Here in sunny Flori-Duh, the Fifth (US) Congressional District seat was held by a Republican, Ms. Ginny Brown-Waite. Ginny was not a bad person, by any stretch of the imagination, and after seeing one of the contenders for her vacated seat I will miss her.
That contender is a fellow named Jason Sager. According to an article in the local paper, Sager is in favor of rewriting part of the 14th Amendment, just to keep illegal immigrants from having babies in our country.
Well, apart from basically invalidating the entire history and foundation of the Republican Party (not to mention saying that the Union was wrong to fight against slavery, and the Dred Scott decision was just fine and dandy), there is an unintended consequence to this idea.
Say for example (and why not?) I am traveling in Sweden with my pregnant wife. She goes into labor, and is delivered of a bouncing baby. Since that child was not born on US soil, he won't be a citizen, and we would have to jump through hoop after bureaucratic, pettifogging hoop in order to not bring the child into the country illegally.
Sager's also in favor of repealing the 17th Amendment. What is that, you might ask? Well, the Mighty 17th changed a bit of the original Constitution - specifically, the election of Senators. Under the original wording of the Constitution, Senators were chosen by the state legislatures, NOT by voters. The 17th changed that.
And Sager wants the pack of venal cretins in Tallahassee deciding who my US Senators should be. Naturally, he has an ulterior motive - the Republicans have solid majorities in the State Legislature, so it'd be a simple matter of enshrining a venal cretin into office without going to the trouble and expense of having the people, you know, actually vote for a guy. Cuius regio, eius religio, anyone?
I'm really not surprised Sager is making these stands. The article states that Sager arrived at his decision to run for office after four days of "prayer and consultation."
You'll notice that he didn't actually think.