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Better a slave than without food-stamps..

I pulled this from the Daily Kos. Yeah, I slop around in that moral cesspool.

In one simple quote, Sister Joan Chittister, O.S.B. sums up the hypocrisy in the ‘pro-life’ movement:

    “I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to abortion, that that makes you pro-life. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a child born but not a child fed, not a child educated, not a child housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not pro-life. That’s pro-birth. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-life is.”

No link to the Kos kooks but the rest of the article and comments leads these folks to believe they have the answer to the pro-life position: We aren’t pro-life because we don’t want to impose permanent dependency on those the left deigns to let live. The foundation of the left’s argument is that a life without government welfare is better snuffed in the womb.

How does the good sister’s argument work for other moral crusades? Let’s try it out in 1860.

“I do not believe that just because you’re opposed to slavery, that that makes you an abolitionist. In fact, I think in many cases, your morality is deeply lacking if all you want is a slave set free but not a slave fed, not a slave educated, not a slave housed. And why would I think that you don’t? Because you don’t want any tax money to go there. That’s not abolitionism. That’s pro-release. We need a much broader conversation on what the morality of pro-release is.”

Yeah, so let’s maintain slavery until we can agree that anyone released from slavery be maintained on the public dole. After all, a child man not on the dole is better off dead a slave.

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“Another boy!”

Fourth Planned Parenthood video released, prior restraint be damned.

The horror show continues…

DENVER, July 30–New undercover footage shows Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains’ Vice President and Medical Director, Dr. Savita Ginde, negotiating a fetal body parts deal, agreeing multiple times to illicit pricing per body part harvested, and suggesting ways to avoid legal consequences.

Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM) is a wealthy, multi-state Planned Parenthood affiliate that does over 10,000 abortions per year. PPRM has a contract to supply aborted fetal tissue to Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

In the video, actors posing as representatives from a human biologics company meet with Ginde at the abortion-clinic headquarters of PPRM in Denver to discuss a potential partnership to harvest fetal organs. When the actors request intact fetal specimens, Ginde reveals that in PPRM’s abortion practice, “Sometimes, if we get, if someone delivers before we get to see them for a procedure, then we are intact.”

Since PPRM does not use digoxin or other feticide in its 2nd trimester procedures, any intact deliveries before an abortion are potentially born-alive infants under federal law (1 USC 8).

“We’d have to do a little bit of training with the providers or something to make sure that they don’t crush” fetal organs during 2nd trimester abortions, says Ginde, brainstorming ways to ensure the abortion doctors at PPRM provide usable fetal organs.

When the buyers ask Ginde if “compensation could be specific to the specimen?” Ginde agrees, “Okay.” Later on in the abortion clinic’s pathological laboratory, standing over an aborted fetus, Ginde responds to the buyer’s suggestion of paying per body part harvested, rather than a standard flat fee for the entire case: “I think a per-item thing works a little better, just because we can see how much we can get out of it.”

The sale or purchase of human fetal tissue is a federal felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison or a fine of up to $500,000 (42 U.S.C. 289g-2). Federal law also requires that no alteration in the timing or method of abortion be done for the purposes of fetal tissue collection (42 U.S.C. 289g-1).

Ginde also suggests ways for Planned Parenthood to cover-up its criminal and public relations liability for the sale of aborted body parts. “Putting it under ‘research’ gives us a little bit of an overhang over the whole thing,” Ginde remarks. “If you have someone in a really anti state who’s going to be doing this for you, they’re probably going to get caught.”

Ginde implies that PPRM’s lawyer, Kevin Paul, is helping the affiliate skirt the fetal tissue law: “He’s got it figured out that he knows that even if, because we talked to him in the beginning, you know, we were like, ‘We don’t want to get called on,’ you know, ‘selling fetal parts across states.’” The buyers ask, “And you feel confident that they’re building those layers?” to which Ginde replies, “I’m confident that our Legal will make sure we’re not put in that situation.”

As the buyers and Planned Parenthood workers identify body parts from last fetus in the path lab, a Planned Parenthood medical assistant announces: “Another boy!”

The video is the latest by The Center for Medical Progress documenting Planned Parenthood’s sale of aborted fetal parts. Project Lead David Daleiden notes: “Elected officials need to listen to the public outcry for an immediate moratorium on Planned Parenthood’s taxpayer funding while the 10 state investigations and 3 Congressional committees determine the full extent of Planned Parenthood’s sale of baby parts.” Daleiden continues, “Planned Parenthood’s recent call for the NIH to convene an expert panel to ‘study’ fetal experimentation is absurd after suggestions from Planned Parenthood’s Dr. Ginde that ‘research’ can be used as a catch-all to cover-up baby parts sales. The biggest problem is bad actors like Planned Parenthood who hold themselves above the law in order to harvest and make money off of aborted fetal brains, hearts, and livers.”

