Tuesday, April 11, 2006



What a splendid day of nationwide demonstrations yesterday for immigrants' rights. I have to say that I'm enjoying the fact that there's finally an issue that lets Republicans tie themselves in knots and shoot themselves in the foot. It seems like it's their turn.

Where has Arnold Schwarzenegger been in this recent storm of controversy? Have you noticed how you haven't heard anything lately about that constitutional amendment that would let him run for president (by abolishing the requirement that the president must have been born in the United States)?

I've just started a biography of Alexander Hamilton. Born in the West Indies, Hamilton may have been the American citizen most chagrined by that constitutional limitation. Wouldn't it be funny if the ban that kept Hamilton from running for president were lifted for the likes of Schwarzenegger? Well, not funny exactly.

Glad to see a post!

Yeah, "funny" wouldn't be the word I'd use either.

I think Arnie is laying low on hot issues. He hasn't had much luck lately with the people, mainly when he opens his mouth or holds a special election.
I see your blog depression didn't last long. :) Interesting post! ya, it would be a bit strange (?) if the ban was lifted for Arnie. Although, I don't know if he could actually win the presidency...
Hamilton was "a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution." So, if he had been better at shooting (or, more to the point, at ducking) he could have been elected President eventually.

At this point in our history, I can't justify the retention of the "natural-born citizen" requirement for Presidents, but any rule that keeps us safe from Arnold can't be all bad.
I think more to the point of old Alex not ever becoming president was not his foreign birth, but the fact that he was a world-class bastard. In the real sense and in the "I just hate that guy!" sense.

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