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Senators Patrick Leahy and Claire McCaskill introduced a non-binding resolution, S. 2678, stating that Sen. John McCain is a "natural born Citizen," as contemplated by Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, and thereby eligible to serve as President. Article II, Section 1 specifically states that "No person except a natural born Citizen?shall be eligible to the Office of President." Senators Obama and Clinton are co-sponsors of the Leahy-McCaskill resolution.
In February, the New York Times raised the question of whether Sen. McCain satisfied the aforementioned constitutional prerequisite to become President. Sen. McCain was born in 1936 at the Coco Solo submarine base in the U.S.-run Panama Canal Zone while his father served as an officer in the Navy. If elected, McCain would be the first President born outside of the 50 states.
?There are powerful arguments that Senator McCain or anyone else in this position is constitutionally qualified, but there is certainly no precedent,? said Professor Sarah H. Duggin of Catholic University. ?It is not a slam-dunk situation.?While it may not be "a slam-dunk," it's a fairly easy layup. Congress passed the Naturalization Act of 1790 to include within the definition of "natural born" "children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond the sea, or out of the limits of the United States." While the Constitution cannot be amended by legislative act, the Act is an authoritative expression of original intent seeing as the Constitution had been ratified just 2 years earlier.
They've been wheedling us for days, but we've successfully ignored TheKansasRepublican and their days of off-the-wall accusations that Congresswoman Nancy Boyda is sneaking around with a camcorder going all paparazzi on Lynn Jenkins.
We kid, of course, but not as much as we'd hope. Here's the gist of their actual complaint:
A really heart-wrenching story ran in the Topeka Capitol-Journal about an Iraq War veteran who is simply not receiving the quality or level of care we should all expect our returning veterans to receive.
These stories aren't rare- quite the opposite of that, like Congresswoman Nancy Boyda's district representatives for military affairs said in the same article.
This is a horrible situation for our very bravest Americans to be in, and Boyda has already tried to address the problem, though we would probably not be out of line to say everyone knows more needs to be done.
Two district representatives in U.S. Rep. Nancy Boyda's Topeka office, Jefferson Lawson and Adam Stolte, said they hadn't heard about Sanders' case, but weren't surprised.
When Lawson was asked if the office received a lot of complaints from veterans about similar problems, he replied, "extremely."
He and Stolte can tell lots of horror stories, but they also try to put the complaints in perspective.
"People don't call us with good information," Stolte said.
So there is no way of knowing how many veterans receive good service, he said.
And, he said, almost every VA employee they deal with is well-intentioned. The problem is the system.
Lawson explained there are two divisions of the VA ? The Veterans Health Administration that provides the health care and the Veterans' Benefit Administration that sends out the checks to qualifying veterans.
"I can tell you from experience those two agencies do not talk to each other," Lawson said.
We'll hope we can convince Republican members to vote their own rhetoric and treat our men and women in uniform with the respect they deserve.
Boyda blamed the problem on an overburdened system. She said Congress increased funding for the VA by $6.6 billion last year and by another $4.9 billion this year. More is needed, she said.
"This is the real cost of war," she said. "It's easy to wear a yellow ribbon. Veterans need real help. And that takes money."
Early Bird Open Thread Good morning, TM here (checking in while traveling). Right about now a pro-Clinton protest in New York is beginning in support of Hillary Clinton, and against media[...]
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As reported by the Manhattan Mercury:
After hearing Gen. David Petraeus urge a continued commitment to Iraq Wednesday, Second District Rep. Nancy Boyda said she remains concerned about the impact that commitment is having on the military.The article, of course, overstates the facts when they say President Bush adopted on of Boyda's recommendations: when he said he would impose a 12-month instead of 15-month combat tours in Iraq. Certainly that has been something Congresswoman Boyda has pushed, but she wasn't alone in that call- Democrats & Republicans alike have asked the President to let our men and women be home with their families as soon as possible.
''In view of today's testimony, I remain deeply concerned about the impact of the Iraq war on our military readiness,'' she said. "Our troops are clearly strained by repeated 15-month deployments, and the Army is burning through supplies and equipment at an alarming rate.''
Boyda cited comments by Gen. George Casey, chief of staff of the Army, and Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to the effect that the military commitment is close to a ''red line'' beyond which it cannot be sustained. Citing comments by CIA chief Mike Hayden that the next 9-11 style attack would come from the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, she worried about whether the U.S. can combat the growth of Al-Qaida and the Taliban in Afghanistan.
Boyda noted that Hayden had described the situation along that border as presenting clear and present danger to Afghanistan, to Pakistan, and to the west in general and to the United States in particular.
''Gen. Petraeus' recommendations carry great weight,'' she said, adding, however, that ''as we move forward in Iraq, we must not lose sight of our highest goal, to protect America.''
President Bush adopted one of Boyda's recommendations today, saying he will instruct the Pentagon to impose 12-month rather than 15-month combat tours in Iraq. However Bush, echoing Petraeus, said he would not order additional troop drawdowns beyond July.
Petraeus told Congress that it's too early to talk about future drawdowns because the situation in Iraq remains fragile, and that while security has improved and Iraqi forces are shouldering more of the fight against extremists, Iraq still could descend again into chaos.
Yesterday our Chief Lunatic said that Acting President of the United States and Senior US Commander in Iraq David Petraeus could ?have all the time he needs? before reducing US troops in Iraq.
The Lunatic spoke at the White House to a small group including VP Dick Cheney, the secretaries of State and Defense and representatives of veterans? organizations. Bush defended the lives lost and the money spent on his unnecessary war in Iraq. He said that his ?surge? last year had averted potential defeat and that withdrawing troops would be catastrophic to American interests.
All of which, of course, only an insane man and his insane cohorts could claim.
American forces have been defeated in Iraq. And the entire Iraq operation from beginning to now (there is no end in sight) has been catastrophic to all American interests except Vice President Dick Cheney?s companies that profit from war and the consequences of war.
Bush said that Al Qaeda and Iran are the biggest threats facing the United States. He said, ?If we fail there, Al Qaeda would claim a propaganda victory of colossal proportions, and they could gain safe havens in Iraq from which to attack the United States, our friends and our allies,? he said. ?Iran would work to fill the vacuum in Iraq, and our failure would embolden its radical leaders and fuel their ambitions to dominate the region.?
The US has already failed in wiping out Al Qaeda and will continue to fail. And wiping out Iran is the success Bush and Cheney envision, which, of course has failed and will fail.
All of the failures feared by George W. Bush have already happened. The only way he can keep from acknowledging that his worst fears have come to pass is to keep stating that they will come to pass unless the war in Iraq goes on for the next 100 years.
Six more months. And then voters have to decide whether they want John McCain to prolong this madness or if they want it to stop.
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McCain deserves serious criticism for footdragging where leadership is needed. That more current Iraq War veterans support Obama should have clued him in.
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