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Prior Restraint*

Those who are losing an argument badly often resort to silencing the opposition.

Late Wednesday, the Los Angeles Superior Court issued a temporary restraining order against the Center for Medical Progress, the pro-life group whose undercover journalism has produced three videos showing Planned Parenthood officials engaged in the practice of harvesting of organs from unborn children killed by abortions. Under the terms of the order, the non-profit organization is banned from releasing video of a May lunch attended by three StemExpress officials. The complaint alleges multiple infractions by the Center for Medical Progress, including invasion of privacy, breach of contract, and unfair competition.

*Regarding prior restraint.

One of the fundamental rights guaranteed by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is the freedom from prior restraint. Derived from English Common Law, the rule against prior restraint prohibits government from banning expression of ideas prior to their publication. The rule against prior restraint is based on the principle that Freedom of the Press is essential to a free society. Attempts by government to obtain a prior restraint have largely been unsuccessful.

The rule against prior restraint was undisputed for much of U.S. history. The landmark case of near v. minnesota, 283 U.S. 697, 51 S. Ct. 625, 75 L. Ed. 1357 (1931), finally settled the issue, with the U.S. Supreme Court finding that the First Amendment imposed a heavy presumption against the validity of a prior restraint.

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Public Accommodation

More than any other topic including the Stars and Bars, public accommodation laws have stirred debate on the Revo. While Nota and I have argued that they play a role, we have struggled to know where to draw the line. Well, I know I have.

I know for certain that laws that prohibit posting signs on diners that say “NO COLOREDS” are justified and appropriate. I do not think, however, that any Christian baker should be required to make a cake with two little brides or two little grooms on top. The bottom line is that I know there is a limiting factor but I don’t know where to draw the line.

Over at Ace of Spades HQ, Gabriel Malor draws the line quite nicely, I think. Public accommodations apply to things like common carriers, inns and pubs. Why? These services are a necessary part of life and, in extreme circumstances, life depends on them. Nobody ever needs a wedding cake to live.

Regular listeners to the podcast know that I go off on public accommodation laws from time to time. I think they cover way too much. Under the English common law, which is where the notion originates, public accommodations were common carriers and inns and pubs. The reason common carriers, inns, and pubs were required to be open to any with the ability to pay is literally because it was matter of life and death. You have to let people have access to food and water, shelter, and travel. But that was it. It wasn’t every business.

The modern trend to declare everything a public accommodation, including membership organizations that any idiot can see are private groups, abandons the notion that people have a right to associate with only those who they care to and also to not associate with those those they don’t. Discrimination on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sex, and sexual orientation is abhorrent. But so is using the government to force groups or businesses to associate with individuals that they would rather not.

Well said and, as far as I am concerned, is a nice, bright line for all to see.

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Moon Hoax Not

Common sense tells us the Moon Landing Hoax is Grade A Hokum. This gentleman, in a very entertaining manner, all but 100 percent proves beyond a modicum of doubt that Neil, Buzz and the rest moonwalked long before Michael Jackson.

I enjoy this sort of thing because I enjoy seeking the truth based on unemotional logic. As the filmmaker points out, the United States Government lies constantly. In fact, they can tell us six impossible lies before breakfast. That men visited the moon is not, however, one of its innumerable lies.

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Sleep tight kiddies…

The Bamster is allowing himself to dream the forbidden dream.

“Now, let me be honest with you,” Obama said. “I do not understand this. I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as the President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again.”

The crowd cheered appreciatively.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he said. “I think if I ran, I could win.”

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Yet another Planned Parenthood butchery video is released

In this one, we learn more about the way the Technicians at Planned Parenthood harvest the organs of their tiny victims for fun and profit.

These people live among us. They are technicians of death and they have the support of the President of the United States and a majority of the federal bureaucracy. These technicians kill innocent human beings and harvest their tiny organs for sale. These are people who demand a larger federal role in our personal medical decisions. These technicians and the bureaucracy that supports them believe that they should decide what is and isn’t best for the health and welfare of the American people.

“God bless Planned Parenthood” – Barack Obama

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had a good Sunday…

Or maybe it was his clone. Who can tell?

In a pair of losses for conservatives, the Senate voted overwhelmingly Sunday to revive the Export-Import Bank while failing to overcome a filibuster of an attempt to repeal Obamacare — with more fireworks to come.

