I’ve been hearing all sorts of chatter about McCain not being eligible for president, as he’s not a natural born citizen. I figured, though, that if it were REALLY an issue, it would have been brought up by now at higher levels… that it wouldn’t be a topic for MySpace blogs and bulletins… but that “the powers-that-be” would actually address the issue.

well… apparently it’s big enough a deal for McCain to have Ted Olson (Bush’s former Solicitor General) advise him on the matter:

Ted Olson on McCain
and ‘natural born’

Posted: Thursday, February 28, 2008 1:55 PM by Mark Murray
Filed Under: 2008, McCain

From NBC’s Joel Seidman
Ted Olson, the former Solicitor General under Bush who is advising McCain’s camp on whether the Arizona senator being born in the Panama Canal Zone qualifies him to be president, emails NBC News: “Although I am continuing to research the matter, there is little doubt in my mind that Senator McCain fully meets the Constitution’s qualifications to be President of the United States. In my view, the plain meaning of ‘natural born citizen’ includes persons who become citizens of this nation ‘naturally,’ that is by virtue of their birth to parents who are citizens, particularly when the birth takes place on territory occupied and controlled by the United States, in Senator McCain’s case, a U. S. military base in the Panama Canal Zone. Indeed, the very First Congress, containing many Members who were the actual Framers of the Constitution, explicitly declared that children of United States citizens, born outside the limits of the United States, were ‘natural born’ citizens. I am confident that the United States Supreme Court, should it ever address the issue, would agree.”

*** UPDATE *** I sent Jill Pryor, an Atlanta attorney, who 20 years ago wrote in the Yale Law Journal about the “Natural Born Enigma” an e-mail about Olson’s remarks, and she said, in part, “Eligibility for … children born on American military bases … is also uncertain.”

Here’s what she wrote in full: “While I agree with Mr. Olson’s conclusion, what I said in my article 20 years ago remains true today: ‘Whether a person born abroad of American parents … qualifies as natural born has never been resolved,’ and that ‘Eligibility for … children born on American military bases … is also uncertain.’ Some have taken the view that ‘natural born’ means native born, that is, born in the United States, and there is no authority expressly to the contrary. The ‘natural born’ language in the naturalization statute passed by the first Congress, to which Mr. Olson refers, was deleted from a later version of the statute for unknown reasons. The early common law did not always provide that the children of citizens born abroad were citizens themselves, see for example dicta in Weedin v. Chin Bow, 274 U.S. 657, 663 (1927), and the automatic citizenship of persons born in United States territories or on military bases is of much more recent origin.”

You can find the above article here.

What does this have to do with you?!? Well… read the article then LEAD! )

Talk to your meet-up group members! Compell everyone you know to write letters to Ron Paul’s campaign, requesting that he at least come out and SPEAK on the issue… or if he will not SPEAK about it, that he will at the very least “issue a statement”… to either put the rumor mill to rest or spur us into action to petition our representatives to really look into the matter.

In the meantime, I’m still working on write-in research. The main jist is (and bear in mind that I am an idealist): It’s really not going to do anything but keep your conscience clean. Only a few states count write-ins unless the candidate has filed as a write-in. Otherwise, the votes are discarded. A good many of the states don’t even allow write-ins… If we all moved to a state that DID allow write-ins… it still wouldn’t make a whole heap of difference because each state only gets so many electoral votes. Perhaps if Ron Paul people took over California, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and Texas… but even then… some of those states don’t allow write-ins…

Anyhoo… What do we do?!?

I’m still working on the answer to that! ;)

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