The so-called birthers in the US claim that president Barack Obama was not born in USA and thus cannot be president. That’s not what makes me want to be beamed up. It’s the democrat’s response that makes me think there is no intelligent life in USA.
The birthers’ argument is that since Obama has not shown a birth certificate from a US state (i.e., Hawaii), he is not a US citizen, and thus he is ineligible to be president according to the US Constitution, article 2, section 1. Just now Ed Schultz had a debate on MSNBC with one of those, and the only argument he made was that it had been shown that Obama was born on Hawaii.
But so what?
The US Constitution, article 2, section 1 says in the relevant 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.”
It does not mention a requirement to be born within the boundaries of the US, it just mentions being a natural born citizen. Any child born to a parent who is a US citizen is a natural born citizen of the US, but so far, I haven’t heard a single person making that self-evident argument on TV. That is why I doubt that there is intelligent life in this country.
The last provision, that the president must have lived at least 14 years in the country, clearly indicates that the drafters of the constitution envisioned that someone who had lived even the majority of his or her life abroad should be qualified. Although it is not explicit, it could indicate that they were having in mind children of USAmericans born abroad, who returned to their fatherland as adults.
Assume that the birthers’ interpretation had been right. That would mean that there would be two classes of natural born citizens; those with full citizenship rights, and those without. That is an entirely untenable position, from a Human Rights-perspective.
The ignorance of people in this country never ceases to amaze me. Beam me up!