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The 14th Amendment Brouhaha and other GOP Political Theater

It’s rather odd that the “party of strict constructionism” has decided that in the case of the 14th Amendment and “anchor babies“, times have changed.  Rachel Maddow was right, these people are not ashamed of their hypocrisy.

On Sunday, Sen. John Kyl (R-Ariz.)  became the highest-ranking Republican to suggest support for the repeal of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

Birth tourism:  Is anyone addressing the recently revealed Korean “birth tourism”  where expectant mothers can come to the United States to have their babies for a price (it costs about $20 - 50,000 USD.  ) These mothers are seeking protection for their child.  They do not want their child who would then be an American citizen  to join the military in South Korea.  Mandatory service in the military is not applicable to children who are not South Korean citizens.  Is this not the definition of anchor baby?

Looks like Joe the Plumber has to find a job after all.  His federal lawsuit that claimed former state employees violated the constitutional rights of a man Republicans dubbed Joe the Plumber by illegally accessing his personal information.

Sharron Angle has overtaken Sarah Palin and Michael Steele’s title of the gift that keeps on giving. Ms. Angle had the blogosphere abuzz  two days ago when she told Fox News reporter Carl Cameron that she expected to have Fox News boost her campaign contributions by telling viewers to vote for her.  She also told the reporter that she expected Fox news to only ask her the questions that she wants to answer.  One must say Mr. Angles’ demands are unthinkable, that is, except Fox News has already been doing just that for her.  Her honesty about what she wants may have a few FNC execs pulling out their hair, though!

More on GOP duplicity and hypocrisy:  Lately, the talk among the right is a move to over turn the 14th amendment to end the “anchor baby” crisis, according to them.  They claim the 14th amendment is outdated.  Yet on their GOP.com  site, they actually tout the passage of  14th amendment as a GOP accomplishment.

If Lou Dobbs say they have gone too far over talk of overturning the 14th amendment, then you know…they have gone too far!

Finally, Soda Head sums it up:

In the schizophrenic world that is illegal immigration politics, the public, in various polls, backs immigration reform, wants tougher illegal immigration laws, wants a system to legalize them and doesn’t put illegal immigration high on their priority list.
But politicians, especially Republicans, continue to pounce on the issue because while it can’t be easily fixed, it’s an issue that can be easily digested into a sound bite.
The latest manifestation of this is the growing call to amend the U.S. Constitution, specifically the 14th Amendment, and end giving citizenship rights to anyone born in this country whose parents are not citizens or legal residents.
“If both parents are here illegally,” said Arizona Republican Jon Kyl, on “Face the Nation,” “should there be a reward for their illegal behavior?”
Amending the Constitution is not easy as it requires a two-thirds vote in the House and Senate, and then has to be ratified by three-fourths of state legislative bodies.

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