Harold Meyerson lies about GOP's 14th Amendment charade; his push for race-based power
Harold Meyerson of the Washington Post offers "Why the GOP really wants to alter the 14th Amendment" (link) in which he outrageously lies about the push by some in the GOP to clarify or alter the 14th Amendment in relation to birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens. As with others who've tried to mislead about this issue, he doesn't admit what Lindsey Graham himself implied: the push is just a charade designed to appeal to the GOP base. Not only that, but Meyerson cranks it up a few notches by lying:
By proposing to revoke the citizenship of the estimated 4 million U.S.-born children of undocumented immigrants -- and, presumably, the children's children and so on down the line -- Republicans are calling for more than the creation of a permanent noncitizen caste. They are endeavoring to solve what is probably their most crippling long-term political dilemma: the racial diversification of the electorate. Not to put too fine a point on it, they are trying to preserve their political prospects as a white folks' party in an increasingly multicolored land.
The first sentence is an odious lie: Graham and other GOP leaders don't want to revoke anyone's citizenship. Those leaders do want to revoke or otherwise change the parts of the 14th Amendment that confer citizenship on the children of illegal aliens, but they've never said anything about making it retroactive nor would they ever be as extreme. If Meyerson doesn't understand that - or thinks his readers won't understand that - can you trust his opinion?
And, while plenty of GOP leaders - such as George W Bush - wouldn't mind a "permanent noncitizen caste" of "willing workers" (to use Bush's term), that doesn't have to be the case. In fact, dealing with birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens would take away yet another incentive to come here and, combined with increased immigration enforcement, could reduce illegal immigration. If the very unlikely happened and Graham got his wish, it's within Meyerson's power to prevent the formation of a "permanent noncitizen caste" simply by supporting attrition.
Further, the GOP and similar groups bend over backwards to reach out to non-whites, oftentimes giving oxygen to far-left concepts like corporate pluralism. The Democrats aren't shy about wallowing in far-left racial concepts and the other side of Meyerson's final smear above is a Democratic search for non-white, race-based power.