Monday, August 9, 2010

Changing The 14th Amendment to the US Constitution

The US Constitution, as conceived by our Founding Fathers, included the main body of the Constitution, along with the first 10 Amendments, commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights guaranteeing our freedoms. The 11th Amendment to the Constitution, which began the additional tinkering by politicians, was ratified on February 7, 1795. In all, there have been 17 Amendments to the US Constitution after the first 10, the Bill of Rights, that were not written by our Founding Fathers. So when I often make reference to adhering to the Constitution, as conceived by our Founding Fathers, I am talking about the main body and the Bill of Rights that outline our freedoms.

The trouble comes in the last 17 Amendments and interpretations by later President's, Congresses and the Courts that have grown the power of the federal government beyond anything our Founding Fathers could have ever imagined without authorization of WE THE PEOPLE. Obama's HealthScare Plan is the latest example of over reaching federal power to the point of being dictatorial. And, given what we have experienced with elected representatives of both political parties in the last 100 years, it is clear that we must amend the Constitution to provide for term limits for members of Congress to deal with the corruption that is rampant and we must enact a balanced budget amendment to prevent the deficit spending that is bankrupting our country.

At the same time, many are now proposing that the 14th Amendment be changed. The 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments are often referred to as the Civil War Amendments because they were enacted right after the Civil War to end slavery and ensure voting rights of former slaves. All of that is obviously fine; but the first line of Section 1 of the 14th Amendment reads, "All persons born, or naturalized in the United States and subject to its jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state where in they reside." This provision was designed to grant citizenship to former slaves, who prior to that time were not considered citizens of the United States. Clearly, this made sense at the time since it went along with the emancipation of the slaves.

However, today, this provision is being used by illegal aliens who come to the United States to have children knowing full well that their children born in the United States are automatically citizens, even though they have entered our country illegally. THIS HAS GOT TO STOP; hence the reason the 14th Amendment must be changed. The United States is one of few countries, if any, that grants citizenship to the children of illegal aliens. Not even Mexico does so. Clearly, American citizenship should only be granted to the children of American citizens. If legal resident aliens become citizens at some future date, their children under the age of 16 can be naturalized as has always been the case; but otherwise the children of illegal aliens are citizens of the country they came from, not the United States, just like in nearly all other countries in the world.

It would require a Constitutional Amendment to make this happen; but given that the cost to support illegal aliens in our schools, hospitals and criminal justice system is contributing to the bankruptcy of many states and the United States, we can no longer provide an incentive to coming across our border illegally to have children in the United States. And, since few of any countries grant citizenship to illegal aliens, the United States would just be acting in common with other countries to get our house in order.

President Obama and the Socialists who control Congress would never support amending the Constitution to change the 14th Amendment, which is another reason we must sweep them out of office in 2010 and 2012 by electing Conservatives who support free market capitalism, limited government, lower taxes and less regulation, a balanced budget, term limits, a strong national defense, including securing our border and fighting Terrorism, real energy independence and health care reform, the right to bear arms, the sanctity of life and family values. This is the winning platform supported by the majority of the American people and the only way to economic growth and job creation.

Most important, we must elect Conservatives in 2010 and 2012 who support the Constitution, as written by our Founding Fathers, not as contrived by the left wing media, Socialists Obama, Reid, Pelosi, former Presidents, Congresses, or the Courts. We must take back our country in 2010 and 2012. We can do it. We must do it to preserve our freedoms, our way of life, our nation and for the sake of our children and grandchildren.

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