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Discussion in 'Politics & World News' started by Westy, Jan 2, 2017.
Humanity is a fucking trainwreck... there is no doubt about it.
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Perhaps we can use AI to identify all the morons in the country...
Pretty sure a red hat is sufficient.
lol at some of the names in the comments, Cadet Bone Spurs and thesnatchsnatcher
Maybe this belongs here...
At @Westy request.
I done put it in the wrong place originally.
But the process is now complete.
We'll be ok. It's going to take a while though.
not in my lifetime......politics is like religion now....and fuck that bullshit.
I'm just not too sure what RIP actually means in this case....
Rest in Peace
Rest in Pieces
Ripped in Pieces
Relapse into Past
Anyway you spell it, it is not good.
Too fat to spread the freedomz
Use fatties as guided bombs?
Grease that runway?
To fat to die in service of Chevron and Halliburton?
what a fucking asshole
Steven King is rolling in his grave.
Birthright citizenship: A Trump-inspired history lesson on the 14th Amendment
This story was originally published by The Washington Post on Aug. 31, 2015.
It was the fall of 1895, and Wong Kim Ark was puzzled and alarmed as he bided his time on the steamship Coptic, which floated in the San Francisco Bay after returning him from a visit to China. His papers were in order. He had seen to that. The required statement, certification from white men that he was born in the United States and therefore a citizen, were in order. He had traveled to China for a visit and had little trouble being readmitted.
On this occasion, however, authorities denied him entry, returning him to the ship on which he had arrived, and from there to another ship, the Gaelic, and then to the Peking. For four months, the only certainty to Wong’s life was the tides in San Francisco Bay, where he awaited word of his fate.
What he could not have known was that he was about to become a “test case” brought by the United States government, egged on by a wave of anti-Chinese sentiment, in an effort to undermine the 14th Amendment “birthright” provision, which made Wong a citizen in the first place as the plain and simple language of the amendment said that, “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.”
For the Chinese in America, this was the “exclusion era,” a radical shift for the United States., which for the most part, since its creation as a republic, had encouraged people to come to its shores. In the beginning, as the country built its railroads, mined its gold and farmed the valleys of Northern California, the Chinese were also welcomed. They streamed in by the thousands.
But as the Depression of 1873 took its toll on white working men, they began to look for scapegoats. Mob violence, arson and overt racist derision swept through California, powered by slogan “the Chinese must go.” Congress enacted the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, designed to put an end to the flow of Chinese. But that was not enough for the building anti-Chinese wave.
Thousands of children had been born to Chinese parents in the United States and birthright citizenship was the next target, just as it is now today under President Trump. He has long denounced what he and other immigration foes call “anchor babies,” whose parents enter the country illegally just to make sure their children enjoy the benefits of citizenship.
use incognito mode to read the article on the pay for view link. its an excellent read
Just like our comrades in Russia!
whopeeee....and nothing has changed since 2002...
What has changed is increased awareness, however little or much that counts, my friend and cynic.
The Oligarchy is much more entrenched. We now have corporate executives sitting as cabinet heads and the rich got a giant tax cut while we bankrupt the country.
we are not 22 trillion in the hole because of that....
But it sure ain't helping....
neither side is interested in doing anything about it...
As per the title of the thread, pretty sure any semblance of American democracy died with JFK in Dallas... We have been watching the decay. Once the baby boomers are senile, the shit will hit the fan!
Two of the most amazing things in my mind, are:
1) the little protection afforded to workers in the us (for a wealthy country). No health care, short vacations, at will employment, no health insurance, virtually no maternity/paternity leave, insane hours/shifts, less than minimum wage and tips-instead..
2) the fact most american workers seem to be proud about this lack of protections.
It seems the poor are actually convinced the "poor" are somebody else.
It is pretty sad looking in from the outside.
I remember a time when with regard to the US, the word "Patriot" was not synonymous with "Traitor"
pretty sad from the inside, too.
My dad says he doesn't work hard enough on his defense.