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the Executive Director and Director of Terrorism Research for
a non-profit, non-partisan, 501(c)(3) research and education
initiative. His writing has been recognized by the US House
International Relations Committee and the Japan Center for
Conflict Prevention. His organization, BasicsProject.org,
partnered in producing the original national symposium series
addressing the root causes of radical Islamist terrorism. He is
a member of the
International Analyst Network.
He also serves as the managing editor for The New Media Journal.
Mr. Salvato has appeared on The O'Reilly Factor on FOX News
Channel, and is a regular guest on talk radio including on The
Captain's America Radio Show airing on AM1220 WSRQ and on the
Internet catering to the US Armed Forces around the world and on
The Roth Show with Dr. Laurie Roth syndicated nationally on the
USA Radio Network. His
opinion-editorials have been published by The American
Enterprise Institute, The Washington Times & Human Events and
are syndicated nationally. He is occasionally quoted in The
Federalist. Mr. Salvato is available for public speaking
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December 2, 2009
Listening to the
John & Cisco morning radio program here on Chicago’s
WIND AM 560 this morning, I was suddenly stopped dead in my tracks.
One of the hosts, John Howell, asked Chicago Tribune
editorialists Clarence Page about a contentious issue; whether
candidates for the office of President of the United States of America
should have to present proof of citizenship before being allowed to vie
for the office. Mr. Page’s answer was not only a slight to the
Constitution; it placed him firmly in the camp of the constitutionally
When asked if vetting candidates for national office, specifically the
presidency, wasn’t something that all Americans could agree upon,
Mr. Page replied:
"You can never please some
people, as you can see. I know Liberals who believe John McCain should
be challenged because he wasn’t born in the US, because he was born in
the Panama Canal Zone and...ah...they will point to different
constitutional loopholes...ah...that they say would disqualify him. I
remember George Romney, Mitt’s Dad...ah...went through the same
thing...ah...back in the 60s. As far as I’m concerned, why can’t
Madeleine Albright be a good president even though she wasn’t born a
citizen? Or the governor of Michigan right now? This is the kind of
thing...folks are kind of groping for any reason to disqualify a
president or presidential candidate that they don’t like and...ah...I
just find it to be a specious debate...I think we’ve got more important
issues to worry about...maybe that’s just me (laughter).”
Pardon me for not laughing, Mr.
Page. I didn’t know that the US Constitution – or the mandates held
within – was a joke. I was under the impression that the Constitution
was the basis on which our system of government was founded; on which
our legal system was based. I was under the impression that Article II,
Section 1, was to be taken seriously.
Article II, Section 1, reads:
"No Person except a natural born
Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption
of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;
neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have
attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a
Resident within the United States.”
This certainly doesn’t sound
like a suggestion to me. In fact, in legal vernacular – and we are
hearing quite a bit about how important legal terms and legal wording
are in the debate over healthcare – the word "shall” is an "obligatory”
word, a word of "mandate.” It is certainly not a "suggestive” word that
law abiding citizens can choose to ignore because, well, it’s just part
of a "specious debate.”
There are some very real reasons why the
Framers of the US Constitution included this prerequisite, this
qualification for office, when outlining the requirements of candidacy
for the office of President of the United States. Citing an earlier
article on the matter,
Why the POTUS Needs to Be a Natural Born Citizen:
It is important that anyone aspiring to the office of President of the
United States – the Commander-in-Chief and the Chief Executive of all
Executive Branch offices and departments – have a steadfast allegiance
to The Charters of Freedom and the country, without reserving any
allegiance to any foreign power, entity or potentate.
In an age when there exists a substantial number of federally elected
officials who believe the United States should take its seat as an equal
in a one-world, globalist order, it becomes critical that the person
elected to serve as President of the United States have an unwavering
dedication to our nation’s sovereignty.
When one takes into account many of the extreme laws governing free
speech, property rights, taxation and personal and religious freedom
that exist throughout the world it becomes clear that to bow to the will
of the world community, to trade our sovereignty for universal national
equality, serves to diminish the freedom and liberty mandated by The
Charters of Freedom; liberties and freedoms paid for with the blood and
treasure of patriots.
To believe that organizations like al Qaeda, ideologues like Hugo
Chavez and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or nation states like Russia or China
wouldn’t embrace the chance to – through the legitimate means of our
electoral process – install an operative in the Oval Office is to be
naïve. Each of these entities devote resources to affect the demise of
the United States of America including military, economic and
ideological (read: propaganda) resources.
Failing to vet those who do not possess natural-born appreciation for
our uniquely American philosophy is to invite an ideological siege upon
our nation and to compromise the ability to bequeath Americanism to
Safeguarding of the Charters of Freedom
Chief among every American President’s duties is to safeguard the
Charters of Freedom. The
Oath of Office of the President of the United States reads:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will
faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and
will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the
Constitution of the United States.”
Some add, "So
help me God” to punctuate their commitment.
Without a solid, unwavering adherence to The Charters of Freedom the
President of the United States is ill-prepared to safeguard them and to
advance the freedoms and liberties mandated therein to future
generations. In fact, for a sitting President to employ Mr. Page’s
nonchalant attitude toward Article II, Section 1, would be a violation
of the Presidential Oath to uphold the US Constitution.
Those who would usurp the genius of
our Founders and Framers by diminishing the importance of natural born
citizenship as a requirement for President do so at the expense of
Those who engage in this national apostasy should be thoroughly
scrutinized for any ulterior motive.
If we were to all employ Mr. Page’s cavalier attitude toward our
Constitution – specifically, Article II, Section 1 – what would stop
foreign powers from engaging in the American electoral process? What
would stop foreign powers – or nefarious powers – from slating a
candidate that would put the well-being and interests of a foreign
ideology or foreign nation ahead of the well-being of the United States
and her citizens?
The Framers and Founders of our nation envisioned a citizenry that would
be protective of the blessings of citizenship. They took for granted
that We the People would safeguard The Charters of Freedom as our own;
as a covenant, a contract with government; as a compact that created
American government. Anyone familiar with the philosophies that moved
the Framers and Founders to create the charters would understand why
they deliberated so carefully in crafting the documents. Any true
student of American history would instantly understand the horror of
Mr. Page’s flippant statement.
So, two questions beg to be asked of Mr. Page. When, for you, Mr. Page,
did the US Constitution become simply a grand suggestion? And when did
you fall under the illusion that you were more intelligent and studied
about American political philosophy than Benjamin Franklin, George
Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay, James Madison, and
Honestly, no wonder the Tribune Company can’t sell a newspaper!