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Sunday, September 4, 2011
If this makes me a birther
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 thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
Article II of the United States Constitution
Seems straight forward enough to me. Unless you happen to be the only person in the world over the age of 220 you have to be a Natural Born US Citizen to be eligible to be president of the United States.
The Federal Elections Commission isn’t so sure, according to Alex Knot of Roll Call:
The Federal Election Commission ruled Friday that a Guyana-born American citizen could file papers and raise money to run for president of the United States. But the agency also told the prospective candidate, Abdul Hassan, that his campaign may not receive federal matching funds because he was not born in America.
The FEC’s unanimous vote allows Hassan — who born in the South American country in 1974 — to be a candidate, solicit funds and requires him to file disclosure reports for a presidential bid. However, the agency’s decision stopped short of addressing the constitutional issue of whether someone born outside the United States can be president.
Instead, the agency told Hassan he may not receive any presidential primary matching funds by quoting the Constitution, stating “[n]o 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.”
Hassan’s request appeared to put the FEC in the rare role of deciding a large constitutional issue that has only a few intersections with campaign finance law. The two commonly held constitutional requirements to run for president are that the candidate be 35 years of age or older and be a “natural born citizen.”
The Election Commission didn’t have any problem using the US Constitution to deny this guy Federal Assistance in his efforts I suppose that’s a positive sign, I’d have been real upset if the taxpayers ended up paying his legal bill to fight the obvious. Or at least what seems obvious to me. the FEC also pointed out rightly that it was up to the individual states to determine if a candidate meets the Constitutional requirements to be placed on the ballot. However, by registering him as a candidate they gave him some standing in the legal fight that’s coming up over this.
Abdul Hassan has already filed a lawsuit to nullify the phrase in the US Constitution that prevents him from running for office.
There’s something strange about this guy,,
There is only one photograph on his Official” Candidates Website.
I guess there is something to be said about a picture of any empty Oval Office. It hasn’t been occupied much since out vacationer in chief took office. What struck me as odd, is U could.t find a single photograph of our wannabe. I checked a number of websites, he’s managed to get some attention/
There’s something going on that smells, A presidential Candidate that’s camera shy?
Who is paying the nillions it will cost to go to the Supreme cunt?
What organizations is he affliated with
How sure are we the documentation he used to get into the country.
Will the courts attempt to say to say the Constitution is Unconscionably?