The Post & Email Reminds Rep. Steve King of “natural born Citizen” Clause on Twitter

DID HE GET THE MESSAGE?

by Sharon Rondeau

Tweet from Rep. Steve King which began a Twitter soliloquy, or perhaps a conversation, on the presidency

(Aug. 31, 2015) — On Monday evening, Rep. Steve King (R-IA4) tweeted his apparent displeasure with Barack Hussein Obama by invoking the memory of Presidents George W. Bush and preceding presidents going back to Jimmy Carter.

“Oh, how I miss 43(W), 41, even 42—for sure 40-even 39,” King wrote, posting a photo of 43rd President George W. Bush scratching his head, looking bewildered.

In an apparent prayer, King then said, “God, send us a leader who will restore the soul of America.”

Following that opening, King decried Obama’s renaming of Alaska’s Mt. McKinley to “Denali” by means of a “secretarial executive order” issued by Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell on Sunday, one day before Obama visited the 49th state for a conference on “climate change.”

“Denali” is the Alaskan Native name for the largest peak in North America, which became part of “Mt. McKinley National Park” by congressional act in 1917 under President Woodrow Wilson.

McKinley hailed from Ohio and was assassinated in 1901 just after being elected to a second term.

King is not the only member of Congress to object to the declaration made by Obama by his “executive power,” according to The New York Times.  “It is the latest bid by the president to fulfill his 2008 campaign promise to improve relations between the federal government and the nation’s Native American tribes, an important political constituency that has a long history of grievances against the government,” The Times reported.

As of this writing, the website of the Library of Congress still bears the name “Mt. McKinley,” and on January 21 of this year, Rep. Bob Gibbs (R-OH7) introduced HR 437, a bill “To provide for the retention of the name of Mount McKinley.”

The Post & Email answered King’s tweet with, “Let’s start with a natural born Citizen!” referring to Obama’s dubious background and claimed, but unproved, birth in Hawaii.  Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.”

Obama’s father was never a U.S. citizen, which some constitutional scholars say should have disqualified Obama from seeking the chief executive position.  A “Certification of Live Birth” posted at The Daily KOS on June 12, 2008 and reposted at several websites, including Politifact.com, was denounced as a forgery almost immediately by several experts, and a “long-form” birth certificate posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011 was declared a “computer-generated forgery” by a law enforcement investigation more than three years ago.

Every member of Congress has been notified of the findings but has chosen not to act.  In early January 2013, every member of Congress was asked to delay certifying the Electoral College vote from the 2012 election until Obama provided proof that he met the constitutional requirements of the office.  None heeded the hand-delivered request made by the North American Law Center (NALC).

On Obama’s 2008 campaign website, “FighttheSmears,” which is now offline but can be accessed through internet archives, Obama did not claim to be a “natural born Citizen” in attempting to fight the “lies” he claimed were floated about his background.  Rather, he claimed U.S. citizenship under the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

The 14th Amendment did not exist when the Constitution was ratified in 1789, but originated during the Reconstruction period in the late 1860s and compelled the states to recognize former slaves as citizens with full rights.

King then described Obama’s action on Mt. McKinley as “unilateral” and “reversing an Act of Congress.”

The Post & Email responded, “If he has violated the Constitution, what can be done?”

King later tweeted, “you are only the president.  You have taken an oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, not to shred it.  Mt. McKinley.”

The Post & Email then quoted from Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which states, “No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States.”

Later in his Twitter conversation, King tweeted a reference to the citizenship case of United States v. Wong Kim Ark, often cited by Obama supporters as evidence that Obama qualified for the presidency based on the U.S. Supreme Court decision that Ark was a U.S. citizen by virtue of his birth in the United States to legally-admitted residents from China.

King claimed that The Washington Post and another source are “amazingly ignorant” on the case in an apparent attempt to justify birthright citizenship.  On August 18, The Post characterized an effort to end birthright citizenship as “nearly impossible,” referencing the Ark case.

The Ark decision “established how the 14th Amendment would be enforced,” wrote The Post.  “The first clause in the amendment states that ‘All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside.'”

In his last tweet, King included a hashtag to the Twitter topic of “#BirthRightCitizenship,” an issue raised by a number of 2016 presidential candidates, most vociferously by current front-runner Donald Trump.

Trump believes that the practice of awarding “birthright citizenship” to any child born within the United States should be ended.  Major media, such as U.S. News & World Report, immediately ridiculed the idea as “fringe.”

In 2011, Trump questioned Obama’s constitutional eligibility, later taking credit for the White House’s release of the long-form birth certificate image.

As of press time, King did not appear to address the comments and questions posed by The Post & Email about Obama’s eligibility.  However, at approximately 9:40 p.m. EDT, King tweeted:

One Response to "The Post & Email Reminds Rep. Steve King of “natural born Citizen” Clause on Twitter"

  1. doug mclean   Monday, August 31, 2015 at 10:46 PM

    Thanks Sharon, once again you bring out the stupidity of our representatives in Washington, no wonder he scratching his head, he dosent have a clue what the conversation is about, or does he?

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