Declaration of Independence

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. - That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

Citizenship Question on 2020 Census

            The topic of discussion for this Constitution Monday is whether or not it is constitutional to include a citizenship question on the 2020 U.S. Census. President Donald Trump asked for a citizenship question to be included on the census, and Democrats went nuts. It was taken to the courts, and an Obama-appointed judge said that it was unconstitutional. Another judge refused to block it, and the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to review it and have a decision by the end of June 2020. This is the last possible day for the census forms to be printed.

            The President did not ask for something that has never been done. In fact, there used to be a citizenship question on the census forms, but the practice was discontinued in 1950. The Democrats do not want the question on the census because it may decrease their representatives in Congress. Other people claim that the question would cause people to not fill out the form. Still others say that it will increase the cost of the census.

            The Department of Justice claims that they need the question on the census in order to enforce the Voting Rights Act. If there are more registered voters in a precinct than there are citizens living in the precinct, it shows that there is voter fraud. It seems to me to be a legitimate reason for having the question on the census. I cannot imagine that it is unconstitutional to want to count citizens, but who knows what the Supreme Court will rule. I am anxious to hear the decision, but I am certainly not anxious for more liberal temper tantrums.

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