Natural Born Citizen Issue –
From Mario Apuzzo:
Friday, April 2, 2010
In defining an Article II “natural born Citizen,” it is important to find any authority from the Founding period who may inform us how the Founders and Framers themselves defined the clause. Who else but a highly respected historian from the Founding period itself would be highly persuasive in telling us how the Founders and Framers defined a “natural born Citizen. ” Such an important person is David Ramsay, who in 1789 wrote, A Dissertation on the Manners of Acquiring the Character and Privileges of a Citizen (1789), a very important and influential essay on defining a “natural born Citizen.”
David Ramsay (April 2, 1749 to May 8, 1815) was an American physician, patriot, and historian from South Carolina and a delegate from that state to the Continental Congress in 1782-1783 and 1785-1786. He was the Acting President of the United States in Congress Assembled. He was one of the American Revolution’s first major historians. A contemporary of Washington, Ramsay writes with the knowledge and insights one acquires only by being personally involved in the events of the Founding period. In 1785 he published History of the Revolution of South Carolina (two volumes), in 1789 History of the American Revolution (two volumes), in 1807 a Life of Washington, and in 1809 a History of South Carolina (two volumes). Ramsay “was a major intellectual figure in the early republic, known and respected in America and abroad for his medical and historical writings, especially for The History of the American Revolution (1789)…” Arthur H. Shaffer, Between Two Worlds: David Ramsay and the Politics of Slavery, J.S.Hist., Vol. L, No. 2 (May 1984). “During the progress of the Revolution, Doctor Ramsay collected materials for its history, and his great impartiality, his fine memory, and his acquaintance with many of the actors in the contest, eminently qualified him for the task….” http://www.famousamericans.net/davidramsay/. In 1965 Professor Page Smith of the University of California at Los Angeles published an extensive study of Ramsay’s History of the American Revolution in which he stressed the advantage that Ramsay had because of being involved in the events of which he wrote and the wisdom he exercised in taking advantage of this opportunity. “The generosity of mind and spirit which marks his pages, his critical sense, his balanced judgment and compassion,” Professor Smith concluded, “are gifts that were uniquely his own and that clearly entitle him to an honorable position in the front rank of American historians.”
In his 1789 article, Ramsay first explained who the “original citizens” were and then defined the “natural born citizens” as the children born in the country to citizen parents. He said concerning the children born after the declaration of independence, “[c]itizenship is the inheritance of the children of those who have taken part in the late revolution; but this is confined exclusively to the children of those who were themselves citizens….” Id. at 6. He added that “citizenship by inheritance belongs to none but the children of those Americans, who, having survived the declaration of independence, acquired that adventitious character in their own right, and transmitted it to their offspring….” Id. at 7. He continued that citizenship “as a natural right, belongs to none but those who have been born of citizens since the 4th of July, 1776….” Id. at 6.
Here we have direct and convincing evidence of how a very influential Founder defined a “natural born citizen.” …Continue Reading
Obama’s Healthcare Deform –
Here’s an assignment from Hill Buzz:
Posted by hillbuzz
We believe firmly that all Americans need to read this article at BigGovernment, entitled Liberty in Action. Its author, K. Douglas Lee, includes a copy of the complaint he filed today in Mississippi against the federal government and Socialist-Democrats’ insistence the “Commerce Clause” allows them to mandate the purchase of a product by every living American.
We need as many people as possible to read this article, read the complaint, and chime in with ideas on how this material can be broken down into understandable bites for Americans who do not follow politics as closely as the rest of us.
What we really need is the material in this article and complaint to be illustrated into a chart that shows, clearly, WHY the Obamacare legislation is unconstitutional.
What would be MARVELOUS is if talented moderates and conservatives could produce a…Continue Reading
Second Amendment –
The folks over at Oath Keepers have an announcement:
April 3rd, 2010
Special Message from Stewart Rhodes, Founder of Oath Keepers.
WHAT IS ABOUT TO HAPPEN: TWO KEY RALLIES ON APRIL 19, 2010
There are two upcoming events on April 19, 2010 in the Washington DC/northern Virginia area that I, Oath Keepers Founder, Stewart Rhodes, will be speaking at. I urge you to be there as well.
1. THE RESTORE THE CONSTITUTION RALLY. This will be an open carry rally at Ft. Hunt National Park, in Virginia (where open carry is legal), right across the Potomac from DC. Go to www.restoretheconstitution.wordpress.com for more information. The organizer is Iraq combat veteran, Daniel Almond. The event starts at 9am and I’m scheduled to speak there from 11am to 11:25am, and then Army veteran and retired police Capt. Chauncey Normandin (RET), Lowell (MA) PD, the Oath Keepers National Vice President East of the Mississippi, will conduct an oath ceremony.
