Friday, January 07, 2011

Klan-Think Is Alive and Well

Today is Friday, 7 January 2011.

Amendment XIV, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States: “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 14th Amendment was adopted in 1868 to overturn the decision of the U.S. Supreme Court in Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857), which held that Black slaves and their descendants, slave or free, could never be citizens.

On Wednesday past, a group of race-baiting state legislators announced a campaign to pass laws in the several states denying American citizenship to children born in the USA/USE to illegal immigrants. “We want to bring an end to the illegal alien invasion that is having such a negative impact on our states,” ranted state representative Daryl Metcalfe (R-PA).

Fellow Repugnicant Kris Kobach, Kansas secretary of state-elect, said the laws are designed to “revive the concept of state citizenship”. (Which statement demonstrates that having a doctorate (in Politics) from Oxford and a law degree from Yale doesn’t necessarily make one knowledgeable in the law.)

Doesn’t Kobach understand that one is a citizen of the USA/USE, and merely a resident of a state, as one is a resident of, for example, Piper, Kansas, as is Kobach, and not a citizen of Piper, Kansas?

Of course, I wager Kobach understands, and is simply dishonest. (I pity the taxpayers of the Show Me state, who employ Kobach as a professor of constitutional law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City.) But I digress.

Daniel B. “Danny” Verdin III, a state senator (R-SC) and graduate of historically white-supremacist Bob Jones University, proclaimed that illegal immigration is “a malady of epic proportions”, which he compared to “the malady of slavery”. (Sur-prise, sur-prise: Verdin is white, and a former division commander, Sons of Confederate Veterans.) Why didn’t proud traitor’s descendant “Danny” just say that illegal immigration is even worse than what “the Jew” did to the Nazis, and be done with it?

In any case, citizenship is a matter reserved for determination at the level of the Federal Constitution, not by state legislatures.

The specter of alien hordes overrunning the “properly” Aryan USA/USE is as old as the country: it’s been the Irish, the Chinese, the Italians, the Blacks, the Jews, the whomever. The motivation is only and ever the same: to lure gullible bigots and fools into supporting cynical racist greedheads in their lust for power and wealth.

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