Libs Monday: Constitution Needs Change. Libs Today: 14th Amendment's Written in Stone!


With news that more than one migrant caravan is heading toward the U.S. border with Mexico in the days leading up to the midterm elections, President Donald Trump has made several announcements regarding illegal aliens.

One in particular has done what some say is the “impossible.”

And that “impossible” task was getting leftists to actually read the Constitution.

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That does not necessarily equate to good news, however, given the political reality of the American left.

Reading the Constitution is not enough. There needs to be an understanding of it, as well.

And liberals continue to show they don’t understand the nation’s founding document, even when they read it. It began decades ago with the notion that the Constitution was a “living document.” (Georgetown Law Professor Lawrence Solum published a blog post on the history of the idea last year that’s worth the read.)

For the left, in practice, that meant the Constitution could be changed on a whim, as their ideology demanded. What the document actually said and what the authors intended were irrelevant.

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Now that Trump has proposed an executive order ending birthright citizenship, though, the 14th Amendment, which states in part that “All persons born or naturalized in the United States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States …” is forever immutable.

And conservatives are noting the liberals’ sudden change of heart.

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So, the Constitution and the 14th Amendment, specifically, is here for eternity. And it’s all because of Trump’s announcement.

So what does the 14th Amendment say in full? The Facebook post below reveals it:

The left wrongly asserts that the 14th Amendment not only provides for birthright citizenship for illegal aliens, but that the Supreme Court has affirmed this. Neither is true, but the assertions are used to back liberals’ new claim that the 14th Amendment is “written in stone.”

Meanwhile, many on the right continue to consistently assert that the Constitution means what it says and was intended to say. In the case of the 14th Amendment, it was written to protect the rights of newly freed slaves in the immediate aftermath of the Civil War. One key to understanding it does not apply to birthright citizenship for illegal aliens, i.e. foreign nationals, is found in the phrase “subject to the jurisdiction thereof.”

Another key is found in an actual Supreme Court case, being wrongly asserted by the left to apply to anchor babies of illegal aliens. The case addressed birthright citizenship of legal aliens, not illegal aliens. There is a big difference between those who are legally here and those who are not.

But none of that matters to the left, who are notorious for their raging hypocrisy when it comes to pushing their agenda. All else be hanged.

If the matter is reviewed by the Supreme Court, justices who are constitutionalists will consider what is written and what the intent was, as usual. The result of the case can’t be predicted, of course, but it’s a good chance the court would affirm that birthright citizenship for illegal aliens is not guaranteed by the 14th Amendment.

Activist justices, however, particularly those who lean left, might then go with the prior “living document” interpretation and assert that regardless of its original intent, the Constitution will have “evolved” to include the children of illegal aliens.

Progressives will never stop their fight. And that’s why conservatives can’t stop either.

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