Letter: Edwards outs himself with census bill

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It’s good that Chuck Edwards has outed himself with his attention-seeking “No Representation Without Legal Immigration Act” proposal. Republicans claim to be “originalists” about the Constitution, but Edwards wants to rewrite it to suit his perversity. In the Constitution, the census is supposed to be an accurate count of the number of people living in the USA and each state “according to their respective Numbers, which shall be determined by adding to the whole Number of free Persons, including those bound to Service for a Term of Years, and excluding Indians not taxed …”

Reactionary Edwards has decided who should count and who shouldn’t. On the one hand, he hearkens back to the three-fifths compromise that his slaveholder political ancestors invented to not count enslaved Black Americans as full human beings, while not losing the advantage of counting them to wield political power for the slave states. On the other hand, he appears to be unfamiliar with the 13th, 14th and 15th amendments, which freed those slaves and attempted to ensure their right to vote. Perhaps Edwards is still enthralled with his Confederate and Jim Crow political guides.

Not counting people who can’t vote? Might as well not count anyone under 18 years old. That would go over well, wouldn’t it? Not counting noncitizens? Those people, whether documented or undocumented, pay many billions in taxes, rebuild communities decimated by natural disasters (while anti-immigrant politicians turn a blind eye) and — lest we forget — probably had major roles in planting, harvesting, cooking, serving and cleaning up from many of Edwards’ last 100 meals. As well as working so many of the essential low-paid, difficult and dangerous jobs that very few citizens want any longer.

Of course, the people Edwards doesn’t want to count are overwhelmingly people of color. With his stunt, Edwards reveals himself to be an out-and-out racist and a true believer (much above “love thy neighbor as thyself”) in the “great replacement theory,” which is a favorite of Edwards’ mob boss, DJ Trump.

— Paul Weichselbaum

Editor’s note: Xpress reached out to Edwards’ office for a response to the letter writer’s points but did not receive a reply.


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3 thoughts on “Letter: Edwards outs himself with census bill

  1. Mike Rains

    Edward’s proposal seems pretty straightforward to me. “No Representation Without Legal Immigration Act to prohibit anyone who is not a United States citizen from counting toward the population totals that determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives.”

    Not a US citizen? You don’t count when it comes to determining population for congressional districts. I’m sorry, but this country has been sustained by rule of law. Right, wrong, or indifferent, illegal immigrants are not US citizens.

    What is going on today over our southern border is nothing short of violating our rules of law. One wonders what message this will send to current and future generations about how to run a country.

  2. WNC

    The open border is a Liberal Democrats hope for blue votes. Especially since so many common sense Democrats migrated away from the Democratic Party over the last 20-30 years.
    Liberals were disappointed to find legal immigrants to American were more
    pro life
    pro traditions family,
    pro business ( which really just means strong work ethic)
    Pro legal immigration ( and only pro legal immigration)
    Pro American
    than anticipated.
    The push is now on for Communist, Socialist anti American immigrates . We even have college professor’s pushing for the break down of the American system. Strangely their salaries are paid for by student loans that pushed the cost of colleges to amounts that will take 20-30 years for students to pay off. A 3 year period of students not being required to make payments has passed. The result 40% of those with loans didn’t start making payments as recently required. No doubt they hope someone else who doesn’t owe the money will pay it off (by non college graduates or those who repayed the loans they owed).

  3. Voirdire

    Edwards is a middling brainless pawn of the reactionary fascist MAGA brown shirts and their anti-democratic agenda. He and his faithful constituents all need to pack it up and leave their Latino overrun ( …much to their chagrin ;) beloved Hendo for the motherland …that would be Russia. Good riddance!


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