CNN) He was the only Republican candidate that had not signed the loyalty pledge and so, had received quite a bit of criticism of being considered "fake" because of his affiliation with the democrats and Clintons a few years back. Even though the pledge does not bind the candidates in any legal perspective, after signing it, Donald Trump rose even higher in the GOP polls where he now stands at 32.1% of votes, 18.3% ahead of his closest competitor Ben Carson who sits in second with 13.5%. (HuffingtonPost)
This pledge can be seen in different perspective through different people. Some Republicans might view this as a good thing because if Trump looses, he cannot run on his own and pull away the voters that would otherwise have voted for the Republican nominee. But on the contrast Trump along with the other GOP candidates have signed the pledge to back up whoever wins the GOP candidacy, meaning, if Ben Carson or Marco Rubio somehow manages to pull the win, the Democrats would be able to bash whichever candidates wins for being affiliated with Donald Trump in terms of the pledge. (Slate)
And why might is seem bad to be affiliated with Donald Trump for some people, you may ask?
Well, In addition to a lot of people thinking of Donald Trump as a racist old white man, there are mainly two arguments Donald Trump has made that I along with quite a few other Americans, find to be so ridiculous that they are actually funny.
First Donald Trump has argued that if he were president he would build a wall across the almost 2000 mile border between US and Mexico. In addition he would deport the 11.3 million illegal immigrants that work in the US at the moment. The reason I find this improbable to be consider and passed is because it would require a tremendous amount of money, time, and most likely military power to carry through. In addition the economy would be hurt, and this is without even mentioning the families that would be torn apart from deporting these immigrants.
Second argument Trump has made which seems ridiculous to me, but a few other GOP candidates agreeing to it in some way, is that if he won the presidency he would push for an of amendment to ban the birthright citizenship section of the fourteenth amendment. This section of the fourteenth amendment gives automatic citizenship to all babies born in US territory regardless if their parents are here legally or not. I myself do not agree with this because, being an immigrant(from Europe) myself, I find it that most immigrants, weather legal or illegal, come here so their kids can have a brighter future. Now in no way am I saying illegal immigration is a good thing and should be rewarded. I still think something has to be done about illegal immigrants coming to the US, but I do think that most people that come here to give birth to their children, do this so their kids can have a brighter future, and if any of us were put in the same situation we would do the same thing. In addition, the fourteenth amendments was put into action, in part, to protect the rights of the immigrants that were coming to the US in the mid to late 1800's. Amending it nowadays would be a bit ironic because you're taking away this right from the immigrants nowadays, that was deemed constitutional to the immigrants in the 1800s.
A few things to think about:
Would building a wall be reasonable for the US to do especially since 40% of immigrants come to the US by plane? Should we invest that much money to build a wall and deport almost 12 million immigrants?
Secondly, should we add an amendment to the constitution that amends part of the fourteenth amendments? Should the rights that immigrants have change over the decades?
Finally, How difficult would it be to try and get the bill passed for a 28th amendment amending part of the 14th amendment? Could it ever happen?
(Be free to comment a response to any of these topics or others you found interesting.)