Paul Revere by Cyrus Dallin, North End, Boston
Tuesday, August 18, 2015
GOP Presidential Candidates Want to Fundamentally Transform America
Remember when the TGOP lost its mind over these words spoken by then candidate Barack Obama just days before the 2008 election?: Here’s Obama’s original statement, in an October 2008 campaign visit to Columbia, Mo:
"Now, Mizzou, I just have two words for you tonight: five days. Five days. After decades of broken politics in Washington, and eight years of failed policies from George W. Bush, and 21 months of a campaign that's taken us from the rocky coast of Maine to the sunshine of California, we are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America."
The Goopers took those words (which were clearly referring to changing the leadership of America) out of context and ran with them as "proof" that President Obama would fundamentally transform America. Nothing in the above statement refers to changing the U.S. Constitution. The Goopers went wild and assigned nefarious motives to that statement because they didn't bother to actually read the whole sentence, a habit that makes them hopelessly confused and easily duped in these sort of matters.
We're in another presidential election cycle and here come several T-Gooper candidates for the presidency who actually state their position to fundamentally transform America by repealing the 14th Amendment of the Constitution of the U.S. to conform to their fears about brown people and citizenship:
A Good Chunk Of GOP Field Wants To Repeal The 14th Amendment
"...for a political party desperately trying to improve its standing with Hispanic and other minority voters, it could portend a damaging bend toward nativism. That's because denying certain groups of people birthright citizenship rights is something the country hasn't done since the days of slavery. As former U.S. Solicitor General Walter Dellinger explained, birthright citizenship was common law in America from the founding of the country. But in 1857, the Supreme Court suspended that privilege in its infamous Dred Scott ruling, deciding that no person of African ancestry -- whether slave or free -- could ever become a citizen of the United States.
The country eventually ratified the 14th Amendment in 1868. Paul in 2010 argued that the right of citizenship upon birth was not intended to be extended beyond children of slaves. But that has never been the widespread constitutional interpretation. Indeed, several other Republican candidates for president this year have continued to support maintaining the status quo, including former Hewlett Packard president Carly Fiorina and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush. Former Arkansas Gov Mike Huckabee said in the past that he opposes changing the law. An aide to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio pointed the Huffington Post to a 2010 article in which he too opposed changing the law. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, meanwhile, has largely avoided taking a position on the issue."
And here are some competing arguments about how this could be accomplished.
On another important policy issue, here's the Trumpster talking about what he'd do to get rid of undocumented people. Hint: It's as rash and irresponsible as most of the blather that emanates from his always jabbering mouth:
"Despite his nativist rhetoric, Mr. Trump may grasp the staggering economic and social havoc that mass deportation would wreak. Hence his offhand comment, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” that he’d “bring them back rapidly, the good ones.” According to the Migration Policy Institute, about 87 percent of the United States’ undocumented immigrants — some 10 million people — have no serious criminal record.
If those turn out to qualify as Mr. Trump’s “good ones,” what purpose would be served by deporting them only to “bring them back rapidly”? What Mr. Trump proposes is nothing less than manufacturing a humanitarian upheaval on a scale rivaling the refugee crisis in Syria. Notwithstanding his cavalier rhetoric, there’s no evidence Americans would tolerate such a mass uprooting of people who have planted deep roots in this nation." --The WaPo