One is a legitimate superstar in the world of business, the same for the other in the world of medicine. What they have in common is they’re both running for the presidency of the United States. Oh, and they’re also tied in Iowa.
When Donald Trump revealed his immigration policy this week, the aspect of the plan that got the most attention was his desire to deport the American-born children of illegal immigrants. Under current US law, children born in the United States automatically become US citizens. In his plan, Trump says that this policy, “birthright citizenship,” is the “biggest magnet for illegal immigration.”
Birthright citizenship is also called “jus soli,” which means “the law of the soil.” Like many aspects of American law, it has its roots in English common law. In Calvin’s Case, a 1608 ruling, the court determined that a Scotsman born under the reign of King James of Bible fame, whose rule united the kingdoms of Scotland and England, was also an English subject. The court found that “a person’s status was vested at birth, and based upon place of birth—a person born within the king’s dominion owed allegiance to the sovereign, and in turn, was entitled to the king’s protection.”
Americans love to flaunt to the world whenever they exercise their Constitutional rights. Be it an “I Voted” lapel sticker handed out on election day, to bumper stickers that advocate numerous causes, Yankee Doodle Dandies have the innate desire to put on display the fruits of their God-given rights.
One exception to the rule very well could be the actions of the Louisiana governor in response to pro-abortion marchers outside the Baton Rouge Executive Mansion.
As reported by Austin Ruse of the Breitbart.com news portal on Aug. 20, 2015, GOP presidential hopeful and Chief Executive of Louisiana, Gov. Bobby Jindal has two-fold raised the ire of Bayou State pro-abortion activists by initially cancelling the state’s Medicare contract with Planned Parenthood, then ordered the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to launch an investigation into Planned Parenthood. As reported, Jindal “requested Inspector General Stephen Street to initiate a joint investigation with the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals to determine whether Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast is engaged in the illegal harvesting and trafficking of human body parts.”
Call them anchor babies who gained American citizenship through fraud and deception, or they could be referred to as the recipients of birthright citizenship as guaranteed by the 14th Amendment of the US Constitution.
Call them what you like, but one of the few certainties regarding the children of illegal aliens born on US soil is that both the left leaning and the right leaning media has come out swinging.
Possibly as rare as a Minnesota dentist bagging a unicorn, or a Discovery Channel reality show of grown men searching for Sasquatch droppings, reporter for the usually left-leaning Mother Jones news outlet, Inae Oh doesn’t exactly keep her pro-Bill O’Reilly bias hidden in her coverage of the Donald Trump vs. Bill O’Reilly slugfest recently on the Fox News opinion program, The O’Reilly Factor. According to Oh, Trump ramped up his “nativist rhetoric” by claiming the Fourteenth Amendment is unconstitutional, which he actually never stated during the interview (see video).
With a rapidly approaching fiftieth anniversary of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) taking the abortion question away from the 55 state and territorial governments, the battle pro and con still rages on as contentiously as it did in the early 1970s.
As when the SCOTUS initially federalized purposeful termination of pregnancy, the question of abortion is still front and center as one of the prime topics in presidential politics today.
As the old saying goes, it’s better late than never. That particular adage may apply to the handful of conservative-leaning national news outlets picking up on Carly Fiorina’s 2001 speech to Hewlett-Packard in which she claimed the Islamic World from the centuries spanning 800 – 1600 was “a civilization that was the greatest in the world.”
As reported by NBC News and the self-proclaimed progressive-leaning Mother Jones news portal, both on Aug. 17, 2015, former Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) took to social media the day prior notifying her followers on Twitter that a guest columnist penned an opinion article on ChristianHeadlines.com regarding Fiorina’s 14-year-old speech while still the CEO at the computer giant. Either provocative or indifferent, depending on one’s perspective, Fiorina’s speech, entitled “Technology, Business and Our Way of Life: What’s Next” prompted the former North Star State congresswoman to tweet, “Carly Fiorina delivered this speech in MPLS praising Muslims 2 weeks after 911” along with the web address.
The plight of Marine Corps Major Jason Brezler could be described at a minimum as everything old is new again. However, on the other side of the coin, the case of Major Brezler could also be one of the premier cases of political hypocrisy in the history of the American Republic.
As reported by the Daily Caller on Aug. 15, 2015, the Marine Reserve officer is still fighting his dismissal from the Corps for sending via his private email account classified information, which in the broadest of terms, is the same situation presidential contender Hillary Clinton finds herself in.
Long considered by many on the right side of the aisle as essentially nothing more than the Ministry of Propaganda for the Democratic Party, the same conservatives may have to re-think their take on some of the personalities in establishment media.
As the reporters of The Washington Free Beacon (WFB) have penned in a number of different articles, a slew of talking heads at the MSNBC, CNN and NBC News networks are saying things about Democratic front runner Hillary Clinton that very possibly could be mistaken for Republican Party talking points.
As reporter Josh Voorhees of Slate Magazine penned on Aug. 14, 2015, Vice President Joe Biden is taking time out of his South Carolina vacation to meet with “allies and advisors” regarding a possible challenge to the presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.
However, Voorhees passed on partisan politics by pointing out the reality of the situation in his party.
As noted, the Slate reported cut to the chase when he penned, “for all the anybody-but-Hillary chatter this summer, the party’s powerbrokers continue to line up behind Clinton and the major donors continue to cut checks. For the establishment, then, Biden represents little more than a Plan B…”
Despite the inaugural Republican candidates presidential debate having come and gone slightly more than a week ago, the question is now starting to be asked if the precedence set at the first GOP debate will be resurrected for their opposites on the Democratic Party side.
Yea or nay, it’ll be quite some time before we find out. As the Boston Globe cited on Aug. 12, 2015, the first Democratic debate won’t even happen until sometime in mid-October.