The real birther argument : far from the crank theorists
A blogger with philosophical and Constitutional knowledge and astuteness - and who claims he views the Birthers as loons and crank conspiracy theorists - finds the true argument they have missed.
It is a stunning argument, but I would disagree rigorously with his conclusion. I believe it does not lead us to conclude that Obama must be ousted, but that we are no longer following Natural Law, but British common law. Due to post-industrialism and the computer age, globalism and multiculturalism , the Natural Law of the founding fathers no longer comes "naturally" to us.
Obama is not a natural-born citizen because the Constitution is based on natural law, not on English common law. The Constitution requires that the President be a natural-born citizen because of concerns of national loyalty. The Founders in their wisdom knew that the President must of necessity be as free of political intrigues and be as loyal to the nation as possible. As a natural principle, human loyalties come from human relationships, not from the piece of dirt we happened to be born over. When we consider where someone’s loyalties lie, we look at their human relationships, not the lines in the dirt surrounding the spot where they were born.
The Founders were not fools. To the contrary they were geniuses and well read. They were familiar with both English common law and natural law. They understood those things well when they wrote the Constitution.
The Founders understood the effect that having a parent who is a citizen of a foreign nation can have on one’s loyalties to one’s own nation. They understood how people tend to adopt foreign ideas from foreign parents and then bring those ideas into government, and they intended to prevent that from happening by requiring that the President be a natural-born citizen. We see their fears coming to light today in Barack Obama.
The Fourteenth Amendment defines citizenship. It states that all persons born in the jurisdiction of the United States are citizens. This does not invalidate the intent of the Founders to require the President be a natural-born citizen according to natural law. Reason and common sense must be applied. Did the writers of the Fourteenth Amendment intend to relax the the requirements of loyalty of the President? Obviously they did not. They intended to give the rights of citizenship to the newly freed slaves after the Civil War. Since the intent of the authors of law is a primary consideration of law, the Fourteenth Amendment does not change the requirement that the President be a natural-born citizen.
Obama’s father was not a US citizen, so Obama cannot be a natural-born citizen of the United States by Constitutional law. As a citizen of the United States, I cannot in good conscience recognize Barack Obama as President of the United States of America. All citizens, especially those who are sworn to defend the Constitution, are bound by duty to remove Barack Obama from his office.
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