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.

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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.)

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