August 14, 2010

ON THE BRIGHT SIDE...:

A GOP Blunder on Immigration (Mark McKinnon, 8/13/10, Daily Beast)

Republicans freed the slaves. Congressional Republicans passed the 13th Amendment despite nearly unanimous opposition by Democrats. And, Republicans granted citizenship to freed slaves and their children in the 14th Amendment, against the total resistance of congressional Democrats.

We were the party that welcomed people to America. Now some are sending the signal, "You're not wanted here. Go home."

Two recent Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush, embraced immigrants. Reagan granted amnesty to nearly 3 million. And Bush promoted comprehensive legislation creating pathways to citizenship for immigrants already in this country. His message: “Immigration is not a problem to be solved, it is the sign of a successful nation.” It was this kind of compassionate conservatism that drew me to join the ranks of the GOP 15 years ago.

Republicans are now throwing that heritage of liberty out the door to score cheap political points. I'd like to give my friends the benefit of the doubt and believe their motives are pure, but that's hard to do when it's a practical impossibility that the 14th Amendment can be changed.


...it's only such racial blunders that are keeping the two party system strong. If the GOP followed its own ideals--as exemplified by the Gipper and W--it would completely dominate the political scene.

MORE:
Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina: No 14th Amendment repeal (ANDY BARR | 8/13/10, Politico)

California GOP candidates Meg Whitman and Carly Fiorina have both come out against a repeal of the 14th Amendment, joining a growing chorus of GOP voices denouncing the idea of removing birthright citizenship from the Constitution. [...]

The California Republican hopefuls have both ramped up recent efforts to appeal to the state’s huge number of Latino voters. Their opposition comes on the heels of a similar announcement from former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is trying to temper a push to strip birthright citizenship from the 14th Amendment.

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Posted by Orrin Judd at August 14, 2010 7:26 AM
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