John McCain: Citizen of Panama At Birth
[UPDATED 9:32 AM. See red ink below.]
I’m sick of the partisan hijacking of the eligibility issue. I want people to know that my blog is not partisan. From the start, when I brought my law suit against the NJ Secretary of State, I attempted to have her remove the names of both Obama and McCain from the ballots. Neither is a natural born citizen and neither should be President.
Recently, I was on the air with a certain right wing blogger who alleged that persons born abroad could be POTUS. Unfortunately, I wasn’t connected to the program until after this bogus comment was made and it wasn’t brought to my attention until yesterday. It was obviously an attempt to sanitize McCain’s fraudulent eligibility. I will address it now.
According to the birth certificate and COLB of John McCain, McCain was born in Colon Hospital, city of Colon, Panama. While the BC states at the top that it is from the “Canal Zone”, the document also states that McCain was born in Colon Hospital, city of Colon. The city of Colon and the hospital were not in the Canal Zone.
The common story you hear is that McCain was born in the Canal Zone, but these documents posted online do not testify to that. Furthermore, there is no official document that has ever surfaced which states that McCain was born in the Canal Zone.
There is a birth announcement in the Panama American newspaper which states that McCain was born in the “submarine base hospital”. I don’t know what the submarine base hospital is.
Additionally, I am not aware of any complaints by John McCain claiming that the documents online – his BC and COLB – are fraudulent.
Regardless, even if we analyze the issue by assuming McCain was born in the Canal Zone, Panama law states that McCain was a citizen of Panama at birth.
Articles 8 and 9 of the Constitution of Panama state that all persons born in the “national territory” of Panama are citizens of Panama. Panama has always recognized the canal zone as Panama territory and has always considered those born in the Canal zone or at the Coco Solo base to be citizens of Panama. So McCain was definitely a citizen of Panama at birth.
According to Article 13 of the Panama Constitution, a person born in Panama does not lose his citizenship unless he explicitly or tacitly renounces it. McCain has never, as far as I know, acknowledged his Panama citizenship so I doubt that he has ever explicitly renounced the same.
Tacit renunciation is allowed and that means an implied renunciation will be recognized by Panama and citizenship is generally lost when a person enters the service of another nation or becomes a citizen of another nation. But tacit renunciation could only be accomplished by a person who was aware of the issue. As a child, McCain could not have made an implied renunciation of his Panamanian citizenship – certainly not as a new born infant.
The Panama Constitution unequivocally made John McCain a citizen of Panama at birth. If one is going to argue that Obama is not eligible to be President because he was British at birth – even if born in Hawaii – then we certainly must also argue that McCain, who was Panamanian at birth and who was born in national territory of Panama – is not eligible to be President either.
Anti Obama eligibility bloggers who refuse to accept the true legal analysis of McCain’s failure to qualify as a natural born citizen are setting themselves and the entire eligibility movement up for failure. By not acknowledging McCain’s ineligibility, you provide ammunition for the left to paint all efforts to remove Obama as partisan politics.
I am not interested in partisan politics. I am interested in the preservation of the Constitution. Despite being a war hero, John McCain should have been interested in the preservation of the Constitution as well. But he was more interested in his own career and now he’s directly responsible for the Constitutional hell we find ourselves in because – as the Republican candidate for POTUS, – he alone would have undeniable standing to challenge Obama’s eligibility in a quo warranto action.
But due to McCain having been born abroad, he is certainly not going to come forward and attempt to have Obama removed from office. In fact, McCain has supported Obama’s eligibility. How very convenient.
Beware of bloggers who are not lawyers giving you bogus partisan interpretations of what the law is and analyzing it for you as if they had a law license and had taken a bar exam to prove their skills. They are charlatans trying to spin you. And they are everywhere, on the left and the right.