Saturday, May 03, 2008

One good thing about a McCain presidency

There would be one good thing about a McCain presidency. It would, once and for all, establish the right of my son to seek and hold the highest office in the land (the American land, that is). From an article in Washington Post:

The Senate has unanimously declared John McCain a natural-born citizen, eligible to be president of the United States.

That is the good news for the presumptive Republican nominee, who was born nearly 72 years ago in a military hospital in the Panama Canal Zone, then under U.S. jurisdiction. The bad news is that the nonbinding Senate resolution passed Wednesday night is simply an opinion that has little bearing on an arcane constitutional debate that has preoccupied legal scholars for many weeks.

Article II of the Constitution states that "no person except a natural born citizen . . . shall be eligible to the office of president."

Of course, Buddy didn't need a Congressional order to be declared a natural born citizen. We've got a piece of paper from the US Embassy to prove that he's an American boy. But the founders never specified what a natural born citizen really is and it's never come up, so it's never been tested by the courts.

But it will be soon, apparently there are three pending law suits disputing McCain's eligibility.

But Sarah H. Duggin, an associate law professor at Catholic University who has studied the "natural born" issue in detail, said the question is "not so simple." While she said McCain would probably prevail in a determined legal challenge to his eligibility to be president, she added that the matter can be fully resolved only by a constitutional amendment or a Supreme Court decision.

"The Constitution is ambiguous," Duggin said. "The McCain side has some really good arguments, but ultimately there has never been any real resolution of this issue. Congress cannot legislatively change the meaning of the Constitution.

And apparently, McCain's situation is further complicated because his birth isn't recorded in the consular records (as it should have been).

As I've stated before, I'd rather eat a razor blade than vote for McCain, but I really hope he's eligible to run.

Not really in the mood for a photo shoot today

Standing proud
As American as apple pie or baseball

Hat tip: Kleinheider from Post Politics


Anonymous said...

The article doesn't say so, but I assume the military hospital where Mr McCain was on a US military post, base, whatever. Practice, treaties, base agreements etc tend to treat military bases as at least quasi-territorial for the "guest" country. So John and Buddy are not exactly parallel cases. I bet Buddy's daddy can find a loop-hole when the time comes.

Buddy faces another conundrum. What if, as a Brit, he is knighted, given a title, or something. As an American he cannot have that honor - he'd have to make it an honour.

Lugundum said...

Huh, nothing personal vol, but Boris is something like McCain and sell-out. And what inspired you to support Clinton for president??? Just curious.

"John Galt" said...

Having been born in the US, this confirms Boris' right to pursue his dream of running for President.

Vol Abroad said...

Boris for president - nah, I don't think so. I've long contended that the qualities that make a great mayor of a great city (like London or New York) are not the same qualities that make one a good president or prime minister.

Chris in Happy Valley said...

The problem for Buddy is that he'll have to be competing with MY natural (yet foreign) born American boy for a seat in the Oval Office...