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No Elephants Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jan-11-12 07:36 AM
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1. Not fer nuttin, but that article misquotes the Constitution.
The Constitution does not require that the President be a "naturalized American citizen," which would be someone who became a citizen through naturalization.

(One definition of "naturalization" is "the process of assuming or being granted citizenship of a country, usually a country other than that of the persons origin."

The Constitution requires the opposite.

Article II, Section I provides, in pertinent part:

"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."


While the SCCOTUS never made a direct holding on that language, there is dicta in a SCOTUS case to the effect that, when the Constitution was written, it was understood that someone born within a country was a "natural born citizen" of that country. The SCOTUS never said, even in dicta, that being born within a country was the ONLY way to be a "natural born citizen," though.

McCain was born to two American citizens. Nothing says he cannot be a "natural born citizen" of the United States, within the meaning of the above-quoted language of Article II.

And, even IF Obama had been born to an American mother in Kenya, nothing says he could not be "a natural born citizen" within the meaning of Article II.

This whole issue has been smoke and mirrors from Day One and Romney's son is disgusting to attempt to resurrect it.

All that said, what the hell does it have to do with Romney's refusal to release his income taxes?

We in Massachusetts know he has fudged his taxes in the past. Maybe that is what he is hiding, since everyone knows he's freaking rich.
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