Vice presidential contenders Mike Pence and Tim Kaine faced off Tuesday 4 October for their first and only televised debate. One feature that is not getting any attention is the utter ignorance that Democrat Tim Kaine demonstrated of the Constitution.
Kaine’s blind ignorance the supreme law of the land became very evident when he and Pence discussed two issues: Syrian refugees and national security and abortion.
In answering the question on immigration and national security, Kaine was attacking Governor Pence about Trump’s plan to block immigration from Syria without vetting the refugees first. Senator Kaine accused Pence and Trump of violating the Constitution by blocking immigration from certain locations or by certain groups:
“Instead of violating the Constitution blocking people based on their national origin.”
Blocking or allowing immigration by certain groups or from specified regions or countries in the world does not at all violate the Constitution. There is only one reference to immigration and naturalization in the Constitution, Article I, Section 8. Article I lays out exactly what the powers of the federal government are and establishes the powers of Congress. Section 8 of Article I of the Constitution clearly states that the only body in the government that can establish immigration or naturalization laws is Congress:
“To establish an uniform Rule of Naturalization, and uniform Laws on the subject of Bankruptcies throughout the United States;”
Nowhere in Constitution does it either:
1. State that the United States must uniformly allow immigration from every country on earth, or
2. State that ANY Constitutional protections extend to anyone but United States citizens.
What is the Constitution?
The Constitution is a contract written by the citizens of the United States and imposed upon our government to limit their power and guarantee the protection of our rights. That is why the Constitution begins in the Preamble with the words that define who the document was written by, “We the People.”
Tim Kaine is absolutely wrong on immigration. It does not at all violate the Constitution to deny anyone from any particular country or region unfettered immigration into the United States for any reason. The Constitution does not apply to anyone but American citizens. Foreign refugees are not American citizens.
Kaine then makes the assertion that we must allow refugees into our country because to not do so would violate the American tradition of equality:
“We won’t do it [block immigration for Syrian refugees] based on discriminating against you based what country you come from or what religion you have. That is completely and antithetical to the Jeffersonian values of equality.”
In this we can only assume he is referring to the Declaration of Independence. In the Declaration, Thomas Jefferson wrote:
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Thomas Jefferson and our Founding Fathers did believe in equality. But never did any of them propose that the United States must open our borders to anyone and everyone from everywhere all the time because the citizens of the United States believe in equality. Kaine took our heritage and traditions and twisted them to suit his leftist and progressive narrative.
Kaine again incorrectly tried to use the Constitution during the discussion on abortion. When explaining his and his running mate’s position supporting unrestricted abortion, Kaine stated:
“We support Roe versus Wade. We support the Constitutional right of American women to consult their own conscience, their own supportive partner, their own minister but then make their own decision about pregnancy.”
The word “abortion” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. The word “choice” does not appear anywhere in the Constitution. In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled that abortion is legal, but there has been no Constitutional amendment ratified supporting abortion and rules and laws still vary greatly from state to state.
In short, there is no Constitutional support for abortion, only one Supreme Court opinion issued 43 years ago.
Senator Tim Kaine has been in public service for more than three decades. He has repeatedly sworn to support and defend the Constitution. One would think, in all that time, he would have at least read it.
Either Tim Kaine is really stupid or he believes we are.