I recently received an email from a site visitor that asked, "Don't you think you should edit your website, since you have misrepresented Mary Trump's citizenship She was naturalized 4 years before Donald's birth. You can see it for yourself." I was referred to a website for the WORLDNETDAILY for 3/30/2011. The byline was, "PALM BEACH, Fla--Is potential Republican candidate Donald Trump eligible to run for U. S. President?"
It needs to be reiterated that anyone can run for President and any other elected office. The question regarding the person's eligibility is decided later when they present themselves to the Congress. Each House of Congress has the law by Article I, Section 5, to determine if the person is eligible to hold the seat they were elected to hold. This power does not entitle either House to violate the Constitution and allow an ineligible person to occupy a seat in violation of the Constitution. Persons that are not eligible under the Constitution have been and are still being permitted to occupy a seat in Congress in violation of the Constitution.
When both Houses meet to count the Electoral vote for President, they are required to disallow Electoral votes from any State or for any person who is ineligible. The Twelfth Amendment provides that power and requirement of the Congress in the opinion of President Lincoln. A Joint Resolution was passed by each House and forwarded to the President as required by the Constitution. He responded to that Resolution thus;
The joint resolution entitled "Joint resolution declaring certain States not entitled to representation in the electoral collage" has been signed by the Executive in deference to the view of Congress implied in its passage and presentation to him. In his own view, however, the two houses of Congress, convened under the twelfth article of the Constitution, have complete power to exclude from counting all electoral votes deemed by them to be illegal; and it is not competent for the Executive to defeat or obstruct that power by a veto, as would be the case if his action were at all essential in the matter. He disclaims all right of the Executive to interfere in any way in the matter of canvassing or counting electoral votes; and he also disclaims that by signing said resolution, he has expressed any opinion on the recitals of the preamble, or any judgment of his own upon the subject of the resolution. Abraham Lincoln."
Former Senator Biden was himself not eligible to hold a Senate seat when he first sought election to the Senate. The requirement is that the man be 30 years old and as a candidate Mr. Biden was only 29. When he won the election he was still not eligible to hold a seat but by the time he was to take his seat he had celebrated a birthday and was then of the legal age requirement and eligible to hold his seat.
Other ineligible persons have been allowed to take a seat in both Houses that do not have the Constitutional law necessary to allow them to hold an elected seat. Those persons, not lawfully rejected by the House or Senate, are the reason the Congress of the United States is unlawful.
On page 9 of the article a comment is made by Sandy T. who stated, "Only a child born in the U.S. to a citizen father and citizen mother is a natural born citizen." Sandy is partly right in that being a natural born citizen does require that both the father and mother be citizens and that neither can have been foreign born and made a choice to become a citizen of the United States. The mistake is that the male gender person of the European Race does not have to be native born because natural born citizen can be born outside the United States or within the United States. Location of birth is irrelevant to a natural born citizen because citizenship is by transfer of citizen blood from the citizen parents.
Donald Trump is quoted on page 1 of the article from an interview with Fox News as saying, "You have to be born in the United States" and is wrong. His poor education and indoctrination by deceitful people including "Hollywood" personalities had drilled into him that incorrect parroting. Poorly educated Sandy T. also parrots the requirement that the male has to be native born.
Had they read The Papers of James Madison in the 3 volume set published in 1840, they would know, as every expert in the formation of the Constitution should know, that a native-born requirement was first proposed and then rejected because even a native-born person can be born into the influence of a foreign born parent where they obtain a negative foreign education.
During the waning days of the Convention on Friday, August 24, the Deputies reached Article 10, Section 1, of the Resolutions which had been put into the form of the proposed Constitution. The Article read; "The executive power of the United States shall be vested in a single person. His style shall be "The President of the United States of America," and his title shall be "His Excellency." He shall be elected by ballot by the Legislature. He shall hold office during the term of seven years; but shall not be elected a second time."
On August 20, Mr. Gerry had moved, "That the Committee be instructed to report proper qualifications for the President, and a mode of trying the Supreme Judges in cases of impeachment." Those requirements were produced on August 22, by Mr. Rutledge who gave the report that; "he shall be of the age of thirty-five years, and a citizen of the United States, and shall have been an inhabitant thereof for twenty-one years." This is how a native-born citizen requirement would have been in the Constitution had native-born been the requirement.
When the President was to be elected by the Legislature, any candidate would have been well known to the Representatives and Senators and an untainted by blood male would have been elected. It was Tuesday, September 4, 1787, when the Convention, having whittled down and refined the Constitution, that a new method was proposed to elect the President by electors, not the Legislature.
