Talking heads and politicians often have a problem keeping their brains and their mouths, their hearts and their minds in proper sync. Are you listening, Hannity? O'Reilly? Beck?
On the issue of Senator Marco Rubio's becoming either a VP or Presidential candidate, here's a news flash, Mr. Hannity: RUBIO IS NOT ELIGIBLE!
To be eligible for either slot, per the 12th Amendment (1804), Rubio must also be eligible to be President.
Per the 14th Amendment (1868), Mr. Rubio is a US Citizen, but to be eligible for President, per Art II, Sec 1, Clause 5 of the US Constitution, Mr. Rubio must be a "natural born citizen", meaning that he must have been born in the United States of two US Citizen parents who were US Citizens either by birth or through naturalization.
Mario Rubio, Marco's father, didn't petition to become a naturalized US Citizen and renounce his allegiance to Cuba until 11/05/1975, four years AFTER Marco's birth in May 1971. In short, Marco's parents were Legal Permanent Residents--not native born or naturalized US Citizens--when Marco Rubio was born. (Researchers should refer to the National Archives (NADA) and the Constitution to confirm this information.)
For an in-depth legal constitutional analysis of the meaning and requirements of "natural born citizenship", interested readers are encouraged to go to http://puzo1.blogspot.com/2009/09/natural-born- citizen-clause-requires.html, art2superpac.com, thenationalpatriot.com, federalistblog, US Justice Foundation, and a host of other authoritative sites.
And this: wouldn't it be an inspiring act of selfless public service were Sen. Rubio to publicly confirm that he is constitutionally ineligible to be VP or President?
As importantly, can you imagine the firestorm which would grip the DNC machine, and the abject horror which would pervade the White House whose current occupant is also constitutionally ineligible to serve as Chief Executive? (Obama's mother was a US Citizen, but his purported father, Obama Sr., was a Kenyan national, a British subject at the time of Barack's birth in 1961.)
If Mr. Rubio is the venerable and articulate defender of the Constitution he has appeared to be, then why has he been so studiously silent on this issue. Why has he and his staff avoided answering any questions from many enquiring minds regarding the status of his constitutional eligibility. His silence has been defeaning, and one can only reasonably speculate that Mr. Rubio is more concerned about his political ambitions than he is about the sanctity of the Constitution.
Don't get me wrong. I love this guy. He's a breath of fresh air in that God-awful beltway. But, I have to wonder if, like so many of his political colleagues, his patriotism and his love of the Constitution stops at the water's edge.
Two wrongs don't make a right. The Constitution is not a toy to be conveniently interpreted or knowingly circumscribed merely to advance one's political or ideological agenda. Nothing honorable, patriotic or redeeming about that.
I will try to obtain a reply on this matter from either Sen. Rubio or his Senatorial staff. Will keep you posted.
"I was bold in the pursuit of knowledge, never fearing to follow truth and reason to whatever results they led, and bearding every authority which stood in their way." Thomas Jefferson
"Law and liberty cannot become the objects of our love, unless they first become the objects of our knowledge." James Wilson (1790)
"Whenever a man has cast a longing eye on offices, a rottenness begins in his conduct." Thomas Jefferson
Sen. Rubio's office never responded to my enquiry.