Thursday, December 20, 2007
Republican Presidential candidate Ron Paul, a libertarian of sorts who has championed immigration enforcement measures, complained of "excessive" immigrant benefit consumption (what are they eligible for?), and has suggested the elimination (somehow) of birthright citizenship (see here and here), has an immigrant grandparent. Yes, it is true. Paul was born in Green Tree, Pennsylvania (once home to many German immigrants, which irritated the the heck out of the irascible Ben Franklin who claimed that they were of a different "race" than the Brits and effectively unassimiliable), to Margaret "Peggy" and Howard Caspar Paul, the son of a German immigrant.
For a spoof -- yes, it is a joke folks -- of what could happen to Paul if it was determined that his immigrant relatives were undocumented and his proposal to eliminate birtthright citizenship became law, click here. Here is the punchline:
"Former President Ron Paul would traditionally have been succeeded by the Vice President, former actor Fred Thompson, had not the latter already been deported to his great-grandparents' native Finland. The presidency of the United States will thus, under the rules of succession, be taken up by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, whose documents, according to a spokesman, are impeccable. The official swearing-in will take place in the White House rose garden later today."