Redux: Vattel – Law of Nations Vol. 1 Chapter III § 30. Of the Support of the Constitution and Obedience to the Laws

Redux: Vattel – Law of Nations Vol. 1 Chapter III § 30. Of the Support of the Constitution and Obedience to the Laws

Click on image for more on the importance of Vattel’s writings to the founders of our country and framers of our Constitution

I originally posted the quote (in italics further down in this article) from Emer de Vattel’s legal treatise “The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law” in the BlogSpot blog of the now deceased Attorney Mario Apuzzo back in June 2009 and then also in my WordPress blog. I re-post Vattel’s words and revisit the subject again as a reminder and warning about what is happening to our country, our constitution, and the rule of law.

The disregard of the rule of law and the abrogation of the true original-intent meaning and purpose of a key term in our U.S. Constitution the supreme law of our land as to whom can be the President and Commander in Chief of our military (and VP) has led to a very serious crisis in our nation with a cognitively challenged puppet in the Oval Office on a part-time basis and the rest of his time in a basement in Delaware with a culturally anti-American usurper who was unconstitutionally elected and sworn in twice still pulling the strings, making the decisions, and giving the orders behind the scenes in effect in a 3rd term, leading from behind as the “National Community Organizer in Chief (NCOinC), i.e., Obama. And with the NCOinC effectively in charge of our country, enabled by the mainstream media and corrupt judicial system, things are getting more bizarre and dangerous every week. The pernicious suppression of our unalienable rights to life, liberty, and pursuit of happiness is becoming more and more obvious to more and more people.

If this willful attack on our unalienable rights given to us by our Creator as declared in the Declaration of Independence and enshrined in the U.S. Constitution continues, the complete destruction of public tranquility will soon be entailed. And it appears that is what the far, far-left anti-American, anti-Constitutionalist Marxists pulling the puppet strings behind the curtain want. As Dan Bongino said recently in one of his podcasts the far, far left is trying to provoke and will use asymmetric violence to do it.

By asymmetric violence Dan Bongino means they can and will get violent and they will get away with it. If arrested at all, they will soon be released by the sympathetic judicial system and not prosecuted. And if during their violence they provoke a physical response to their violence by someone they are attacking and/or militantly provoking, that person will get arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. That is the goal of asymmetric violence by far-left organized street thugs like Antifa, to provoke a response to entrap their target(s) and then use the law and law-fare to prosecute or financially ruin their target(s). Dan Bongino said to be careful in the coming days. We must not fall for their planned trap(s). But like all such evil people and tyrants in history, at some point, they will go too far. Let us hope this is all resolved in the 2024 election before it is totally too late to save our Republic, which is what Benjamin Franklin said the constitutional framers of our new U.S. Constitution have created … if we can keep it.

See these words by the legal scholar Emer de Vattel from his writings about Natural Law in the last half of the 18th century which apply equally well today.

“A Republic Ma’am If We Can Keep It” – Benjamin Franklin (1787)

” … The constitution and laws of a state are the basis of the public tranquility, the firmest support of political authority, and a security for the liberty of the citizens. But this constitution is a vain phantom, and the best laws are useless, if they be not religiously observed: the nation ought then to watch very attentively, in order to render them equally respected by those who govern, and by the people destined to obey. To attack the constitution of the state and to violate its laws, is a capital crime against society; and if those guilty of it are invested with authority, they add to this crime a perfidious abuse of the power with which they are intrusted. The nation ought constantly to repress them with its utmost vigor and vigilance, as the importance of the case requires. It is very uncommon to see the laws and constitution of a state openly and boldly opposed: it is against silent and gradual attacks that a nation ought to be particularly on its guard. Sudden revolutions strike the imaginations of men: they are detailed in history; their secret springs are developed. But we overlook the changes that insensibly happen by a long train of steps that are but slightly marked. It would be rendering nations an important service to show from history how many states have thus entirely changed their nature, and lost their original constitution. This would awaken the attention of mankind: — impressed thenceforward with this excellent maxim (no less essential in politics than in morals) principiis obsta, — they would no longer shut their eyes against innovations, which, though inconsiderable in themselves, may serve as steps to mount to higher and more pernicious enterprises.”

The U.S. Constitution is the glue that holds this nation of diverse immigrants and their descendants together. Without it, this nation, this republic is lost and will end up on the trash heap of history. The 2024 election will decide whether we still have a constitutional republic and a constitution that is the supreme law of the land and that it is enforced, or if we will totally lose it all forever.

CDR Charles Kerchner, P.E. (Retired)

P.S. We are a nation of immigrants. But Obama’s father was not one! Barack Hussein Obama is the first defacto President and Commander in Chief whose father was never an immigrant to this country. Obama’s father was a total foreigner and only briefly sojourned here on a student VISA. But per his son, he passed along his Marxist dreams to bring down the United States’ power on the world stage, especially our military power. Obama is the son of a non-U.S. Citizen, anti-American, and total foreigner only sojourning briefly in the USA. Barack Hussein Obama is exactly the type of person, i.e., a person born without sole allegiance to the USA, that the founders and farmers did not want to ever be permitted to gain the office of President and Commander in Chief of our military which is the WHY they put the natural security term “natural born Citizen” into the presidential eligibility clause of the U.S. Constitution. Obama II/Jr is not a “natural born Citizen” of the United States and thus was never constitutionally eligible for the office he usurped for two terms. Obama II/Jr was not born with “unity of citizenship and sole allegiance” to the USA. Obama was born a British Subject and later became a Citizen of Kenya. He considered himself to be a Citizen of the World first and a Citizen of the USA secondarily. We are reaping the whirlwind for allowing the sowing of the wind of the usurper Obama and his “Dreams From His Father” agenda to gain control of our nation.

See below for other suggested reading and viewing regarding the “natural born Citizen” key national security term in the Presidential Eligibility Clause of our United States Constitution:

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 that 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 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 “Redux: Vattel – Law of Nations Vol. 1 Chapter III § 30. Of the Support of the Constitution and Obedience to the Laws”

  1. 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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