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The Betrayal

Heading up this new Category surveying Obama Conspiracy Theory blogs is The Betrayal. I’m going to highlight misinformation in articles there. This is in no way a comprehensive list. I’m not going to bother with cases when The Betrayal is arguably wrong, but when it misstates the facts.

Scrubbed from the Internet

January 17, David Crockett posted an article by Orly Taitz who posted an article by Zapem that says: “Attempts such as The Natural Born Citizen Act were known to have failed and the text scrubbed from the internet, with only a shadow-cached copy left, that only the most curious public can find.”

Scrubbed from the Internet? They missed ONE copy, the official copy on the US Congress web site. Type this in Google:

“natural born citizen act” site:thomas.gov

and there it is. And why did this piece of legislation go nowhere? Perhaps it had something to do with the part that makes children adopted by citizens “natural born”.

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5 Responses to The Betrayal

  1. avatar
    George Orwell III January 17, 2009 at 7:31 pm #

    fwiw…

    PRESIDENTIAL ELIGIBILITY

    Committee on the Judiciary: Committee concluded a hearing to examine proposals to define the term “natural born Citizen” as used in the Constitution of the United States to establish eligibility for the Office of the President, including related measures S.2128 and S.J.Res.15, after receiving testimony from Senator Nickles; Representatives Conyers, Snyder, Frank, Rohrabacher, and Issa; Akhil Reed Amar, Yale University School of Law, New Haven, Connecticut; Matthew Spalding, The Heritage Foundation, Washington, D.C.; and John Yinger, Syracuse University Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs, Syracuse, New York.

    Maximizing Voter Choice: Opening the Presidency to Naturalized Americans

    Senate Judiciary Committee – Full Committee
    DATE: October 5, 2004
    TIME: 10:00 AM
    ROOM: SD 226

  2. avatar
    George Orwell III January 17, 2009 at 7:46 pm #

    Transcript of Senate Hearing 108-694 – October 5, 2004Maximizing Voter Choice: Opening the Presidency to Naturalized Americans

  3. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy January 17, 2009 at 8:40 pm #

    “What is a natural born citizen? Clearly, someone born within the United States or one of its territories is a natural born citizen.”

    “A recent article in Green Bag, a journal that specializes in constitutional law, quotes an 1898 Supreme Court case that the natural born citizen clause was used in reference to that principle of public law, well understood in this country at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, which referred citizenship to the place of birth.’’”

    “As you know, our Constitution states that no person except a natural born citizen’’ shall be eligible to seek the Office of President. For many years, legal scholars have debated what the Founders meant by that term, natural born citizen.’’ Does it mean only children born within the boundaries of the United States?”

    “Representative ROHRABACHER. We mirror each other on this subject. And many of the arguments have already been presented, but let me just note that the reasons our Founding Fathers added a natural born citizen requirement to the Constitution’s qualification for being President, those reasons may have seemed like they were real back then, but they are archaic, and technologically they have
    been dealt with in the meantime. The main rationale seems to be that our Founding Fathers had was to protect future generations from undue foreign influence which would happen through the election of a foreign-born leader to the Executive office.”

    And many more. Very interesting.

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    George Orwell III January 17, 2009 at 10:09 pm #

    In case you don’t already know about it…

    67–306: CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW FOREIGN-BORN CITIZENS TO BE PRESIDENT

    HEARING BEFORE THE SUBCOMMITTEE ON THE CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE JUDICIARY, HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – ONE HUNDRED SIXTH CONGRESS – SECOND SESSION
    On H.J.RES.88 – JULY 24, 2000 – Serial No. 108