As I said in my post, common law OR the Law of Nations (which is Natural Law, in case you did not know).
Quote from the book:
"Natural-born citizens are those born in the country of parents who are citizens - it is necessary that they be born of a father who is a citizen. If a person is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country...By the law of nature alone, children follow the condition of their fathers"
Read my previous post...it won't take long :)
Some have tried to argue that Vattel does use the plural "parents" in this case, as do the founders in their writings. However, parents in this case IMO is referring to the unidentified many citizens. Throughout the law of nations, it is clear (and a completely discredited scientific view) that Vattel thinks everything you get comes from your father...your charater, your nature, etc. In his book, he outlines how property is handed down by the father; a father's debt is handed down to his his son, etc. It would not make sense to imply that a philosopher who thinks you get everything from your father suddenly thinks the mother is important when it comes to citizenship...it also explains why he never addressed a situation where the parents are of differing citizen-status...the father's blood is what rules.
Plan for eliminating the national debt in 10-20 years:
Specific cuts; defense spending: http://rolexian.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/more-detailed-look-a
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