posted on Dec, 1 2008 @ 06:30 AM
Based on information that has surfaced to date, I am fairly comfortable with the conclusion that John McCain is not and never was a natural born
citizen as that term is used in the U.S. Constitution. That is not to say that McCain is not a citizen, or even that he was not a citizen at birth.
Rather, it is to say that the geographic circumstances of his birth (outside any and all U.S. states, outside any and all U.S. territories) were not
such as would bestow upon him Constitutionally-valid natural born citizen status.
While I am not extremely comfortable with the conclusion that Barack Obama is not at this point a natural born citizen as that term is used in the
U.S. Constitution, I am beginning to think that this is what the U.S. Supreme Court will ultimately conclude based on a full set of facts, once those
facts are discovered, pursuant to federal court orders compelling disclosure to that effect.
Barack Obama was born in Honolulu of married parents, of which his mother was a U.S. citizen, and his father was a subject of the United Kingdom by
virtue of his Kenyan nationality. At this point, and at least temporarily, Barack Obama is a natural born citizen. Fast forward to when Barack Obama
turns 18. He is now an adult, and remains a natural born citizen. By virtue of the fact that Kenya is no longer a colony of the UK, Barack is also a
full-fledged citizen of Kenya. As a dual citizen of the U.S. and Kenya, Barack now has options which, as an adult, he is fully empowered to exercise.
For example, now that he is an adult, he can formally renounce his Kenyan citizenship. Since he has not renounced U.S. citizenship he has held since
birth, he is free and clear to run for president of the U.S. once he attains the age of 35.
But let's say he does nothing for the time being. He is an 18 year old adult holding dual citizenship in the U.S. and Kenya, just living his life.
He enrolls in Occidental College as an out-of-state freshman, ostensibly of U.S. nationality and citizenship. Tiring of Occidental, he learns of
opportunities available at Ivy League colleges and universities for foreign nationals to matriculate at a steep tuition discount, lower entrance
requirements, or both. Possessing Kenyan citizenship, Obama thinks, hey, why not apply and see what happens. He fills out a Columbia application,
indicates Kenyan citizenship, signs the application, and sends it to Columbia. Much to his surprise, he is accepted, and he matriculates at the age
of 20 as part of Columbia's program for accommodating students of foreign nationality. By the time Barack Obama reaches age 21, he has failed to
formally renounce U.S. citizenship. By operation of Kenyan law, he loses his Kenyan citizenship. Retaining his U.S. citizenship, Barack Obama
finishes his degree at Columbia, and begins living the rest of his life.
IMHO, the Supreme Court will consider Barack Obama's personal behavior between the ages of 18 and 21 to be directly relevant to the question as to
whether he presently possesses Constitutionally-valid natural born citizen status. More particularly, they will be evaluating his actions during that
time for any evidence of deliberate actions which are inconsistent with a desire on his part to preserve his Constitutionally-valid natural born
citizen status. They will be presented with the documentation comprising his Columbia application and find where he declared himself to be a Kenyan
citizen for the purpose of gaining admission and/or obtaining a break on tuition. Based on this, they will conclude that Barack Obama forfeited or
relinquished his previously-held Constitutionally-valid natural born citizen status. This despite the fact that Barack Obama never gave up his U.S.