Quote from augigi
You have to be born in the US to be the president? I thought you just had to be a citizen... how does that work with a multicultural society?
Yes, you have to be a NATURAL BORN citizen to be President in the United States. Natural Born doesn't necessarily mean you were born physically in the USA...you just had to be a US Citizen at birth. Arnold Schwartznegger is trying to get a Consitutional Amendment that would allow a naturalized citizen to run for President.
I believe that is also true for certain positions of national security.
The reason the founding fathers had this rule is so you never had to worry about a President having a personal issue with an alliance to another country.
Can you imagine us having a President, that let's say, was a native Canadian, and then us having a war with Canada....how confident would you be that a Commander-in-Chief would be making decisions based on what is right for our country? I wouldn't.
I believe in appreciating your culture (neither one of my own parents were from the USA), but when I see people in the USA carrying foreign flags during demonstrations and BASHING the USA in the process...I think they should exercise another right the USA gives them...the right to leave and go back home. If things were so great in their own country, they wouldn't be here...so I say...don't come here and bash my country and damand "rights" that you couldn't get back home...isn't that the entire reason you are here? My parents and my grandparents all felt the same way...either you came here to be an American or you didn't.
That's not a USA thing...If I decided to move and be a citizen to France, or Germany, or Austrailia, etc. I think they would have every right to expect the same thing from me.
Part of taking the oath when you become a US Citizen is you FORMALLY RENOUNCE your previous alliance to your former country.