There sure is a lot of ado lately about whether or not President Obama is a natural born citizen which is one of the qualifications to be president of the United States. The pundits who obviously favor Obama believe that this issue hurts republicans, continually ask possible republican presidential candidates their thoughts on the issue. These pundits feel that any republican who questions Obama’s citizenship will be seen as extreme, which will hurt their candidacy and by extension republicans in general. There are some republicans who think this also, but, thinking it doesn’t make it so. Obama now has a record on which he must run. He is no longer that blank canvas as he portrayed himself that could be used to make him into anything you wanted. The next election will be a referendum his policies, not whether or not some republicans believe he is not a natural born citizen. This issue will not hurt republican electoral chances any more than all of the left wing lunacy during the Bush years hurt democrats. Voters don’t vote on these issues. They are irritated by it, but in the end aren’t swayed by these issues, because they occur on both sides all of the time and everywhere—it very simply becomes a wash.
Now, for the question of whether or not Obama is a natural born citizen. The very simple answer to this question is….yes he is. The Constitution states that the president must be a natural born citizen, but it does not define what exactly that is. I don’t know what a natural born citizen was back in the 1700’s, but the following is my rationale for this situation. There are two ways to become a citizen of the United States. One is to be a citizen from birth, i.e.; a natural born citizen, and the other is to be a naturalized citizen. My assertion that Obama is a natural born citizen has nothing to do with where his was born, and everything to do with who gave him birth. His mother was a citizen of the United States which through practice and history makes him a natural born citizen, even if she birthed him in the heart of the Soviet Union. I bet it would be impossible to find a case of where a child of a United States citizen had to go through the naturalization process regardless of place of birth.