What is “A Natural Born Citizen?”

December 11, 2008

The United States Constitution requires that Presidents (and Vice Presidents too) of the United States be “natural born citizens” of the United States. However, the Constitution does not define what is a “natural born citizen.” (See Obama a ‘Natural Born Citizen?’.)

No one seems to dispute that a child of American citizens born on the soil of the United States is eligible to hold the office of President upon reaching the required age. And everyone seems to agree that a person naturalized as a U.S. citizens is disqualified from holding that office.

However, what about someone like John McCain, who although born of American citizens, was not born on American soil. Or what about Barack Obama, whose birth record shows him born on United States soil of a foreign national who was temporarily in the United States on a visa?  Do either one of them qualify for the Presidency under the U.S. Constitution?

No one knows the answer to that question, as the Constitution does not tell us.


The Audacity of Chicago Boyz

December 10, 2008

Governor Sarah Palin thought she was one smart cookie when she put Alaska’s state airplane up for sale on eBay. Well, Ms. Palin could learn a bit of that Chicago audacity from Chicago’s own Chicago Boy governor, Rod Blagojevich. He put the Senate seat of Barack Obama up for sale to the highest bidder, or so federal prosecutors claim. (Chuckle – It actually made it to eBay, even though it has now been removed.)

If Governor Blagojevich had the “audacity” to sell Barack Obama’s vacant Illinois senate seat, how much do you suppose that “Congressman” Rod Blagojevich was able to fetch for his very own U.S. Congressional seat? Do you suppose any of the mainstream reporters will ask Blagojevich that question? Or will they ask Obama’s Chief of Staff, Chicago Boy Rahm Emanuel who held the Congressional seat after Blagojevich?

Of course, we have to remember that this is America, and in America, all crooks are innocent until proven guilty by a lowly paid government attorney. In addition, in Illinois machine politics, Cook County crooks are always innocent. All of those “bleepin'” audio snippets you are hearing from Blagojevich and his lovely wife, are not really evidence against Blagojevich, as he was innocently writing a new screen play for HBO entitled “The Chicago Boyz,” which is destined to rival “The Sopranos.” That audio you are hearing was stolen from the Blagojevich home when those jack-booted Federales invaded and confiscated the dictated manuscript of budding novelist Rod Blagojevich.

Audacity of Hope’s Halo Tarnished


Seven Years of Calm

December 10, 2008

No Terrorists Attacks In the United States! Why?

  • On October 12, 2002, in Bali, Indonesia, Al-Qaeda’s Jemaah Islamiyah terrorists targeted packed nightspots, killing 202 people, including more than 160 foreigners. There are even more nightclubs in the United States, why didn’t al-Qaeda target us here?
  • On March 11, 2004, in Madrid, Spain, 191 people were killed and more than 1,800 injured in a series of explosions on four trains. al-Qaeda took responsibility for that accomplishment to avenge the presence of Spanish troops in Iraq. But why didn’t the terrorists bomb American trains on American soil? We had even more troops in Iraq than did the Spanish.
  • On the morning of Wednesday September 1, 2004, in Beslan, Russia, Muslim terrorists and Arab mercenaries wearing explosive belts stormed a school taking 1,200 parents, students, children, and infants hostage. They wired a room with explosives and threatened to blow up the school during a three-day standoff. The children were refused food and water and were held in stifling heat in a gymnasium while the world waited. As Russian forces were collecting corpses from the initial raid outside the school, the militants in the school triggered the explosives inside the school. As the surviving hostages attempted to flee, the terrorists shot them and their rescuers in their backs. At least 326 people — 156 of them children — were murdered at that school and more than 700 wounded. Although 26 of the terrorists were killed, several escaped. Why did not these terrorists take over an American school on American soil? We have lots of schools here.
  • On July 11, 2006, in Mumbai, India, seven high-powered blasts on suburban trains killed more than 200 commuters and injured at least 800. America has commuter trains too, why did not al-Qaeda target American trains with bombs?
  • On November 26 of this year, again in Mumbai, India, Islamist gunmen launched attacks against luxury hotels. Gunmen from al-Qaeda’s Deccan Mujahedeen group claimed responsibility for the attacks, which killed more than 100. A rabbi, Gavriel Hertzberg, and his pregnant wife were sought out and murdered as were other Jews and Americans. America has many luxury hotels, many Jews and many, many more Americans. Why did al-Qaeda spare hotels and tourists in America’s homeland?

