An Embracing America
I loved “Civil-Rights Republicanism” by Theodore R. Johnson (November 2). I’m an immigrant. I believe that America is so great that it can embrace us wanna-be Americans and make us actual Americans, so that we then help others join the American experiment. Mr. Johnson’s wisdom applies to all minorities. He wrote, “Once civil-rights protections are guaranteed, African Americans will feel free to vote in accordance with their varied economic and social interests.”
The Republican primaries have featured numerous anti-immigration sound bites. I want a candidate to believe that America is so great that we can absolutely take in more immigrants and make them Americans. The economy is the most important issue. It is still true. Stronger borders protect immigrants who come legally according to sensible criteria. No immigrant wants to be threatened by the very thugs from whom he is trying to escape. Eliminating the minimum wage lets us work above rather than under the table, which is preferable. Voter ID protects the validity of immigrant votes. We worked hard to earn that right. I don’t want my hard-earned vote as a new American to be marred by fraud. I want to know that our rights as immigrants — new Americans — will be protected. Personal economy is the most important issue, and I want to know that the government will not take my livelihood away with a weak border, unfair wages, and crony capitalism.
We need an embracing vision.
Ramesh Ponnuru’s argument against judicial supremacy (“Is the Supreme Court Really Supreme?,” September 21) could, if generally accepted, merely end up opening a can of worms. Imagine if the Obama administration claimed the right to interpret the Constitution however it sees fit. It could unilaterally rewrite labor law, make treaties without Senate approval, vastly expand the EPA’s jurisdiction, impose racial and gender quotas, ignore immigration laws, trample religious freedom and gun rights, even spy on Americans’ private communications. Do we really want to give Obama the power to do all this?
Oh, wait, never mind . . .