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Birth Pains

Article II, Section I of the U.S. Constitution stipulates that the president must be a “natural born Citizen.” Scholars agree that the reason for this narrow exception to an otherwise broad description of eligibility was the well-founded fear, back in 1787, that a European prince or duke might immigrate to America and seek to install a monarchy.

Barack Obama is no prince or duke. He was born in Hawaii in 1961, well after it became a full-fledged state. He’s now released his “long-form” birth certificate as further proof of his citizenship.



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