Thursday, February 28, 2008
NYT Set To Smear McCain Again
I noticed what - at the time (actual time, not posting time) that on The Drudge Report there was a developing headline - sans links - about the New York Times readying a story questioning if John McCain is allowed under law to run for president since he was born on a military base in Panama.
Did anyone - especially the NYT - bring this "issue" up in 2000 when McCain was running for president back then? I sure don't recall anything of the sort, so why would they bring it up now? Well, it's the NYT, their job is to smear merchant.
So I did some searching, and I found this fine and well-written piece at Associated Content:
This issue about McCain has already been hashed out before. He did run for president in 2000, unsuccessfully, so the potential controversy was settled years ago, otherwise why would've John McCain run back in 2000 had be been ineligible? An article written on July 9, 1998, by Ken Rudin, and appearing at WashingtonPost.com, states simply why the Republican contender can run for President. You see, the First Congress, on March 26, 1790, approved an act which states, "The children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond sea, or outside the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens of the United States". The above article also states that his parents were both natural-born citizens of America.
It's then easy to conclude that it doesn't matter where McCain was born outside of the United States (or under what relationship the birthplace was to America at the time, as the Panama Canal Zone was being leased to America in 1936). The Republican candidate could've been born in Panama, on the moon, Mars, or the Andromeda Galaxy - it's irrelevant since his parents being born in America makes him "natural-born".
John McCain, according to his Wikipedia biography, was born at the United States-controlled Coco Solo Air Base in Panama. His parents are Admiral John "Jack" S. McCain, Jr. (who died in 1981), and Roberta McCain, who's still alive. To be more specific, John McCain's father was born in Iowa according to a February 2, 2008 article at OpEdNews.com called "John McCain - Is He An American Citizen Eligible For Office Of President?" McCain's mother was born in Oklahoma, according to her Wikipedia biography. Because of that 1790 Congressional Act, the case is closed. McCain can be President of the United States; and thus, he can legally run for the Presidency.
To reiterate, despite the fact that the America's Constitution states in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5: "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...", the Arizona Senator can thank his lucky stars the Congress had the foresight to get an act passed that realizes that kids of American citizens shouldn't be penalized as being non-natural-born because, as in the case of John McCain, he happened to be delivered on foreign soil as his father was serving our nation via military service.
Well done. You gave us a good article with plenty of facts and crisp, clean conclusions that seem to satisfy any concerns I may have had if the story had broken before I read your entry.
Thanks for the quick head-up on this story.
BTW, I have an answer for you at the blog entry comment section you left your comments at. I hope that it helps you with the little problem you mentioned.
Go McCain-Romney 2008!
Unlike that moron Jimmy Carter, Reagan understood that the Iranians occupying our embassy and holding our diplomatic staff and Marine guards as prisoners was an overt act of war, and would have justified a declaration of war on his first day as President. That is why the chicken-shit goat f***ers let our people go the day he was sworn in.
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