The rare Sunday votes set the stage for the Senate to send a long-term highway bill tied to the Ex-Im Bank to the House later this week, but not before facing other gambits by conservatives, including a procedural vote forced by Sen. Ted Cruz regarding the Iran deal and an effort to deploy a maneuver akin to the “nuclear option.”

The Senate quickly adjourned for the night after holding the series of votes. The Obamacare repeal failed 49-43, well shy of the 60 votes needed to overcome a filibuster and attach the repeal to the bill aimed at avoiding a highway program shutdown at the end of July.

A bipartisan coalition then beat back a filibuster of the Export-Import Bank amendment proposed by Sen. Mark S. Kirk, R-Ill., on a 67-26 vote. Neither vote was a surprise.

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Suddenly, there is this…

Someone left the door to the madhouse open…. #cuckservative

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Senate saves cronyism…

The EX-IM Bank is the one of the worst examples of corrupt cronyism in the United States. It was dead and in its grave but was dug up set up for a vote life by the Republican Senate Majority Leader. On the Senate floor, Senator Cruz said Mitch McConnell is no different than Harry Reid as Senate leader. He is correct.


What’s next for McConnell? I bet he will allow Democrats to put continued funding for Planned Parenthood in the Highway Bill. Any takers?

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Breaking: Shooting in Louisiana theater…


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Why I never display the Confederate Flag

Quiet today… Too quiet. Let’s see if we can’t liven things up with a Throwback Thursday history discussion.

Let’s call this: Why I never display the Confederate flag.

My reasons, in descending order of significance.

1) The Confederacy came into existence to preserve and protect slavery. The southern states all stated this outright in their justifications for secession. Any denial of this is gross revisionism. The permanent preservation of slavery was guaranteed in the Confederate Constitution. No one who supports liberty and freedom can tolerate any kind of support for unjust human bondage. The flag represents the Confederacy and the Confederacy was created to maintain and continue human bondage. This is manifest.

2) Prior to the Confederate states’ secession, it was understood that the union that binds the United States was voluntary. In fact, the nation was referred to as “these United States” rather than “the United States.” The voluntary nature of the union was destroyed when the first test of dissolution was based on the preservation of a crime against humanity. Had the first test been based on a just cause, it is unlikely that there would have been the stomach to fight a bloody war to prevent it. Because the Confederate States chose a crime as the basis for the first test of secession, this basic right to disassociate was crushed. It is generally understood today that secession is impossible. This understanding is the result of the Confederacy’s terrible reason for secession. The Confederacy stole our right to secede.

3) The history of the American South is over 400 years and is full of all manner of good and decency. The Confederacy lasted four failure filled years. A symbol of these four miserable years should not be used to overshadow and represent four hundred years of powerful history. A region with centuries of lives, industry and growth should not be represented by a symbol that stands for just four years of failure.

4) The Confederacy lost. They fired the first shot, went to war and were badly beaten. It is the flag of the losers. I don’t see any reason to fly a losers’ flag.

5) In the 20th century, the flag was used to symbolize simple southern pride. It has been co-opted, however, by the foul KKK, the idiotic Aryan Nation and the kind of racist cretin who attends bible study in a black church and then kills those who welcomed him. It may not be fair, but these people have made the case that the flag is theirs and, in the eyes of millions, it is increasingly so.

I don’t support banning the flag. I do not believe that even a large minority of southern soldiers were fighting to preserve slavery. They were fighting to defend their homes. I acknowledge that had I been a southerner in 1861, I would have fought with the Rebel Army. I support the right of people to fly any flag they want to fly. That said, I will not display it.

Discuss.

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More children living in poverty now than in 2008

The reason for the increase in child poverty is clear. A much smaller percentage of Americans are working now than in 2008. The labor force participation rate has collapsed.

Obama’s policies have encouraged welfare dependency and hobbled the engine of job creation. Welfare equals poverty. Employment allows people to rise above it.

Obama is the welfare/poverty president. Virtually everything he has done has encouraged welfare and discouraged job creation.

He is a national disaster.

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When the state gives you lemons…

…shove them up the state’s ass.

Aaron and Melissa Klein (Sweet Cakes by Melissa) who had been ordered to pay $135,000 to a same-sex couple who threw a legal-sized fit when the Kleins opted not to to provide a cake for their commitment ceremony because it would violate their religious beliefs, have seen a record-breaking $352,500 raised at their Continue to Give fundraising campaign. This just in two months time and on top of the $109,000 already raised in the now shutdown GoFundMe campaign.

Big profits for Sweet Cakes. Eat it Oregon.

