posted on Dec, 14 2004 @ 10:55 AM
Okay, first off this isn't exactly a conspiracy, but it's close enough that I figured it belongs here. Secondly, I think Arnold would make a very
charismatic president, and possibly even a good one. Thirdly, I don't want this to be interpreted as a racist or intolerant post. This is strictly a
review of perhaps why the Constitution shouldn't be changed.
It's getting talked about more and more, "Should the U.S. Constitution be ammended to allow someone who was not born an American to run for the
The biggest circles I see advocating this are the ones who would like to see our beloved Arnold Schwartzenegger in the Oval Office. (For those of you
who live in movie-land, this was also prophesized in the movie "Demolition Man".) But there are other advocates as well, especially among the Latino
Communities, and they are all gaining momentum.
This is my concern...
There comes a time when Political Correctness, and love and acceptance of our fellow non-American born humans needs to have a limit, and that limit,
in my humble opinion, should be before the level of the Presidency.
I realize this is probably the wrong forum in which to suggest this, as many people here are either not U.S. citizens, or are and hate the U.S.
government, or flat don't care... but it doesn't change the fact that this issue does need serious examination before open acceptance.
My reason for saying so is this...
There's a saying that "Blood runs thicker than water". It basically states that your family is your family, no matter what, or how horrible they
are, there's some involuntary bond that ties you to them, whether you want it to or not. Someone born in America has that sort of bond with the
country. Even if one is an expatriot, living in France, and cussing out the Yanks from sunup to sundown, America is still Family, and that bond will
never quite go away. I believe this is probably true of any country, really, and not just limited to America.
Put like this...if a U.S. naturalized citizen born in Nation-X became President of the United States, and they had to make a very hard decision
regarding Nation-X, would they truly be able to act in the best interests of America, or might their reason be swayed by their homeland? And even if
they did act in the best interests of America, would the populace believe them?
Perhaps even a more extreme example to consider... say Nation-Z has a very high population of immigrants and influence in America, is very patient,
and whose emmigrant population are actually still quite loyal to Nation-Z. Nation-Z works to train a good citizen to be excellent Presidential
material, providing them the best of training, education, charm, wit, etc... If the constitution allows those born outside the U.S. to become
President, all that needs to happen for a bloodless coup is for he or she to be elected. I realize this is also a long shot, and rather out-there as
far as possibilities go, but is technically and legally possible once we do not require the President to have been born on American soil. A foreign
country could literally gain control of the United States without ever declaring war... at least for 4 years... And as long as any laws weren't
broken, they could do whatever they needed to ensure it happens again...and again...and again...
There is also the possibility of a sleeper as the President. Perhaps there is no bloodless coup at all, but instead the foreign born president watches
intently, and takes lots and lots of mental notes about every detail of security and procedure that another country could use.
Now, of all these, I think only the first is the most likely concern, but the latter two are certainly possible as well.
So while we may want Arnold as President, the cost in terms of our country's future presidents may be too high. I'm curious for your thoughts. And
please do not interpret this as racist or bigoted; I've done all I could to keep this limited to legal and political loopholes, or inherent moral
paradigms. If this comes across as offensive, I'll try to find a better way to word it.