Senator Marco Rubio’s personal story is one of the true America dream. The son of Cuban refugees, he rose to be the Speaker of the House of the state of Florida, now sits in the U.S. Senate and is often mentioned as a future president of the United States, and perhaps a Vice President much sooner. So why ask the question, is Rubio eligible to hold one of the two highest positions in America? If what you read below is confirmed, Senator Rubio’s father did not apply for naturalization until Marco was four years old, which disqualifies this Rubio from the presidency or vice presidency. Inquiring minds are asking for clarification. So far no answers. Here are the details.
Asking Marco Rubio: Constitutionally Ineligible to be President, So Why Talk VP?
For Gulag Bound by Arlen Williams, published September 1, 2011
Contrary to the obdurate ignorance, crafty obfuscation, and outright deceit played out in the progressive saturated media and both tainted political parties, the presidential requirement of being a â€œnatural born Citizenâ€ is clear. (The word, â€œCitizenâ€ is capitalized in this article as in the Constitution, because an American Citizen is this republicâ€™s essential and Sovereign Ruler.)
By evidence of the use of that term at the time of the framing of the Constitution and by Supreme Court precedent since, a â€œnatural born Citizenâ€ is a special subset of American Citizen, for whom the following are all true:
âž both parents were Citizens of the United States of America at his or her birth
âž he is born in U.S. territory (edit: this could possibly be disputed as not a criterion, but that would be difficult)
âž he has never given up his Citizenship (which would necessitate being naturalized to reinstall Citizenship, having forsaken any natural born status)
This has been treated in Gulag Boundâ€™s, â€œâ€˜Natural Born Citizen for Dummiesâ€™ v. Dummy v. the United States of Americaâ€ and at the sites featured in that article. Eligibility attorney, Mario Apuzzo has also assembled the necessary explication of this in his August 21st, â€œThe Rule of Law and the â€œNatural Born Citizenâ€ Clause.â€
Yet, for some reason in this electoral pre-season (idleness?) there is much talk of Marco Rubio as a potential Republican candidate for vice president in 2012. Why, we are told that just last night, author (and lawyer!) Ann Coulter showed her selective conservatism in gushing about just that idea to Sean Hannity, on Fox News. Citizen Rubio is an extraordinarily able U.S. senator, but can a vice president be elected who is not eligible to be president?
You see, Senator Rubioâ€™s father was not a U.S. Citizen when little Marco was born,Â as constitutional patriot, CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret) points out.
And the answer is no, by courtesy (and foresight) of the framers of the Constitutionâ€™s 12th Amendment, which ends, â€œBut no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.â€
Oh, â€œbut no.â€
Also just yesterday, Sam Sewell, of the blog,Â The Steady Drip,Â not only musedÂ about this subject, but did something about it.
I have been defending Marco on conservative forums. The complaint is that Marco has not overtly offered any opinion on whether or not he is eligible for the office of Vice President ot President.
If Marco makes it clear that he sees himself as not eligible it would undermine Obamaâ€™s presidency and his credability in 2012. He doesnâ€™t need to say a thing about Obama.
His detractors are saying that he is deliberately avoiding the issue and that he is not being candid for political reasons. I donâ€™t believe that.
So I am asking Marco to openly declare his opinion about his own eligibility to be Vice President or President.
Below is some history on the issue and the opinions offered in a senate hearing in 2008:
On April 10, 2008, Sens. Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a resolution expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate that presidential candidate Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) was a â€˜natural born Citizen,â€™ as specified in the Constitution and eligible to run for president. Sen. McCaskill knew Obama was not a natural born citizen, thatâ€™s why she introduced this bill â€” dressing it up to look like it was in Sen. John McCainâ€™s cause.
It was during the billâ€™s hearing that Sen. Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement:
â€œBecause he was born to American citizens, there is no doubt in my mind that Senator McCain is a natural born citizen,â€ said Leahy. â€œI expect that this will be a unanimous resolution of the Senate.â€
At a Judiciary Committee hearing on April 3, Leahy asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, himself a former Federal judge, if he had doubts that McCain was eligible to serve as President.
â€œMy assumption and my understanding is that if you are born of American parents, you are naturally a natural-born American citizen,â€ Chertoff replied.
â€œThat is mine, too,â€ said Leahy.
Whatâ€™s interesting here is that Sen. Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, confirms that a â€œnatural bornâ€ citizen is the child of American citizen parents.
Parents â€” thatâ€™s two. Thatâ€™s BOTH parents.
Every time the words, â€œcitizenâ€ and â€œparent,â€ are used by Sen. Leahy and Sec. Chertoff, the plural case, â€œcitizensâ€ and â€œparents,â€ is used. The plural case is the operative case.
And so, fellow Floridian Sam is asking that man if he really understands, about his ineligibility.
