Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Elmer tries to scam them again

From The Washington Times:

Mike Huckabee wants to amend the Constitution to prevent children born in the U.S. to illegal aliens from automatically becoming American citizens, according to his top immigration surrogate — a radical step no other major presidential candidate has embraced.

Mr. Huckabee, who won last week's Republican Iowa caucuses, promised Minuteman Project founder James Gilchrist that he would force a test case to the Supreme Court to challenge birthright citizenship, and would push Congress to pass a 28th Amendment to the Constitution to remove any doubt.

This is another case where Elmer shows great skill at playing the conservative base. He stakes out a position which is absolutely right, but has no chance whatsoever of being enacted into law.

In order for a constitutional amendment to become law it must be ratified by three quarters of the states. Despite the fact that the amendment which was designed by congress to grant citizenship to freed slaves and their children was ONLY intended to grant citizenship to that particular group and was never intended to grant citizenship to the children of foreign nationals it has, through a Supreme Court misinterpretation, done exactly that.

For the state legislatures to overturn that error by ratifying a "28th Amendment" would mean angering too many immigrant rights and civil rights groups.

In other words it would take too much political courage.

Just like the Fair Tax. Huckabee knows that it is a good idea with passionate supporters but has no chance of being enacted in the near term. This lets him sign onto a major tax reform movement without having to actually do anything to reform the tax code. The Fair Tax will not even get a vote in congress so Elmer can push it then watch it go down in flames then say "I did my best" then back a tax increase.