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A thought from the past

The late 1700’s occasioned a spirited debate over the qualifications of citizens, those aliens who desired to adhere to the United States and become members of American society. Some argued that only those born here should become citizens, and others argued for lengthy residence requirements. Nathaniel Macon of North Carolina gave us some words that I think are a caution to us in the present citizenship controversy:

gentlemen in their zeal to get at particular persons, will go too far in this business

Sitgreaves, Annals of Congress, 5th Cong. 2d sess., 1572; 1780.

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3 Responses to A thought from the past

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    Adrianinflorida September 20, 2009 at 2:11 pm #

    The founders really did have the foresight to see that hacks like Taitz, Dinofrio and Apuzzo would try to destroy this country some day.

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    jvn September 20, 2009 at 2:34 pm #

    Dr. C –

    I still think you should post Rawle…

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    Lupin September 21, 2009 at 3:07 am #

    The thing is, I’ve yet to read any birther argument (as opposed to strange unsubstantiated claims) that makes sense.

    There was/is the lack of proper definition of “NBC” (at the time the clause was written; arguably that issue has been settled since), that could be reopened, but since we unearthed Vattel and his unambiguous statement that it is enough to have a father who’s a US citizen to be a NBC, that avenue is closed shut, no matter what Apuzzo keeps saying.

    (And I’m not even convinced that it was relevant in the first place.)

    Reading Apuzzo’s increasing rambling statements, I feel like watching the scene in LOST IN AMERICA where Albert Brooks’ wife lost all their money at a casino and the next day, Brooks tries to plead with the casino owner to give it back.

    The owner tries to explain to him that that’s not the way casinos work, and Brooks’ refusal to accept this becomes increasingly far fetched and pathetic.

    That’s Apuzzo, Taitz, Donofrio et al.