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NOT asking about citizenship is political

NOT asking about citizenship is political
July 18
15:50 2019

The Trump administrations wants to ask if a person living in America is a citizen as part of the decennial census due to be conducted in 2020.  Democrats have responded as if such a question is akin to asking a person to surrender their most private information – about which the census routinely inquires. The Constitution requires that every ten years there be a count of the number of “persons” living “in each state” for the purpose of “representation and taxation.”   It was to be a simple headcount – not the demographic survey it has become in modern time.

At the onset, the census was not designed to count everyone living in America.  In the ways of those days, it constitutionally exempted Native Americans because they did not pay taxes.  That raises an interesting point. While Democrats see the numbers as critical to HANDING OUT federal money, The Founders were concerned with the COLLECTION of taxes.

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Democrat hypocrisy regarding the census is not new.  In the days before the Republican Party took away their slaves, Democrats proffered two completely incompatible census arguments.  When it came to federal taxation, they did not want slaves to be counted.  Democrats argued that slaves were not people, but property – chattel.  However, when it came to representation in Congress, those very same slave-owning Democrats decided that they were people.

Democrats are doing an updated version of that hypocrisy today.  In terms of representation, Democrats say that even illegal aliens should be counted. Why?  Because the mostly reside under the protections and generosity of Democrat strongholds.  But when it comes to illegal aliens being subjected to the rule-of-law, they figuratively do not exist.

One can argue – and many have – that the census should apply only to citizens since representation and constitutional rights are connected to those who can vote – to those who are citizens.  Should the distribution of federal welfare be determined by the number of people in a state even though many of them are not eligible for such subsidies?  Should the number of non-citizens be included in the count for congressional representation when they cannot vote?  Should they be counted if the do not pay taxes – as the Founders established with our continent’s original residents?

For most of our history, the census included a question of citizenship.  Considering all the demographic information Uncle Sam seeks as part of the census – even the number of toilets in our homes — one would think that citizenship would be among the most basic questions.  If the purpose of the census is simply to count the people residing in America, then we should eliminate all questions that ask about race and ethnic background.  Uncle Sam should not care if we are married or not.  Why do we have to reveal our ages?  Or our income?

Personally, I do not mind providing a lot of demographic information because I do believe it can serve a good purpose – BUT I do not see why a citizenship question should not be part of that information.

Knowing the number or percentage of citizens does yield important information – and that is exactly what the open border Democrats do not want to know.  Since they support illegal border crossing and want illegals to remain in the country, they do not want the rest of us to know exactly how many people reside in America without the benefit of citizenship.  If Democrats were in charge, we might one day discover that American citizens are a minority.

More and more, the radical left – meaning Democrats – see a world without borders.  They see citizenship as an irrelevant consideration – maybe even an encumbrance to their elimination of nationhood – you know, no respect for the symbols of nationhood, such as the flag, the National Anthem, the Founders, the military and the celebration of Independence Day.

Democrats claim that illegal residents will be fearful of responding to the census out of fear that their illegal status would be discovered – and they could face possible deportation. That is the sort of logic in which only the open border Democrats could engage.  Imagine … anyone who lives in the United States illegally should be protected from being discovered and dealt with accordingly.

You do not have to hate all those currently in America illegally.  You do not even have to want them deported.  You may want to fix the system and address the current backload in a reasonable and humane manner.  You are not a villain, a racist, a xenophobe, a white supremacist or whatever label Democrats apply, to think it is okay to ask everyone residing in America if they are a citizen or not.

In fact, NOT asking that question places politics above the law.

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

Larry Horist

Larry Horist is a conservative activist with an extensive background in economics, public policy and politics. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman, as well as the White House. He has testified as an expert witness before legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress, and lectured at major colleges and universities. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He can be reached at lph@thomasandjoyce.com.

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  1. Bill
    Bill July 19, 19:16

    A question, should people here illegally have representatives in Congress? The Supreme Court thought Trump’s motives were wrong, wanting to limit Democrat counts, but Democrats were outspoken that they didn’t want the question so they would get more Democrat representatives. The Supreme Court made a political decision not a legal one. They took over the Presidents job by substituting their thoughts against his. They should only determine if his action is constitutional, not if they like the reasoning. Now the Supreme Court can look into the reasoning on any order the President makes. The are overstepping their power.

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  2. baggriff
    baggriff July 19, 19:59

    Larry and Bill I think you bought right!

    To ask this question is one way to find out if an area of a state has more voters than citizen. That is why some people do not want this question asked! Some undocumented aliens or (illegal aliens) my be voting illegal also! We will not know that till we ask the question of all!

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  3. Sandra Lee Smith
    Sandra Lee Smith July 19, 20:25

    That was written in a time when we did not have a mass of ILLEGAL INVADERS in our nation and the people living here, citizen as yet or not, were here LEGALLY! NOW we need that division in order to properly district and represent the CITIZENS of this nation not those who have no right to be here in the 1st place.

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