From ‘Governator’ to ‘Prezidator’?

Assaults on the First Amendment apparently are not enough for the present administration. Now its sights are aimed at the 14th Amendment. That’s the one that says: “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.” The language leaves some gaps that are plugged by Title 8 of the U.S. Code. It says a citizen is anyone born inside this country. A citizen also is defined as anyone born outside this country whose parents are U.S. citizens and one parent has lived here. If you are Eskimo or Native American, you qualify. There are several other instances where people are defined as citizens in situations we might not consider at first blush; for instance, anyone younger than age 5 with undetermined parentage where proof of non-citizenship is not furnished by age 21. An obvious result of modifying this list would be to allow a person not born in this country or a naturalized citizen to become president. Hmmm. Who do we know that might fit that category? Could it be that the “Governator” has his eye set on the White House down the road? Congress will be debating two proposals this fall that would change the 14th Amendment. One of them comes from super conservative Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah. Hatch is a close buddy of Mr. Schwarzenegger. His plan would permit anyone who has been a U.S. citizen for 20 years and lived in this country 14 years to become president. Hatch denies he submitted the amendment changes July 10 with Arnold in mind. It just happens, however, that the 56-year-old actor was naturalized in 1983. Arnold has appeared at campaign functions on Hatch’s behalf and has contributed to his re-election bids. The other proposal comes from a group in the U.S. House whose membership includes Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., the man who launched the recall drive and spent more than $1.5 million to put it on the Oct. 7 ballot. This plan says if you are a naturalized citizen for 35 years, you would be eligible to become president. This plan was proposed well before the recall vote. In the aftermath of the election, the question already has arisen: is Arnold running for president? Last month, he turned up at a European Economic Round Table conference, rubbing elbows with the likes of Warren Buffet and Lord Rothschild. He was a different person; garbed in a well-pressed business suit and white shirt and sedate striped tie. A spokesman for NetJets, a company owned by Buffet, said Arnie was just an ordinary delegate and was simply there to listen. Schwarzenegger holds a degree in business and economics from the University of Wisconsin Superior. Buffet seemed to pull off a slick bit of synergy: Set up a lavish conference at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, ancestral home of the Rothschilds, bring in top financiers and businessmen and then dazzle them with a major Hollywood star. But what looked like a promotional stunt could turn out to be the actor’s next step toward Washington, D.C.

Enjoy The Rock River Times? Help spread the word!