because of Alaska’s proximity to Russia. She had inside knowledge that neither Obama or McCain had. Obama is just now getting those daily briefings that she receives every day as the Alaskan governor. The Alaskan National Guard and the U.S. Air Force in Alaska are on 24/7 alert because of Russia. She knows the compliment and capabilities of the entire military forces at her disposal. Russia is a real threat – and – she’s 100% correct when she was talking about Russia in American/Alaskan air space every time the take off. (I have inside knowledge on that as well).
Regarding her comments regarding the job of the VP – according to the U.S. Constitution – she’s 100% correct about that as well! You might want to go back and read that document.
Her biggest problem regarding all those other interviews was that she got caught up in the talking points that she was required to stay on. I hope one day you get an opportunity to see her in action without the cue cards. You might change your opinion about her.
Alli presents Rahm Emanuel Advocates Compulsory Civil Service posted at The Smoking Argus, saying, “As previously reported, then Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama while speaking in Colorado this past July, stated:
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objective that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a “Civilian National Security Force” that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.””
Excellent post Alli. I’ve lived overseas where military service is compulsory. I would hate to see this happen in this country – even in a Civilian National Security Force. Sounds kinda like Hitler’s Brown Shirts to me. Also – wasn’t it JFK that instituted the draft? It seems to me those loony liberals who are supposed to be all about civil liberties and freedom are the first ones to push FORCED service to the country.
Steve Faber presents How Will President Barack Obama Change What You Drive? posted at super gas saver, saying, “One thing about Obama, he has ambition. He also has an agenda to go along with it. A part of that will definitely have an impact on your choice of vehicle in the future.”
Bwahahaha! That’s some pretty funny shit! Oh – wait – you were serious! Hey, I’m all for getting better mileage to the gallon and all – but – not at the expense of our economy. These are some pretty lofty plans that you have outlined over at your place. But, I don’t see it happening – especially the plug-in hybrids. We are sooooo far away from having an efficient fuel-cell battery that 2015 is not even foreseeable. We could have more oil and natural gas in production to fuel this country economically before that would ever happen.
Also – that use it or lose it lease program – in case you aren’t aware – the oil companies would LOVE to lose those leases they have. There’s no oil in them – but – the government forces them to continue to hold on to them and pay them for these bad leases. They’ve been explored and have been found to be empty. The problem is – the government won’t lease the areas that HAVE the oil in them because they don’t want the oil companies drilling. As a consumer – I would LOVE for those oil companies to lose those bad leases as well – it would help to bring down the price of gas.
Anyway – for those of you who don’t know Obama’s plans – this is a great place to find out! See if you agree with it.
DWSUWF presents President Barack Obama – Let the healing begin. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Barack Obama will indeed unify the left with the far left, pull in the moderate left, and be the President that speaks clearly for the entire sweeping 52% mandate they represent. Congratulations to the moderate, centrist, libertarian, and conservative blogging brethren who embraced Obama’s rhetoric of change and hope. You got what you hoped for!”
Oh how correct you are! BTW – I watched that South Park episode the other night. If you haven’t seen the whole thing – it’s freakin hilarious! Now – back to the regularly schedule program. Don’t you just love the way the left is throwing out their olive branches and embracing EVERYONE in this country! You have some great examples there of just how much love the left has and how they will do what they need to do to help unify and bring everyone together for the good of this country! Oh, I sure HOPE when they realize the CHANGE Obama has in mind is not the CHANGE they HOPED for – they don’t start blaming it on we Conservatives – considering we’re the minority now and have absolutely no power in D.C.!
U.S. Common Sense presents Open letter to Barack Obama posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “This one has already been picked up by Reuters and Palm Beach Post. It is a letter welcoming and warning Obama on his entrance into the White House.”
Excellent letter! How the heck do you get picked up by Reuters? This is a great read for all.
Funny stuff – I’d like to add lucky #13 here – Start off everyone one of your statements to your co-workers with “My friend,” and then make sure to reference all other co-workers as “that one.”
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With all the crap that is going on right now with the Black Panthers blocking access to voting booths, Virginia not allowing the Military absentee votes, Republican poll watchers getting thrown out of voting locations, and Schmucky Schumer already talking about bringing back The Fairness Doctrine (well before this election has been decided) – I thought a little humor would be needed right now.
I can’t really take credit for this – You’re gonna have to go to Angel’s place to check this out – pretty funny stuff!
and then…This poem was sent to me by e-mail – author unknown – pretty good one!
‘Twas the night before elections
And all through the town
Tempers were flaring
Emotions all up and down!
I, in my bathrobe
With a cat in my lap
Had cut off the TV
Tired of political crap.
When all of a sudden
There arose such a noise
I peered out of my window
Saw Obama and his boys
They had come for my wallet
They wanted my pay
To give to the others
Who had not worked a day!
He snatched up my money
And quick as a wink
Jumped back on his bandwagon
As I gagged from the stink
He then rallied his henchmen
Who were pulling his cart
I could tell they were out
To tear my country apart!
On Fannie, on Freddie,
On Biden and Ayers!
On Acorn, On Pelosi’
He screamed at the pairs!
They took off for his cause
And as he flew out of sight
I heard him laugh at the nation
Who wouldn’t stand up and fight!
So I leave you to think
On this one final note-
IF YOU DONT WANT SOCIALISM
GET OUT AND VOTE!!!!
AND – REMEMBER – DON’T WATCH THE POLL NUMBERS! The media just wants to deflate you and suppress your vote if you are a McCain supporter. Get out there and vote! There is no way they can call the election for anybody so early! This is a VERY tight race! If it wasn’t – do you REALLY think Obama would still be campaigning today?