Definitions are easy, they are found in the dictionary. Yet, millions of Americans remain stuck in a quagmire of dissenting views and alleged expert opinions over the simple term natural born citizen, one of only a few strict constitutional requirements for the highest office in our land, President and Commander-in-Chief.
According to dictionaries dating as far back as Websters 1828 Edition, the term natural born citizen has a very simple and specific common meaning, and according to the framers of the US Constitution, a very important distinction.
Natural Pertaining to nature; produced or effected by nature, or by the laws of growth, formation or motion impressed on bodies or beings by divine power.
Born To be born, is to be produced or brought into life.
Citizen In the United States, a person, native or naturalized, who has the privilege of exercising the elective franchise, or the qualifications which enable him to vote for rulers, and to purchase and hold real estate.
Based upon the official definition of these words, we know immediately that the term natural born citizen is not based upon statute or any form of man-made law. It exists in nature, the result of natural law, by divine power, only able to be recognized or ignored by legislative process, but still inalienable via legal processes.
Many self-proclaimed experts insist that the US Constitution was written in some secret code, which can only be deciphered for the common folk, by legal scholars of the highest order. Yet on the basis of simple definitions, we know that if we are discussing any form of man-made law requiring the analysis of legal scholars, we are NOT discussing natural-born.
The term natural born citizen is of nature, not man-made law. The Constitution is written in plain and simple English, each word with a specific definition and meaning easily found in any English dictionary. Fortunately, not only legal scholars have access to dictionaries, making it possible for anyone who can read, to understand the Constitution, so long as they have a dictionary in hand.
After all, what good are unalienable rights that legal scholars are free to alienate via politically motivated interpretations?
Don't have to... not with facts in evidence that Barry Soetoro and the Democratic National Committee have admitted that Barack Obama Jr. was a dual citizen at birth.
“When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children. -- Source: Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee, http://fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate
Dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. -- Source: US State Department, http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1753.html
John A. Bingham excluded persons who owed allegiance to foreign sovereigns or "dual nationals" from being a "natural born citizen" in a statement before Congress on 9 Mar 1866: