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Rashel Izro Professor O’Neil English 120 section124 27 October 2010 Should the “natural born” clause of the Constitution be amended? On September 17, 1787 the United States constitution was adopted. At the time a clause was included stating “ 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… ”. This did not allow for anyone outside of those born in the US run for presidency. Such was done out of fear that a loyalist or nonconfederate usurps the power. However there is now a call to amend this obsolete stature. The disadvantages to such a decision are nearly arbitrary. On the upside, advantages range from an improved relationship abroad and better relationships within the country. This one subtle change can even aid future leaders of this country of immigrants to gain the power they’d need to make the needed changes. The Constitution of the United States of America is the supreme law of the United States. It is the document that created the three branches of government, judicial, legislative, and executive. The president, how he/she is selected and the powers given to him/her are enumerated in the second Article. At the time of it being written five of the thirteen states, then English colonies, joined together in secret meetings, “Constitutional Conventions” to draft an entirely new set of laws for the new country they were planning to form one they separated themselves from England’s rule. The Virgina Plan was recorded by James Madison first and then rewritten, after the ‘congress’ came to an agreement, by Jacob Shallus. Their ideas were inspired by methods from all over the world, all through out history. They took inspiration from The English Bill of Rights, to Izro 1
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produce the first ten amendments named, “The Bill of Rights.” In addition, a “due process” clause was penned, influenced by the “common law clause of the Magna Carta. Since then, though seventeen additional amendments have been made to The Constitution in order to keep up with changing times. The twelfth amendment, instated in 1804, declared that instead of each presidential candidate receiving two ballots and two top majority winners being patinas president and Vice president accordingly, members of the Electoral College cast separate ballots for president and vice president. The current legislature, aside from the twelfth amendment says “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.” Although now out- of-date the part read, “ a person may be a citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution.” The aforementioned law spread these requirements to the chair of Vice
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