In a season of political discontent -- trivialities and distractions, renewed culture wars and the rebirth of regressive impulses -- these books remind us what is really at stake in political participation and democratic tension.
The Tea Party has pointed out how absent we've been in building a common narrative about modern American citizenship. But the American people long for a novel, not a sitcom. It's time for the rest of us to step up.
"Back of the line" carries denigrating racial undertones rooted in America's past. The term assures a frustrated non-Latino electorate that unauthorized immigrants will be punished and remain second-class residents.
We accept the term "naturalization" to describe the process of the foreign-born taking on a new citizenship. What could be more natural than being accepted as a citizen of the only home you've ever known?
With the new focus on the born and unborn babies of immigrants, the immigration issue has been taken to a new disturbing level. The denial of citizenship to U.S. born babies smacks in the face of the Constitution.