John Baptist Henry

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Sunday, June 22, 2014

Natural Born Citizen


Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution states:

"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."

John Jay, the first Chief Justice of the United States (1789–95), helps us see the danger of anyone other than a "natural born Citizen" holding the highest office of our Nation. It is to prevent dual loyalties. In Jay’s 25 July 1787 letter to George Washington, President of the Constitutional Convention (May 14 to September 17, 1787), he addressed the "natural born citizen" issue in these words:

"Permit me to hint whether it would not 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 command in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on any but a natural born citizen."

The meaning of this term is not set forth in The Constitution or in The Federalist Papers. What this means is that the framers of the Constitution knew exactly what it meant so there was no discussion on its definition. Jay as well as the majority, if not all, of the 53 Constitutional Delegates, 33 of whom were attorneys, knew right well the definition of "natural born Citizen," for they were versed in the writings of the Swiss legal expert, Emer de Vattel (1714-1767), who wrote, The Law of Nations and Principles of Natural Law. Vattel defines the phrase, "natural born Citizen" as understood by the framers of the Constitution in these words:

"The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. ... in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country." (Emer de Vattel, The Law of Nations and Principles of Natural Law, Vol. 1, Chap. 19, Sec. 212; 1758; Emphasis mine.)

The preamble of the Declaration of Independence issued by Congress on July 4, 1776 made reference to Natural Law and was based on the Natural Law concepts as set forth by Emer de Vattel, John Locke and others. Given the fact of the framers of the Constitution's familiarity with Natural Law, there can be no doubt that the words "natural born Citizen," were selected by the drafting committee because the words indicate to any legally informed person that this is a special type of citizenship which is recognized in Natural Law and in Vattel’s Law of Nations. Vattel laid the foundation of modern international law, and was very influential on the American founders.

In 1775 Swiss editor Charles W. F. Dumas sent Benjamin Franklin three copies of Vattel's The Law of Nations and Principles of Natural Law. Franklin presented one copy to the Library Company of Philadelphia, which was where the Constitutional Convention was later held. On December 9, 1775, Franklin thanked Dumas saying:

"I am much obliged by the kind present you have made us of your edition of Vattel. It came to us in good season, when the circumstances of a rising state make it necessary frequently to consult the law of nations. Accordingly that copy, which I kept, ... has been continually in the hands of the members of our Congress, now sitting, who are much pleased with your notes and preface, and have entertained a high and just esteem for their author. ..."

Over two centuries after George Washington's death it was found that he had an overdue library book. It was Vattel's Law of Nations.

Washington, Jay, Franklin and the other framers of the Constitution knew what a "natural born citizen" was! It was not as much that one was born in America, as it was that both parents, especially the father, were U. S. citizens.

It is not as much if one was born in the USA as it is that both parents must be citizens of the USA. This is an attempt to prevent conflict of interest (dual loyalties). The only US law that has ever employed the exact term "natural born citizen" bears this fact out. The Naturalization Act of 1790 states:

"And the children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered natural born citizens ..."

Barack Hussein Obama by his own admission is the son of a Kenyan citizen. At the time of his birth Kenya was a British colony, meaning that his father held British citizenship, and passed it on to his son. When Kenya gained independence in December 1963, both lost British citizenship and gained Kenyan. Barack Hussein Obama was a dual citizen of the United States and Kenya until his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired in 1984, because he did not renounce U.S. nationality and swear loyalty to Kenya. Barack Hussein Obama does not meet the Constitutional requirement of being a natural born Citizen in that he had only one U.S. citizen parent. He was born with dual nationality, and is therefore Constitutionally ineligible to hold the office of President of the United States of America.

Barack Hussein Obama's father was NOT even a naturalized American citizen. He was a Kenyan Socialist, and like father, like son. This is the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.

In reality Obama is not the President of the United States of America, and all the unConstitutional laws enacted by him should be nullified.

Megyn Kelly: One of the country's most respected liberal law professors even called President Obama "the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid!"


Ann said...

Every child born on US soil, regardless of the citizenship of the parents at the time, regardless of dual nationality, is a Natural Born US Citizen.

And Obama was for sure born on US soil, in Hawaii.

“Under the longstanding English common-law principle of jus soli, persons born within the territory of the sovereign (other than children of enemy aliens or foreign diplomats) are citizens from birth. Thus, those persons born within the United States are "natural born citizens" and eligible to be President. Much less certain, however, is whether children born abroad of United States citizens are "natural born citizens" eligible to serve as President ..."---- Edwin Meese, et al, THE HERITAGE GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION (2005) [Edwin Meese was Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, and the Heritage Foundation is a well-known Conservative organization.]

"Some birthers imagine that there is a difference between being a “citizen by birth” or a “native citizen” on the one hand and a “natural born” citizen on the other. “Eccentric” is too kind a word for this notion, which is either daft or dishonest. All three terms are identical in meaning."---The Wall Street Journal (

“What is a natural born citizen? Clearly, someone born within the United States or one of its territories is a natural born citizen.” (Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on OCTOBER 5, 2004)--Senator Orrin G. Hatch (R-UT).

Ann said...

More reading on the subject:

JohnBaptistHenry said...

Dear Ann,

What you say is not true according to the Founders of the United States and framers of the U.S. Constitution. You and others would do well to stop trying to rewrite history. In fact B. O. Obama is an illegitimate President. Period.

JohnBaptistHenry said...

Jefferson on Original Intent

"On every question of construction [of the Constitution] let us carry ourselves back to the time when the Constitution was adopted, recollect the spirit manifested in the debates, and instead of trying what meaning may be squeezed out of the text, or intended against it, conform to the probable one in which it was passed."

--Thomas Jefferson (1743-1826), letter to Judge William Johnson, (from Monticello, June 12, 1823)