THE PARAGRAPHS OF THE DAY

Today’s paragraphs come to us from the latest commentary by veteran columnist/TV personality Michelle Malkin.  They concern one of the more remarkable – and telling – “controversies” currently in play; one which mainstream media have been very happy to, for the most part, keep under wraps so the general public is unaware of it.

And what is this “controversy”?

I’ll let Ms. Malkin explain:

“Are you a U.S. citizen?”

Only in self-defeating, sovereignty-eroding America is the idea of asking whether people living in America are American citizens for the American census a matter of controversy.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the Trump administration can include a citizenship question on the high-stakes 2020 Census questionnaire. Thank goodness, the conservative majority indicated support for allowing it. There’s already such a question on the annual American Community Survey administered by the Census Bureau. It was asked in long-form questionnaires sent to a sample of households in 2000. And it was regularly asked in historical census forms from 1820-1950.

But we live in a Trump-deranged age, so now it’s tantamount to an international human rights crime to ask anyone about citizenship status at any time for any reason. Heaven forbid we inconvenience or discomfit legal noncitizens or illegal immigrants with a question!

Maybe it’s my personal myopia, but I can think of exactly one reason why anyone would object to a question about citizenship on a national census: because they want non-citizens to be counted as citizens.

And – again, this might be myopia-related – I strongly suspect this is the same reason people object to voters having to show a valid ID before casting their ballots.

But..but…I know, the New York Times and other apologists for this point of view keep telling us that voter fraud is almost nonexistent in the United States, so there’s no reason for a voter ID.

And I keep thinking that the people spouting this absolute BS somehow forget the fact that, if you don’t have to produce an ID, it is impossible to count the number of people who vote fraudulently…which, of course, is the point.

Think of it this way:  suppose your local movie theater instituted a policy of not looking at tickets before allowing theatergoers to enter.  No physical tickets, nothing on their smart phones, you just say “I bought a ticket” and they let you in.

And suppose, a few months later, when the theater closes down for lack of revenue, someone tells them the problem couldn’t have been ticket fraud because “you can’t show me any instances of people lying about whether they bought a ticket”.

Do you think that comment would be well received by the theater owner?  Or do you think the owner would – probably in a somewhat less than genteel manner – advise the commenter that, by not checking tickets, every cheater inherently goes undetected.

With the above in mind, Michele Malkin wins Paragraphs Of The Day honors for writing about the insanity of a citizenship question on a census being in any way controversial.

And honorable mentions to most of the other paragraphs in her commentary…which are just as logical and just as disturbing.

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