Wednesday, February 13, 2008
John McCain is not eligible to run for President
U.S. Constitution clearly states that one must be a “natural born citizen” of the United States to be eligible
by Larry Simons
February 12, 2008
John McCain was not born in the United States. He was born in Panama to U.S. citizens while his father served as an Admiral in the U.S. Navy. How is it possible that he is even running for President? Better question: How is he even being allowed to run? This is yet another example of how the establishment hates our own Constitution; by ignoring what it says.
The Constitution is very clear that one must be an “natural born citizen” of the United States. Natural born does NOT mean one can be born in a United States controlled territory, a military base overseas, an embassy or any other piece of land that is under U.S. rule, control or occupation. Period. There are no “yeah buts” “what abouts” or “well maybes”. It’s clear: you have to be born HERE, in this country.
McCain is a “naturalized” U.S. citizen, not a “natural born” citizen. Meaning: he is automatically a U.S. citizen because he was born to U.S. citizens. He is NOT natural born, because he was not born in the U.S. The Constitution clearly states that one must be “natural born”. It clearly says in Article 2, section 1, “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."
The Panama Canal Zone was never owned by the U.S. and never sovereign U.S. territory. It was only LEASED to the U.S. That does not make it U.S. territory. People will also argue that the Naturalization Act of 1790 that was approved by Congress on March 26, 1790 gives American citizens the right to be called “natural born” if they are born overseas or anywhere outside the borders of the United States. This is also a falsehood on two counts: First, Congress, the Supreme Court nor the President has any authority to change the Constitution. Congress only has the authority to make rules for the naturalization process; they can’t change what the authors of the Constitution wrote.
Second, the Naturalization Act of 1790 states, “the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born Citizens”. Notice the terms “shall be” and “considered” (future tense----in other words, yet to happen). It says “shall be” not “IS”. It says “considered”, not “you are”. The 1790 Act was repealed and replaced with the Naturalization Act of 1795 on January 29, 1795, which states, “…and the children of citizens of the United States, born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, shall be considered as citizens of the United States."
At the time of the writing of the Constitution there was no military, therefore no military bases, so the founders couldn’t have possibly been referring to a military base as being American soil. Many might say, ‘yes but since then we have called military bases American soil’, and I say simply say to that, “We're wrong for doing so.” Contrary to popular belief, military bases in foreign countries are not sovereign U.S. territories. Even if they were, fine, then why isn’t there an amendment to the Constitution that includes military bases as being considered American soil? No such amendment has been made, so therefore, if we are strictly following the Constitution then John McCain is not a natural born citizen. It’s just another thing in the long list of myths (such as income taxes being constitutional) that people accept as fact.
People would argue that since McCain’s parents are both U.S. citizens, that automatically makes John McCain a U.S. Citizen, therefore that makes him American born. They would be half right. Being born to U.S. citizens makes you a U.S. citizen, that doesn’t make you American born.
This is not McCain-bashing. It is simply stating the law. I have made no secret to the fact that I think McCain will be our worst President ever (and to surpass Bush takes some doing!), but the purpose of this story is not to condemn McCain per se, but simply to point out facts. This would be no different than if McCain was 33 years old or had only lived in the United States for 10 years. People wouldn’t object to me doing a story about those 2 things would they? McCain’s age and length of citizenship would be a tad bit harder for McCain to hide behind. But his birth status? Especially when 95% of this country have no clue what the Constitution says about “natural born” birth status---and even more than 95% don’t give a shit. And even if people did know, they just assume that having U.S. citizenship alone makes you eligible to run for President.
Like I said, this is about law…period. Whether you like McCain or think he’s a great guy, or whether you feel that someone shouldn’t be denied “natural born” status because their father was serving in the military at the time and you can’t hold that against McCain or whether you just feel it doesn’t make sense. None of this matters. It’s about the law. You can argue all day that there shouldn’t be a “no right on red” sign because you can clearly see the entire length of the adjoining road and see that no cars are coming. It’s not about whether it makes sense, whether you feel it’s a dumb law or whether you feel it should just be allowed. It’s the law, and until it is amended, it is a violation to go against it.
Of course, like everything else in the Constitution that is ignored, this will go on being ignored too, and nobody will care. They will follow the heard of sheep, ask no questions and continue their daily walk along life’s journey in their continual slumber….following, never leading, never standing up to anything, never being angry about anything (unless their team loses the Super Bowl) and never caring about injustices.
Most people don’t care what the Constitution says. Go out on the street and ask people. You’ll feel like Jay Leno during a “Jaywalking” segment. People only care when they are directly affected, and even then, don’t care that much. A true patriot is caring about the well-being of the country over the well-being of ourselves.