Originally posted by Byteman
The legislature in a rare fit of common sense decided that the Founding Fathers wouldn't disqualify someone merely for being born even one foot
outside US soil, if both of his parents are US citizens.
But birthers have determined that the Founding Fathers would
disqualify someone merely for having one parent who isn't a US citizen, even
though it has been done several times before and even though Obama was born ON US soil... Is that what you're trying to pass off here?
That someone born OUTSIDE the US, as McCain was, IS qualified, but someone born INSIDE the US is NOT qualified, because one of his parents wasn't a
US citizen...Is that really what you're suggesting?
Four presidents had parents who were born in another country. Do you think if the Founding Fathers had meant to exclude presidents based on their
parents citizenship, they would have allowed these presidencies?
James Buchanan (1857-1861) father was born in Ireland and a citizen of Ireland at the time of James' birth..
Chester Arthur (1881-1885) fathers.was Irish.
Woodrow Wilson (1913-1921) mother was born in England.
Herbert Hoover (1929-1933) mother was born Canada.
James Buchanan is the one president who shares circumstances with Obama. His father was a citizen of a foreign country when James was born. His father
did not become a US citizen, because he did not become a citizen of Pennsylvania.
If the framers intended to exclude Obama, why didn't they exclude Buchanan?
The problem is if one of your parents is not a US citizen. Obama's father was a British Subject, making Obama a British Subject at birth, and
unqualified to be president.
Where do you get the information that a person with dual citizenship at birth is unqualified to be president? Please post.
This assumes Obama was born in Hawaii, but by virtue of his FATHER'S citizenship, was a British citizen and that somehow strips the FACT that he was
born ON US SOIL. There is no such law or statute. In fact, the opposite is true. Even if he WAS a British citizen, there is no way that could strip
his "natural-born" status, assuming he was born in Hawaii.
Being born inside the United States makes one a natural-born citizen. Children of illegal immigrants, born here, are natural-born citizens. So, any
extenuating circumstances (like the citizenship of your father) CANNOT strip the "natural-born citizenship" status.