The Definition of ‘natural born Citizen’ | by Roger L. Sharp

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April 10, 2023

Wong Kim Ark in 1904 (public domain)

To the Editor:

I read your article and need to provide some information on the Wong Kim Ark case you refer to.

As I was reading it, I felt your apprehension about the case. Ark is a very strong case FOR NBC. But you, as I read it, left some ambiguity as to whether a person born of two permanent resident aliens was a natural born citizen. Let me suggest this:

1) The only time Ark mentions what a natural born citizen is is when Justice Gray stated,  “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country of parents who are citizens.” Nowhere in the case can you find a statement that says, “Anyone born in the United States is a natural born citizen” (para. 134). In fact you can’t find that statement anywhere.

2) In the U.S. District Court Ark v U.S. the Court declared Ark to be a “citizen,” not a natural born citizen. The Supreme Court ruled the same thing.  So, Ark’s birth circumstances or anyone with birth circumstances like his are NOT natural born citizens.

3) In the same case Justice Gray restated what Chief Justice Waite had said that puts to rest any claim that the 14th Amendment grants “NBC” to anyone born in the U.S. In invoking the 14th Amendment, he specifically said, “The Constitution does not in words say who shall be natural-born citizens” (paragraphs 3-7 here.) That makes sense, too, because nowhere in the 14th Amendment do you find NBC. … continue reading at:

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CDR Charles Kerchner, P.E. (Retired)

Other suggested reading and viewing on being a “natural born Citizen” of the United States:

1. Read, download, and print a PDF copy of this White Paper by CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret) about the “natural born Citizen” term and presidential eligibility clause in Article II of our U.S. Constitution here:

2.  A chart which lists and explains the five (5) Citizenship terms used in the U.S. Constitution:

3. Being a “born Citizen” or “Citizen at Birth” is not identically the same as a being a “natural born Citizen”:   or

4. Read this essay regarding the constitutional term “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)”. Adjectives mean something.  All “natural born Citizens” are “born Citizens (citizens at birth) but not all “born Citizens (citizens at birth)” are “natural born Citizens”: 

5. A Euler Diagram which logically shows the kinds of U.S. Citizens and their set and subset relationships:

6. The “Three Legged Stool Test” for being a Natural Born Citizen:

7. Article II Presidential Eligibility Facts:  or 

8. Watch these videos (Parts I and II) by the renowned constitutional scholar Dr. Herb Titus:   and

9. Read the dozen of legal essays and court briefs written by constitutional and citizenship expert Attorney Mario Apuzzo on being a “natural born Citizen of the United States” and the pretenders and usurpers in three major political parties (Democrat, Republican, and Socialist parties) – who invalidly claimed such birth status – at his legal blog:

10. Read online or download and save dozens of historical papers and articles written over time, some over 200 years ago, describing what a “natural born Citizen” of the United States is to constitutional standards:


2 thoughts on “The Definition of ‘natural born Citizen’ | by Roger L. Sharp”

  1. CDR Kerchner… I love reading your emails & reliable info on NBC, but it seems NOTHING is ever really done, bc Harris is V.P. after all the work that was previously done to educate the public. I see you have a book coming out, which is great, but WHAT ELSE CAN BE DONE, like informing President Trump of this Constitutional injustice/TRASHING !! / God BLESS ALL OUR EFFORTS, Joseph Murratti, Royal Palm Beach, FL.

    [Editor’s comment: Thank you for your kind words and feedback. President Trump has copies of all my writings on natural born Citizen including a copy of my 2009 lawsuit Kerchner et al v Obama & Congress et al. I personally FAX’d documents to his office in NY at his request via a delegation from AZ that visited him personally in the spring of 2011. I and my lawyer were on standby to speak to him on the phone if he so chose to hear it from us directly. But instead he told us to FAX him the information to his NY office. Which I did that very day and the next day. He once publicly questioned Obama’s eligibility but backed off at some point for political reasons once he decided to run for President. So, Trump absolutely knows the truth about Obama not being a “natural born Citizen” and being a fraud and a usurper. Maybe he will act on that if he gets a second term if and when he really tried to take on and clean out the deep state Marxists entrenched in all our government institutions and on steroids since Obama unconstitutionally gained the office of the Presidency and Commander in Chief. At least I hope Trump would. Thank you again. CDR Kerchner (Ret) ]

  2. I am very pleased to announce that my new book, “Natural Born Citizen – A Presidential Eligibility Qualification Requirement” is now available for purchase via Here is the link:

    Of course copies signed or otherwise can also be purchased directly from me on my website link at:

    CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret)
    Lehigh Valley PA USA

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