Should Americans Be Identified By Their Address Alone?
Amendment XIV, Section 1.
All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Section one of the 14th amendment to the United States Constitution grants citizenship to those that are born in this country and are subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and the state in which they reside.
The history of the amendment is preceded by a law passed in Congress granting citizenship to blacks after the Civil War. Prior to this citizenship was decided upon at the state level.
Over the course of its history, like many parts of our governing documents it has endured much legal wrangling, and many now make it says things it was never intended to say. I am not a Constitutional scholar, but one thing it clearly does is grant citizenship to persons who were born in the United States and choose to live in subjection to the rules, laws and customs of America.
As a side note, one needn’t be overly educated to understand our rule of law as written in the Declaration of Independence, the Bill of Rights the U. S. Constitution or other founding documents. The Bible tells us in Romans 1:22, Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools. Much like’s God’s plan for salvation we tend to over complicate things.
Being an American is subscribing to the ideals and beliefs that make us uniquely American. It is much more than an address or place of birth. Along with the ideals and beliefs involved in being an American comes a great measure of responsibility. A responsibility that has been taken lightly for far too long and a foundational principle that we must return to if we want to see America return to her former greatness.
The actions and behaviors of many of our elected representatives during the recent SCOTUS nomination hearings were not only reprehensible, but they were downright UN-American! When elected representatives that have sworn an oath to defend and protect the Constitution and America’s rule of law act in this manner I am called to question their nationality.
America was founded on the rule of law. There are certain principles that apply. One of them is presumed innocence. To intentionally disrupt confirmation proceedings based upon a very weak accusation all while dragging a potentially innocent person’s name through the mud is UN-American.
Lest anyone think I am doing this solely for the defense of Justice Kavanaugh I can honestly state that I have opposed his nomination since I have learned his stand on the 4th amendment and his involvement with the Patriot Act. This is in response to the deplorable behavior that was engaged in by those members of the Senate, typically, Democrats, but to avoid the Hegelian Dialectic, there are many Republicans in need of similar rebuke.
Let’s stop calling everybody an American based upon their address and hold them to a higher standard. Let’s judge them by their beliefs and actions. Let’s start with liberty for all.
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