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Democrats don't have the constitution for racial equality(14th Amendment) ANN COULTER
worldnetdaily ^ | 1/22/2003 | Ann Coulter

Posted on 01/22/2003 3:36:36 PM PST by TLBSHOW

Democrats don't have the constitution for racial equality

By Ann Coulter

All the blather about the University of Michigan race discrimination case has at least proved one thing: The Supreme Court's abandonment of legal reasoning has taken the public by storm! Now everyone treats constitutional law as if it is an ongoing referendum about various public policy issues. Pundits simply assume state colleges are allowed to create a racial stew. It's just a question of whether this or that system is desirable as a public policy matter. We hear about stigmas, legacies, SAT scores, athletes – all of which have nothing to do with the Constitution.

Even the wackiest Supreme Court rulings always make a big show of pretending to consult the Constitution before announcing, for example, that Christmas displays must have a particular ratio of reindeer to virgins. I don't know whom the Supreme Court thought it was fooling, but Americans were not fooled. The Growing Constitution has grown into a collection of primal urges, devoid of law. People believe their wild irrational appetites should find expression in Supreme Court opinions. We await Supreme Court rulings like primitives waiting for a wart healer's cure. Liberals love this system of pretend-law, because it allows them to get away with murder – sometimes literally, as in Roe v. Wade.

Like everyone else in the universe, I too have strong opinions about how universities should run their admissions systems. But there is no Ann's Opinion Clause in the Constitution. There is, however, an Equal Protection Clause.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution prohibits states from discriminating on the basis of race. It says: Nor shall any state "deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." That amendment grew out of the Republicans' first big dust-up with the Democrats over race – the Civil War. Then, as now, Democrats demanded the right to discriminate on the basis of race. The 14th Amendment sternly informed Democrats that they would have to stop. Democrats dropped slavery but desperately clung to state-sanctioned race discrimination for another hundred years.

It took a Supreme Court ruling in 1954 and a Republican president sending in the National Guard to force Democrats to stop their infernal race discrimination. In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court held that the Equal Protection Clause prohibited the states from engaging in race discrimination in education. Democrats responded with massive resistance.

Ten years later, Congress passed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, expanding upon the nondiscrimination principle of the Equal Protection Clause. Among other things, the 1964 Civil Rights Act prohibits any institution that receives federal funds – i.e., Harvard – from discriminating on the basis of race, color, religion or national origin. Though only a bare majority of Democrats voted for the act, it seemed as if the Democrats were finally going to mend their ways and truly embrace a color-blind society.

Alas, they were just resting up for the next battle. After taking a few years off, the Democrats got back into race discrimination in a big way. They apparently thought they could fool us by switching which race they thought should be discriminated against. It must be something in Democratic genes. They just love race discrimination.

So now we have idiots like Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., saying race discrimination is no different than colleges admitting legacies. One difference is – as Terry Eastland famously said – we didn't fight a civil war to stop colleges from giving a preference to the children of alumni. But Biden says colleges shouldn't stop obsessing with race "unless we're going to eliminate it all, all incentives, like, for example, in the case in Michigan everybody is talking about now. You know you get four points if you're a legacy ..." Sure, that's just like getting 20 points for being black.

Biden thinks if he gets applause from a student audience, he must have made a legal argument. He seems to imagine he is actually learning law from watching Court TV. His next irrelevant point was: "Give me a break. I mean how many people would get into Harvard, Yale and the rest of these places if their father had not gone?" There's an answer to that! This columnist did the math! On the basis of their SAT scores, 82 percent of legacies admitted to Harvard would have been admitted to Harvard even if they were not legacies. Only 45 percent of blacks admitted to Harvard would have been admitted to Harvard if they were not black.

But I've been tricked into arguing a nonissue by Biden's imbecility. If colleges wanted to admit only legacies, or only tuba players, or only people who got astonishingly low SAT scores – to ensure some of their graduates would be U.S. senators one day – the Constitution wouldn't stop them.

What the states, including state colleges, cannot do under the Constitution is discriminate on the basis of race. What even private colleges cannot do under federal law – if they accept federal funds – is discriminate on the basis of race. Neither the Constitution nor federal law says anything about discrimination on the basis of SAT scores, legacies or athletic ability. We've had a civil war, a constitutional amendment, a Supreme Court ruling, a National Guard mobilization and a federal civil rights law to try to get the Democrats to stop with the race discrimination. All we can do now is sit back and wait for the wart healers to speak.


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1 posted on 01/22/2003 3:36:36 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
KA-BOOM!
2 posted on 01/22/2003 3:44:06 PM PST by Monti Cello
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3 posted on 01/22/2003 3:45:02 PM PST by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: aristeides
PING
4 posted on 01/22/2003 3:45:23 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
aaahh, 'bout time I got a Coulter fix... good stuff
5 posted on 01/22/2003 3:46:06 PM PST by Texas_Jarhead
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To: TLBSHOW
"If colleges wanted to admit ... only people who got astonishingly low SAT scores – to ensure some of their graduates would be U.S. senators one day – the Constitution wouldn't stop them."

