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If You Are Born In The United States Then You Are A Citizen Of The United States—14th Amendment In Spanish

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina says the Constitution should be changed so that the children of persons in the country illegally do not automatically become U.S. citizens if they are born on American soil.

(Above–George W. Bush celebrating Cinco De Mayo at the White House.)

Here is what the 14th Amendment of the Constitution says on this subject—

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”

Here are those words in Spanish—

“Toda persona nacida o naturalizada en los Estados Unidos, y sujeta por ello a tal jurisdicción, es ciudadana de los Estados Unidos y del Estado en que resida. Ningún Estado podrá crear o implementar leyes que limiten los privilegios o inmunidades de los ciudadanos de los Estados Unidos; tampoco podrá ningún Estado privar a una persona de su vida, libertad o propiedad, sin un debido proceso legal; ni negar a persona alguna dentro de su jurisdicción la protección legal igualitaria.”

You can translate the Constitution into Spanish and the Republic does not collapse.

Here is the full text of the 14th Amendment.

Here is the full text in Spanish.

Here is some basic history of the 14th Amendment and an assessment of its impact.

Should we change the fact that if you are born in America you become a citizen?


This is a proposal to make sure that people of a certain color and ethnicity don’t become citizens. This is not about immigration. This is about what it means to be an American.

I stand with our Constitution of the United States of America that says if you are born here, then you are an American.

(Below–The Constitution of the United States of America.)

We The People.

Not—We The People Who Have Parents That Conservatives Think Are Okay.

This amendment is being proposed by a man who comes from a state–South Carolina– that profited for many years by denying full citizenship to people of color.

(Below–Loyal Americans.)

This amendment is being offered by a man who is a member of a political party that has become a subsidiary of the extreme right-wing so-called Tea Party movement.

This is not about the future of our nation. If Republicans and the Tea Party cared about the future, they would care about global warming and care about people getting health insurance.

Instead, what  Tea Party seems to care about is where our President was born and about the fact that his middle name is Hussein.

I care about the fact anybody born here is my fellow American.

(Below–Hawaii in photo taken by mbz1. Hawaii is where our President was born. It is also one of four majority-minority states in the union. The other three are California, New Mexico and Texas.)

We cannot have a Republican Senator from South Carolina and a bunch of far right-wing government haters telling us who is acceptable for citizenship.

Instead, we must treat all our fellow Americans as……..Fellow Americans!

August 2, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Congressman Joe Wilson Of South Carolina Is Fitting Symbol Of Massive Republican Resistance To Obama

U.S. Representative Joe Wilson of South Carolina is the Member of Congress who shouted out that President Obama was lying during the President’s speech this evening.

Here is some basic information about Mr. Wilson.

Mr. Wilson is an attorney and was for 16 years a member of the South Carolina State Senate. His district includes South Carolina’s capitol city of Columbia.  Here is a map of Mr. Wilson’s district.

(Above—An 1865 image from Harper’s Magazine that shows the burning of Columbia in Sherman’s March. Maybe Mr. Wilson is still angry about General Sherman.) 

Mr. Wilson worked at one point as an aide to Senator Strom Thurmond.

Mr Wilson was first elected to Congress in 2001.

As Representative Wilson shouts out his rebel yell at our President, I wonder if he has ever distanced himself from the legacy of treason that still defines his state in many ways.

What a perfect symbol of the Republican strategy of massive resistance to health care reform and just about anything else Barack Obama proposes. Massive Resistance was the Southern strategy to combat integration in the Civil Rights years.

(Below—Mr. Wilson. He loves America…Or at least he loves his idea of America.)

September 10, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 20 Comments

Crazy Far-Right South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford Set To Reappear From Secret Trip—-Update–The Secret Trip Was An Affair!

Extreme states-rights conservative Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina has been missing. The story excerpted below suggests where he may have been and says that he has decided to reappear.

Update 6/24—It now turns out the Governor was in Argentina instead of hiking on the Appalachian Trail. 

Update 6/24—Ohhhh—He was having an affair in Argentina.

Update 6/27–Here is a portion of one of the love letters Governor Sanford sent his mistress in Argentina-

“Do you really comprehend how beautiful your smile is? Have you been told lately how warm your eyes are and how they softly glow with the special nature of your soul.” 

Here is the link to a more complete story about the love letters.

Update 6/30—Governor Sanford talks about other women he has been involved with and says that his mistress is his “soulmate.” Above is a picture of the Governor. He is shown here with the family he skipped out on over Father’s Day weekend.

Maybe he does not love his family.

Governor Sanford has fought the acceptance of federal stimulus funds in South Carolina.  I really don’t care if he loves his family, because it does mean much in relation to the harm he would do the people of South Carolina who need help in these hard times.  Here is a story where Governor Sanford says the stimulus package may lead to slavery

Governor Sanford is so far to the right that the conservative South Carolina legislature recently overturned 10 of the Governor’s vetoes.

Some have suggested that Mr. Sanford may run for President in 2012. Would it not be best if first he could master the obligations of being Governor of South Carolina?

Here is the full story about the Governor disappearing.

