I’m not going to beat around the bush here. When it comes to the Republican party and our Constitution, they treat it the very same way they do the Bible. They like to cherry-pick the parts they like and ignore the parts that they don’t.
If our Constitution gives rights to people they don’t feel should have those rights (like with abortion), well – then they have absolutely no problem passing laws which are in direct violation of a constitutionally upheld right.
Same goes for a number of other issues such as same-sex marriage and freedom of (or from) religion in general.
And one of the biggest Republican hypocrites when it comes to our Constitution is Minnesota Representative Michele Bachmann. I always laugh when she tries to act like she’s some kind of “Constitutional scholar” when I would literally be shocked if she’s even read our Bill of Rights.
Well, recently during a radio interview speaking on the topic of immigration reform, she advocated that our government should ignore our Fourteenth Amendment which defines what it is to be an American:
“One thing I’ve advocated a long time is to get rid of this mindless idea that if someone has a baby in the U.S. and the parents are illegal aliens, the baby should be given automatic status as an American citizen. Mexico doesn’t do that and Honduras doesn’t do that. We should only give citizenship status to a baby born to legal American citizens.”
For the record, yes, she did just compare the United States of America to Mexico and Honduras.
Let’s take a quick look at Section I of our 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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
So basically Ms. Bachmann is essentially saying we should just scrap that whole Fourteenth Amendment. You just have to love that good ol’ “Republican party for Constitutional values,” don’t ya?
This idiocy came on top of her claims that if all the “illegals” President Obama was trying to “amnesty” were conservatives, he wouldn’t be pushing for immigration reform:
“Let’s face it, if these were conservative Republicans coming here illegally, the last thing Obama would do is seek to give amnesty and citizenship and legal voting status to the people coming into the country.”
And let’s face it, if the Republican “base” didn’t consist of a lot of racist voters and the “Republicans coming here illegally” weren’t Mexican – the GOP would be overwhelmingly in support of any kind of amnesty they could get their hands on.
Then we can’t forget the fact that “conservative icon” Ronald Reagan amnestied millions of illegal immigrants in 1986.
The Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986:
- legalized certain seasonal agricultural illegal immigrants
- legalized illegal immigrants who entered the United States before January 1, 1982 and had resided there continuously with the penalty of a fine, back taxes due, and admission of guilt; candidates were required to prove that they were not guilty of crimes, that they were in the country before January 1, 1982, and that they possessed minimal knowledge about U.S. history, government, and the English language.
This act gave legal status to around 3 million immigrants.
You know – amnesty.
Bachmann also continued:
“From a political perspective, it’s a political suicide mission to be on the side of amnesty.”
For many Republicans, I’m sure it is political suicide. Racist conservative voters strongly oppose immigration reform and I’m sure many congressional Republicans supporting any such move would face severe backlash from their racist constituents. You know, most of the tea party conservatives.
Still, it’s a bit ironic for a woman who often cites the “greatness” of Ronald Reagan to call it “political suicide” to support immigration reform, considering Reagan amnestied 3 million illegal immigrants in 1986.
But this is just another great example of a “Constitutional Republican” supporting the trashing of our Constitution because it happens to support something that conservatives disagree with.
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