An Open Letter to Gov. Bill Haslam

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Open Letter to Governor of the State of Tennessee, Bill Haslam!

I helped re-elect you as Mayor of Knoxville in 2007.

After you won, you once again took an oath to support the Constitution of the United States, and the Constitution of the State of Tennessee. Please correct me if I am wrong, but I never heard one word of support for the part of Article II, Section 1 that reads “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.”

This is not a “birther” issue, the birther B.S. has acted as a cover-up to the fact that Obama’s father was not even a citizen of the U.S.A. when Obama was born!!!!

A common misunderstanding of “natural born” citizenship comes from the 14th Amendment, but a strict reading of the 14th Amendment is quite clear that this only conveys an at birth naturalized citizenship. Those born in the United States at the time of adoption and afterward were only citizens. Those who wrote the amendment knew exactly what they were doing. Because of the distinctive use of “natural born citizen” and “citizen,” in Article II, Section 1 the simple fact that being born in the United States does not make one a “natural born citizen,” it only makes one “a citizen.”

Did you, or did you not, violate the oath of office you took when you did not inform all the people you represented as Mayor of Knoxville that Obama’s father was not a citizen of the U.S.A. when Obama was born and therefore he is not a natural-born citizen, therefore NOT eligible to the Office of President?

You are now governor of the State of Tennessee and I helped get you there. You owe it to the people of Tennessee not to allow, not only this unqualified person, Obama, any person not qualified to appear on any ballot in this state.

Are you going to support the Constitution of the United States or as most governors do, continue to be bribed, i.e. earmarks, federal grants, regulations, etc., and do nothing to inform the people of Tennessee that unqualified persons will not be allowed on the ballots of Tennessee?

I Remain,

Doug McCormick

Knoxville

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Stokesberry5 writes:

Please read the following in response to open letter to Gov. Haslam:

Who is a natural-born citizen? Who, in other words, is a citizen at birth, such that that person can be a President someday?

The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside." But even this does not get specific enough. As usual, the Constitution provides the framework for the law, but it is the law that fills in the gaps. The Constitution authorizes the Congress to do create clarifying legislation in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment; the Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, also allows the Congress to create law regarding naturalization, which includes citizenship.

Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are "citizens of the United States at birth:"
•Anyone born inside the United States *
•Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
•Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
•Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
•Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
•Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
•Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
•A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

* There is an exception in the law — the person must be "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.

Anyone falling into these categories is considered natural-born, and is eligible to run for President or Vice President. These provisions allow the children of military families to be considered natural-born...

Hope this information is helpful,

Carol Stokesberry,

Maynardville, TN

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