Thursday, February 28, 2008

Panama Birth Canal

I dunno, it seems to me that if John McCain was born a citizen, and he was, it really doesn't matter where his mama was when her water broke.


Suricou Raven said...

It matters. The US has some rather archaic rules regarding issues of citizenship and presidential qualifications - it is one of the few countries in which anyone born within its boarders is an automatic citizen, a quite archaic law that just cannot be easily updated. But this isn't enough for the presidential qualifications.

None of this matters though, because who is going to enforce the restriction? There is noone appointed to the task, and the democrats arn't going to try legal action because they know that it would only hurt them more to be seen attacking the will of the people through a legal trick. That, and the spinelessness thing.

LeftLeaningLady said...

An American citizen born to an American citizen outside of the US, especially to military members serving in other countries, is still an American citizen. John McCain shouldn't be President because he is Bush Lite, not because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

Suricou Raven said...

True. But citizenship and presidential possibility are quite distinct. One does not imply the other. The constitution is quite clear that someone who has immigrated to the US cant be president even if they are a citizen (Sorry, Arnie), but on McCain's situation its far less clear.

Still none of it matters, because of the enforcement issue.