What I don't get is why they think they need to change the 13th amendment when it's already covered by Article I, section 9, clause 8.
The United States Constitution - The U.S. Constitution Online - USConstitution.netNo Title of Nobility shall be granted by the United States: And no Person holding any Office of Profit or Trust under them, shall, without the Consent of the Congress, accept of any present, Emolument, Office, or Title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince or foreign State.
So let's look at that....
Did he accept a "present" in the case of the Nobel prize? Yes
Did Congress OK it? I don't think so.
Did he accept the prize from a government?...... A case can be made for that.
Members of that committee:
Committee members | Nobels fredsprisThorbjørn Jagland
Chair of the Nobel Committee.
Secretary-general Council of Europe.
President of the Storting. 2005-2009.
Member of the Storting 1997-2009.
Kaci Kullmann Five
Deputy chair of the Nobel Committee.
Self employed Advisor Public Affairs. Chairman of the Young Conservatives, 1977-79. Member of the Storting, 1981-97.
Sissel Marie Rønbeck
Chairman Social Democratic Youth (AUF) 1975-1977. Member of the Storting 1977-1993.
Senior political adviser to the Progress Party's parliamentary group. Member of the Storting, 1989-93.
So 2 out of 5 are current members of the Storting, and the other 3 are past members.
What is the Storting? It's the Parliament of Norway.
Parliament of Norway - Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaThe Storting is the supreme legislature of Norway, located in Oslo.
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There is no such thing as a “Natural Born Dual-Citizen“.
Originally Posted by PogueMoran
I didnt have to read the article to tell you that you cant read.
No nutty theory is so stupid it won 't find some one who will believe it...
In the wake of the DOJ's turmoil and at the risk of folks turning their noses up at the decision rendered, I'll post the following for your reading pleasure:
From the Syracuse.com article (see my post #49):
Take that for what it's worth...Jerry Aldmen from Newsweek reported, "Unfortunately for them, the Department of Justice looked into whether Obama needed Congressional approval to accept the Nobel under the existing emoluments clause, and based on the meaning of “foreign state” (which would not cover the Nobel Prize Committee) concluded that he did not."
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"He who does not think himself worth saving from poverty and ignorance by his own efforts, will hardly be thought worth the efforts of anybody else." -- Frederick Douglass, Self-Made Men (1872)