In case you haven’t noticed, there is a movement afoot in this country to erase its history, replace its population, and otherwise de-Americanize it in toto. Most recently, two law professors (God help us) posted an op-ed to USA Today, demanding that the Constitution be changed to permit the foreign-born to become President.
Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution reads:
No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;
We have been inching toward what the Left likes to call “re-imagining” those words for a while. Take, for example, the two elections to the office of Barack Hussein Obama, whose checkered background and nomadic formative years made his claim to being “American” tenuous at best. Or consider the current Democrat aspirant to the Vice-Presidency, Kamala Devi Harris, born to non-citizens whose Indo-Jamaican ancestry and affiliations suggest something quite other traditional Americanism.
The de-Americanizers think that since the public, having been made accustomed to the idea that America is not a country but what Teddy Roosevelt called a “polyglot boarding house,” it’s time to make it official. Professors Randall Kennedy, of Harvard, and Ilya Somin, of George Mason, assert that “as the current political moment passes, xenophobia recedes (polls show younger voters are much more supportive of immigration than older ones), and more people come to realize how ridiculous this restriction is,” the time is right. They believe Americans may “get tired of hearing this claptrap every four years,” though we’re not sure whose “claptrap” they’re referring to, their opponents’ or their own.
The professors cite proponents of the move from both sides of the theoretical aisle. Former Yale law dean Robert Post–“a strong liberal”–wants the requirement removed, as does former Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah)–“a strong conservative”–who in 2004 called it “an anachronism that is decidedly un-American.”
It’s ironic that when the de-Americanizers look around, all they see are things–like statues and monuments and Constitutions–things that have stood for centuries–that to them suddenly appear “un-American.” There are such things, but they typically inhabit places like the halls of Congress, the streets of Portland, and the classrooms and lecture halls of America’s schools of law.
For more, see USA Today.