NFL Kneelers, 4,645 Dead Puerto Ricans, and Native American Citizenship

Citizenship

On this day, June 2, 1924, U.S. President Calvin Coolidge signed the Indian Citizenship Act into law, granting citizenship to all Native Americans born within the territorial limits of the United States.

It was enacted partially in recognition of the thousands of Indians who served in the armed forces during World War I. The Fourteenth Amendment already defined as citizens any person born in the U.S., but only if “subject to the jurisdiction thereof”; this latter clause excluded anyone who already had citizenship in a foreign power such as a tribal nation.

So what do Native Americans, Puerto Ricans, the District of Columbia, African-Americans, and the NFL kneelers have in common?

 

The Buck Stops No Where

Republicans continue to dodge the issue by insisting that the criticism being aimed at President Bush regarding Hurricane Katrina is motivated by politics and that its not constructuctive.

However, whether the criticism is being motivated by politics or not, it doesn’t necessarily invalidate the criticism. The fact of the matter is that FEMA and Homeland Security dropped the ball. President Truman had a plaque on his desk that read: The buck stops here. Why is it that Bush seems to feel the buck never stops on his desk?

Remember where you were…

Remember where you were when the Republican’s said no to a tax break…there is truely no issue upon which they’re consistant.

Tom DeLay: No support to roll back gas tax
2 hours, 7 minutes ago
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – House Republican Leader Tom DeLay said on Tuesday there was no support for rolling back the federal gasoline tax to offset higher prices.

“Absolutely not,” he told reporters after a meeting with President George W. Bush on issues related to Hurricane Katrina.
“Now more than ever you’re going to need … that infrastructure, those highway trust funds, to rebuild the bridges that were destroyed, rebuild the railroads that were destroyed. You have to have the infrastructure or you can’t have a recovery,” DeLay said.

Bad News for Outside Washington, Good news Inside Washington

Iraq, Oil Prices, Katrina. George Bush’s poll numbers are sinking as fast as oil prices are rising. We are witnessing devastation eerily similar to 9/11, the destruction zone of the Southeast tidal wave, and the parts of the world affected by war and famine. In all of this Chief Justice Renquist has died. Bush’s inability to accomplish any “mission” is good news for defenders of the Bill of Rights. Bush has lost so much political capital that the likelihood of his elevating Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia, or their like has diminished. These are tough times personally, humanly, economically, and internationally. Perhaps there is a chance though for a more balanced bench on the highest court inside Washington.