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Have you been following the Netroots 15 convention?

Of course you haven’t been. I think this is pretty much all you need to know.


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Chesterton’s Fence

If you don’t understand why something exists, don’t tear it down. This is a couple of paragraphs every progressive should read.

“In the matter of reforming things, as distinct from deforming them, there is one plain and simple principle; a principle which will probably be called a paradox. There exists in such a case a certain institution or law; let us say, for the sake of simplicity, a fence or gate erected across a road. The more modern type of reformer goes gaily up to it and says, “I don’t see the use of this; let us clear it away.” To which the more intelligent type of reformer will do well to answer: “If you don’t see the use of it, I certainly won’t let you clear it away. Go away and think. Then, when you can come back and tell me that you do see the use of it, I may allow you to destroy it.”

This paradox rests on the most elementary common sense. The gate or fence did not grow there. It was not set up by somnambulists who built it in their sleep. It is highly improbable that it was put there by escaped lunatics who were for some reason loose in the street. Some person had some reason for thinking it would be a good thing for somebody. And until we know what the reason was, we really cannot judge whether the reason was reasonable. It is extremely probable that we have overlooked some whole aspect of the question, if something set up by human beings like ourselves seems to be entirely meaningless and mysterious. There are reformers who get over this difficulty by assuming that all their fathers were fools; but if that be so, we can only say that folly appears to be a hereditary disease. But the truth is that nobody has any business to destroy a social institution until he has really seen it as an historical institution. If he knows how it arose, and what purposes it was supposed to serve, he may really be able to say that they were bad purposes, or that they have since become bad purposes, or that they are purposes which are no longer served. But if he simply stares at the thing as a senseless monstrosity that has somehow sprung up in his path, it is he and not the traditionalist who is suffering from an illusion.”

— G.K. Chesterton

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Marines Down in Chattanooga |UPDATE

There is something wrong with a country where Marines have to call the police to protect them.

BREAKING NEWS: Four Marines were reportedly killed Thursday at a Chattanooga, Tenn., Navy training center, in one of two attacks at area military facilities that happened nearly simultaneously and just seven miles apart.

The Marines were killed by a gunman who opened fire at a Naval Reserves Operations Center on Amnicola Highway, a U.S. official told The Associated Press. The official said the sole gunman was also killed.

Marilyn Hutcheson, who works at Binswanger Glass just across the street from the Naval Reserve Center on Amnicola Highway, said she heard a barrage of gunfire around 11 a.m.

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UPDATE
The shooting suspect was identified as Muhammad Youssef Abdulazeez.

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Yesterday was #PrimeDay

It was like Black Friday at Amazon. Here is a wonderful shopping cart of Amazon suggested products.

An XXL Diane Keaton shirt, a family five pack of brass knuckles and a plate o’ ham.

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Who wouldn’t want that stuff, huh?

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Cleansing History

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NAACP says Stone Mountain must be cleansed.

A sculpture in Georgia larger than a football field – depicting Civil War luminaries Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee and Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson – has become the latest target in the push to purge the South of signs of the Confederacy.

The Atlanta chapter of the NAACP called Monday for the elimination of all symbols of the Confederacy from Stone Mountain Park, whose marquee attraction is the 90-foot-high, 190-foot-wide sculpture carved deep into the mountain.

“Those guys need to go,” chapter leader Richard Rose told WSB-TV, referring to Davis, the former president of the Confederate States of America, and the two Confederate generals. “They can be sand-blasted off, or somebody could carefully remove a slab of that and auction it off to the highest bidder.

They should consult with the Taliban. They are experienced with this sort of historical cleansing.

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They are getting nostalgic on Twitter…

…over stuff like this.


Yeah, golly, how did our ancestors survive with these stone age tools? Kids today just don’t understand.

Sheesh.

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Where no man has gone before…

We are about to see sights that no human being has ever seen.

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HERE IS NEW Horizon’s newest image of Pluto, sent from the planet yesterday and released early this morning. Each pixel represents 4 kilometers, and the image is 1000 times the resolution of anything from Hubble.

The image is oriented with Pluto’s north at the top. The dark regions (not shadowed) are the planet’s equator, which is about 2/3rds the diameter of Earth’s moon.

More.

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Iran Celebrates

The Iranians sure seem happy about this. They have been in the streets celebrating. It isn’t exactly clear but John Kerry assures us they are chanting “HEALTH TO AMERICA! HEALTH TO THE GREAT SANTA!”

After 18 days of intense and often fractious negotiation, world powers and Iran struck a landmark deal Tuesday to curb Iran’s nuclear program in exchange for billions of dollars in relief from international sanctions — an agreement designed to avert the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran and another U.S. military intervention in the Muslim world.

