Prominent Republicans have recently called for ending birthright citizenship. Similarly prominent GOPistas have defended birthright citizenship. The change being broached would not appear to have disparate impact upon African Americans, though if illegal immigration were successfully stopped, blacks might benefit disproportionately.
Many democratic countries don't automatically grant citizenship to babies born to non-citizens on their territory: Australia, Belgium, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Sweden, Taiwan [I learned that one the hard way], United Kingdom and many others.
After the Civil War, the Fourteenth Amendment was passed in an unsuccessful effort to ensure African Americans--contra Justice Taney--were US citizens. (It took a century to genuinely take effect.)
Nine days ago, Chanhassen blogger Jessica Pieklo--Hegemommy--published The Rise of the Old South, implicitly calling anyone in favor of ending birthright citizenship racist.
I asked the blogger the obvious question: Can an upright person oppose birthright citizenship? Should we view Ireland, the Philippines and Sweden as bigoted nations, given their citizenship policies?
This past Tuesday, the 'progressive' blogger published American Exceptionalism Moves To The Boardroom? In this post, Hegemommy praises righties who've called the proposed change offensive and demagogic--piling on her own morally wrong and historically tone deaf. (Intimidated now, dissenters?)
She doesn't tell us why we should feel so offended--and that's your job if a) you blog; and b) you're trying to persuade readers to be offended by something.
After making her reasonless moralistic claim, she wanders off into an unfruitful discussion of American exceptionalism (that elastic thing), then she tells us a bad result that would occur if the Fourteenth Amendment were repealed in toto--which no one is advocating.
Having spent the best part of two blogposts hyperventilating on the racism and moral turpitude inherent in any emendation to the Fourteenth Amendment, Hegemommy closes by suggesting one she supports--ending 'corporate personhood'.