However, another eligibility activist informs we have already been given a wrong answer by a media aide to Senator Rubio. So one Citizen defender of the Constitution, Ms. Kandy Ricotta wrote to Mr. Borgos.
August 25, 2011
Dear Alex Burgos,
It is with great concern and disappointment that I read the article on WND this morning concerning Senator Rubioâ€™s natural born citizenship. What alarms me is the following statement made by you:
Rubioâ€™s press secretary Alex Burgos told WND the Senatorâ€™s parents â€œwere permanent legal residents of the U.S.â€ at the time Marco was born in Florida in 1971. Then four years after Marco was born, â€œMario and Oriales Rubio became naturalized U.S. citizens on Nov. 5, 1975,â€ Burgos indicated.
When asked specifically if Sen. Rubio considered himself to be a natural-born citizen, Burgos responded, â€œYes.â€
Sir, his parents being â€œpermanent legal residents of the USâ€ at the time of his birth doesÂ NOTÂ qualify Senator Rubio as a â€œnatural bornâ€ citizen. The very fact that his parents became naturalized citizens four (4) yearsÂ AFTERÂ the Senatorâ€™s birth, tells us that they wereÂ NOTUS CitizensÂ (citizens, not legal residents) when he was born, and therefore, according to Article II, Section 1, Clause V of our Constitution, Senator Rubio isÂ NOT ELIGIBLE TO BE VP/PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES!Â YouÂ MUSTÂ do your homework on this before you make any further blind statements! Save yourself, and especially Senator Rubio,Â a lotÂ of grief, by truly learning and understanding the meaning ofÂ NATURAL BORN CITIZEN.
I strongly suggest you contact and discuss this with the leading expert on Natural Born Citizenship, Mario Apuzzo, Esq. Below is his contact information, as well as his blogsite, through which you can familiarize yourself with his writings. IÂ KNOWÂ he would be most willing to communicate with you about Senator Rubioâ€™s natural born citizenship status, if you so desire. Rest assured, Mr. Burgosâ€¦America is watching the outcome of this extremely important matter concerning Senator Rubio, so I would highly recommend that you address this and set the record straight now, rather than later.
Thank you, Alex, for taking the time to research thisÂ vitallyÂ important issue!
Kandace J. Ricotta
After these years of suffering under an apparently fictitious president, one may see reason for Ms. Ricotta to be emphatic.
After all, throughout his life, Barack Obama has shown himself a closeÂ ally of subversive MarxistsÂ andIslamists. Â And now heÂ clearly seems intent upon running America into insolvency â€” a globally dependent â€œfailed state,â€ rife for ginned up revolution, as he further establishes by executive order, hisÂ structural Marxismof soviet-style, governmental councils.
And so, is it too much to wait in good faith with the expectation of finding perspicacity and integrity in Senator Rubio? Will he himself, be a faithful public servant and just tell the politically fundamental truth â€” literally andÂ reverentlyÂ â€for Godâ€™s sake?â€
And can America tell itself the truth?
Author and blogger, Don Fredrick wonders in yesterdayâ€™s email.
I must have added comments to 50 different Internet articles this week quoting both Congressman John Bingham and Minor v. Happersett and explaining that Rubio and Bobby Jindal and Obama are not NBCs. I do not understand how tens of millions of Americans can be so ignorant or unwilling to read. I can only imagine that many are thinking, â€œWell, they forced Obama on us, so now itâ€™s our turn to get even.â€ That is not a good sign, if that is what they are thinking, but it is even worse if they are simply refusing to think.Don FredrickThe Obama Timeline
No, neither of Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindalâ€™s parents were yet American Citizens at the time of his birth; another full fledged Citizen who just cannot be Commander in Chief.
Perhaps America is simply too far into itsÂ Marxist instructed Hegelian fantasylandÂ of wilful ignorance of the fact of truth, itself. Maybe our ethic is simply not Godly anymore, but the â€œsituational ethicsâ€ of what we deem convenient. What â€œself evident truths?â€
â€œEndowedâ€ and the rest of all that?
Eligibility activist, Barbara sheds some of Abraham Lincolnâ€™s optimism, â€œYou can fool all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool all the people all the time.â€
But Lincoln never said you cannot fool most of the people most of the time â€” nor that most of the people will refuse to fool themselves.
Selective adherence to the Constitution for the United States of America must be put down, immediately.Â The trouble is,Â Weâ€™re â€œthe People.â€
End Arlen Williams article.
Conservatives love Marco Rubio, so readers, what do you have to say about this? I say it is impossible to be wide awake and aware 24 hours a day, but I’m glad, and appreciative that someone is. As Arlen said, we’ve been through this once now. Some of us will try not to let it happen again. My inquiring mind really hopes to hear some of your thoughts on this.