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Was George Washington a “natural born citizen”?

President Washington

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; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Some Internet writers say that the exception to the natural born citizen rule ( “or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution“) was placed there specially for folks like George Washington who were born British Subjects before there was any United States. Others say that the clause was for the benefit of Alexander Hamilton who was not born on the American continent.

As I wrote in my article: George Washington, first in war, first in peace, and first presidential usurper, George Washington came from a state that had not ratified the Constitution at the time the Constitution went into effect, and therefore was not a “Citizen of the United States” at the time of the Adoption of the Constitution. That story was joke because the United States existed under the Articles of Confederation before there was a Constitution, and many would contend that the United States existed since the 13 American colonies signed the Declaration of Independence in 1776. Continue Reading →


Alan Keyes endorses Lakin strategy

In a Fox News report we learn that failed presidential candidate Alan Keyes thinks Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is on the right track disobeying orders to force the issue of Obama’s eligibility at a court martial. Keyes said:

It is a matter of common sense that he would be allowed to put on a defense that explains why he did what he did…. And that means he would be allowed to conduct an investigation that would establish his reason.

Not so according to several military lawyers contacted by Fox News:

“He is likely to lose everything and accomplish nothing,” one attorney lamented. “No military judge will say that (obtaining documents) of the president is necessary to prove the charges,” said Philip D. Cave, a Washington attorney and director of the National Institute of Military Justice.

One notes that the Uniform Code of Military Justice, not “common sense” will be the standard by which Lakin will be tried and the only “investigation that would establish his reason” will be a psychiatric examination.


George Washington’s overdue library book


The story is whizzing around the Internet that George Washington checked out a couple of books from the New York Society Library in 1789 and failed to return them. One of them supposedly was the “Law of Nations” and the other Volume 12 of the House of Commons debates.

Fact or April Fool’s joke?

While it sounds too good to be true (from a birther perspective), it is apparently true, according to the library web site. Whether, as the email claims, George Washington was researching “natural born citizen” can only be left to speculation.


Sock puppets

Suspicion that some folks who post comments on the Internet are not quite who them seem is widespread.

When you post a comment on this blog, your IP address is captured automatically. I generally don’t publish this information, and don’t plan to start. However, I have done some internal database queries associating IP addresses and poster names.

What I found was that there are not a lot of sock puppets here (the same person using multiple names) with the few exceptions that we have already talked about. However, I did find a very few cases where it appeared that multiple people were posting under the same name: perhaps identity theft. So just be aware that someone saying something totally out of character may well not be the character at all.

I did try to get a comprehensive “Sven list” and came up with:


Birther bill introduced in Congress

US House of Representatives sealHR 1503 has been introduced in Congress  by Representative Bill Posey (R – FL) to require presidential campaign committees to submit birth certificates and other documentation to the Federal Elections Commission to establish their candidates’ eligibility. The bill was referred to the House Committee on Administration.

Barack Obama took leadership on this issue in 2008, by becoming the first US presidential candidate in history to post a copy of his birth certificate on the Internet.

This is the text of Posey’s bill: Continue Reading →