Ever since the new and improved version of Barry Soetero... er... Barack Hussein Obama II's birth certificate was released there has been a subtle scrubbing of information on the Internet regarding the term "Natural Born".
It appears Wikipedia has been one of the first places to be "cleaned". Wikipedia has taken down references to de Vattel... let me explain.
Anyone who has done some studying of the Founders knows that they were concerned that a president born of a foreigner might have divided loyalties.
A capture of the Wikipedia "Natural born citizen of the United States" entry by the Wayback Machine, which archives website pages at various points in time, shows a reference to de Vattel on April 10 in an account of the court case United States v. Wong Kim Ark.
In the current version, the reference in the text and two citations at the bottom are missing.
Swiss legal philosopher Emmerich de Vattel defined natural-born citizenship in the 1757 treatise "The Law of Nations". His definition, which reflected that of the framers of our Constitution, was "those born in the country, of parents who are citizens." In the preface it states:
This 1758 work by Swiss legal philosopher Emmerich de Vattel is of special importance to scholars of constitutional history and law, for it was read by many of the Founders of the United States of America, and informed their understanding of the principles of law which became established in the Constitution of 1787. Chitty's notes and the appended commentaries by Edward D. Ingraham, used in lectures at William and Mary College, provide a valuable perspective on Vattel's exposition from the viewpoint of American jurists who had adapted those principles to the American legal experience.De Vattel explained that "it is necessary to be born of a person who is a citizen, for if he be born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country."
CHAP. XIX. OF OUR NATIVE COUNTRY, AND SEVERAL THINGS THAT RELATE TO IT. § 212. Citizens and natives.
The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born. I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.The definition has now become quite relevant to the question of President Obama's eligibility, as it relates to the term "natural born" in our US Constitution (Article 2 section 1) , because while this recent publicized birth certificate (which many people still dispute as a photoshopped fabrication) indicates that he was born in the United States, it also clearly shows that his father was Barack Obama Sr., a non-immigrant foreign student whose citizenship was Kenyan (at the time he would have been a British citizen). Interesting video here and article from March 2010 here showing the possible original.
Interestingly enough Barack Obama himself, as Senator Barack Obama co-sponsored and voted for a resolution with that definition with regard to John McCain's citizenship status!
It looks like Barack Obama is not Natural Born and thus ineligible to serve... and even HE HIMSELF agreed with that assertion as a US Senator.
Funny how the Osama Bin Laden story broke shortly after to distract us all from this information... and many are saying that's a tall tale as well, since there are no photos being released and the body was dumped in the ocean - Mafia style.
It's all theater, isn't it?