“FOR NATIONAL SECURITY”
by Creg Maroney, ©2016
They don’t realize they are not the same and do not have the same meaning.
Both terms are used in Article II, Sec. 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution, “citizen” and “natural born citizen.”
You can read it for yourself here:
United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1, Clause 5:
“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.”
To break this down for an easier understanding. Article II states if you were a “citizen” alive at the time of the adoption of the Constitution you were eligible for President. This is considered the Grandfather Clause in Article II. This allowed the Founding Fathers and the citizenry at that time to be President of the United States because they were either born British or born with some other foreign citizenship such as Canadian.
However, they wanted to protect the future and only allow someone who didn’t have foreign citizenship at birth or after birth to be commander of the U.S. Army; hence, a “natural born citizen.” It was put in place for national security.
Dual citizens at birth have foreign influence/
By reading a letter from the first Supreme Court Chief Justice, John Jay, to George Washington you can clearly see that dual citizens are excluded from being a “natural born citizen” because of their foreign citizenship. A “natural born citizen” doesn’t have any foreign citizenship whatsoever..
Letter To George Washington:
July 25, 1787
“…Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the american army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.”
This is why the Founders had to “grandfather” themselves in for President by including the phrase “a citizen (alive) at the time of the adoption of the Constitution.” There weren’t any “natural born citizens” at that time, being a new nation. Those Patriots were only U.S. “citizens.”
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.