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Germany’s recent celebration of its “Day of German Unity” leads to thoughts about the meaning of our own federal tradition.
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(In the history of the admission of the states there is at least one somewhat humorous story. President Benjamin Harrison did not want to show favoritism to either North or South Dakota, so, when he signed both Acts of Admission on November 2, 1889, the papers were shuffled so no one could determine which Act was signed first.)
The Founders assumed free movement of individuals among the original states and between the original states and the Northwest Territory. They also assumed immigrants from abroad would help populate the Northwest Territory. The 1787 Constitution gave Congress the power to regulate naturalization (Art. I, Sec. 8, cl. 4). The First Congress exercised this power in March, 1790 through the Naturalization Act of 1790. Thus, not only did the Founders provide for the admission of new states as equals, they provided for the admission of immigrants as equals, as fellow citizens.
In family law, when an adult adopts a child, it is a permanent bond. If the parent already has, or later has, a natural born child, the natural child and the adopted child are siblings but only time will tell whether they will perceive each other as true and equal siblings. Under our system of government and of laws, the admission of states and the naturalization of immigrants are, like adoption, permanent (“Articles…of Perpetual Union”), but unlike adoption, existing states treat new states, and existing citizens treat new citizens, equal from the beginning.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?