Commentary by James Shott
Hillary Clinton devalues citizenship
nearly anyone who wants to be a full-fledged citizen of the United
States ought to be able to gain citizenship, regardless of who they are
or how they got into the country, with a few notable exceptions,
according to Democrat presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton.
recently said, “We can’t wait any longer. We can’t wait any longer for a
path to full and equal citizenship” for those who crossed our border
illegally or deliberately over-stayed their visas.
how one’s strong opinions can change due to political considerations,
Mrs. Clinton reversed her previous position, likely to appeal to
Hispanic voters. Last June, she said that children who traveled from
South America to the U.S. through Mexico should be sent back where they
CNN’s Christiane Amanpour asked her, “So should they
be sent back?”
“Well, first of all, we have to provide the best
emergency care we can provide,” Mrs. Clinton said, but “they should be
sent back as soon as it can be determined who responsible adults in
their families are.” She also said, “We need to do more to provide
border security in southern Mexico.” And perhaps on our southern border,
“We have to send a clear message: Just because your child
gets across the border, that doesn’t mean the child gets to stay,” she
said. “So we don’t want to send a message that is contrary to our
laws...” By that reasoning, adults who sneak in or stay beyond the
limits of their visa ought to be sent back, as well.
was last year. Now her thinking is if they sneak in, oh, well. If they
sneak their kids in, well, we can’t keep families separated, you know?
Therefore, award citizenship to them.
And no Clinton campaign
would be complete without a degree of distortion and exaggeration. “This
is where I differ with everybody on the Republican side,” she said.
“Make no mistakes — today not a single Republican candidate, announced
or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to
citizenship. Not one. When they talk about legal status, that is code
for second-class status…”
What Republican candidates generally
support is granting legal status, but then legal immigrants can follow a
path to citizenship, like the system that millions utilized to become
citizens in the past.
American citizenship once was something of
extremely high value. People came here through the approved process and
they adopted American principles and values and made the country better.
Now more people than ever want to come here, but for the wrong
reasons. Our foolish policies about immigration and pandering to
illegals have turned citizenship into a path to welfare. Today there are
more than 11 million illegal aliens in the country, and more coming
The March for Life Rally in Ottawa
of the March for Life rally in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada said the rally
drew 25,000 people and was the largest in the event’s 18-year history.
The Royal Canadian Mounted Police, however, pegged attendance at a much
lower 8,000, according to the Ottawa Citizen.
large or small the pro-life contingent was, it dwarfed the faction of
pro-abortionist demonstrators on hand for the event, which was estimated
to be between 50 and 100. One thing must be said for the abortion
lobby, however: What they lacked in numbers they more than made up for
in support of their radical position.
TV interviewer named Marissa Semkiw talked with an abortion supporter
named Alex, who made some startling claims about what he thinks ought to
be the universally accepted position on unwanted pregnancy. Carrying a
sign that read, “Guess What, A Woman’s Body Is Her Own F***ing
Business,” Alex proceeded to defend his statement. And he took it to a
level that no moral person should be able to support.
the idea that the only person involved in the decision of whether and
when to end pregnancy is the pregnant woman. When asked by Ms. Semkiw if
a woman should have the right to end her pregnancy one month before the
child was born, Alex said that the woman alone should make that choice.
Asked if a woman should have the right to end her pregnancy one week
before child was born, he gave the same answer. And Alex gave the same
answer when asked if the woman ought to have the right to end her
pregnancy one day before the child would be born.
finally, asked if after the child was born a woman ought to have the
right to have the baby’s life ended, Alex said, “I’m not advocating for
murder of any kind — again, it’s not my choice.” But apparently it is
the woman’s choice.
at any time is radical enough a position. Is it now the position of
abortion advocates that a child’s life can be ended even after birth?
points: First, if when we die the heart stops beating, what do we call
it when the heart starts beating? Life? And second, have you noticed
that everyone who advocates for unfettered abortion has already been
Cross-posted from Observations