There were new requirements of qualification for President. Now, "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; nor shall any person be elected to that office, who shall be under the age of thirty-five years, and who has not been, in the whole, at least fourteen years a resident within the United States."
Page 3 has this quote by Birthers.org; "Donald Trump is a natural born American citizen, above the age of 35 and resident of the United States of America longer than 14 years." Like most scammers intent on deception they leave out key phrase to distort the meaning and intent of the words. This is what the Deputies decided for the finished Constitution;
"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." These are the minimum requirements.
I hope you see when important information can be belittled as insignificant when the reality is that it is most valuable, in understanding of the intent of the phrasing. Do you remember that the native-born person had to be only a citizen of the United States and an inhabitant of the United States for the 21 years of his minority? By the requirement that he be an inhabitant, indicating during his minority years, his birth has to be native. Whereas, the minimum requirements for a natural born citizen is that he reside within the United States at least 14 years as a Resident, meaning over 21, when he had attained legal age. His birth could have been foreign and he an inhabitant of foreign lands all during his minority as long as he returns to his home country as a Resident, over the age of 21, for 14 years. Having citizen parents, neither having been foreign born, they will have only experiences of the United States to educate that male natural born citizen. The minimum requirements are met.
The House of Representatives knows the difference yet are constantly trying to keep the general public from understanding the distinction. The House had inserted in the Congressional Record-House, June 14, 1967, a propaganda piece by Pinckney G. McElwee of the D.C. Bar titled Natural Born Citizen. His effort to deceive implied that the meaning of "inhabitant" and "resident" mean the same thing and can be used interchangeably. He could not be more wrong.
By his misinformation, the house.gov web site also has incorrect and deceiving information, corrupting any unsuspecting and unknowing person to believe those misconceptions. Go to the page "House explained" and we can see an example of "alternate truth." Yes, it is true "That the number of voting representatives in the House is fixed by law at no more than 435, proportionally representing the population of the 50 States." The Constitution however, has in it at Article I, Section 2, that, "The number of Representatives shall not exceed one for every thirty Thousand, but each State shall have at least one Representative."
One per thirty thousand increased Representation from the one per forty thousand that was to be the fixed number in the Constitution, but on the last day of the Convention, September 17, was changed. George Washington himself spoke officially for the first time because he had been limited by his honor from attempting to influence the direction of the Convention due to his position as President of the Convention. The requested amendment to what was a finished Constitution to change the ratio of representation higher for the people that they be more accepting of the Constitution was agreed without debate and was unanimous.
"To be elected, a representative must be at least 25 years old, a United States citizen for a least seven years and an inhabitant of the state he or she represents."
That is what the House says. The Constitution says; "No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained to the Age of twenty five Years, and been seven Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State in which he shall be chosen."
There are problems with the House information when compared to what the Constitution requires. The Constitution requires the person, a "he" person, not be an inhabitant of the State in which he is chosen, while the House says he can be an inhabitant. If he was an inhabitant he would not be age eligible nor a registered voter. He needs to be a Resident and not be an Inhabitant.
The Constitution does not provide law for a person of the female gender to any elected position or for that matter, even appointed positions requiring the "advice and consent" of the Senate. The 19th Amendment provides only for female suffrage so women can vote for male candidates.
The difference was understood by the Deputies at the Convention and by the current members of Congress. When you obtain a list of the members of the House of Representatives it also will provide their places of Residence. The members will be Inhabitants of the Metro area while performing their duty and will have a home that is their Residence. That is where they vote.
When the Constitution was established, a male in his minority was described as an Inhabitant. When he reached his majority, 21 years old, and registered to his civic duty of voting, he became a Resident. Also in 1788, all female gender persons remained Inhabitants even after their majority age because they did not have the right of suffrage. Following the ratification of the 19th Amendment, female gender persons became Residents after majority age. They did not acquire the law necessary to obtain a seat in the Legislature. That Amendment is yet to come.
When Birthers.org founder Teo Bear, says "I am 99.999 percent certain Donald Trump meets the definition of a natural-born citizen as our founding fathers understood it to mean," I am 100% positive he has no idea what the founding fathers had intended. I do agree with his observation that "the confusion for this issue rests with a weak education system in America." "We look for the simplest answers, so 'natural born' becomes 'born on the soil.'"
The unequivocal answer is No, Donald Trump is not a natural born citizen. Mr. Trump is native born, and was under the influence of a foreign born, raised and educated mother, indoctrinated as a foreign national. It was said at the Convention that we can never trust a foreigner because they have betrayed the country of their birth and it will be easier for them to betray the country they choose.
If you know of a web site that provides false information, please inform me so they can be exposed as deceitful and not supportive of law by the Constitution.