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ALLEGIANCE TO THE U.S. PRESENT AT BIRTH
by thinkwell, ©2015
(Apr. 24, 2015) — I would like to present what is perhaps a new and unique logical and legal argument in support of the strict founding definition of the meaning of natural born Citizen. It is based on simple interpretation of the phrase itself (words mean things) coupled with an examination of the commitment inherent in naturalization. I hope this idea might be of use to those who are defending our Constitution in the various ongoing judicial challenges (as well as helping my fellow conservative denizens of the internet). The argument is as follows:
There is only one type of citizenship as all citizens are equally sovereign, none with natural rights higher than any other, yet the Constitution stipulates that a citizen must meet three requirements in order to serve as president, being: 14+ years a resident, 35+ years of age and a natural born Citizen. These are simply the minimum job requirements to become president and do not delineate differing types of citizenship.
Just as it is a false dichotomy to split citizens into types by age (those who are under 35 years of age versus those who are 35+ years of age), so is it false to assert that naturalized and natural born citizens are different types. All citizens in good standing have equal rights.
A former alien may become the equal of a natural born Citizen through the process of naturalization, but with two key characteristic differences:
1) a natural Citizen requires no process (legal or man made) to become a citizen, and
2) a born Citizen obviously becomes a citizen at the moment of birth.
So a natural born Citizen must possess all the characteristics of a naturalized citizen, but do so naturally and from birth on. One must only combine the two above characteristics with those bestowed by naturalization in order to understand the essence of a natural born Citizen.
And just what are the requirements of naturalization? In short, it is to pledge complete and exclusive fealty to our Constitution and one’s fellow citizens. That is, per the oath of citizenship, all of the following:
1) Allegiance to the United States Constitution;
2) Renunciation of all prior allegiances to foreign country/ies;
3) Defense of the Constitution against enemies “foreign and domestic”;
4) Promise to serve in the United States Armed Forces when required by law;
5) Promise to perform civilian duties of “national importance” when required by law.
The naturalization process excludes all conflicting allegiances. A natural born Citizen clearly must possess these same acquired traits, except that he or she must possess them naturally and from the moment of birth on. Split or dual allegiance at any time in one’s life is clearly an anathema to natural born Citizenship and is in conflict with its very essence.
Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal, Marco Rubio, Nikki Haley and other such hybrid citizens all who either now possess or have at one time possessed split allegiance (dual citizenship) are simply not eligible to serve their fellow citizens in the presidency.