Initially, America and the world celebrated what was and is an historical milestone, when despite the odds this country, noted for its embarrassing slave past, elected its first Black president in the person of Barack Obama. But no sooner the euphoria of the moment wore off the true nature of the established ruling class bubbled over driven by a strategy of division, discrimination, bigotry and an open attack on the United States Constitution.
In the Age of Rage the technique to scare voters and to regain political power appears to be to vilify the president and the Democratic Party while leveling a vicious attack on the US Constitution. This targeting is now about appealing to the most backward elements of the anti-immigration fringe plank while stoking the fires of racism. In this context is the new attack on the Fourteenth Amendment of the US Constitution that ratified the presidency of Abram Lincoln one of America's most successful presidents.
The chatter from politicians with a program to defeat Democrats this November and carry that to the presidential elections in 2012 is now all about repealing the guarantee of automatic citizenship as a birthright for anyone born in the United States. It is a clarion call to arms by the lunatic elements in the national debate led by the Tea Party Movement and leading elements in the Republican Party. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, Arizona Senator John McCain and Senator Lindsey Graham are all on record calling for a repeal of the Fourteenth Amendment.
That's not surprising because this also has its roots in the lunacy of the so-called "Birther Movement" that wants to decertify President Obama as a United States citizen and thus make him legally unfit to hold that high office. In the face of comprehensive, irrefutable evidence that Obama is a United States citizen elements in the Tea Party Movement and their sponsors still keep repeating over and over this discredited falsehood.
Political power is a fickle, uncertain animal whose modus operandi is often opportunism, subjective pandering, and an appeal to the most angry, backward and uninformed elements and strata in the community. The movement to harvest votes by an appeal to racism, bigotry and bias have worked in the past. Therefore it came as no surprise when the state of Arizona passed a law that targeted a specific demographic, a specific people, speaking a specific language under the guise of "immigration reform."
The Republican incumbent governor has reaped a huge political windfall that guarantees her re-election on the crest of a local and national anti-immigration sentiment. And Republicans have a history of tinkering with the US Constitution. For example, under President George Bush II, no fewer than six constitutional amendments were activated. These amendments dealt with balancing the budget in the face of record deficits, placing a ban on flag burning, same sex marriage, rolling back a woman's right to choose, to permit prayers in schools and the establishment of victim's rights in criminal proceedings that undermined the legal presumption of innocence before proof of guilt.
It was under former president George W. Bush that the Age of Rage was born with intolerance against gays and a return to politics based on an imperial president whose ideological position started and ended with born-again religion. Now these anti-bill of rights, anti-immigration, and anti-poor people positions continue unabated.
Apart from the Arizona immigration law that is now being challenged in federal court and will, no doubt, end up in the US Supreme Court, the state of Missouri recently revived the Southern States Civil War policy of bucking the federal government with a ballot initiative that would allow that state to void the application of federal healthcare reform to its citizens.