I will then travel into DC (without firearms) to the other event on that same day:
2. THE SECOND AMENDMENT MARCH. This will be an unarmed march on the National Mall in DC itself on April 19, 2010. Go to www.secondamendmentmarch.org for more info. The organizer is Skip Coryell, Second Amendment activist and author. Oath Keepers is now a proud sponsor of that march. I’m scheduled to speak there from 12:45 to 1pm, also conducting an oath ceremony right there in DC. Depending on the turnout, it has the potential to be the largest oath ceremony in history. Among the other speakers will be Larry Pratt of Gun Owners of America, Orange County Sheriff candidate Bill Hunt, Sheriff Richard Mack, Suzanna G. Hupp, Pastor Kenn Blanchard, and Michael Bane (some of whom will also speak in Virginia).
Both events will run all day on April 19, 2010, but the organizers are coordinating so some speakers will be able to speak at both….Continue Reading
With friends like Obama, who needs enemies.
Given US president’s policy, it doesn’t pay to be moderate these days
Published: 04.03.10, 13:59 / Israel Opinion
The American president’s tough approach towards Israel and the turning of Jerusalem into a public bone of contention constitute an unexpected gift to the Middle East’s radical regimes. It doesn’t pay to be moderate these days. If the US president is so radical towards Israel, how could the Arabs afford to be more moderate than him?
There was always construction in east Jerusalem, yet the Arab world did not turn it into a major slogan, yet it’s happening at this time because of Obama, among other reasons. The US president also prompted Palestinian positions to get tougher in a hurry. After all, they cannot demand less than he does.
If during the Bush Administration, the Palestinians engaged in negotiations with Israel without addressing the settlements at all, while their construction continued, during Obama’s era they have demanded a freeze, then a full freeze, including Jerusalem, and now they want a complete stop.
This is turning from Palestinian-Israeli negotiations into American coercion vis-à-vis Israel, and the Palestinian demands in respect to borders and refugees will only grow now.
Without noticing it, Obama also internationalized the conflict again and brought in all the Mideast’s troublemakers as partners: The Arab League headed by the radical Amr Moussa, the Arab states’ monitoring committee, and in fact all Arab regimes, with all their animosities and disagreements.
Arab League Secretary General Moussa, a blatant Israel-hater, is now in charge of approving or rejecting Mahmoud Abbas’ moves. The Arab League is now a super-negotiator, against Israel, thereby being granted a veto power. Did Moussa speak of the Iranian nuclear threat in the recent summit meeting in Libya? The opposite was true: He recommended dialogue with Tehran, while warning of Israel’s nuclear threat.
Outdated, false doctrine
This is clearly an Obama mistake, as Arab states will now compete over which one will demand more, be more radical, and exert more pressure. …Continue Reading
Obama is losing Ed Koch:
Is Obama losing the Jewish vote?By E. Thomas McClanahan, Kansas City Star Editorial Page columnist
How many other Jews, like former New York Mayor Ed Koch, are giving up, or close to giving up, on President Obama? That’s a question the White House ought to ponder after Koch’s recent statement that he’s outraged at Obama’s treatment of Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.
“I have been a supporter of President Obama and went to Florida for him, urged Jews all over the country to vote for him saying that he would be just as good as John McCain on the security of Israel. I don’t think it’s true anymore,” Koch told Fox News’ Neil Cavuto. …
Koch said he believes Obama “orchestrated” what happened in Israel.
“What they did is they wanted to make Israel into a pariah,” he said. “It’s outrageous in my judgment.”
Koch said he’s shocked that Congress, which largely supports Israel hasn’t “stood up and said to the president, ‘you’re wrong on this, Mr. President.’”
Good point. Why haven’t Obama’s fellow Dems in Congress, supposedly supporters of Israel, spoken up?
Other Team FOCOA News –
(Full of Crap Obama Administration)
A nice video gem from Hill Buzz:
From Stars and Stripes:
By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes
Mideast edition, Saturday, April 3, 2010
WASHINGTON — An Army flight surgeon could face reprimand or dismissal from the service after stating in an online video that he’ll refuse deployment to Afghanistan because of concerns he has about President Barack Obama’s birth certificate.
Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, chief of primary care for the Pentagon’s health clinic, released a statement through the American Patriot Foundation saying his decision is based on “pursuit of the truth about the president’s eligibility under the constitution to hold office.”
Army officials said Lakin has not yet violated any direct orders, but his statements have been brought to commanders’ attention for review.
“They have a wide range of options to consider — no action, administrative action, or even recommendation of dismissal,” Army spokesman George Wright said. “It’s for his command to determine.”…Continue Reading
From the Telegraph:
Moqtada al-Sadr, the leader of the former Mahdi Army, which led the bloody uprisings against the US forces in Iraq, has become an unlikely kingmaker as the country struggles to form a coalition government.
Published: 7:11PM BST 02 Apr 2010
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.