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Letter to the Editor
Friday, Dec. 7, 2012, 8:56 p.m.

Natural born citizen

The only place the term “natural born citizen” appears in the U.S. Constitution is in the section listing the qualifications for president. The Founding Fathers obtained this phrase and its definition from Emmerich de Vattel's legal treatise, “The Law of Nations” (1758), which states, “natural-born citizens are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.”

The Founders wanted to ensure the president had unquestionable loyalty to the United States. If both parents were loyal citizens at the moment of the child's birth, then it followed they would instill in their child the love and respect for our country.

John Jay — later the first chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court — insisted that James Madison put the phrase “natural born citizen” in the Constitution, making it a stringent presidential requirement.

At his moment of birth, Barack Obama's biological father was a British citizen, his mother a U.S. citizen. With only one citizen-parent, Obama is not a natural born citizen under Jay's interpretation of the Constitution and ineligible to be president.

Obama's lack of natural born citizenship was totally ignored during the presidential campaign, except by those who cling to the Constitution as the law of the land. It is painfully obvious to those few loyal Americans that the Constitution is totally irrelevant and our republic is gone forever.

Dennis Sopchack

New Kensington

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