As I noted yesterday, since Barack Obama knifed the Constitution in the back with his pro-FISA flip flop, people have been writing to me with advice about how I should switch my vote to Bob Barr for President. See, they tell me, Bob Barr is the Libertarian Party candidate, and so he will be a big supporter of Liberty. Never mind that he actually voted for the Patriot Act: he’s sorry about that now. And never mind that he voted to prohibit women in the military serving overseas from obtaining abortions, even if these women pay for it out of their own pockets: that’s, um, er, states’ rights?
Yes, I am highly skeptical of the claim that Bob Barr is the presidential candidate for those who care about American freedom. My skepticism is deepened when I find out that when he held office in the U.S. Congress as a Republican, Bob Barr cosponsored legislation to take away the citizenship of American-born babies. Read the legislation yourself.
Let’s get into some detail here so you can appreciate the extent to which Bob Barr’s cosponsorship is actually a rejection of constitutional liberty.
As it now stands in the United States of America, if you are born in this country, you’re a citizen. Being born in this country, not being of “pure blood descent” (a Nazi idea), is what brings you into the fold of citizenship. This idea about citizenship is so fundamental that it is formally enshrined in the United States Constitution:
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.
The bill Bob Barr cosponsored, H.R. 73, proposes two conditions under which babies born in the United States should have their citizenship revoked:
1. IF THE PARENTS ARE MARRIED, then the American-born baby loses her citizenship if her parents aren’t themselves citizens or permanent residents.
2. IF THE PARENTS AREN’T MARRIED, then the American-born baby loses his citizenship if his MOTHER isn’t a citizen or permanent resident, even if his FATHER IS a citizen or permanent resident.
Bob Barr was not required by his Republican party to cosponsor the legislation — only 48 members of the U.S. Congress out of 435 members total supported the bill. Bob Barr actively chose to support this bill. Bob Barr actively chose to affirm the following extreme ideas:
1. The Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is just a suggestion that any old law of Congress can overrule.
2. The purity of one’s bloodline, not the quality of one’s self, determines one’s rights.
3. Children who are born to unmarried parents have no status in the eyes of the law.
4. Fathers have no parenthood rights, bestowing nothing upon their children. If you are born to a father who is an American citizen and a mother who is, say, a visiting student from Latvia, you can forget it. You didn’t follow Bob Barr’s moral strictures, so you must pay.
To a citizen who respects the Constitution as the supreme law of the land, who believes in civil liberty and who believes that government should be open and free in the recognition of the rights rather than restrictive in constraining them, the ideas contained in these bills should be chilling to the bone. Remember who endorsed these ideas: Bob Barr.