Saturday, February 23, 2008
Here's what he said, JJ says:
February 10th, 2008 at 12:37 pm
This is not an issue now but it will be a huge issue if McCain tries to take office. He will be challenged, and so far all the evidence points to the GOP and McCain losing this argument, and the election.
The Constitution doesn’t say that you have to be a citizen, it says you have to be a natural-born citizen, and that means your citizenship in this country must be derived purely from your birth, and not from any legislation or naturalization. Citizens born in territories get their citizenship from legislation. Citizens born in military hospitals in foreign bases are not, repeat, _not_ natural born citizens. Children born in foreign countries can claim citizenship through legislation. It is not automatic.
From the State Dept web site:
a. A U.S.-registered or documented ship on the high seas or in the exclusive economic zone is not considered to be part of the United States. A child born on such a vessel does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of the place of birth - Lam Mow v. Nagle, 24 F.2d 316, 9th Cir., 1928.
b. A U.S.-registered aircraft outside U.S. airspace is not considered to be part of U.S. territory. A child born on such an aircraft outside U.S. airspace does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of the place of birth.
c. Despite widespread popular belief, U.S. military installations abroad and U.S. diplomatic or consular facilities are __not part of the United States within the meaning of the 14th Amendment__. A child born on the premises of such a facility is not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States and __does not acquire U.S. citizenship by reason of birth__.
Children born in foreign countries on land currently being used by the US government or military are not natural-born citizens. The argument bears plenty of weight and you can rest assured it will be brought up in the courts. The Panama Canal Zone was never a territory of the US — it was leased land. That you rent something does not make it yours, you should know that by now. The exact text of the treaty:
“The Republic of Panama grants to the United States all the rights, power and authority within the zone mentioned and described in Article II of this agreement, and within the limits of all auxiliary lands and waters mentioned and described in said Article II which the United States would possess and exercise, __if it were the sovereign of the territory__ within which said lands and waters are located to the entire exclusion of the exercise by the Republic of Panama of any such sovereign rights, power or authority.”
Not only does the treat explicitly say that the US is not the sovereign of the land in which the Zone is located, it explicitly says that it only grants the rights as “if it were the sovereign”.
In 1906, Pres. Theodore Roosevelt explicitly declared that there was never any intent of creating a sovereign territory of the United States in the Canal Zone, only a tract of the land owned by Panama and managed by the United States __as if it were a territory__.
You can’t even use as an argument the 1790 law that declares children born of US citizens overseas as natural-born citizens, because the Supreme Court decision that validated that, Dred Scott, was struck down. The law of the land as it stands now is the 14th Amendment, which specifically makes a distinction between people born in the United States, and everyone else, considered citizens by naturalization, automatic or otherwise.
Do republicans want to continue to support a candidate who has a 99.999% chance of being prohibited from taking the oath and becoming president because he is not a natural-born citizen? This is no different than Arnold’s case. He is not a natural-born citizen, and neither is McCain. It is _that_ simple. Proceed at your own peril, republicans. You already stand a pisspoor chance of winning the election — this won’t help you one bit.
John McCain has refused to open his POW documents to prove or disprove this question of citizenship and will have a hard time explaining this without the facts.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
George Soros in Wikipedia.
Read the following article: The sorry tale of George Soros and article: John McCain funded by Soros since 2001;
and article: John McCain: George Soros' Useful Idiot?
John McCain. Read the following: The Reform Institute
Burger King. Fast Food Chain Icon appearing in the early '70s.
Juan Hernandez-not to be confused with The Magical Burger King.
Read the following article: The Reform Institute-Dr. Juan Hernandez; and blogger Michelle Malkin's piece: John McCain’s open-borders outreach director: The next DHS secretary?; Update: A “non-paid volunteer”
Monday, February 18, 2008
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
From the Bear Creek Ledge Blog...........
