A naturalized POTUS?

By Jeffrey J. Cunningham

Yes, at first glance it does come across as a much wilder and far more distant dream than any chimeric dream, but if you stay with me during our short exploratory journey and also remember that this is the United States of America, which is quite unlike any other country in the world, the dream will become less of a chimeric dream.

Let us during our short exploratory journey set aside the issue of the Iroquois origin of the United States Constitution and go directly to Article II, Chapter 5 of the Constitution as it is, which 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 35 years, and been 14 years a resident within the United States.

We will revisit Chapter 5 later on in our journey.

The perpetual fountain of life of the Constitution is in its Fifth Article (Article V), which provides the mechanism for amending the Constitution to help it keep abreast of changing times and is a testament to the insight and wisdom of the Founders and as time marches on, the Constitution will accordingly meet the needs of a great citizenry who can tackle any change of any seismic proportion.

The digital age has been upon us for some time now and much of what we have been witnessing and experiencing today was not even conceivable when the Constitution was being crafted in the 18th century. Because of the digital age, the nations of the world are now having highly incestuous relations with one another!

There are several millions of American citizens who were born outside the United States to their non-American parents. Among them, there must be a few with great leadership capabilities. Unfortunately, the constitutional barrier has kept them on the sidelines and the highest they can reach is to serve as a cabinet secretary to a native-born president.

Let us review the cases of two American top diplomats: Henry Kissinger, the 56th U.S. Secretary of State under President Richard Nixon, born in Bavaria, Germany, to his non-American parents and Madeleine Albright, the 64th US Secretary of State under President Bill Clinton, born in Prague, Czech Republic, to her non-American parents.