The political right wing – the popular crazies – of the United States is going even crazier. This is nothing new for Arizona, a state with a politically significant immigrant community and also the birthplace of SB-1070. This law has created job losses, intolerance and the most jokes about Arizona since the demise of Congressman Mo Udall, a man who could make funny jokes that everyone could enjoy and only offended politicians. Now the political right wing of the United States wants to change the Fourteenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. These sworn defenders of the Constitution don’t like the fact that it grants citizenship to all persons born in the United States.
These same crazies profess to be Christians; perhaps they also intend to change the gospel of Jesus Christ.
“Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.” (Mark 10:13).
Perhaps they want the gospel changed to read “for the kingdom of God belongs to them, but not in the State of Arizona.” Their vision of these children is that they are bad for America and bad for Arizona. These politicians are wrong.
The Fourteenth Amendment says in its apparently offensive language: “All persons born…in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside”. This birthright offends the right wing crazies. They have visions of white Canadians crossing the border by the millions to acquire U.S. citizenship for their children. Oops! Forgive me my Canadian friends, my mistake, the crazies are not worried about white persons entering the United States, they are worried about people of color, Mexicans and Central and South American women with brown skin entering the United States for the purpose of giving birth in the United States.
Of course the crazies know that this giving birth is not a reason for coming to the United States, most people who cross the desert don’t come to give birth in the United States. That’s ridiculous. They come to work. They are hired by Americans in Arizona and every state in the Union to work for low wages as they are hard workers that are seeking the American dream for themselves and their children.
The crazies appear upset because the idea makes them appear as the defenders of “white” America. I say “white” America in quotes because the people that support and vote for these crazies are not only white anglo-saxons. They are supported by people of all colors and national origins that have come to believe that they are equal in “white” America because they have the papers required to live in the United States. Make no mistake, to these crazies even the documented immigrant is not equal, but it makes them feel good to believe that they are equal in the eyes of the crazies. The crazies then get votes and get power to do even crazier things. Remember this is how Hitler came to power, proposing crazy ideas that appealed to enough voters. It was this same attitude that created Nazi Germany. Scary, no?