McCain’s Shamnesty Straight Talk Express
Filed under: Politics, Illegal Immigration, National Security, Law Enforcement, 2008 Election, GOP — Toni @ 1:13 pm
John McCain keeps saying he’s learned his lesson. He says we need to secure our southern border while at the same time saying he would definitely sign the McCain/Kennedy Amnesty bill. He defends his Hispanic Outreach Director - Juan Hernandez who previously was in the administration of President Vicente Fox of Mexico. In working with Fox Hernandez traveled the US lobbying to extend drivers licenses to illegal aliens, lower rates for illegal aliens to transfer funds to Mexico and actively advocated for open borders. He calls the US, Canada and Mexico a “bloc”, not a region, not a continent , it’s a “bloc”. As in the North American Union maybe? Hernandez is also listed as a Senior Fellow with McCain’s “Reform Institute“. This is McCain’s non-profit organization that was used to push for the McCain/Feingold restriction of free speech bill. The Reform Institute has also been supported by George Soros. Yes, this is the same George Soros who works so hard and invests millions to bring socialism and/or communism to the US. Soros supports every left wing loony group that’s out there so it really is a natural connection for Soros to also support McCain’s Reform Institute.
McCain also has on his campaign Mr. Jerry Perenchio as a National Campaign Co-Chair. Who is this Perenchio - he’s the CEO and owner of Univision, the Spanish media network. He also will sell out his country to make a buck. His agenda is to grow his media network and that means bringing in as many illegal aliens as possible who won’t learn the language and will continue to watch his media empire. Perenchio also worked diligently and spent millions to bring down the California initiative which ended bilingual education.
To Read more go to Bear Creek Ledger Blog
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The FairTax plan is a comprehensive proposal that replaces all federal income and payroll based taxes with an integrated approach including a progressive national retail sales tax, a prebate to ensure no American pays federal taxes on spending up to the poverty level, dollar-for-dollar federal revenue neutrality, and, through companion legislation, the repeal of the 16th Amendment.
The FairTax Act (HR 25, S 1025) is nonpartisan legislation. It abolishes all federal personal and corporate income taxes, gift, estate, capital gains, alternative minimum, Social Security, Medicare, and self-employment taxes and replaces them with one simple, visible, federal retail sales tax administered primarily by existing state sales tax authorities.
-Enables workers to keep their entire paycheck
-Enables retirees to keep their entire pension
-Refunds in advance the tax on purchases of basic necessities
-Allows American products to compete fairly
-Brings transparency and accountability to tax policy
-Ensures Social Security and Medicare funding
-Closes all loopholes and brings fairness to taxation
-Abolishes the IRS
For more information go to http://www.fairtax.org/
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Option number one does not sound like me because right now I care to much for what happens to my country. Regarding number two, there is no difference between McCain, Hillary or Obama. You can slice, dice and julienne their positions but there is little to none. Number three is not an option, it only dilutes the republican party even more. We are diluted enough.
Before the towel gets thrown in, let's remember that Gov. Huckabee has outlasted many before him in this race. Gov. Huckabee's conservative base holds the GOLDEN EGG that the goose hasn't laid yet. Senator McCain hasn't won yet. He doesn't have the delegate count to put him over the top, even if Romney releases his delegates and McCain does eventually get enough, HE LOSES BECAUSE THE GOLDEN EGG WILL NOT SUPPORT HIM.
What single issue would cause you to vote for McCain as a representative of the republican party? Pro-life, terrorism, FairTax, etc, etc. The conservative base will never support him because he is not a conservative.
Now is the time for the voting voice of the conservative base - the GOLDEN EGG - to speak up! Right now, get involved, make calls focused on those next primary states and tell the voters to vote Mike Huckabee in their state. There is much on the line considering the alternative. Get involved by calling the media and supporting Gov. Huckabee. If it's a single issue that concerns you then speak out regarding that issue. Let your voices be heard.
What is that GOLDEN EGG to you?
During this election cycle we've been exposed to two contrapositive perceptions: pundit-based reality and voter-based reality.
Pundit-based reality is the political simulacra created by the bloggers, journalists, radio talk show hosts, and other confident opiners who understand how the world should work. Voter-based reality is the messy electoral aftermath that occurs after voters cast their ballots and show us how the world actually works. For the past few months we've been living in the pristine bubble of pundit-based reality only to have it popped by the inexplicable actions of the Voter Class.
Here are some of the lessons we learned on Super Tuesday:
Pundit-based reality: Huckabee is stealing votes from Romney.Voter-based reality: Huckabee is competing for votes with McCain.
In the latest USA Today/Gallup poll Huckabee supporters were asked for whom they would vote if the race came down to John McCain or Mitt Romney.
The results showed that McCain wins over Romney as the second choice of Huckabee voters by more than a 2 to 1 margin, 64% to 28%. McCain beats Romney 42% to 24% with Huckabee in the race (Huckabee gets 18% of the vote) and expands that margin to 53% to 30% with Huckabee voters forced to choose between the two candidates.
