December 05, 2008
"even if he were to produce an original birth certificate proving he were born on U.S. soil, he still wouldn't be eligible to be president."So argues Leo C. Donofrio, whose pending case in the United States Supreme Court seeks to have Barack Obama disqualified on the grounds that he is not a natural born citizen. According to Donofrio's novel reasoning, if one parent of a baby born in the United States is not a United States citizen, that child is not a "natural born citizen" under the Constitution and can never be president.
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;I was wondering what the fallback position of the Birth Certificate Truthers would be if for some reason they received what they've been demanding -- hospital records showing exactly where Barack Obama was born.That's it right there. (Emphasis added.)The Framers wanted to make themselves eligible to be President, but they didn't want future generations to be Governed by a Commander In Chief who had split loyalty to another Country. The Framers were comfortable making an exception for themselves. They did, after all, create the Constitution. But they were not comfortable with the possibility of future generations of Presidents being born under the jurisdiction of Foreign Powers, especially Great Britain and its monarchy, who the Framers and Colonists fought so hard in the American Revolution to be free of.
So now we know!
There are no defeats and no dead ends for true conspiracy theorists, and it seems the Birth Certificate Truthers are no exception.
All roads lead to new conspiracies.
However, if this becomes their new position, I'm not sure it would be fair to call them Birth Certificate Truthers anymore.
Perhaps Natural Born Anti Dual Nationalist Truthers.
I think the Truthers ought to look into the strange case of President Chester Arthur, whose birth to an Irish father who apparently moved here from Canada was not only undocumented, but never was officially proven to have taken place in the United States:
Chester Alan Arthur was the son of Irish born preacher William Arthur and Vermont born Malvina Stone Arthur. Most official references list him as having been born in Fairfield in Franklin County, Vermont on October 5, 1829. However, Arthur sometimes claimed to have been born in 1830 (the date is on his grave inscription and occurs in some reference works). His father had initially migrated to Dunham, Quebec, Canada, where he and his wife at one point owned a farm about 80 miles (129 km) north of the U.S. border. There has long been speculation that the future president was actually born in Canada and that the family moved to Fairfield later. Given a lack of official documentation and the seeming confusion about the year of Arthur's birth, historians have been unable to rule this possibility out. If Arthur had been born in Canada, he might not have been a "natural-born citizen" and might therefore have been constitutionally ineligible to serve as vice president or president. Some of his opponents circulated the Canada rumor during the 1880 election, but they could not prove it, and no proof has emerged since.Not to be an alarmist, but what if the Arthur administration was unconstitutional?
MORE: According to some people, birth in Hawaii does not constitute birth in the United States, because Hawaii is not legally part of the United States!
Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.Now there's a thought!
Maybe the Truthers can get on board the Hawaiian nationalist movement.
posted by Eric on 12.05.08 at 11:40 PM
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