CBS Poll: Should We Change Constitution to Allow Non-Natural Born Citizens to be President? — 75% Said NO!
Read the CBS news story and poll results here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cbs-news-poll-should-us-presidents-be-natural-born/
My comment: We the People innately understand the natural security purpose of the requirement that the President and Commander in Chief of our military had to be a special type of citizen, one with sole allegiance to the USA at birth. But this news story in its commentary on the poll results gets it wrong when it talks about who truly is a “natural born Citizen” of the United States. A “natural born Citizen” is not either a person Born in the USA (without regard to the Citizenship status of your parents) or a foreign born Citizen at Birth by statutory law. A “natural born Citizen” of the United States as defined in the legal treatise used by the founders and framers to write our founding documents is a person Born in the USA to parents who are both U.S. Citizens (born or naturalized) when their child is born in the USA, i.e., a person born with sole allegiance and unity of citizenship to the USA and only the USA. “natural born Citizens” make up the overwhelmingly largest proportion of U.S. Citizens. They are by far the super-majority group/sub-set of all U.S. Citizens. And it is from this group we are to choose our President. A “natural born Citizen” is a subset of the super-sets of all U.S. Citizens and “born Citizens”. No person born with dual-Citizenship at birth is a “natural born Citizen”. Ted Cruz who was born in Canada and thus with Canadian citizenship, to a Cuban father and thus he inherited Cuban citizenship, and to a U.S. Citizen mother and thus inherited U.S. Citizenship; is a tri-Citizen at birth and is not a “natural born Citizen” of the United States. Marco Rubio was born in the USA and thus is a U.S. Citizen at Birth to two Cuban citizen parents and thus he inherited Cuban citizenship from both his parents; is a dual-Citizen at birth and is not a “natural born Citizen” of the United States.
Read this excellent legal essay by Atty Mario Apuzzo on the difference between basic Citizenship (born, citizen at birth, or naturalized later) and one being a “natural born Citizen”: https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2015/11/29/a-citizen-is-one-thing-but-a-natural-born-citizen-is-another-atty-mario-apuzzo/
CDR Charles Kerchner, P.E. (Retired)
Lehigh Valley PA USA
P.S. Also read this essay regarding the constitutional term in the presidential eligibility clause “natural born Citizen” and basic logic, i.e., trees are plants but not all plants are trees. Natural born Citizens are a subset of “born Citizens (citizens at birth)” but not all “born Citizens (citizens at birth)” are “natural born Citizens”: https://cdrkerchner.wordpress.com/2012/06/20/of-natural-born-citizens-and-citizens-at-birth-and-basic-logic-trees-are-plants-but-not-all-plants-are-trees-natural-born-citizens-nbc-are-citizens-at-birth-cab-but-not-all-cab/ … AND … http://www.art2superpac.com/issues.html Also watch this video by the renowned constitutional scholar Dr. Herb Titus — Part I: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esiZZ-1R7e8 and Part II: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xoaZ8WextxQ