Testifying to the Truth

Statements verified by public documents

Archive for the month “February, 2012”

Law of the land

Statement:

We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Artifacts/Facts:

 This statement is the preamble to the Constitution of the United States.  This document is the core for all laws in the nation. 

The Constitution of the United States is an agreement between its citizens that establishes the branches of government, their duties, and restrictions.

Since its initial ratification by the states, there have been twenty-seven amendments to the Constitution.

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Requirements

Statement:

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.

Artifacts/Facts:

Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution of the United States.

There are three requirements of eligibility for the office of President of the United States.  The same three requirements must be met for someone to hold the office of Vice President.

The term “natural born citizen” isn’t defined in the Constitution.  The framers/founders adopted the term from The Law of Nations by Emmerich de Vattel; Book 1, Chapter 19, Section 212 Citizens and natives.

The term “natural born citizen” was defined by the US Supreme Court ruling in Minor v. Happersett (1875) as follows:

At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.

 Dr. Herb Titus discusses “natural born citizenship” in a two-part video and how it relates to Article II Section I of the US Constitution.

Declaring right to be free

Statement: 

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, . . .

Artifacts/Facts:

This statement is the beginning of the second paragraph of the Declaration of Indenpendence, written in congress July 4, 1776.

Original intent

Statement:

In the name of God, Amen. We, whose names are underwritten, the loyal subjects of our dread Sovereign Lord King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britain, France, and Ireland, King, defender of the Faith, etc.

Having undertaken, for the Glory of God, and advancements of the Christian faith and honor of our King and Country, a voyage to plant the first colony in the Northern parts of Virginia, do by these presents, solemnly and mutually, in the presence of God, and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil body politic; for our better ordering, and preservation and furtherance of the ends aforesaid; and by virtue hereof to enact, constitute, and frame, such just and equal laws, ordinances, acts, constitutions, and offices, from time to time, as shall be thought most meet and convenient for the general good of the colony; unto which we promise all due submission and obedience.

In witness whereof we have hereunto subscribed our names at Cape Cod the 11th of November, in the year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord King James, of England, France, and Ireland, the eighteenth, and of Scotland the fifty-fourth, 1620

Artifacts/Facts:

The above is the full text of the Mayflower Compact.  The Pilgrims intent in settling the land that became the United States was to found a community for the glory of God.

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