Could these “Seven Years of Calm in America” have had anything to do with the leadership of America’s Commander in Chief, George W. Bush, his administration and the fighting men and women of his military?


Senate Seat For Sale on Ebay

December 9, 2008

It’s Barack Obama’s Senate Seat, For Sale on Ebay! Remember what Governor Rod Blagojevich himself said. “It’s a (bleeping) valuable thing. You just don’t give it away for nothing.”

Flickr Photograph

Ebay is the fairest way to sell Obama’s Senate Seat! Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich can no longer sell it as he’s now in the slammer. Obama’s kids are not old enough to inherit it and Obama’s wife will be too busy acting as First Lady to take it. The rest of Obama’s relatives are not even American citizens, so cannot qualify to serve in the Senate without Congressional intervention. What else is there to do with the Illinois Senate Seat? Elections are just too risky and unpredictable, these days, even with A.C.O.R.N. and other community organizers doing their part.

Obama’s Senate Seat at Ebay

It’s just a Chicago politics thing. Be grateful we don’t have that corrupt Chicago political machine running Washington.

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Only ‘natural born’ Citizens Need Apply

December 7, 2008

Talk about discrimination bordering upon bigotry!

It is right there in the United States Constitution in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5, which 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; 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.

Discrimination upon the basis of national origin, discrimination upon the basis of age, and discrimination upon the basis of residency status! How about that?

In this past presidential election we had two candidates running for the office described above who admittedly were born on foreign soil, one in Panama and one in Nicaragua. The candidate who won, Barack Obama, describes himself as born in the state of Hawaii, however he has released no proof of his birthplace other than a generated Certification of Live Birth, and there are reports that his own family members, and Kenyan government officials are conflicted over where exactly he was born.

Some Constitutional scholars spout off the legal definition of “natural born citizen” is one who was born within the jurisdiction of a national government, i.e. in its territorial limits, or born of citizens temporarily residing abroad. However, I found NO legal definition of “natural born citizen.” The phrase is not defined anywhere in the Constitution. In 1790, the Congress, attempted to make clarification with the Naturalization Act of 1790 that stated “And the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens.” Seemingly this definition would have covered John McCain as a “natural born citizen,” except that in 1795, the Congress made another clarification, the Naturalization Act of 1795, which removed the words “natural born” and stated that children born to citizens beyond the seas are citizens of the U.S., but are not legally considered “natural born citizens” of the U.S. This confusion over the meaning of the Constitution’s “natural born citizen” is why the United States Congress passed a bill endowing Senator John McCain with “natural born citizen” status, so that, if elected President, he would be legal under the Constitution.

This murkiness over the Constitutional definition of “natural born citizen” has caused considerable scenarios to be proffered as to why Barack Obama is not Constitutionally qualified to be President, even if born in Hawaii. Some of them have to do with the young age of his mother at his birth, who would not have had enough years of standing as a United States citizen to automatically confer American citizenship upon him, if he had been born in Kenya. It sounds far-fetched to you and me, but someone, somewhere has found some quirk in the law that seems to state that. (For other examples see sidrx at Pajamas Media.)

Other deniers claim that because Barack Obama was born a British citizen, as a son of a British father, regardless of where Obama himself was born, he cannot be considered a “natural born citizen.” That came as a shocker to me, as I had always considered myself a “natural born citizen,” even though I was born in Maryland of a British father. But, apparently, I am not only NOT a “natural born citizen,” according to some, I am not even a citizen of the USA, a most interesting fact to discover at my age. At least I am in good company. It’s me, President-elect Barack Obama, and President Chester A. Arthur. It must be true as I read it at a BLOG.

If the Constitution were truly the Law of the Land, certainly a definition of “natural born citizen” would have been offered by the Supreme Court or the Congress by now. Or there would have been a law passed by the Congress that no candidates could run for president unless first vetted for eligibility according to Article II, Section 1, Clause 5. Of course, any American with a brain knows that we no longer live under rule of the Constitution, hence all of this kerfuffle over where Barack Obama was “really” born matters not one wit. He will be inaugurated President of the United States and will remain so, regardless of where in the world he was born.

