What is a natural born citizen?
With the election season in full swing and the mainstream media having picked the candidates for you, it’s time to vet these guys. Let’s not go through, what has been a nightmare of, is this person eligible for the office they seek.
Let’s now try to determine if these individuals are eligible for the office they seek, and let me tell you, this is a bit of a nightmare.
Barack Hussein Obama II was born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother Stanley Ann Dunham was born in Wichita, Kansas. His father Barack Obama Sr. was born in Nyanza Province, Kenya. Barack Hussein Obama II is not eligible to be president. I will explain later.
Joseph Robinette “Joe” Biden, Jr. was born on November 20, 1942 in Scranton, Pennsylvania. His mother Catherine Eugenia Finnegan was born in Scranton, PA as well. His father Joseph Robinette Biden, Sr. was born in Baltimore, MD. Joe Biden is eligible to be the vice-president.
Willard Mitt Romney was born March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan. His mother Lenore LaFount Romney was born in Logan, Utah. His father George Wilcken Romney was born in Mexico, but his parents were both natural born citizens of the United States, and could bestow American citizenship on their children, therefore George Romney is an American citizen. Mitt Romney is eligible for the office of president.
Marco Antonio Rubio was born on May 28, 1971 in Miami, Florida. His parents, Mario Rubio and Oria Garcia, were Cubans who had immigrated to the United States in 1956 and were later naturalized as U.S. citizens in 1975. Marco Antonio Rubio is not eligible for the office of vice-president.
So, what exactly does the Constitution say about eligibility? Let’s find out.
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President, neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.
Now that’s pretty clear, only a natural born citizen can hold the office of President. But, what is a natural born citizen?
Most people think that everyone born in the United States is a natural born citizen. Well, I guess we weren’t the only ones that needed clarification. So in 1875 it was taken to the Supreme Court for a ruling.
In 1875 there was a Supreme Court ruling in the case of Minor v. Happersett, in which “Natural Born Citizen” was defined as children born of two U.S. citizens – regardless of the location of the birth.
According to this ruling neither Barack Obama nor Marco Rubio meet the qualification for the office they hold or may seek.
I know that there are a lot of people who may think that this is splitting hairs, but if we don’t hold to the Constitution then what do we hold up as law?
Congress and the President love to throw the Constitution around when it suits them. Then they distort it when it suits them. Equal justice under the law no longer has a meaning if we don’t apply the law to everyone equally.
Editor’s note: the Congressional Research Service came to a completely different conclusion in their November 14, 2011 report, “Qualifications for President and the ‘Natural Born’ Citizenship Eligibility Requirement.” In this report, they stated the following:
“In addition to historical and textual analysis, numerous holdings and references in federal (and state) cases for more than a century have clearly indicated that those born in the United States and subject to its jurisdiction (i.e., not born to foreign diplomats or occupying military forces), even to alien parents, are citizens ‘at birth’ or ‘by birth,’ and are ‘natural born,’ as opposed to ‘naturalized,’ U.S. citizens. There is no provision in the Constitution and no controlling American case law to support a contention that the citizenship of one’s parents governs the eligibility of a native born U.S. citizen to be President.”
So what is the correct conclusion? Can we really trust the Congressional Research Service to produce an accurate report which might expose the president at the time as illegitimate and unable to hold office? What, or who, are we supposed to believe?
I recommend that you do not believe anyone and that you do as much research as possible and decide for yourself. As always, I encourage you strike out on your own and come to your own conclusion which is not influenced by anyone or anything except the truth.
Minor editing by Madison Ruppert