The following is section 1 of the 14th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States of America:
- “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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.”
Why is this significant? Sen. Joe Lieberman of Connecticut proposed a bill they would strip American Citizenship of naturalized American Citizens for participating physically or financially in foreign terror attacks against America. Somehow, this bill got twisted into Joe Lieberman proposing that individuals ACCUSED, not convicted mind you, ACCUSED of being involved with foreign terrorist organizations, be stripped of their citizenship and rights granted by the constitution.
Now, I’m not exactly innocent in that respect. Upon hearing the media reports, which flat out stated it, I jumped to the wrong conclusion. Well, after reading a whole bunch of crap from people who are completely clueless, I did a little research. What I found was the language of the bill proposed by Lieberman. I took it off of his website. Enjoy!
- WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senators Joe Lieberman (I-CT) and Scott Brown (R-MA) and Congressmen Jason Altmire (D-PA) and Charlie Dent (R-PA) today introduced bipartisan, bicameral legislation that would update existing federal law to account for the enemy the United States is fighting today.
- An existing federal statute, 8 U.S.C. § 1481, identifies seven categories of acts for which U.S. citizens lose their citizenship if they voluntarily perform one of those acts “with the intention of relinquishing United States nationality.” Under the Terrorist Expatriation Act, the State Department would also be authorized to revoke the citizenship of a U.S. national who provides material support or resources to a Foreign Terrorist Organization, as designated by the Secretary of State, or who engages in or supports hostilities against the United States or its allies.
There, that is Lieberman’s proposed bill. Some may see the language as ambiguous in that it doesn’t overtly express whether guilt must be established, I would disagree with that assessment. The words ” provides ” and ” engages ” in the bill imply that guilt must be established before action can be taken.
One of the most appalling things in our society today is the way we all jump through the hoops set up by the media and organizations we trust to bring us imformation of any kind. There was a time in America when we could trust what we saw on the news and in our daily newspapers. It appears those days are long behind us. Due to this fact, we must all take it upon ourselves to question what we are told and what we read, particularily from media venues, but also from political organizations. Case in point I posted an email last week from an organization called Patriotic Resistance. It contained an email from Steve Elliot of Grassfire Nation, one of the foremost grassroots organizations in America today. The entire email can be read in the post called ” Reforming ” America. To make a long story short, the email was filled with lies and distortions about the democrat’s immigration reform bill. I knew the contents of the email were crap because I knew what was in the bill. I had read that email before I read the one from Patriotic Resistance.
The bottom line here is this, we all know how to read, we all know how to look something up, we all need to rely on our own instincts to survive. If we don’t use and apply the resources we have, what is the point to life?
P.S. I have not received any emails from Grassfire Nation since posting that article.