There has been a lot of misinformation and confusion regarding the true definition of the term natural born Citizen. Some say that being just a Citizen of the U.S. is all that is required to be considered a natural born Citizen. The Framers of the US Constitution decided, after much debate, that the President must be not just a US Citizen, but a ‘natural born Citizen.’ Only the President is required to be a natural born Citizen….all other offices need only be a Citizen of the United States.
Article II Section 1, Clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution states:
“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;…”
To qualify as a ‘natural born Citizen’ of the United States, both parents must be US Citizens (either natural born, native born or naturalized Citizens) at the time the child is born in the USA.
The ‘natural born Citizen’ requirement to be president is a ‘national security’ requirement, because our Framers did not want the Commander-in-Chief of the military to have multiple, or dual citizenships. In other words, the President of The United States must not have allegiances to any country other than the United States of America!
During the Constitutional Convention of 1787, discussions between Founding Fathers John Jay, Alexander Hamilton, and George Washington led them to choose the definition of natural born Citizen provided by Emerich de Vattel’s “Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law,” Book 1, Chapter 19, Section 212, (1758). According to “Law of Nations,” natural born Citizen is a child born in the USA of two (2) U.S. Citizen parents. Vattel’s Law of Nations defines how being a Natural Born Citizen differs from a classification of citizenship given to those simply born in the United States. Natural born and simply being born in the USA does not share the same meaning! The parents can be US Citizens by birth or they can be US Citizens by Naturalization after immigrating to the USA. But to create a natural born Citizen of the USA, ‘both’ parents must be US Citizens at the time the child is born on USA soil.
The Framers even recognized the “Law of Nations” within the US Constitution, where in Article 1, Section 8 it states, “The Congress shall have Power To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the “Law of Nations.“
John Jay wrote a letter to George Washington stating that the citizenship requirement for the Office of Commander-in-Chief of our armies should contain a ‘strong check’ against foreign influence. Jay recommended to Washington, and Washington agreed, that the Commander of our Military be open only to a ‘natural born Citizen.’ Thus, both Washington and Jay agreed that simply being a ‘born citizen’ was not sufficient to ensure against foreign influence. They wanted allegiance to be solely to the USA. The word ‘natural’ goes to the citizenship of the parents via of natural law as defined in Vattel’s “Law of Nations.“
According to an article on World Net Daily, “There have been 8 attempts by members of Congress during the years Barack Obama was developing a power base and running for President, to remove the Constitution’s requirement that the president be a natural born Citizen, suggesting an organized strategy.” They clearly knew the true meaning of natural born Citizen, otherwise why would they have attempted to change or eliminate this requirement if not to usurp the law?
This is not a Democrat vs Republican issue, but a constitutional issue that applies to candidates of all parties. The reason Barack Obama is not eligible to be President of the United States has nothing to do with the argument over where he was born. However, by his own admission, Obama’s father was never a US Citizen, which in and of itself makes Barack Obama ineligible to be President of The United States. Likewise, Senator Ted Cruz (R) is ineligible because he was born in Canada, not in the United States, and his father was not a US Citizen at the time of Senator Cruz’s birth. Neither Marco Rubio (R) or Bobby Jindal (R) are eligible to be President because one or both of their parents were not US Citizens at the time of Senator Rubio’s nor Governor Jindal’s births.
We must decide if The United States of America is indeed a nation of Laws, and if the US Constitution is indeed the Law of the Land. If so, there can be no argument that a ‘constitutionally unqualified’ person has indeed occupied the Office of The President of the United States since January 2009! The question now must be, what are we going to do about it?
Jon is a Christian Conservative, a former Arkansas State Representative, and the first Republican elected to the AR House of Representatives from northeast AR since Reconstruction. He is a former teacher and coach, a private businessman, a conservative writer, and the author of a book titled “Letters to the Editor: Confessions of a Frustrated Conservative”. Several of Jon’s articles have been published in area newspapers and at WND.
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