I Wish This Guy Played Draw Poker! UPDATED

Watch Barack Obama when he is forced to talk about Donald Trump’s “birther” statements:

Notice the change in phrasing, with Obama referring to himself in the third person. That is typical of a poor poker player – and a poor liar.

Almost anyone of my generation could have taken every dime Obama had. He certainly could not have played at the same table with Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, FDR, Harry Truman, Dwight Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, or Richard Nixon – and come away with anything in his pockets.

So what’s the deal with his birth certificate that has Obama so upset? Most likely fear that someone will bring up the original and still binding definition of a “natural born American.”

You know, the only sort of person the Constitution says may serve as President. Where did that part of the Constitution come from? From something called The Laws Of Nations.

And what does this Laws Of Nations say about Obama? Nothing. But it does mention “Natural Born Citizens.” To wit:

“The citizens are the members of society, bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages.

    The natives, or “natural born” citizen, are those born in the country, of parents

[both father and mother]

    who are citizens. As society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise by the childhood of children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights.

The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it.”

“The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to society in which they were born. I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born to a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.”

So, Obama’s mother was an American Citizen. But as Emmerich de Vattel points out, citizenship is patrilineal. Obama is a citizen of the nation his father was a citizen of. And no more and no less.

That would be enough to make a man nervous. Especially a man who would play poker as poorly as Barack Obama.



The full text of Vattel’s Law Of Nations is available at this link, and the relevant chapter is Book 1, Chapter XIX, Paragraph 212

Commentary on the Founders and The Law Of Nations is all over the internet, with a Google search bringing up almost six million hits. I have not read them all, but for many pages the distinguished commentators agree with the sentiments laid out above. This link may be the most accessible to those to whom that curious form of English jargon called lawyer is not their second language.


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