So then who were the natural born citizens before the 14th Amendment????????????
The answer to that would depend partly on what the law said at the time. Naturalization law has changed frequently during our history.
Per Non-Sequiter, if I read him correctly, there is no defined meaning for Natural Born Citizen. I can only therefore summarize by N/S arguments that the constitution is meaningless drivel.
George Washington read the law of nations, the only place on earth where “Natural Born Citizen” is defined prior to the constitution being written.
Are we to believe this was put into the constitution without ever being defined, and that he did not intend to have this explicit definiton in “law of nations” used for the constitution?
Yesterday, I drove past the scene where Washington crossed the Delaware with ice floating by. I have seen his Monument in Manhatten where he was inaugurated and also dodged bullets. I have seen the huts where his men lived during war in Morristown. I have been to his house at Mount Vernon. I have been to Independence Hall where the Constitution and Declaration of Independence were written and signd. I honor this man, the Father of our nation, by accepting the constitution and its intent when he accepted the constitution and gave us the greatest nation ever found on earth. I respect his legacy, the constitution.
Washington put this clause in place so that no man might be elected that intended to destroy this nation that Washington risked his life for. We now have that very man sitting in the Oval office as president, with every intent to destroy it. It is fitting that ignoring his explicit written advice and unambiguous language in the constitution has given us exactly what he was warned about by John Jay.
George Washington was not a fool. The American people are not fools. That is why this issue will not go away.