The Vattel Birthers, particularly Leo Donfrio, Esq. and Mario Apuzzo, Esq., claim that Minor v. Happersett (1875) is the case that defines beyond a shadow of a doubt that two citizen parents are required for a person to be a natural born citizen and thus eligible for the Presidency or Vice-Presidency. This case, they claim, is The One.
Rational people say this case was merely a voting rights case, and did not define natural born citizenship and note that the Minor judges, themselves, explicitly stated that they were not going to address that citizenship issue.
What did a neutral observer from 1876 think about this???
Here is what the American Law Review 1n 1876 said about the ground-breaking, earth-shattering most importantest, biggest dang Citizenship case in the Universe!!! (Hint: If you are having problems finding it, look for the 19 word sentence in the third paragraph.)
Meanwhile, the case on dueling has more written about it. Apparently, the Vattle Birthers (my humorous term for the two citizen parent crowd.) have a little problem understanding the meaning of the word, “Not.” Perhaps it is the CRYPTIC language the Minor judges utilize, and which I have bolded in this paragraph from the case:
The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. 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. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first. For the purposes of this case it is NOT necessary to solve these doubts. It is sufficient for everything we have now to consider that all children born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction are themselves citizens.
What a strange universe we live in.
For people who do not know what a Knot Head is, from The Urban Dictionary:
(1) A person who has trouble thinking in a logical progression. this is usually caused by a profound amount of circular reasoning tying their brain into a knot.
(2) A dumb ass
(3) – Any person that is unwilling to listen to, learn from and heed the counsel and the wisdom of someone who has gone before them, and foresees the pain, consequences and heartache that lie ahead in the path the person has chosen.
(4) – Someone who only learns by suffering and/or sad experience.
(5) – A student of the School of Hard Knocks.
Here is a link to the google book, above: