>> Thursday, September 24, 2009
Perhaps the funniest (although certainly not the most disturbing) part of Glenn Back's racist analysis of the 14th Amendment is his claim that to interpret the clause "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" to mean that people born in the United States become American citizens would be a "revision" of the 14th Amendment. A more faithful interpretation, apparently, would be to see that the plain language of the clause doesn't apply to classes of people that Glenn Beck doesn't like. But don't call that racist or anything! And for God's sake don't keep reading the 14th Amendment further -- many more nutty ideas in there.
This kind of thing might merely be a sideshow if it wasn't also being echoed by, say, major Republican candidates in presidential primaries and state and federal Republican legislators.