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Thread: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Le Marteau View Post
    Why was that funny, in particular? As I recall, the French and British Empires were the second and first, respectively, largest and most powerful empires in the history of man.
    Were is the operative word there, I would think. As for the Brits or French being the best at anything now, that is just so damn funny.

    If I were you, an American, I should be salivating at the thought of a Frenchman or a Brit running your country -- learn from the best.
    If by American, you mean USA citizen, what makes you think I am an American?


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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    I voted yes.

    If an individual has proven themsleves capable of leading, proven their respect for the country, proven they are presidential material, then why shouldn't they be able to run for presidential office? The original purpose of this rule was simply to stop some of British or other nationality arising to power when America was still young, but we've beyond that era and no longer need such restrictions. And let's not forget that not all American born citizens should be eligible for president, some people shouldn't be anywhere near such power *cough Sarah Palin cough*. But if person such as Arnold Schwarzenegger proves himself capable, I see no reason to deny him presidency.

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Savage Brain View Post
    ...And let's not forget that not all American born citizens should be eligible for president, some people shouldn't be anywhere near such power...
    I feel that way about that stupid idiot Barack Obama. The biggest asshole in the world.

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Solace View Post
    I think so.
    There needs to be a "HEEEELLL f'n NO!" answer.
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Personally... I'd be inclined to disqual anyone born in another country, unless both parents were American citizens and they actually grew up in America. I'd also be inclined to disqual anyone who had one non-citizen parent and spent much of their minority in a foreign country.

    It isn't xenophobia. America has a unique political and cultural matrix that needs to be experienced to be fully understood. Someone who grew up under conditions where their sense of national identity might be in question should not Prez. Someone who might not appreciate our heritage and rights seems to me to be a dubious choice for that top office.

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    A casual scan of the intellectual giants who have occupied the position prior to the incumbent points toward expanding the potential gene pool as far as possible.
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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Do those that think that America should allow foreign people to become our leader think that Americans should be able to become leader in other foreign countries?
    You know the time is right to take control, we gotta take offense against the status quo

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Viktyr Korimir View Post
    Naturalized citizens are often more patriotic than natural-born citizens. I have no problem with allowing anyone who has demonstrated leadership and service to their country to run for any office.

    Is Governor Schwarzenegger any less of an American than President Obama?
    Great point. I'm not a fan of Arny - but that's because of political reasons. Is he an American, 100%? I would say most definiately.

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Yes.

    We have many 'checks' in place already too. First, they have to be voted in by the people. Then they can always be impeached if they don't follow their oath. So the worst case is that they fool the majority of America. Even if they do that, their hands are still tied to a point. It's not like they can have the military attack US cities...

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    Re: Should individuals born in foreign countries be able to run for president?

    Quote Originally Posted by fredmertz View Post
    Yes.

    We have many 'checks' in place already too. First, they have to be voted in by the people. ....
    How is that working out for ya?

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