The truth is the entire Birther Movement has just about as much validity as all these other conspiracies. The facts are that Obama is an American citizen, and yes, “naturally” born in Hawaii. Even the Kenyan Embassy in Washington DC said, “Claims that Obama was born in Kenya are utter madness.” The basis of Birther claims of ineligibility seems to be that Barack Obama is not a Natural Born Citizen either because he was not born in the US, or because “both” his parents were not American Citizens, or both.
Well, we do know that Obama was born in the US, so lets look at this “both parent” thing. The Constitution of the US article 2 section 1 states: “No person except a natural born citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of this constitution shall be eligible to the office of President”. But what does that really mean? Nowhere in the constitution is the term “natural born citizen” actually defined.
This in many ways is like a bible verse in that it must be “interpreted”. Just like with bible verse interpretations specific meanings are usually interpreted to suite ones own agenda. Logic would suggest that the rightful interpretation of what a natural born citizen is should be concluded by close examination of historical events. Also following the Constitution itself and the rulings from the Supreme Court of the United States.
Lets start with the “Dred Scott Decision” in 1857 the Supreme Court ruled that people of African decent imported into the US and held as slaves (or their descendants) could never be citizens of the US. So when the 13th amendment in 1865 freed all the slaves, that had never even been considered as people, in addition to white southerners getting their drawers in a knot over losing their chattel, a citizenship problem suddenly arose.
Following the 13th amendment the Civil Rights Act of 1866 declared that all persons born in the US were American citizens, regardless of race, etc, etc. That was followed by the 14th amendment in 1868. Section 1 states: “All persons born or naturalized in the Unites States and subject to the jurisdiction thereof are citizens of the United States”. (Notice how it said “all persons” and made no declaration that both parents had to be citizens first)
In 1898 the Supreme Court ruled the same in US v. Wong Kin Ark, “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." (And neither one of his parents were American Citizens)
All of this would suggest that Obama being born within the boundaries of the US, would in fact be a natural born American citizen. But the Birthers counter that with, “But..But.. his father was not an American so that makes him illegitimate”. Wrong again! See the 14th amendment and US v. Wong Kin Ark.
Or even refer to Title 8 of the US Code Section 1401, it defines people who are “citizens of the US at birth”, and what do you suppose the first thing listed is? Yep, you’ve got it, “Anyone born inside the United States”, also NOT stipulating that both parents had to be citizens first. (This combination of events is also what ultimately led to our immigration problem)
It is amazing how their followers have this almost desperate belief that this is in fact the biggest news story and the most horrific scandal of all time when nothing could be further from the truth. Especially when their so-called “leaders of the cause” have such tainted backgrounds themselves. It’s almost comical to watch all these “pots calling the kettle black” so to speak. They are a combination of frauds, felons, disbarred lawyers, criminals, and outright liars who spend their time accusing everyone else of being guilty of crimes.
And BTW, anyone interested in reading a more detailed legal analysis of the definition of a Natural born Citizen, please read the following: