By Jack Eldon Jackson

You probably remember the massive booing during the Republican primary debates when Texas Governor Rick Perry dribbled out his dippy response to the question of illegal immigration. With respect to taxpayer-funded incentives that reward such activity, Perry stated he was actually "proud" to redistribute hundreds of millions of dollars from hardworking legal Texans -- many of them Latinos -- to an endless stream of illegal immigrants and their children for the humanitarian purposes of educating them and keeping them healthy. His reasoning? As Governor Perry said, "It's the right thing to do."

As a born and raised Texan, I sympathized with Governor Perry's position, though I can't empathize with it. The reason for this is simple: such thinking represents a complete reversal of the founding tenets imbedded in our Constitution. In this regard, Governor Perry, and others like him, would do well to read up on our nation's history, specifically our early congressional debates.

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