Thursday, January 07, 2010

Constitutional Rights?

In the past, U.S. Constitutional Rights were reserved for U.S. Citizens. This meant that you either needed to be born a U.S. Citizen, or had to go through a lengthy application process to become a U.S. Citizen. There is now a fast track status to U.S. Constitutional rights. Simply commit an "Act of War" against the United States, and you get full U.S. constitutional rights according to the Obama administration. This does not surprise me one bit from a president who values the rights of terrorists, over the rights of Americans. It does not surprise me one bit from a president who is not even constitutionally eligible to be president. I am not taking about his place of birth, which is in question. I am talking about the known fact that his father was not a United States citizen at the time of his birth (His father also never became a U.S. Citizen). Section 1 article 2 of the U.S. Constitution states:

"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"

Requirements for Natural Born Status are listed below:
  • Anyone born inside the United States *
  • Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person's status as a citizen of the tribe
  • Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
  • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
  • Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
  • Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
  • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
  • A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

* There is an exception in the law — the person must be "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.

Since Obama's father was a British subject as the time of his birth, he can't be Naturally born just because he was born in Hawaii. Lets just leave it at that for now.

So should terrorist who commit acts of war get U.S. constitutional rights. The answer is absolutely not. An enemy combatant captured during an ongoing war, can be held as a prisoner of war, indefinitely. This as what we should be doing with captured terrorists. We should lock them up and throw any the key, until Al Qaeda unconditionally surrenders to the United States. Until that happens, the war is still on going, and we have the right to hold onto the prisoners of war. Also, since this is ultimately a religious war, I would lock them up with no access to the Koran, and no special religious treatment. If someone wants to make the case that this is not a religious war, I will listen, but I would not allow captured prisoners of war to practice the religion that they are fighting the war over. Sorry! If, and when the war on terror ends, we can then decide if we want to put any of these prisoners of war on trial for war crimes. Until the war is over it is completely inappropriate to put these guys into a media circus type trial.

The other huge problem with giving terrorists who commit acts of war on the United States constitutional rights, is that it allows them to "Lawyer Up", and avoid answering questions that may stop a future act of war on the United States. We are at war people! Giving Terrorists constitutional rights puts American lives at risk. What if the underwear bomber was one of several terrorists trying to smuggle in a Nuclear detonator for a nuclear bomb already on U.S. Soil. Are we really going to let this guy "Lawyer Up" instead of actively trying to stop a Nuclear bomb from killing millions of Americans. This whole business of protecting the rights of people who commit acts of war just makes me sick.

Ultimately, the constitution is just a piece of paper. If the president/congress/supreme court have no interest in defending it, it is completely worthless. Now I will admit that Bush took a crap on the constitution from time to time, but Obama appears to piss on it every morning, and wipe his ass with it every night. It will eventually just get flushed down the toilet, if this continues. I have no idea what can be done to get our elected officials to enforce the Constitution, but it needs to happen soon.

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At 1:58 PM, Blogger smrstrauss said...

Re: "In the past, U.S. Constitutional Rights were reserved for U.S. Citizens."

That's silly. A Frenchman visits the USA and kills his girlfriend. You think we don't give him a trial? Don't you think we gave him a trial from the earliest days of the Republic? John Adams even defended the British in the Boston Massacre case.

 
At 12:30 PM, Blogger Donkey Shortz said...

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At 12:30 PM, Blogger Donkey Shortz said...

Barrack Obama is a natural born citizen. His mother was an American citizen and he was born in Hawaii. The.status.of.his.father.doesn't.matter!!!! You and other birthers are insane.

As smrstrauss said, constitutional rights are NOT just for U.S. citizens.

You really need to get smarter and to truly analyze things. You are what I call a 'shit disturber'

 
At 12:01 PM, Blogger FezHenry said...

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At 2:46 PM, Blogger FezHenry said...

This is by far the most intellectually bankrupt post I've read in quite some time. If you are born in the the United States, then you are a citizen. There is no dispute on Obama being born in Hawaii, other than those who refuse to believe the facts in lieu of ideology aka "Fox News Watchers".

This argument has been proven overwhelmingly false in several courts of law already. Dude, you need to get a grip. Just because you really want Obama to not be a citizen, does not make it so.

Anyone who comes into this country is subject to its laws just as a citizen would be unless you have diplomatic immunity, as stated by smrstrauss. Simply being a British "subject" does not qualify one for diplomatic immunity in the same way that I can't go to England, commit a crime, and claim diplomatic immunity from their laws.

 

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