An Important Job Qualification Question...What Would Suffice?
By Liberty4USA for Righting Our Consent Newsletter
Our Founders did not write a document that required great legal expertise or philosophical studies to understand when they drafted our Constitution. They wrote it for the people to understand by applying their own good common sense.
The document outlined a system of government that above all else was to ensure that individual liberty could not be obstructed by denying our unalienable rights, which are God-given. Neither our neighbor nor any enemy, foreign or domestic, has any authority under our system of government to infringe upon our rights. No individual is allowed to exercise his or her rights at the expense of another. Our federal governments sole purpose is to protect our rights against intrusions that our individual states would be unable to... due to their very nature.
The Founders knew that some government was necessary to maintain an orderly society and that government is force, which could be either a faithful servant or our fearful master, like fire is.
Every word of the Constitution was debated. None was accidentally or inadvertently inserted. None of these words were mere window-dressing or of no effect. Each term or clause within this brilliantly conceived document has its own merit. There are also no taboo or “birther” sections that should be avoided or not be discussed.
So as ordinary Americans we are able to look at the section that outlines the special requirements for the unique office which is given executive powers, command of the armed forces and interfaces with other sovereign nations in negotiating agreements with them. Our common sense tells us to keep in mind the overriding purpose for this document is to have a self government which keeps our liberty intact in a just society.
U.S. Constitution Article II, Section 1
No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.
So, when the Founders wrote these words they were in fact finalizing (subject only to Constitutional amendment) what they thought was required for this powerful office.
What would suffice for this office?
The person undoubtedly needs to be a citizen who had reached an age that ensured the opportunity to have enough education, maturity and experience to do the job.
He could not suddenly return to our society having lived elsewhere under foreign influence and vie immediately for the office. This person needed to establish 14 years residency. What is the plain effect of these two separate requirements?
Clearly these are requirements meant for the public to judge the suitability for office to the chief representative of the American people. It is also common sense clear that only persons that are known to us to be involved and on record as part of American society by their words and deeds could be considered eligible.
The argument over the term “natural born Citizen” is being dissected every which way for its legal meaning. If we apply common sense though, we see this special term refers to undivided American allegiance. A citizen child is not enough, the child must have parents whose ONLY allegiance is to the United States from the time he or she is born as well. Only those who needed to be “grandfathered” in at our humble beginnings were excepted from this.
Instinctively we know that the Founders would not have qualified anyone for this office who had any conflicts in allegiance for any other country like a born citizen with a foreigner parent has.
In a nutshell, our common sense tells us... only Americans, who are born that way, to only American parents, could ever be a “natural born Citizen.”
So the Founders required that only those we know are prepared for the job, are ingrained into our society with a minimum time requirement and who are “only” American at birth are eligible for consideration of the job.
It is unlikely, a person who has never proven even a broader definition of American citizenship, claimed a foreign citizen father, hidden all past ideological public writings, documents and/or foreign associations from view, and declared himself a “citizen of the world” is someone who could ever fit the requirements the Founders intended.
If they wouldn’t qualify such a person, why should we?
America has watched as the courts and media have done all they can to dismiss this question altogether.
We, along with our common sense, are left to only speculate as to why that is.