X

Hey, GOP: You Wrote the 14th Amendment

What would Lincoln-era Republicans think?
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 5, 2010 1:40 PM CDT
Hey, GOP: You Wrote the 14th Amendment
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., talks to the media in this July 20 file photo.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

(Newser) – In the post-slavery days, it was Democrats who were the "racial demagogues," writes EJ Dionne. They railed against the so-called Reconstruction amendments with racist rhetoric, but Republicans won the day. Too bad their political descendants are happy to destroy that legacy by forcing a debate about the the 14th Amendment, which guarantees citizenship to those born on US soil.

story continues below

Lindsey Graham in particular is leading the charge, sneering that illegals come here to, in Graham's only-a-man-could-say-this phrase, "drop a baby." Even worse, John McCain—who once referred to these babies as "God's children"—is buckling. "Rather than shout, I'll just ask the question in a civil way," writes Dionne in the Washington Post: "Dear Republicans, do you really want to endanger your party's greatest political legacy by turning the 14th Amendment to our Constitution into an excuse for election-year ugliness?" (Read more 14th Amendment stories.)

We use cookies. By Clicking "OK" or any content on this site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. Read more in our privacy policy.
Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
X
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.

X