Liberal talking point has a few holes …
A near-viral liberal assertion these days is that the Constitution protects all people, not just Americans.
Sorry, Charlie … that’s just not true.
For openers, glance at the Preamble to the Constitution
Note that it says “We the people of the United States … not “We the people from everywhere around the globe”
And it says “… to secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity” … not “… to anybody from anywhere on the planet who may sneak across our borders.”
Seems like a clear (and narrow) definition to me.
Some may not like that proclamation, but that’s the way it reads, folks.
OK, let’s give the libs some slack …
Maybe the lib-chatterers are confusing the Constitution with the Declaration of Independence, which does say:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Let’s parse that a bit …
First, the context:
The D of I was declaring that Americans were not subservient to the Brits.
No grander thought than that.
Then there’s the gender thing:
The D of I makes reference to a narrow group: “men”.
A grammatical convenience?
Maybe that was just shorthand for “men and women.”
My hunch: unlikely based on subsequent enactments.
Think, women’s suffrage rights.
Or, maybe “men” was short-form for “all people”.
Again, strikes me as unlikely since many of the drafters were slave-holders who, some of whom helped to craft Article I, Section 2, of the U.S. Constitution … you know, the infamous “three-fifths clause”.
It’s ok for somebody to argue that Constitution rights should be extended to anybody on the planet.
The right to think and say that is protected by the Constitution.
But, stop saying that the Constitution intended that interpretation.
That’s flat-out wrong.