My great-aunt Mabel and her sisters, my grand-mother included were among the first women in the state of Minnesota to cast a ballot. In 1980, when she cast a ballot for Ronald Reagan she was the oldest voter in Oconee County to do so. She managed to get a lot of press for it.
One of Mibsey’s stalwart commands was that all women in our family vote every chance we had. She feared if women could be “given” the vote, they could take the vote away from us.
In away, that is what those lovely Libertarians from the Cato Institute are promoting. They are trying to take the direct election of United States Senators out of the hands of WE THE PEOPLE and give it back to WE THE GOVERNMENT. After all, we the stupid people cannot make correct decisions and they the Libertarians can?
They want to repeal birthright citizenship.
“…Legislation dubbed the Birthright Citizenship Act was introduced in the House of Representatives last year seeking to prevent citizenship to babies born to illegal immigrants even though the 14th Amendment to the Constitution guarantees citizenship to everyone born in the U.S. More than 90 lawmakers signed on as co-sponsors.
Paul told the TV station that partisan politics may be at play in not stopping illegal immigration.
“I’m not opposed to letting people come in and work and labour in our country,” Paul said. “But I think what we should do is we shouldn’t provide an easy route to citizenship. A lot of this is about demographics. If you look at new immigrants from Mexico, they register three to one Democrat, so the Democratic Party is for easy citizenship and allowing them to vote. I think we need to address that….Rusty Childress, founder of the anti-illegal immigration group United for a Sovereign America, praised Paul as “a brave individual” for voicing his opinion on the issue. Childress said he also believes children born in the U.S. to illegal immigrants should not get citizenship.
“It is an incentive, and the role of our government becomes that of an enabler of illegal immigration,” Childress said.”…”
Gene Healy wrote this deplorable column for the Washington Examiner. He is the perfect example of why I detest Libertarians. Healy doesn’t want the Dems to spend so much money, but the brain dead Libertarian loser doesn’t stop to think that repealing the 17th Amendment would only give the Dems more power.
“…Indeed, “the increased power of special interests was the purpose of the 17th Amendment,” Zywicki writes. “It allowed them to lobby senators directly, cutting out the middleman of the state legislatures.” Maybe that’s why corporations and urban political machines — Progressives’ supposed enemies — supported the amendment.
Together with the 16th Amendment establishing an income tax, the 17th Amendment helped transform the states into little more than administrative units for the federal behemoth. The feds have the gold, and they increasingly make the rules — in education, health care, and more.
Over the next decade, Obamacare will lead to $34 billion in new state spending on Medicaid alone, according to the Congressional Budget Office. With the Senate co-opted, state attorneys general can only look to the federal courts to save them from that unfunded mandate.
Unfortunately, repealing the 17th Amendment would be almost impossible. Since Congress won’t propose the repealing amendment, you would need two-thirds of the states to call for an amending convention — something that has never happened.
And repeal might not change anything. By 1913, more than half of the states had already adopted mechanisms that effectively bound state legislators to the voters’ choice, and it’s hard to imagine their 21st century counterparts ignoring the people’s will in senatorial selection. “Democracy is popular,” Zywicki notes dryly.
Repealing the 17th is a noble but quixotic goal. However, by focusing on the damage that amendment did, the Tea Partiers have drawn much-needed attention toward the problems that plague us. And diagnosis, one hopes, is the first step toward an eventual cure….”
Are Libertarians THIS stupid?