The Critical 'I'

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Thursday, August 28, 2003

Yes, we're all well aware of Ah-nold's bid for governor of California. And most of the country is having a good laugh, knowing that Schwarzenegger's electoral antics will be limited to one state, and that he can't ramp up his show onto the national, i.e. Presidential, stage.

Or can he? Being the astute political scholars that we are, we know that, thanks to Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution, the Austrian-born Terminator is ineligible to run for the United States' highest executive office. It would take an Amendment to change that. And it just so happens that U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is getting set to propose an Amendment that would allow foreign-born residents who have been citizens for 20 years be allowed to seek Presidential office (the 14-year residence requirement mentioned in the article is actually already a requirement, even for native-born citizens; see Article II, Section 1).

Of course, this is not as earth-shaking as it sounds. It's no easy feat to get an Amendment added to the Constitution; if it happens at all, it will take years. And disregarding the Schwarzenegger factor, it really is a good idea to change this law. Not that there are, or ever were, a huge number of quality foreign-born prospects for President that we were deprived of voting for. But it's an antiquated provision, a holdover from aftermath of the War of Independence, that really makes no sense to keep more than 200 years later.

I'll toss over further coverage of this item to MemeMachineGo!, as he so deftly incorporated a fictional foreshadowing of this from the extremely underrated sci-fi/action flick Demolition Man (yes, I said "underrated" with a straight face; give it a chance, man!).