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Monday, January 10, 2011

Civil rights and civil liberties: Not that important to Republicans

A House subcommittee used to be called the 'Subcommittee on the Constitution, Civil Rights, and Civil Liberties'. It's got a new name now thanks to the new GOP majority. It's new shortened name is the 'Constitution Subcommittee'.

If they were truly honest it should be named 'The Part of the Constitution that we like Subcommittee'.

Congressman Steve King (R-IA) also introduced a bill to the US House last week that would restrict birth right citizenship to children of US citizens, children of permanent residents and children of non-citizens in active-duty military service.

This violates the 14th Amendment, known as the 'Birthright Amendment' and if it ever gets signed into law, which it won't, it will be struck down by the courts.

If you don't like a part of the Constitution but love the Constitution, as it seems Republicans do, change the Amendment the way the Constitution proscribes, by two thirds of the States voting to change it. That is if they truly respect the Constitution, not a version of it that they would like to see.

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