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Illegal Presidencies... or not...

Discussion in 'House of Debates' started by Plato, Jan 15, 2009.

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Were these presidencies unlawful?

  1. Yes

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  2. No

    2 vote(s)
    28.6%
  3. There is nothing we can do about it

    3 vote(s)
    42.9%
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  1. Plato

    Plato New Member

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    Has anyone ever thought about this? The law is that you have to be a "natural born" US citizen to be eligible to become the president. Yet, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, John Adams all weren't born in the US. They were born in a British Colony. Yet, they all became president. Was there something that gave them the right to become the president that I don't know about, or did they consider themselves "natural born" in the US because they created it? I found this odd, so I decided to see what others think.
     
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    They were born in colonies that later became part of the United States. This was meant to prevent actual British subjects from holding the highest office. This is partially a reason why Alexander Hamilton never became President. He probably would have otherwise.
    Under your concept, the US wouldnt have had a legal President for the first 35 years. Because someone born on the day the Constitution was ratified creating the United States, would not be eligible until then.
     
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    Sorry, I modified my vote. I mistakenly voted yes, when after reading the question closely I clearly wanted a no vote.
     
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    So did they do anything about it, or did they just let it slide? Thanks for the explanation, Bunz.
     
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