when the constitution was written.
Van Buren was the first president born a citizen.
If it is an issue that you think is important then thank you for putting it out there. At least it will become apart of the market place idea prior to any election process.
Who is suppose to determine what is constitutional and what is not?
The Supreme Court? They rarely decide political questions.
The answer is us. The voting public. The voting public determines the constitutionality of a political question.
"No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States"
Barry Goldwater was a natural born citizen of a US territory, not of the United States. Should he have been eligible.
Originally, this was intended to prevent the British Empire or some other European Empire from subverting the constitution by using the political process.
What if a natural born citizen relinguished his citizenship and became a German citizen during the Nazi era because he loved Hitler. Hitler asked him to go back and reside in the states for 14 years and then run for president while never regaining his U.S. citizenship? According to the constitution, this person would be eligible. He was a natural born citizen. The constitution is silent about whether the person has to be a current citizen. It says Natural Born OR a Citizen of the United States. It does not say AND. I agree with you that words do matter and there is an OR, not an AND in that sentence. The commas in that clause make it ambiguious at best. We typically understand what it means and the purpose of it, but lexical clarity it isn't.
Do you see the problems?
The voting public will decide.
Thank you for bringing the point up and making it part of the dialogue.
I don't think it is that important and as a party to this great contract I can decide the constitutionality of political questions in the same manner as you.
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