What is the value of an American citizenship these days? If you live in California, it’s not worth much. That state passed a law allowing illegal aliens a driver’s license and has made it permissible for them to practice law. Isn’t that special?
We’ve all heard the saying: So goes California, so goes the rest of the country.
In Washington D.C. the Obama administration barricaded open air monuments on the national mall. They are denying World War II vets the ability to visit their memorial. People who own homes and/or businesses on or near federal land are being forced out and shutdown. Visitors to natural sites like the Grand Canyon are being denied access. Many of us consider these actions petty and vindictive. But what really is astonishing is the following:
Immigration advocates will rally Tuesday on the otherwise shuttered National Mall, their permit valid due to an exception granted events where people are exercising their First Amendment rights, a spokesman for the National Park Service said Monday.
“Employees are furloughed,” said spokesman Mike Litterst, “but the First Amendment continues.”
But at least one member of Congress complained. “Obama closed the National Mall to WWII vets. You can visit it tomorrow, but only if you’re in the illegal alien rally,” wrote Rep. Steve Stockman (R., Texas) on his Twitter feed.
He was referencing a group of veterans who had tried to visit the National World War II Memorial on the National Mall during the first day of the partial government shutdown last week. Visitors busted through barriers to get to the memorial, but were allowed in the following day after they claimed a First Amendment right to be there and were greeted by sympathetic lawmakers.
Mr. Litterst, of the park service, said that the rules are the same for the immigration rally as they are for any other group claiming to be exercising their First Amendment rights at national parks or memorials.
For instance, he said, anybody claiming this right can just show up at the war memorial and view it from the designated First Amendment area, he said; groups of 26 or more need a permit
So let’s get this straight: First Amendment and access for illegal aliens; go screw yourselves, you stinking American citizens. Democrats are taking self-loathing to a whole new level.
In the second quarter of 2013, Americans renounced their citizenship sixfold the number in the same period in 2012. If our federal and state governments don’t value citizenship, then how can they expect the rest of us too?