Thursday, August 13, 2015

It’s Not “Stuff”

Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ) and allegedly a candidate for president, shared his thoughts on citizenship.

In a radio appearance on Wednesday, conservative host Laura Ingraham asked Christie for his opinion on birthright citizenship, a topic he does not seem to have specifically addressed before. In response, Christie said he believed the policy may be outdated.

“I think all this stuff needs to be reexamined in light of the current circumstances,” he said. “[Birthright citizenship] may have made sense at some point in our history, but right now, we need to re-look at all that.”

“This stuff” is the Fourteenth Amendment that states plainly that all persons born or naturalized in the United States are citizens.  There’s not a lot of room “to re-look at all that.”

I get it that he was pandering to a right-wing talk radio host and that to say that we should actually go along with the Constitution would be a really bad thing to tell an audience that proudly stands behind it only when it suits them, but when he does this kind of casual off-the-cuff shredding, it makes you glad that the closest Chris Christie will get to the White House is when he takes his kids on a tour there sometime.