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Posted on August 9, 2010

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SOME WANT TO AMEND 14th AMENDMENT

“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to this jurisdiction thereof, are citizens…”

Most nations grant citizenship to any child born on its soil, but some people want to change this provision in the 14th Amendment of the Constitution.

A former presidential candidate and Arizona Senator John McCain is among those wanting to change the Constitution. He is up for reelection, and this is a dangerous way to get votes and fill campaign coffers while feeding naional discontent.

It is ironic that those same people, wanting to amend the Constitution, demand Congress to strictly adhere to the Constitution in order to meet their desires.

Changing the Constitution requires two-thirds support from both houses in Congress and then from 75 percent of state houses.

The 14th Amendment was passed in 1868 to confer citizenship on former slaves. This amendment reversed the Dred Scott ruling in a historic court decision in St. Louis.

Since Roman times nations have granted citizenship to children born on their soil. Children born in Germany of  one or both American parents have dual citizenship until the time they become of age and can decide which country they belong.

Changing the words of the greatest document ever produced is wrong. Fortunately it is improbable that this will happen.

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