Saturday, August 22, 2015

Trumping Boner



So far I've pretty much ignored the 2015 Whack-a-Mole campaign season.  Try as I might, I just cannot concoct a believable scenario where Jimmy Stewart is elected president after Air Force General James Mattoon Scott ousts the Manchurian candiate president, and throws the lot down a volcano.  Only Donald Trump makes noise that interests me, and because he's thus scared the crap out of entrenched Republicans there seems to be a chance of removing some of the party's colon cancer (Boehner Blastoma). To wit:

Nonetheless, the members I have spoken with suddenly see Trump as useful. Much of Trump’s support comes from voter anger at repeated Republican betrayals in Washington. The grievances of Trump voters participating in the Republican primary process echo the grievances of most conservatives, but are louder.

As Jeb Bush falters in the polling, ousting Boehner is another way to help mitigate the rise of Trump’s campaign. While McConnell cannot be touched because of a lack of “motion to vacate the chair” in the Senate, tossing Boehner, some speculate, would be a strong signal that Republicans are getting their act together to fight as conservatives.

Said one mid-western Congressman to me, “Donald Trump is giving us another avenue to sell members on tossing Boehner. Suddenly, knowing what might come otherwise, the Speaker is expendable.”  [Full]

True, Sarcoma McConnell cells will survive (a trip to Lourds may be necessary), but it's a start. 

The 14th misunderstanding

On one hand, we have noted legal expert Bill O'Reilly haranguing Donald Trump: "YOU WANT ME TO QUOTE YOU THE AMENDMENT??? IF YOU'RE BORN HERE YOU'RE AN AMERICAN. PERIOD! PERIOD!"

 (No, Bill -- there's no period. More like: "comma," to parents born “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States “and of the state wherein they reside.”) Ann Coulter

Based on the hysterical flailing at Donald Trump -- He's a buffoon! He's a clown! He calls people names! He's too conservative! He's not conservative enough! He won't give details! His details won't work! -- I gather certain Republicans are determined to drive him from the race.

These same Republicans never object to other candidates who lack traditional presidential resumes -- Carly Fiorina, Ben Carson, Newt Gingrich and Herman Cain, to name a few. I'm beginning to suspect it's all about Trump's opposition to mass immigration from the Third World.

Amid the hysteria, Trump is the only one speaking clearly and logically, while his detractors keep making utter asses of themselves.

By my count -- so far -- Fiorina, Chris Christie, Rick Perry and the entire Fox News commentariat are unfamiliar with a period of the nation's history known as "the Civil War." They seem to believe that the post-Civil War amendments were designed to ensure that the children of illegal aliens would be citizens, "anchor babies," who can then bring in the whole family. (You wouldn't want to break up families, would you?)

As FNC's Bill O'Reilly authoritatively informed Donald Trump on Tuesday night: "The 14th Amendment says if you're born here, you're an American!"

I cover anchor babies in about five pages of my book, Adios, America, but apparently Bill O'Reilly and the rest of the scholars on Fox News aren't what we call "readers."

Huh. In 1884, 16 years after the 14th Amendment was ratified, John Elk, who -- as you may have surmised by his name -- was an Indian, had to go to the Supreme Court to argue that he was an American citizen because he was born in the United States.

He lost.

In Elk v. Wilkins, 112 U.S. 94, the Supreme Court ruled that the 14th Amendment did not grant Indians citizenship. [... they obtained citizenship in a law perplexingly titled: "THE INDIAN CITIZENSHIP ACT OF 1924." Yeah, Trump's the idiot.
Still, how could anyone -- even a not-very-bright person -- imagine that granting citizenship to the children of illegal aliens is actually in our Constitution? I know the country was exuberant after the war, but I really don't think our plate was so clear that Americans were consumed with passing a constitutional amendment to make illegal aliens' kids citizens.

Put differently: Give me a scenario -- just one scenario -- where guaranteeing the citizenship of children born to illegals would be important to Americans in 1868. You can make it up. It doesn't have to be a true scenario. Any scenario!

You know what's really bothering me? If someone comes into the country illegally and has a kid, that kid should be an American citizen!

Damn straight they should!

We've got to codify that.


If I vote today, I vote for Trump.  Just because.