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Friday, July 11, 2008

Professor: McCain Presidency Unconstitutional

A University of Arizona professor has declared that McCain is not eligible to be President of the United States. Why? He wasn't born in "America." John McCain was born on a military base in the Panama Canal Zone. According to the New York Times:

In the most detailed examination yet of Senator John McCain’s eligibility to be president, a law professor at the University of Arizona has concluded that neither Mr. McCain’s birth in 1936 in the Panama Canal Zone nor the fact that his parents were American citizens is enough to satisfy the constitutional requirement that the president must be a “natural-born citizen.”
Before you say this is nothing new, the analysis is. According to the Times, Professor Gabriel J. Chin examined a law passed in 1937, one year after McCain was born, that decreed all children born to American parents in the Panama Canal Zone, after 1904, were U.S. Citizens. However, while this makes him a United States citizen, it does not make him a "natural-born" citizen as required by the Constitution.

“It’s preposterous that a technicality like this can make a difference in an advanced democracy,” Professor Chin said. “But this is the constitutional text that we have.”

Several legal experts said that Professor Chin’s analysis was careful and plausible. But they added that nothing was very likely to follow from it.

So in other words, if McCain had a thick Austrian accent, he wouldn't be allowed to overlook the Constitutional requirements. As it is, having proven his metal in Vietnam, we're going to let this one slide.

Can somebody explain to me how the Bush Presidency has managed to convince a "nation of whiners" not to complain about violations of the Constitution of the United States?

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