MOST BELIEVE THAT BIRTH IN THE U.S. EQUALS “NATURAL BORN CITIZEN”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 14, 2013) — This evening during the 5:00 p.m. hour of Fox News Live, anchor Gregg Jarrett asked his panel of guests if it appeared that Hillary Rodham Clinton would run for president in 2016, to which political strategist Doug Schoen responded that Clinton currently surpasses other possible Democrat contenders in hypothetical surveys.
When Jarrett asked former New York Congressman and commentator John LeBoutillier about possible Republican candidates, Jarrett mentioned several names, including New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Rand Paul and Sen. Ted Cruz.
When Jarrett mentioned Cruz’s name, LeBoutillier responded (paraphrased), “With him having been born in Canada, I think there would be a real problem with eligibility.”
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president be a “natural born Citizen.” It is generally understood that “natural born Citizen” means that a person was born in the United States, although historically, much evidence exists that the citizenship of the parents played an equal, if not more significant, role in determining presidential eligibility.
Beginning in 2009, Jack Maskell of the Congressional Research Service wrote a series of memos which put forth the argument that Barack Hussein Obama and Sen. John McCain were both eligible to the office of president. Obama purportedly was born in Honolulu, HI in 1961, and McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone to a father serving as an admiral in the U.S. Navy.
However, despite citing numerous law cases which determined citizenship controversies, Maskell omitted phrases from his citations which included the citizenship of the parents as a determining factor in a child’s status.
Since late 2007, when progressive commentator Chris Matthews stated on air that Obama was “born in Indonesia” without questioning the fact that he was running for president, millions of Americans have learned that there are many unanswered questions about Obama’s past, including the fact that Obama himself admitted to having been born with dual citizenship on his Fight the Smears website. Obama’s purported father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr., was never a U.S. citizen.
Since a law enforcement investigation announced on March 1, 2012 that it had found that the long-form birth certificate image posted on the White House website with Obama’s name and birth details is fraudulent, no mainstream media outlet has reported it on the airwaves. Over the last four months, the lead investigator, Mike Zullo, has met with numerous “VIPs,” which include members of Congress, to show them the evidence.
Zullo has said on Carl Gallups’ radio show on several occasions that there is no evidence that Obama lived in Hawaii from birth to the age of five nor that he is even a U.S. citizen.
Despite disagreement on the meaning of “natural born Citizen,” there is no disagreement that the Constitution requires the president to be a U.S. citizen.
On May 19, Fox News reported on the CRS memos in an article which claimed that based on Maskell’s conclusions, Cruz would be eligible to run for president by virtue of his mother’s U.S. citizenship; therefore, birth in the U.S. might not be the sole determining factor for presidential eligibility.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.