The Corner

Re: 14th

Ramesh: I think this is one of those things where the framers would be

utterly baffled to hear us speaking of their Amendment in the context

we’re.. speaking of it in (sorry, my grammar fell over its feet there). The

USA in 1868 just wasn’t a magnet country for all the world’s poor, as it is

now–wasn’t thought to be a very important country at all, except perhaps in

potential; and was anyway largely empty, and with close-to-zero public

expenditure on welfare, health, education… If we could get them on The

Corner, the framers’d be scratching their heads and muttering: “Well, heck,

we never thought of that…” They were only Congresscritters, after all.

John Derbyshire — Mr. Derbyshire is a former contributing editor of National Review.

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