“This is a historic moment,” Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said as he attended a final session alongside his counterparts from the United States, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia in Vienna on Tuesday morning. “We are reaching an agreement that is not perfect for anybody, but it is what we could accomplish, and it is an important achievement for all of us. Today could have been the end of hope on this issue. But now we are starting a new chapter of hope.”

I am sure that Obama has drawn a red line across which Iran dare not tread. Don’t worry. Be happy.

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The Peasants are Revolting

First posted on July 14, 2008.

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July 14 is Bastille Day. In France, it is known as Fête Nationale or the “National Celebration”. It is the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille prison by a mob of Parisians who were, first, after the arms cache therein and, as an afterthought, whatever political prisoners were being held there. It turns out there were seven common criminals in the prison that day and no political prisoners. Governor de Launay, the commander of the prison, saw the gathering mob, and to prevent a massacre, pretty much opened the gate and let the mob “storm” in. In the melee inside, 94 of the brave and glorious storming Parisians were killed. A total of one defender died.

From this event, one thing led to another and France quickly progressed into a period that became known as the “Reign of Terror.” This was the revolutionary period when heads of just about anybody and everybody were separated from their bodies by that French innovation, the guillotine. Up to 40,000 of the French population lost their heads literally as the rest of them lost them figuratively. The Jacobins, led by Maximilien Robespierre, invented the modern revolution – yearned for by moonbats everywhere – where everything from the past is eliminated, from the calender to religion. “…and the morals that they worshiped will be gone.” Eventually even the French had enough and Robespierre was eliminated during Thermidorian Reaction when his powdered head dropped into a basket. Again, one thing led to another and, on 9 November 1799 (18 Brumaire of the Year VIII), the French got the little dictator Napoleon Bonaparte who led them on military adventures that cost the lives of 4 million to 6 million people. After that it was pretty much back to business as usual in France much as life existed before the Storming of the Bastille.

Reflect on this archetypal French holiday where a mob, trying to steal weapons, got themselves slaughtered by the dozens, released some criminals from prison and ushered in an era of terror, death, tyranny and bloody warfare. That mob was the 18th century version of Movon.org and, since then, every revolutionary commie puke from the early 20th century to today can trace his pedigree back to the Bastille and the French Revolution. Somewhere in a corner of Hell Che Guevara, Joseph Stalin, Mao and the architects of the French Revolution are sharing stories of revolution.

Happy Bastille Day.

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Now Klinger is never going to get that Section 8!

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This should be interesting.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pentagon leaders are finalizing plans aimed at lifting the ban on transgender individuals in the military, with the goal of formally ending one of the last gender- or sexuality-based barriers to military service, senior U.S. officials told The Associated Press.

An announcement is expected this week, and the services would have six months to assess the impact of the change and work out the details, the officials said Monday. Military chiefs wanted time to methodically work through the legal, medical and administrative issues and develop training to ease any transition, and senior leaders believed six months would be sufficient.

The officials said Defense Secretary Ash Carter has asked his personnel undersecretary, Brad Carson, to set up a working group of senior military and civilian leaders to take an objective look at the issue. One senior official said that while the goal is to lift the ban, Carter wants the working group to look at the practical effects, including the costs, and determine whether it would affect readiness or create any insurmountable problems that could derail the plan. The group would also develop uniform guidelines.

More here.

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Amnesty for Illegal Aliens?

We are all against it. Trump is out trumpeting his opposition. Of course when we think of illegal aliens, we think of that animal who shot the young woman in San Francisco. But they aren’t all like that.

There are many thousands of illegals who fit this mold….

    – Brought here by parents when they were infants or toddlers.
    – Raised in the US and have never even visited their countries of origin.
    – Speak very little or no Spanish at all.
    – Are now 18-25 years old and citizens of nations of which they know little or nothing.
    – Illegal in the United States and unable to get a job, drivers licence or loan legally.
    – They are effectively stateless people.

What are we to do with these people?

There is a principle in law called “easements by prescription”. The principle is that, if allow someone access to your property for a certain amount of time, implied easements are automatically granted. For example, if you let the public access the beach over your land for enough time, the easement is implied and cannot be revoked; at least not easily. If you let people cut a trail to the beach long enough, there comes a point when you can no longer put up a no trespassing sign.

Isn’t that principle at work with the child who grew up in America? If we allowed a child to grow to adulthood for many years in this country, to develop as a person during his or her formative years as an American, isn’t there an implied easement?

I don’t have the answer. Discuss.

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