In the case of Gonzalez v Arizona 200 the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned Arizona’s Proposition 200 which would require Arizona residents who want to register to vote to provide documentary proof of citizenship. Yup. That’s the same Arizona that is having so many problems with illegal immigrants. Plubius Huldah explains what Judges Sandra S. Ikuta & Sandra Day O’Connor ruled:
…The people of Arizona may not do that. Those two judges say that Proposition 200 is void as inconsistent with the National Voter Registration Act of 1993, 42 U.S.C. § 1973gg (NVRA), the “central purpose” of which is “to increase voter registration by streamlining voter registration procedures” (Opinion p. 30). 1 The NVRA does not require applicants for voter registration to provide documentary proof of citizenship. Therefore, say Ikuta & O’Connor, the STATES may not require it.
To this layman this decision is absurd. It is tantamount to saying that citizenship is not a prerequisite to vote in the United States. So I assume they would concur that people from whatever country can enter the US with visas or without, stay long enough to get some type of identification, and register to vote. They then can stay or leave but come back for every election and vote to create an America that suits them.So bring them from south of the border, bring them from north of the border, and bring them in from each coast and let non-Americans vote. Sounds preposterous but that is essentially what these two nimrod judges are saying.
Plubius-Huldah, as I’ve told you before is a lawyer and an expert in constitutional and in the Federalist Papers. First she tells us what the constitution actually says in Art. I, Sec. 2, cl. 1:
1. Article I, Sec. 2, clause 1, U.S. Constitution, says:
The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second Year by the People of the several States, and the Electors in each State shall have the Qualifications requisite for Electors of the most numerous Branch of the State Legislature. [emphasis added]
She then goes on to build her case against this decision using the constitution and the Federalist Papers as her tools. As always she does a beautiful job of it. It is worth reading. But let me present one paragraph the sums up her points
6. So! Under Art. I, Sec. 2, cl. 1; the 17th Amendment, cl. 1; and the 15th, 19th, 24th, & 26th Amendments, The People of the States may set whatever qualifications they like for registering citizens to vote, as long as they do not deny it to any citizenon account of race (15th Amendment), sex (19th Amendment), failure to pay a tax (24th Amendment), or age for those 18 years or more (26th Amendment). States are free to deny registration to black citizens, female citizens, tax avoider citizens, and citizens over the age of 18 on other grounds – such as conviction of a felony, or illiteracy in English. 3 States may require, as a condition to registering to vote, that citizens pass a Logic test, outline The Federalist Papers, take an Oath to support the Constitution, and recite the Declaration of Independence by Heart! States may prohibit welfare recipients – the “Take It From Somebody Else And Give It To Me” block – from voting altogether. 4 The only way the federal government can lawfully force any one State to register the illiterates, the irrational, the ignorant, the welfare parasites, or invading Mexican aliens, is by Constitutional Amendment ratified by three fourths of the OTHER States (Art. V).
So clearly it is the states that have the right to set the requisite for voting and not the Federal government. And the only way to change that is by amending the constitution.
Folks, our founding fathers put the impeachment articles in the constitution for very good reasons. Impeachment is not an easy process and it shouldn’t be. But it can be done and has been done. We the people need to make more use of this process to get rid of activist judges. If ever two judges deserved to be impeached, these two judges do.
This is not just an issue that just affects Arizona. This decision affects all of America. Its time to start an e-mail campaign to our congressmen demanding that these two judges be impeached.