Next.Originally Posted by The United States Constitution
Clarification: McCain is a citizen by birth, as are those born to US parents abroad. The founders were citizens at the time of the adoption of the US Constitution.
"Civilized men are more discourteous than savages because they know they can be impolite without having their skulls split."
-Robert E. Howard
There was an exemption for those American citizens born prior to the adoption of the Constitution in 1789, if they were already citizens when the Constitution came into force.Also, I fail to see how George Washington and his immediate few successors could possibly have been natural-born U.S. citizens - so any law they signed should in theory be declared invalid.
I don't think* McClown fits the definition of "Natural-born" just because his parents were U.S. citizens.
The reason he'd fit the bill of "Natural-born" is that he was born on a military base in the Canal Zone, which was technically U.S. soil. (In the sense that embassy grounds are the soil of whichever country's embassy it is and not the host country's.)
Caveat: No one really knows what the clause about "natural-born" truly is supposed to mean in the Constitution, anyway.
Caveat #2: This is much more significant than squabbling about B.H.Obama or Juan McClown, because of the 14th Amendment (giving citizenship to freed slaves), that appropriates the same language: "Anyone born on U.S. soil to parents subject to the jurisdiction thereof, is a U.S. citizen". There has been, lately, a very loose intepretation of that, allowing for the so-called "anchor-babies", ignoring the 'jurisdiction thereof' part.
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