The Arnold Amendment ?

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  1. Shizamus

    Shizamus New Member

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    Here are some pretenders and how they are thinking
    about corrupting our Constitution.


    Tuesday, September 30, 2003
    By Peter Brownfeld

    WASHINGTON - A couple of congressional lawmakers regard as antiquated an
    article of the Constitution that insists presidents be native-born United
    States citizens, and want to change the rule to allow foreign-born
    Americans to run for the nation's highest office.

    In July, Sen. Orrin Hatch (search), R-Utah, proposed legislation that would
    allow anyone who has been a U.S. citizen for 20 years to run for president.

    Skeptics have called it the "Arnold Amendment," suspecting that Hatch was
    simply clearing the way for the Austrian-born Arnold Schwarzenegger - who
    had not yet signed on for the California gubernatorial election when the
    bill was introduced - to make a bid for the White House.

    The ban on naturalized citizens seeking the presidency was originally
    crafted 216 years ago out of fear that a British citizen, such as the son
    of King George III, could become president but continue to be loyal to England.

    Nations such as Poland have suffered from having foreigners installed as
    their chief executive. But some say these fears are outdated."That protection
    was instituted at a time when our country was in its early
    stages, not knowing how it would survive," said American Enterprise
    Institute (search) research associate John Fortier."Today we are strong enough
    and have had a number of people in very high
    positions" not born in the United States that it is no longer a major
    concern as long as there are sufficient protections regarding the amount of
    time the individual has been a citizen.

    But others say allowing foreign-born citizens the right to become president
    opens a large can of worms.

    Hatch's proposal is "a betrayal of the very principles and ideals that our
    Founding Fathers had when they created this nation. Such a move clearly
    opens this nation up to foreign intrigues," said Constitution Party
    Chairman Jim Clymer, http://www.constitutionparty.com/ whose national
    party wants "to limit federal government to its constitutional boundaries."

    Many foreign-born citizens have held very high political positions,
    including those in the line of presidential succession. Henry Kissinger,
    born in F├╝rth, Germany, and Madeleine Albright, native to Prague,
    Czechoslovakia, were each fourth in the line of succession to the
    president, presenting the possibility for a leadership crisis.

    Currently, two Cabinet secretaries, Mel Martinez and Elaine Chao, are in
    the presidential succession line but as a result of being foreign-born
    would not be able to take the job should a crisis occur and they were
    catapulted to the top.

    Hatch called it "decidedly un-American" to bar foreign-born Americans from
    the White House."Ours is a nation of immigrants," he said on the Senate floor when he
    introduced his legislation, citing Albright, Kissinger, Chao, Martinez and
    Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm (search), who was born in Canada."None of these
    well-qualified, patriotic United States citizens could be a
    lawful candidate for president," Hatch said.

    Hatch's measure would require naturalized citizens be residents in America
    for 14 years and citizens for 20 years. A House version of the bill,
    sponsored by Rep. Vic Snyder, D-Ark., would require a candidate to have
    been a naturalized citizen for 35 years.

    Both measures would require a constitutional amendment, which needs
    two-thirds support in the House and Senate and ratification from three
    quarters of state legislatures. Only 27 amendments have been made to the
    Constitution, the most recent in 1992.

    Though the possibility of the law changing is "not on anybody's radar
    screen," some experts warn that sponsors of the law ought to think twice
    about it.

    When he proposed the bill, Hatch may have been thinking of Schwarzenegger,
    said Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for
    Politics, but he may not have considered the consequences.

    Schwarzenegger, a popular star who could do well in California, is
    considered too liberal to get a Republican nod for president. But Granholm,
    a Democrat who has the making of a viable presidential candidate, is
    probably not the person Hatch would want to see in the top office."Hatch is not
    thinking this through. He is not paying attention to the old
    Chinese proverb: 'Be careful what you wish for,'" Sabato said.
  2. Zigzag2

    Zigzag2 Guest

    Hatch called it "decidedly un-American".

    The problem with such a comment, is planting the seed to grow in the minds of the bleeding hearts.
    Again, Orrin, needs a reality slap upside his head!
  3. 1952Sniper

    1952Sniper New Member

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    Since when???? This nation was founded largely by people who were born and raised here. Just because we have allowed immigration more than any other country in the world doesn't make us a "nation of immigrants".

    I refuse to support this Constitutional Amendment. Hell, we have a hard enough time with natural-born Americans corrupting our government. We don't need foreigners making the problem worse.
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