The question is when the Constitution was ratified, all citizens of the several states became citizens of the United States. If every citizen of the several states is now a citizen of the United States, why did the framers include the grandfather clause under Article II qualifications to become president?
Under current thinking, if everyone living in the several states is now a citizen of the United States, and if this is the definition of natural born citizenship when seeking the office of the presidency, why did the framers feel it necessary to grandfather in everyone living in the states, who are now citizens of the United States, under Article II qualifications to become president?
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