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From: barry levine
Date: Tue, Jan 19, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Subject: re: It May Be Time to Resolve the Meaning of ‘Natural Born’
To the Editor:
It has been established since Marbury v. Madison (1803) that the U.S. constitution means what our Supreme Court says it means. But in two centuries since it was mandated that a president must be a "natural born citizen" of the U.S., no federal court has ruled on what that means. A strict originalist might lean on Blackstone to disallow anyone born outside the dominion of our union. A Shakespearean might disallow anyone born by caesarean section. If we are to live by the rule of law, it cannot be enough to enact law; we will need a court to tell us what that means.
Barry Haskell Levine