The Constitution, Vattel, and “Natural Born Citizen”: What Our Framers Knew

Truth, as applied to U.S. law.

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By Publius Huldah.

We have been visited recently with several very silly articles which assert that Marco Rubio is a “natural born Citizen” within the meaning of Art. II, §1, cl. 5, U.S. Constitution (ratified 1788), and hence is qualified to be President:

Bret Baier (Fox News) asserts that Congress may define (and presumably redefine, from time to time) terms in the Constitution by means of law.

Chet Arthur in American Thinker quips that “the original meaning of ‘natural born citizen’” is determined by reference to “The Heritage Guide to the Constitution” and to the definition of “citizen” at Sec. 1 of the 14th Amendment, ratified 1868.

Human Events claims that anyone  born within The United States is a “natural born citizen” eligible to be President.

Jake Walker at Red State purports to show how the term has been used from 1795 to the present.  After quoting James…

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3 thoughts on “The Constitution, Vattel, and “Natural Born Citizen”: What Our Framers Knew

    1. You are very welcome. Thank you for your research and writing. I also shared it on Facebook to my Stand Up Speak Out group of 1,452 members, and my Stand Up Speak Out Facebook page of 1,276 members, on my personal Facebook page, with 5,000 friends, and on Stand Up Speak Out on StumbleUpon, which has unlimited potential viewers. Thanks for all you do for freedom and liberty’s sake!

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