By: the Common Constitutionalist
One reason for Trump’s popularity is the “what have you done for me lately” effect. Over the years we’ve all been witness to and have even supported republican candidates who, when they started out, were conservative, went to Washington and within a term or two, moderated their views to the point where they just fold into the establishment wing. Hacks are not born – they are made.
This is why Trump didn’t get buried over the John McCain dust-up. McCain was a war hero and Reagan revolutionary. Now he’s a hack, and it’s how most voters see him. What has John done for us lately?
Heck, even some of the most rabid leftist democrats, started their national political careers far right of where they are now.
For example: Recall Harry Reid’s anti-illegal immigration floor speech that sounded a lot like The Donald, or Mark Levin, or me. In 1993 he even introduced a bill (title) to “clarify” the 14th Amendment.
Here is the Reid Title:
…the Congress has determined and hereby declares that any person born after the date of enactment of this title to a mother who is neither a citizen of the United States nor admitted to the United States as a lawful permanent resident, and which person is a national or citizen of another country of which either of his or her natural parents is a national or citizen, or is entitled upon application to become a national or citizen of such country, shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States within the meaning of [Section 1 of the 14th Amendment] and shall therefore not be a citizen of the United States or of any State solely by reason of physical presence within the United States at the moment of birth. S.1351, Sec.1001
And son of a gun if Reid didn’t have it exactly right. I guess he really does know his Constitution – or did, when he wrote: “shall be considered as born subject to the jurisdiction of that foreign country and not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States…”