LOL!
6 posted on 01/22/2003 3:47:34 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: TLBSHOW
The 14th Amendment sternly informed Democrats that they would have to stop. Democrats dropped slavery but desperately clung to state-sanctioned race discrimination for another hundred years. It took a Supreme Court ruling in 1954 and a Republican president sending in the National Guard to force Democrats to stop their infernal race discrimination. In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the Supreme Court held that the Equal Protection Clause prohibited the states from engaging in race discrimination in education. Democrats responded with massive resistance.

Ann writes as though the segregationists were clearly violating the law. However, segregation's legality was upheld by numerous court decisions, notably Plessy v. Ferguson. Those decisions may well have been wrong, as courts now say they were. But at the time they were the law.

7 posted on 01/22/2003 3:57:54 PM PST by aristeides
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To: Beelzebubba
Ann is so together it almost hurts! Equal protection under the law is ALL YOU NEED. But her comments on Biden sent me howling with glee-what a dumba$$ that pompous creep is.

I love Ann. I do. I hope she continues to shred the nonsense, like so much dust, forever. There is really no one alive who sees the big picture with greater clarity.

8 posted on 01/22/2003 4:03:39 PM PST by Republic
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To: aristeides
You said

Those decisions may well have been wrong, as courts now say they were. But at the time they were the law.

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Even the wackiest Supreme Court rulings always make a big show of pretending to consult the Constitution before announcing, for example, that Christmas displays must have a particular ratio of reindeer to virgins. I don't know whom the Supreme Court thought it was fooling, but Americans were not fooled.

Ann Coulter

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Amendment XIV

Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.


Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.


Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.


Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.


Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.


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Section 3.

No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof.

But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
9 posted on 01/22/2003 4:04:13 PM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW
TLB, you stand to be banned forever 'cause you didn't post the MANDATORY Coulter pix. But, you probably already knew that, didn't ya?
10 posted on 01/22/2003 4:09:35 PM PST by upchuck (You GO Annie!!)
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To: TLBSHOW
read later
11 posted on 01/22/2003 4:10:39 PM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: TLBSHOW
Annother direct hit.
12 posted on 01/22/2003 4:11:55 PM PST by MissAmericanPie
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To: TLBSHOW
mark
13 posted on 01/22/2003 4:14:40 PM PST by copycat (Arbeit macht frei.)
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To: TLBSHOW
The solution? Amend the Constitution to remind everyone that it is not a "growing" document--

Amendment No. 27


1. Interpretation of Constitution.


This Constitution shall be interpreted strictly, according to its terms and in accord with the intent of the original framers. It is not a “living” Constitution. It does not change as society changes; rather, if the society governed by this Constitution changes, then society shall pass amendments to this Constitution in the manner provided herein. There are no “penumbras” or “emanations” beyond the enumerated rights contained in this Constitution. Any court interpretations to the contrary are hereby null and void, and subject to reinterpretation in accord with these principles.


14 posted on 01/22/2003 4:14:42 PM PST by Defiant
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To: upchuck

15 posted on 01/22/2003 4:19:32 PM PST by Paul Ross (From the State Looking Forward to Global Warming!)
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To: TLBSHOW
Exactly, what part of "equal protection" don't the rats understand?

And this is the proper argument about legacies and such, there is no constituional ban against them. In general you can discriminate how ever you want, except where specifically prohibited, i.e. race, and a few others.

This country has a bad habbit of picking up on words and not understanding what they really mean, "discrimination" being one of the them.

16 posted on 01/22/2003 4:20:10 PM PST by machman
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To: TLBSHOW
"Biden thinks if he gets applause from a student audience, he must have made a legal argument."

ROTFL! So that's how it works!

17 posted on 01/22/2003 4:22:04 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: machman
"Exactly, what part of "equal protection" don't the rats understand? "

The part that suggests that the law applies to them.

18 posted on 01/22/2003 4:27:18 PM PST by sweetliberty (Go Al, go!)
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To: TLBSHOW

Ann, with her fellow "Freepers' Angels" Michelle and Laura!

19 posted on 01/22/2003 4:59:45 PM PST by Atlas Sneezed
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To: TLBSHOW
A keeper.
20 posted on 01/22/2003 6:27:54 PM PST by Search4Truth (Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God -Thomas Jefferson.)
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To: TLBSHOW
****But there is no Ann's Opinion Clause in the Constitution. ****

....but there should be..LOL!

21 posted on 01/22/2003 8:13:35 PM PST by anncoulteriscool
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To: Beelzebubba
Cool picture!
22 posted on 01/22/2003 8:19:54 PM PST by anncoulteriscool
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To: Texas_Jarhead
Bttt
23 posted on 01/23/2003 6:10:25 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: anncoulteriscool
****But there is no Ann's Opinion Clause in the Constitution. ****


there isn't? and all this time hmmmmmmmmmm! LOL
24 posted on 01/23/2003 6:14:40 AM PST by TLBSHOW
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To: TLBSHOW

Such a simple principle, the chisled it on to the front of the US Supreme Court.

The Justices should be required to use the main entrance at least once a day, so they can look up and see the words "EQUAL JUSTICE UNDER LAW" in 10 foot high letters often enough for the message to sink in.

25 posted on 01/23/2003 8:31:35 AM PST by gridlock (Blocking the box since 1999)
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To: Beelzebubba
Yes her writing is... delicious. I lap it up, slowly, to prolong the sensation.
26 posted on 01/23/2003 10:35:15 AM PST by johnb838 (deconstruct the left)
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