Lanterns: To Whom Do Constitutional Rights Apply?


To Whom Do Constitutional Rights Apply?

In today’s brave new world, where fairy god-parents bestow upon the populace the most wonderful of free gifts—gifts provided mostly by the “liberal left” or “progressive” wing of the modern Democrat Party. It seems that constitutional rights have been bestowed upon all the people of the world. Individuals don’t even have to be on American soil to enjoy the protections under our Constitution. At least that is what some activist judges and attorneys would have you believe.

The basis for this erroneous belief is the living document theory. Summed up, it is the idea that the Constitution as an original document must change over time in order to suit the current culture or ideals and needs of society. This perspective is also known as the loose constructionist or pragmatics point of view. The fact that the first practical mention of the idea for government use came from the 28th president should come as no surprise. Yes that’s right, President Woodrow Wilson, Mr. Progressive, himself.

In his book, Constitutional Government in the United States, Wilson stated that “living political constitutions must be Darwinian in structure and in practice.” While on the campaign trail in 1912, Wilson reportedly said, “Society is a living organism and must obey the laws of life, not of mechanics; it must develop. All that progressives ask or desire is permission - in an era when "development," "evolution," is the scientific word - to interpret the Constitution according to the Darwinian principle; all they ask is recognition of the fact that a nation is a living thing and not a machine.”

Progressivism (socialism/communism) is a cancer that will steal the souls of mankind and destroy liberty and freedom. Now that we have a foundation, let me make this statement, non-citizens do not have rights under the Constitution of the United States of America. All human beings have human rights and should be treated with respect and dignity whenever possible. They do not, however, all have U.S. constitutional rights. The progressives have taken what should be plain and to the point and twisted the meaning to suit their needs. They have changed the plain rendering of the XIV Amendment and magically conferred constitutional rights to anyone in the world—literally. Let us take a look at what the XIV Amendment Section I actually says:

Amendment XIV

Section 1.

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.

By using common sense (yes, I know it is rare) and taking the text for what it says, it appears to me to be speaking of citizens only. The “nor shall any state deprive” phrase is not, in my humble opinion, conferring rights upon non-citizens but merely telling states they cannot supersede the Bill of Rights and treat people that have come from other states to theirs differently. This would seem also to apply to the Native Americans and the newly freed slaves who now could obtain citizenship. The language most assuredly is not speaking of individuals who illegally cross our national borders, nor those who want to apply for refugee status. Immigration to the United States is not a right; it is a privilege.

Yet for all of us humble citizens who do not have law degrees or formal constitutional training, maybe someone can explain how the progressives high jacked the Constitution and how no one stopped them. Could it be that the good ol’ U. S. of A. and our ideals of respect for life, liberty, self governance, and pursuit of happiness - all endowed by the Creator of all things – stands in the way of the Globalist agenda?

Well now I have gone and done it. Boom. I used the term Globalist. Only it does not sound as crazy as it used to. Does it?

Written by Dale Lumley

I am a 55 yr old Christian, Sgt. USMC DSGW. Patriot, Constitutional Originalist. Husband, Father.

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