posted on Oct, 24 2008 @ 04:23 PM
This topic is so old, and I am so sick of these threads that I admit I didn't do more than scan the first page. Sorry if I am repeating someone
without giving credit.
Look. This is a red herring. Again.
The term "natural born citizen" is so ambiguous that it would be quite easy for Congress to simply declare ANY individual to be a natural born
Congress definitely has the power to define "natural born", and did so by legislation in the Naturalization Act of 1790, and since then as well.
This is no big deal.
Nobody, including the Supreme Court, would argue against that. This term is purely a definition set by the USA Congress, not by the Constitution, and
not by the Judicial branch.
Who is to say that a natural born citizen might not be any USA citizen, if forever having been a citizen of the USA within his or her heart, from
birth, as specifically shown by actions, and resolved by Congress?
Arnold Schwarzenegger might be a natural born by that standard. And maybe he actually is.
There is no question that the President must be 35 years old, and been a citizen for at least 14 years a resident. But "natural born"? Not exactly