Zombie movies are very popular right now, and AMC’s series, “The Walking Dead” is doing so well that it has been renewed for a third season just two shows into the second season. Being one of the few people who actually owns the Carl Jung art book, Man and His Symbols, I have to wonder if all this zombie stuff is a manifestation of our collective unconscious and archetypes. Do the mobs of brain-dead zombies intent on eating other people alive have any relationship to something in our REAL lives??? This is the kind of stuff Think Tanks have to think about.
While there are probably many such correlations that can be made, I think that you have to add Vattle Birthers to the mix. (Vattle Birthers is my humorous sarcastic name for the two-citizen parent Birthers who think Emerich de Vattel is the source of our laws.) Anybody who has debated these people knows what I mean. The Vattle Birthers have no sense of reality, and the fact that their theories are not supported by either a recognizable legal basis, or any relationship to historical facts, does not deter them. They just keep banging their heads into those brick walls long past the point where the gray matter looks like mashed potatoes.
For example, take their latest and most popular argument, the case of Minor v. Happersett (1875). Historically, this case was pretty much a voting rights case, where the court ruled that the 14th Amendment did not create a woman’s rights to vote. (There are many Internet Articles here which discuss this case.) The Minor court did a brief survey of citizenship, in general, to see if women were considered citizens before the 14th Amendment and did being a citizen then confer the right to vote. The Plaintiff, Virginia Minor was native-born, and all sides admitted she was a citizen, so the Minor court did not have to decide what citizenship was. Here is what they said:
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.
Vattle Birthers often present the first part of that paragraph, and omit the bolded part. Then they try to shoehorn what the Court said into being a complete definition of natural born citizenship. Which, even if it were, it would have been over-ruled by the Wong Kim Ark case 23 years later. But most people who can read English, understand that the Minor court left the issue open. This does not require a law school education to figure out.
Further, if Reality matters, Judge Waite, who wrote the Minor Decision swore in Chester Arthur as President 6 years this decision. Arthur’s father was a non-citizen when Chester Arthur was born. The opposition in the 1880 Presidential race tried to run a smear campaign on Arthur, claiming he was not born in the United States, while completely ignoring the issue of Arthur’s non-citizen father. Common sense tells you this would not have happened if historically, Minor v. Happersett was seen as providing a compete definition of natural born citizenship.
Both of these facts were noted in a 2009 decision by the Indiana Court of Appeals. The three judges unanimously agreed the Minor court left the issue open, when after providing the above quote, they said:
Id. at 167-168. Thus, the [Minor] Court left open the issue of whether a person who is born within the United States of alien parents is considered a natural born citizen.12
Pretty simple, huh? That same court also noticed the Chester Arthur thingy:
 We note that President Obama is not the first U.S. President born of parents of differing citizenship. Chester A. Arthur, the twenty-first U.S. President, was born of a mother who was a United States citizen and a father who was an Irish citizen. See THOMAS C. REEVES, GENTLEMAN BOSS, THE LIFE OF CHESTER ALAN ARTHUR 3-4 (1975). During the election of 1880, there arose a rumor “that [Arthur] had been born in Canada, rather than in Vermont as he claimed, and was thus constitutionally ineligible to become the Chief Executive.” Id. at 3. Although President Arthur‟s status as a natural born citizen was challenged in the 1880 Presidential Election on the grounds that he was born in Canada rather than Vermont, the argument was not made that because Arthur‟s father was an Irish citizen he was constitutionally ineligible to be President. See generally id.
Here is a link to the Ankeny v. Governor case if you want to read it for yourself. It is short, and simple, and shoots the Vattle Birthers down in flames over Indianapolis:
But, does any of this stop the Vattle Birthers??? Nope. They take the low road and keep a’ coming through the lie. Joseph Farah, editor of World Net Daily has jumped on the Minor Happersett band wagon and the Vattle Birther mob is right behind him.
Wiki says that ” a brain-dead individual has no clinical evidence of brain function upon physical examination. When a person can’t understand something as simple as the above on Minor v. Happersett, brain death is a strong possibility. They’re a mob, and they are trying to eat our brains, too. Yeah, they’re ZOMBIES!!!
NOTE: If you are interested in the Carl Jung book, here is a link to the book, which is just FULL of pictures and art!
Here is something about archetypes from wiki:
According Carl Jung, “archetypes” are innate universal psychic dispositions that form the substrate from which the basic symbols or representations of unconscious experience emerge. According to Jung there are four universal archetypes: Mother, Rebirth, Spirit, and Trickster (or Devil).
And yes, monsters can be archetypes!