The Immorality of the United States

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The Federal Government has oppressed and chased many groups around America and the World. We enslaved millions of Africans and then oppressed them for 100 plus more years with Jim Crow and other depredations. We had the Mormon Wars. We had the Philippine Wars. We took Hawaii against the wishes of her peoples. We forced our dictator of choice on Guatemala and several other Nations in South America. We deposed Mossadegh and installed the despot, impotentate Shah. We have all but forced the House of Saud on the people of Saudi Arabia. We forced petty slobs on the people of South Vietnam and assassinated them when they wouldn’t toe our line. We supported Noriega until he developed an independent streak and only then decided that his drug business was criminal. And then there is the 100 plus year genocide of the American Indian that lasted into the 20th Century and in some ways continues still.

I’m not certain why folks place so much faith in a government that has failed morally time and time again. We are failing morally now in the Wars on Terror and Drugs. Yet, Democrats and Republicans swear that this time it will be different.

From where does this misplaced trust in our government spring.

Study real history and ask yourself? Did the “American Century” really make the world a better place or did it simply sustain American Power and Corporate Opportunity?

Certainly, we project power and open markets. We have also caused instability throughout the Middle East. We have supported petty impotentates across the world. Not only have we supported them, we have installed them and aided in the murder of the democratic opposition at the behest of Corporate entities such as United Fruits, Big Oil and others. Is this a moral stance?

I think not.

Where is the shining city on the hill with which Reagan mesmerized America? The people of the world grow more desperate as America’s multinational corporations and banks grow more powerful.

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Obama is a Citizen and eligible for the Presidency

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If Obama’s Mother was a US citizen, then it matters not one iota where Obama was born.

Was his Mother not born in the US?

What does the Constitution state?

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.

The 14th Amendment defines citizenship this way: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.” But even this does not get specific enough. As usual, the Constitution provides the framework for the law, but it is the law that fills in the gaps. The Constitution authorizes the Congress to do create clarifying legislation in Section 5 of the 14th Amendment; the Constitution, in Article 1, Section 8, Clause 4, also allows the Congress to create law regarding naturalization, which includes citizenship.

Currently, Title 8 of the U.S. Code fills in the gaps left by the Constitution. Section 1401 defines the following as people who are “citizens of the United States at birth:”

  • Anyone born inside the United States *
  • Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a citizen of the tribe
  • Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
  • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
  • Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
  • Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
  • Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
  • A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.

* There is an exception in the law — the person must be “subject to the jurisdiction” of the United States. This would exempt the child of a diplomat, for example, from this provision.

Anyone falling into these categories is considered natural-born, and is eligible to run for President or Vice President. These provisions allow the children of military families to be considered natural-born, for example.

Separate sections handle territories that the United States has acquired over time, such as Puerto Rico (8 USC 1402), Alaska (8 USC 1404), Hawaii (8 USC 1405), the U.S. Virgin Islands (8 USC 1406), and Guam (8 USC 1407). Each of these sections confer citizenship on persons living in these territories as of a certain date, and usually confer natural-born status on persons born in those territories after that date. For example, for Puerto Rico, all persons born in Puerto Rico between April 11, 1899, and January 12, 1941, are automatically conferred citizenship as of the date the law was signed by the President (June 27, 1952). Additionally, all persons born in Puerto Rico on or after January 13, 1941, are natural-born citizens of the United States. Note that because of when the law was passed, for some, the natural-born status was retroactive.

The law contains one other section of historical note, concerning the Panama Canal Zone and the nation of Panama. In 8 USC 1403, the law states that anyone born in the Canal Zone or in Panama itself, on or after February 26, 1904, to a mother and/or father who is a United States citizen, was “declared” to be a United States citizen. Note that the terms “natural-born” or “citizen at birth” are missing from this section.

Obama’s mother was a citizen.  Therefore ————->>>>>>>>  Obama is a citizen.

Now, can we please move to something real.

Like perhaps the fact that he is an incompetent ass.

I’ve got a friend who was born in Japan. His pops is American. His mother is Japanese. He married a Thai woman. His child was born in Bangkok. That child is still an American citizen.

I know a guy from the Army. He is Jewish and was born in Israel to an American father and an Israeli mother. He’s still an American.

I dated a gal in the early 90s. She was born in Korea. Lived there most of her life. Her father was a civilian working in Seoul. Her mother is a Korean. The girl is still an American citizen.

So what if Obama was not born in Hawaii or inside the United States. His Mother is an American. He is an American.

What’s the big deal?

Clearly, his mother was a US citizen. His maternal Grandparents are US citizens.

What is the importance of the Birth Certificate? He is clearly a US citizen by virtue of his Mothers lineage. It matters not what his absentee daddy did or did not do. It matters not that or if he was raised in Indonesia. It matters not that his step father lied on a school enrollment to get cheaper tuition or whatever.

I don’t even care that he may or may not have been schooled in a madrassah.  He was born much to early to be some sort of Muslim Manchurian candidate.  The huge rift between the Muslim world and the US did not occur until the years ’67 and ’73.  Obama is a little older than 42 or 43.  The Manchurian Candidate seems so far fetched as to be insane.  Especially in light of the fact that he doesn’t truly seem to understand Islam or Muslims.  At least, not from what I can tell.

Obviously (to me), if Obama is Muslim, he’s still not Muslim enough to understand Muslims or Islam. The guy is too stupid, clueless and ridiculous to have an understanding of much of anything if you ask me.

I’ve never understood this birth certificate hype.

Unless his mother’s family is in cahoots and has been for decades, he’s an American citizen.

The guy is arrogant. He’s a puffed up empty suit. He’s an idiot.  He’s Captain Kick Ass.  He’s a lipsticked pig on a stick. He’s a tool.  That doesn’t make him an alien.  It’s makes him a Liberal.

Water Pics from Around the World

These are a few pics that I’ve taken throughout my travels.  Thailandfriends.com sponsors a monthly photo competition.  These are a few that I considered before submitting my final selection.

It’s a decent site with some cool folks.  If you get a chance, stop by and check out the photos in the competition.  Usually some decent pics on display.  Creative folks who are fairly well traveled.