From the story—

A spokesman for South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford said Tuesday the Republican checked in with his staff and was surprised by the attention given to his secretive vacation and planned to cut it short and return Wednesday…Sanford hadn’t spoken with his staff since last Thursday. He left the state on what Sawyer called a routine post legislative vacation to unwind. His absence left fellow state leaders scratching their heads…

The lieutenant governor couldn’t figure out where Gov. Mark Sanford was. Calls from a state senator and close friend rolled to voice mail. Even his wife said she hadn’t talked to him for several days. The explanation came late Monday night from his spokesman: The second-term chief executive was hiking along the Appalachian Trail “to kind of clear his head after the legislative session.”  The Republican governor left town on Thursday, Sawyer said, with plans to hike the trail, which passes through 14 states but not South Carolina. Sawyer said he didn’t know where exactly Sanford was along the 2,200-mile route and declined to discuss if anyone was hiking with him… 

Some questioned who was in charge of South Carolina if he couldn’t be reached. The National Guard and the state’s top law enforcement agencies report to him, said Senate Minority Leader John Land, D-Manning. Lt. Gov. Andrew Bauer said he’d been rebuffed by the governor’s staff when he tried to find out where Sanford was and had not been put in charge in his absence. “I cannot take lightly that his staff has not had communication with him for more than four days, and that no one, including his own family, knows his whereabouts,” said Bauer….

Jenny Sanford said Monday she had not spoken with her husband for several days, including Father’s Day. The Sanfords have four sons.  “He was writing something and wanted some space to get away from the kids,” she told The Associated Press while vacationing at the family’s Sullivans Island beach house. A message left for her wasn’t returned after the governor’s hiking plans were disclosed. “It’s one thing for the boys to go off by themselves, but on Father’s Day to leave your family behind? That’s erratic,” Land said. “And when those officials can’t get in touch with the commander, it’s really weird. That’s not responsible.”

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June 23, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , | 4 Comments

Black Americans Celebrate Independence Day In 1930’s South Carolina

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The picture above is of a Fourth of July celebration from the late 1930’s held near Beaufort, South Carolina.

I wonder what Black Americans felt what was worth observing about Independence Day in depression-era South Carolina.

National ideals and creeds that might one day be reached?

A sense of community that could not be broken even by the conditions of such a time and place?  

Whatever the reasons, the gathering seems to me an expression of some sort of confidence. 

My inner-conservative will show, but look how people are dressed in the picture in contrast to what we often see today. The women here are in dresses. The men are wearing hats.

People today—I mean people of all colors—need to get with the program and have some respect for themselves. I saw a young woman a few days ago walking around in a t-shirt extolling the virtues of farting.

What is the story with people?

The photo is from the American Memory collection of the Library of Congress.

The picture was taken by Marion Post Wolcott. The profile of Ms. Wolcott is interesting. She took her pictures as part of a New Deal project.

July 2, 2008 Posted by | History | , , , | 5 Comments

History Of The South Carolina Primary

Republicans and Democrats are campaigning hard in South Carolina.

Republicans vote in that state on January 19. Democrats vote on January 26.

Above is the state seal of South Carolina. In the first circle the words mean–“Ready in soul and resource.” In the second circle the words mean–“While I breathe I hope.”

Here is a link to some basic facts about South Carolina. The population of South Carolina is roughly 4.4 million.

Beginning with 1980, South Carolina’s Presidential nominating primary has played an important role in selecting Republican nominees.

Every winner of the Republican primary in South Carolina since 1980 has gone on to win the nomination of his party. In a number of these instances, the South Carolina win played a direct role in the nomination victory.

In 2008, this primary is important for both parties.

The origin of South Carolina as a force in Republican Presidential politics can be traced back to the political consultant Lee Atwater. In 1980, Mr. Atwater helped get the South Carolina primary scheduled early in the campaign season to help Ronald Reagan. (Photo below.)

Mr. Atwater was an architect of the first George Bush’s “Willie Horton” strategy against Mike Dukakis.

Governor Reagan won the 1980 primary with 55% of the vote in a test against former Texas Governor John Connally. Mr. Connally ran a distant second at 30%.

In 1988, Mr. Atwater again used South Carolina to aid his candidate.

This time it was Mr. Reagan’s Vice President, George H.W. Bush.

South Carolina voted three days before much of the rest of the South did on so-called “Super Tuesday” March 8.  Bush scored a convincing win in South Carolina over his main Republican challenger, Robert Dole of Kansas. (Photo below) This helped set the tone for a Bush sweep of the South on the big primary day 72 hours later.

The timing of the South Carolina primary has been critical to it’s influence. Scheduled as the first primary in the South and conducted a few days before Super Tuesday, candidates have seen the state as a springboard to subsequent primary tests.

In these years, Democrats were holding a South Carolina caucus instead of a primary. Intended or not, this fact denied Jesse Jackson likely primary victories in 1984 and 1988. Reverend Jackson was South Carolina caucus winner in 1988.

Jesse Jackson grew up in Greenville, South Carolina.

South Carolina has a substantial black population and a majority of South Carolina’s Democrats are black.

In 1992, a strong showing by President Bush over Pat Buchanan (photo below) helped dash Mr. Buchanan’s hope of winning strong Southern support for his White House bid.

For 1996, while the slightly more moderate Mr. Dole might not seem a total fit for South Carolina Republicans, two former GOP governors of  South Carolina helped orchestrate a convincing Dole win over, again, Pat Buchanan. This win helped solidify Mr. Dole’s status as the frontrunner.

By 2000, Karl Rove (photo below), was running the Republican dirty tricks operation. Mr. Atwater died in 1991.

George W. Bush’s campaign questioned the sanity of rival John McCain. False rumors were spread about Senator McCain’s health. Leaflets were distributed calling McCain the “fag candidate.” This apparently because Senator McCain had met with the gay Log Cabin Republican group. (logo below)

Democrats have held a South Carolina primary in 1992 and 2004.

Bill Clinton was the easy winner in 1992.

John Edwards, who was born in South Carolina, was the 2004 winner. The win did little to help Senator Edwards take the nomination.

Al Sharpton (photo below) had hoped that black voters would rally to his candidacy.

They did not.

Below is a picture of the Sabel Palmetto tree. This is the state tree of South Carolina.

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January 14, 2008 Posted by | Campaign 2008, Elections, Political History, Politics | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments