I am also an ESL teacher, and I call out ALL the marxist BS that is in the lesson plans that I am required to use. For example:
And, despite company rules to the contrary, I DO express my opinions when I see material that is contrary to reality. I've done the same with "global warming" BS. Because most of my students have never been exposed to the TRUTH.
Since Cruz is not eligible, IMO, I am not a Cruz supporter.
I say that for the following reasons:
This is from a researcher I respect.
Can just anyone be elected President of the United States? No, of course not. Foreigners for example are not eligible. The Constitution spells out the eligibility standards:
Article II, Section 1: 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.
As you can see, Article II distinguishes between Citizens and natural born Citizens. Although we know the Founding Fathers used language with extreme care, this is now raising a ruckus. Im a researcher, Ive done the legwork, so let me set the record straight. The answers we need are right there in the historical record. This is not a judiciable matter for courts as has been recently suggested, along with other modern-day distractions and red herrings. Heres the short version.
At the time of our nations founding Benjamin Franklin obtained three copies of Law of Nations by Emer de Vattel. There is a record of the acquisition from Franklin backing this up that still exists today. Ill quote that in a moment. It was the preeminent guide on the subject. Franklin put one in a library, sent one to the College of Massachusetts, and brought one to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia for the delegates to use, which they did.
This book they used defines natural born citizen clearly as a person born in a country, both of whose parents are citizens of the country at the time of birth. Its a plain, clear definition of the term they used in the Constitution.
Its a three-part requirement. It allows for no foreign birth or parentage in a person who is a natural born citizen. It is distinct from ordinary citizenship. Article II in the Constitution recognizes the distinction.
John Jay, who became our first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, sent a letter to George Washington, which also still exists, which Ill also quote in a moment, confirming that the only way to ensure the U.S. presidency remains free of what today we would call foreign entanglements was to require that eligibility be limited to natural born citizens only. Washington replied, thanking him for the advice. In editing the final version of the Constitution, the Framers changed Article II from citizen to natural born Citizen, capitalized that way. Records of all this exist.
There, in a nutshell, is the entire situation.
No court decision is needed. The idea that a court must weigh in because the Founders didnt define the term in the Constitution is nonsense. It is the same type of nonsense modern people have created to undermine other fundamental elements of our Constitution. The Founders knew exactly what the term meant, just like they knew what weights and measures meant when they used that (without defining it) and they used it with precision, for deliberate reason.
The presidency is the only office in our entire legal structure that has this requirement. Citizen appears throughout the law. Natural born citizen appears in one place and one place onlyas a requirement for the highest office in the land. You can stop here and you have the truth of the matter, or read further if this interests you and you want the details.
This White Paper is not about liking one candidate over anotherI do not endorse or oppose candidates, as people who know me are well aware. This is about liking the Constitution over any candidate. It would be wrong to let the fact that we have allowed a person into office who somehow avoided proper review and does not meet the eligibility requirements stated in our Constitution, to justify offering up additional candidates who similarly do not meet the fundamental test set out in our nations charter.
A Way Out of Our Dilemma Those running who fit this category of ineligible to hold the office of President would do the nation an immense service, cement their place in history forever, and find the love of their countrymen, by stepping down gracefully and with honor. They can state publicly they have seen the light and have come to understand the facts as they should properly be understood. The Constitution comes first.
Sometimes wisdom comes late, as Justice Antonin Scalia presciently said. Since they cannot all rise to the top, it would be a far more elegant, courageous and honorable departure than simply conceding the race to someone else based on poll numbers. Such a tactful move would leave them, admired and respected, available for virtually any other office in the land. [Editor: Short version, 796 words to here]
From Ben Franklins letter to Charles William Frederic Dumas: Philadelphia, 9 December, 17