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Obama, Rubio Birthers Should Read the Law

Dee157 Wrote: May 30, 2012 10:40 AM
This author is a constitutional idiot. First the Supreme Court has ruled what a Natural Born Citizen is. Minor vs. Happersett 1875. They stated that it was a child born to two citizen parents. It has also be reaffirmed several times later. Obama nor Rubio nor Jindal can ever be called a Natural Born Citizen as they do not meet the requirements laid out by the founders. There is nothing in the 14th Amendment that says anything about being Natural Born. It only deals with citizens not Natural Born. The founders stated that after them there would never be anyone with a dual allegiance that would be Commander in Chief. This author nust have gotten his information from Media Matters or the White House directly.
K116 Wrote: May 30, 2012 11:20 AM
You are wrong about Happersett. The Supreme Court said no one questioned the status of someone born here to two citizens, and that some questioned the status of those born here but not to two citizens - the court then specifically declined to discuss the later situation (since it didn't matter to the result of the case before them).

Happersett does not say Rubio or Jindal are not natural born, it just notes that there was some debate on it at the time (and the court didn't decide it)
The Obama Timeline author Wrote: May 30, 2012 1:13 PM
Happersett declared that a person born on U.S. soil to two U.S. citizen parents was most assuredly a "natural born citizen." It added, "Some authorities go further, and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction, without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first."

That is precisely why the issue should go to the Supreme Court - to have a ruling that addresses those born to one or no U.S. citizen parents. Kerchner v. Obama was intended to force that ruling. Byron York is not the final arbiter; it should be the Supreme Court. Its refusal to hear Kerchner v. Obama was cowardly - and intended to avoid race riots that would result from a ruling against Obama.

Birtherism -- the belief that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not in the United States -- pretty much died last year when the White House released a copy of the president's long-form birth certificate showing he was born in Honolulu on Aug. 4, 1961. After that, the number of Americans who doubted Obama's place of birth dropped dramatically.

But not to zero. In recent days, there has been a mini-resurgence of birther talk, from Arizona, where the secretary of state questioned Obama's eligibility to be on the ballot, to Iowa, where some Republicans want to require presidential candidates to prove...