Here is a long, involved treatise written by Constitutional scholar Jonathan Turley to try and convince us that, oh yes, we are a nation of Constitutional laws, and as such it would have been “Unconstitutional” for John McCain to serve as United States President as he is NOT a “natural born citizen.”   Turley describes how he and his cohorts, while wrapped in the mantle of the U.S. Constitution, were all ready and willing to go to court to stop McCain’s “Unconstitutional” inauguration. Of course, the election happened a bit differently, and Jonathan Turley’s erudite but laughable opinion on “natural born citizen” suddenly turns 180 degrees as applied to Turley’s favored candidate, Barack Obama.

If we were truly living under the Constitution, Hillary Clinton would be unqualified to be appointed from the United States Senate to Secretary of State. Yet, no one, not Barack Obama, nor the American media, is offering any explanation of how her appointment can be Constitutional. Other American Presidents who disregarded the “Emoluments Clause” of the Constitution were Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, who both got away with it, as will Barack Obama. President George W. Bush who wanted to nominate Senator Orin Hatch for the Supreme Court was told that would be Unconstitutional and he accepted that ruling and did not nominate Hatch. All of the above support my view that the United States Constitution is just a quaint and moldering document under glass at the National Archives, existing only to hammer heads, when needed, of those with unpopular ideas. It is now generally disregarded as little more than a venerated historic document.

According to what I have read of the birth certificate conspiracy, I believe Barack Obama was born in the United States. He probably believes as I believe about myself, that we are “natural born” citizens even though our fathers were British subjects when we were born. Deniers – think about this. Is it possible that Barack Obama, himself, created this smokescreen over his birthplace to drive you to distraction as a way to divert attention from the more serious and controversial plans he has for his new nation?

Defining ‘Natural Born Citizen”>
Obama’s Birth Rumors


Senator Chris Matthews?

December 6, 2008
Flickr Photograph

Chris Matthews, soon to be “MAD” Senator from Pennsylvania?

Yes, hanging tenaciously onto the the long coattails of President-elect Barack Obama, MSNBC’s star television political reporter, Chris “Thrill Up His Leg” Matthews, plans to take over Senator Arlen Specter’s seat in Pennsylvania. Does Chris Matthews actually live in Pennsylvania, or does that matter anymore? Do Pennsylvania’s voters have any say in the matter, or does that matter anymore? Probably not it seems, when the Messiah is on your side. Chris Matthews, along with Minister Lewis Farrakhan, described their man Barack Obama as “The Messiah” during the presidential campaign.

He frequently commented favorably about Barack Obama in the 2008 presidential election. On February 12, 2008, on MSNBC, he said: “The feeling most people get when they hear an Obama speech…I felt this thrill running up my leg.” He also said, Obama comes around, and this is the new testament.” On November 6, 2008, after the election, he stated on the MSNBC television program “Morning Joe,” that “I want to do everything I can to make this thing work…this new Presidency work.” When asked whether that was his job as a journalist, he stated “Yeah, that’s my job.”

On the April 14, 2008, edition of The Colbert Report, Matthews alluded to a possible run for the United States Senate from Pennsylvania. When directly questioned by Stephen Colbert about his intentions, he stated that there is a difference between celebrities and those who work for the people, and it’s a greater thing to work for the people. He also said that his boyhood dream was to be a senator. Four days later, on April 18, 2008, Matthews told Bill Maher that he has “made a commitment to covering politics, starting in 1987, and [he is] honoring that commitment, not getting involved in it.” The seat in question would be the one held by Sen. Arlen Specter, whose current term in the Senate ends in 2010. On November 28th, 2008, Fivethirtyeight.com and The Politico reported that Matthews has been in contact with senior staffers of Obama’s campaign about a possible run. (Wikipedia, 6 December 2008)

The Beatification of Barack Obama

MSNBC – America’s Worst TV Media

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Do Dollar Tree Stores Deserve Your Dollars?

December 4, 2008

Taneka Talley, an employee of Dollar Tree Stores, was stabbed to death in March 2006, while working as a clerk. She did not know her killer. The murderer was someone whose sole motive in killing her, according to prosecutors, was because she was African American. Dollar Tree Stores considers the murder a “hate crime,” and for that reason claim they are not required to pay their usual death benefit of $250,000 to her young son.

Dollar Tree’s claim administrator, Specialty Risk Services, which is owned by The Hartford Financial Services Group, cited a letter from their law firm Gray & Prouty that said that Talley’s stabbing was “purely racially motivated. As such, it is our belief that our denial in this matter is proper.”

If you think that is fair treatment of a faithful employee, then continue going to Dollar Tree Stores to spend your dollars.

ABC News Video of the Story.