It never ceases to amaze me how often Republicans prove just how little they actually understand about our Constitution. Then again, the truth is, conservatives really don’t care much for our Constitution in the first place. Sure, they’ll often claim to be the party for “Constitutional values” – but that’s complete nonsense. I’m not sure how someone can claim to support our Constitution, while frequently whining about the rights that very same Constitution gives certain Americans who Republicans don’t feel should have them.
Well, recently a talking point being pushed by many Republican presidential candidates is a call to completely gut the Fourteenth Amendment and redefine what constitutes an American citizen. Though I can’t help but laugh at how haphazardly several of these candidates talk about changing a Constitutional Amendment considering it’s an extremely difficult process to undertake. So, they’re either idiots who have no business working in our government because they have no idea how our Constitution operates or they’re willfully treating conservative voters like idiots by implying that changing a Constitutional Amendment is a simple process.
Take for instance comments made by Donald Trump during an interview with Bill O’Reilly where the current GOP frontrunner said that the Fourteenth Amendment won’t hold up in court.
O’Reilly pointed out that “mass deportations” of immigrants who are now considered American citizens can’t happen due to the Fourteenth Amendment.
“Many lawyers are saying that’s not the way it is in terms of this,” Trump said. “They are saying it is not going to hold up in court. It will have to be tested but they say it will not hold up in court.”
Yes, Trump’s actually advocating that anyone who was born in the United States to an illegal immigrant should have their American citizenship stripped from them and be immediately deported.
Let’s take a quick look at the very first part of the Fourteenth 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.
Seems pretty straightforward to me. All persons born in the United States are citizens of the United States – period. If Republicans don’t like the amendment, then we have this thing called the Constitution which gives our government the ability to amend it to make changes deemed necessary by our government if there’s enough support in our government to do so.
And let me just go ahead and go on record right now as saying there’s absolutely no way in hell there will ever be enough Republicans in Congress who support ripping apart our Fourteenth Amendment to ever change the fact that every human being born in the United States is an American citizen.
So, as usual, Trump’s an idiot.
But I found it absolutely hilarious that Trump would actually try to claim that a Constitutional Amendment wouldn’t hold up in court. Our courts interpret the Constitution – they cannot change it. The Fourteenth Amendment clearly defines that anyone born in this country, regardless of the citizenship status of their parents, becomes an American citizen. No rational person can read our Fourteenth Amendment and say otherwise.
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