UPDATE BELOW August 19th, 2009
With the resurgence of discussion of the issue, I am posting this reiteration as clarified by Leo Donofrio, Esq., New Jersey
The primary fact follows below this secondary fact:
The document posted on the “Fightthesmears” webpage merely represents a *report* indicating the existence of the actual Birth Certificate. Thus, the *report* is entitled, “Certifica-TION* of Live Birth, not *Certifi-CATE* of Live Birth.
The entire birth certificate “issue” is merely a smokescreen to hide the fact that, even if Obama was indeed born on U.S. soil (in which case he would be considered a *native-born* U.S. citizen), he has never been nor can he ever be a NATURAL-born U.S. citizen SIMPLY BECAUSE HIS (alleged) FATHER WAS A U.K. CITIZEN (of Kenyan birth) AT THE TIME OF OBAMA “JR.’s” BIRTH, rendering Obama Jr. at least a British citizen, and if in fact he was born on U.S. soil, then by the 14th amendment ALSO (read “dual”) a NATIVE-born U.S. citizen. Birth on U.S. soil ALONE is NOT ENOUGH for “Natural-born” status. Both your PARENTS must have been U.S. citizens at the TIME of your birth on U.S. soil.
The writers of the Constitution, most of whose parents held dual citizenship with Britain, rendering these writers NEVER to acquire ‘Natural-born’ status regardless of whether they, themselves, were born within the Colonies, wrote themselves INTO eligibility as presidential candidates in Article 2, Section 1, precisely because they intended that theirs be the ONLY generation of presidential candidates eligible to run as an EXCEPTION to the commonplace understanding that “Natural-born” meant and still means a birth on U.S. soil to at least a FATHER (at that time, the mother’s citizenship was not consequential) who was, at the time of the baby’s birth, a U.S. CITIZEN.
Article 2, Sec. 1, U.S. 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 …”
UPDATE: August 19th, 2009
Leo Donofrio uncovered proof that Chester Arthur’s father did not become a U.S. citizen until Chester’s 13th birthday. Donofrio broke the revelation on his website in December 2008. (UPDATE: Sometime in late 2009, Donofrio decided to close down his newest blog page, and then re-opened it only to post about the federal case involving Chrysler dealerships. He then continued due to his own subsequent involvement with the case. For links to his older blogs, see below)
Irrespective of whether Chester Arthur was born in the U.S., he could not nor could he have ever laid claim to the specialized U.S. citizenship category of “Natural-born” because he was born at least as a British subject due to his father’s national lineage. That Arthur burned all his family records before becoming VP with Garfield indicates he was well aware that he would not be deemed eligible for either the VP or POTUS under the commonplace knowledge in that generation of the definition of “Natural-born.” Moreover, the ruckus over whether he was born in Canada served as a convenient smokescreen to distract from his father’s status at his birth.
It’s very interesting to note that just this week Donofrio uncovered another fact. It appears that Chester Arthur, usurper president, actually forced the American military to salute the British flag!
No power on earth will vanquish TRUTH. Truth knows neither partisan boundaries nor racial divisiveness.
Leo Donofrio’s surviving blog sites:
The Federalist Papers
By P.A. Madison on November 18, 2008
Citizen at Birth (CAB) does NOT equal Natural Born Citizen (NBC) – Mario Puzzo, Esq.