Update: Three New Co-Sponsors Added to Bill Attacking Birthright Citizenship

Efforts to gut the Fourteenth Amendment's guarantee of birthright citizenship gained additional support in Congress this week. Three new co-sponsors signed onto Rep. Steve King's (IA-4) bill, H.R.140, the "Birthright Citizenship Act of 2013."

H.R. 140 now has twenty-three co-sponsors. Paul Broun (GA-1), Sam Graves (MO-6), and Tom Graves (GA-14) signed on as co-sponsors on February 26.

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Who is an American? Tea Parties, Nativism, and the Birthers

The Revolutionary War-era costumes, the yellow “Don’t tread on me” Gadsden flags from the same era, the earnest recitals of the pledge of allegiance, the over-stated veneration of the Constitution, and the defense of “American exceptionalism” in a world turned towards transnational economies and global institutions: all are signs of the over-arching nationalism that helps define the Tea Party movement.

It is a form of American nationalism, however, that does not include all Americans, and separates itself from those it regards as insufficiently “real Americans.” Consider in this regard, a recent Tea Party Nation Newsletter article entitled, “Real Americans Did Not Sue Arizona.” Or the hand-drawn sign at a Tea Party rally that was obviously earnestly felt. “I am a arrogant American, unlike our President, I am proud of my country, our freedom, our generosity, no apology from me.”

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