Wise and Seasonable

Michelle Malkin says:

Obama is for “engagement” and “dialogue” with everyone else in the world except his own military commanders.

Consider the words of the man who became first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, written to the man who was the Presiding Officer of the Constitutional Convention and became the first President of the United States….

On July 25th, 1787, John Jay wrote to George Washington, then Presiding Officer of the Constitutional Convention:

“Permit me to hint, whether it would be wise and seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American Army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen.”

John Jay was the First Chief Justice of the United States, among many other things, and it was this letter that caused the following requirements to exist in our Constitution:

The suggestion that “a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government” led to:

No Person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen.

and

No person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

The suggestion that the Consitution “declare expressly that the Commander in Chief of the American Army shall not be given to nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen” led to:

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.

There is a clear distinction made between “Citizen” and “natural born Citizen”.

“Citizen” was required to be a Representative or Senator, and President if you were a Citizen in 1788 when the Constitution was adopted.

For anyone who was not a “Citizen” in 1788, the requirement to become President was a more stringent requirement: you had to be a “natural born Citizen”. It was the clear intent of John Jay, first Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court, that “Foreigners” be excluded from the office of Commander in Chief.

Barack Hussein Obama II was born the subject of a foreign nation. John Jay warned against just such a foreigner becoming Commander in Chief.

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8 Responses to Wise and Seasonable

  1. Harry H says:

    Right on, Michelle. Now that you have seen the light, welcome to Dualer Land. Obama’s divided allegiance at birth is enough by itself to disqualify him from the presidency, but I doubt that Obama is even a U.S. citizen, much less a natural born citizen as the Constitution requires.

    There is nontrivial evidence available that indicates Obama was born in Kenya and was never naturalized in the U.S., so he may be an illegal alien. I believe he would have long ago proven where he was born if he could do so without forfeiting his office. And by the way, having a birth registration in Hawaii is no guarantee that one was born there.

  2. “JimmyBean”,

    WordPress put your comment in the “Spam” bucket. They’re usually pretty good about that stuff, so rather than just accept your comment (along with the URL link you provided), I’ll just post the text of your comment here:

    Submitted on 2009/10/01 at 2:47am

    I don’t know If I said it already but …Excellent site, keep up the good work. I read a lot of blogs on a daily basis and for the most part, people lack substance but, I just wanted to make a quick comment to say I’m glad I found your blog. Thanks, :)

    A definite great read..Jim Bean

  3. Harry H,

    Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, Michelle has not yet seen the light. I’m trying to help her do so.

  4. Wow, even Michelle Obama says that Barack’s “home country” is not the USA…

    Michelle Obama, Birther

    Obama is a “foreigner”, not a “natural born citizen of the United States of America”. He is constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of President and Commander in Chief of the American military.

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