Friday, November 2, 2018

A lesson in literacy from Bryan Fischer

Bryan Fischer
Bryan Fischer explains it all for you
Image via YouTube/AFA
American Family Association windbag, Bryan Fischer, has some interesting ideas about what certain verbiage means.
One of the most pernicious distortions of the plain meaning of the Constitution is the conceit that U.S. citizenship automatically belongs to anyone born in America.

It doesn’t.

A correct interpretation and application of the 14th Amendment makes this clear. This amendment, ratified in 1868, was enacted for one simple purpose: to grant citizenship to former slaves who had been born on American soil. The 13th Amendment abolished the institution of slavery, and the 14th Amendment granted American citizenship to the emancipated slaves. Citizenship had been denied them by the dreadful Dred Scott decision of 1857.

Here’s how the first sentence of the 14th Amendment reads…:

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.
Fischer goes on to opine that children born to immigrants are not subject to United States jurisdiction. They are. Not subject to U.S. jurisdiction are children born to ambassadors and other diplomatic personnel and that is the intent of the clause.
From the same site is this gem: Lamestream Media Coverage of Republicans is 88% NEGATIVE. That might actually be true. After all, we have a batshit crazy president who lies all the time. Only Fox News manages to find virtue in mad mendacity.

Meanwhile other GOPers are busy finding reasons to claim that Trump is perfectly sane and as truthful as Honest Abe himself. That is certain to generate positive coverage.

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