A more likely scenario is that Romney's continued presence in the race siphoned off votes and support for Huckabee.
Pundit-based reality: Romney is a full-spectrum conservative; he is the only one that can bring together the "Reagan coalition."Voter-based reality: Romney is a poor-man's Michael Bloomberg; he never had a legitimate shot at the nomination.
Out of the six states that Romney won, four were caucuses (MN, ND, CO, MT) that were largely uncontested and favored the candidate with a strong organizational structure. The only primary states Romney was able to win were the ones in which he has previously resided – UT and MA. (The only other primary state that he won before Super Tuesday was another state where he lived – MI.) In other words, Romney can win if he can pay to organize party volunteers at a rally. What he can't seem to do is convince people to go to the polling booth and actually cast a ballot for him.
Without the ability to self-finance his campaign, we would now be referring to Romney as the CINO (conservative in name only) who washed out in Iowa. Sadly, he'll continue on despite the fact that his base of support consists of Mormons, talk radio hosts, and people who really, really, hate McCain.
Pundit-based reality: A McCain-Huckabee ticket would be unacceptable to the party. Voter-based reality: The majority of GOP voters would be fine with a McCain-Huckabee ticket.
Can anyone explain why a ticket comprised of the two candidates that will win/have won the most delegates, as chosen by Republican voters, is considered an unacceptable option for… Republican voters? Are the pundits unaware that the GOP voters that vote in the primaries are the same GOP voters that vote in the general election?
Pundit-based reality: Rush Limbaugh's opinion carries a great deal of weight.Voter-based reality: Thanks, but we can think for ourselves.
Adding to his recent string of embarrassments, Rush Limbaugh made the unforced error of endorsing Mitt Romney. If El Rushbo truly believes that Romney "is a candidate on our side who does embody all three legs of the conservative stool" then he needs to hang up his Golden Microphone, for he has lost all sense of discernment. I truly don't think Rush is dumb enough to believe that is true. So why does he think that we voters are dumb enough to believe it just because we hear it proclaimed on our AM radios?
What has happened to Rush? The reason he was once entertaining is because he'd tell us "Dittoheads" what we already knew was true (e.g., liberal are silly). That was his shtick and he did it well. But somewhere along the way he started taking himself too seriously. He seems to think that he is the adjudicator of who and what is considered to be "conservative." For him to give the impression that he is some sort of thought leader is both mildly amusing and moderately insulting. His primary audience is conservatives, a group that doesn’t take its guidance on how to vote from entertainers (and yes, Rush is first and foremost, an entertainer).
As a pundit I understand that having 12 million listeners per week is reason to be in awe of Rush. But as a voter that doesn't impress me much. If I need someone with a large audience to tell me how to vote I'll turn to Wolf from American Gladiators.
Pundit-based reality: McCain will destroy the GOP.Voter-based reality: McCain is the leading choice for a majority of the GOP.
Listen, McCain is not my first choice. But he appears to be the inevitable choice of our party. If he's nominated I'll vote for him for the simple fact that his is far better than Obama or Clinton. If you disagree, then quietly vote for the third party candidate of your choice. But for heaven's sakes, stop whining, stop hyperventilating, and stop all the hyperbolic, Tony-award worthy dramatics. It's unbecoming.
The animosity toward McCain is even more bizarre when you consider that he's not that different than the other "acceptable" candidates. Fred Thompson co-sponsored McCain-Feingold and no one accused him of tearing up the 1st Amendment. Romney was for abortion, amnesty, and an assault weapons ban until--what, last week?--and no one seems to hold that against him. And Giuliani, a candidate that really would have rent the party in two, was once touted as the only alternative to Hillary the Inevitable.
Now, McCain is considered to be less acceptable than Hillary. I don’t get that at all. The Coulter-Clinton-Buchanan Axis is not in the best interest of the party, our movement, or our nation.
It's time we gain some perspective. As Daniel Patrick Moynihan once said, "Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not his own facts." The voters have presented us with facts that we can no longer deny. It's time for us to to face up to our situation and stop living in the fantasy realm of a pundit-based reality.
Update: If I seem a bit harsh on Romney, I have my reasons—and it has nothing to do with his religion. See this post for The Case Against Romney. Email Joe Carter