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an editorial in the Los Angeles Times today, referring to Governator Arnold Schwarzenegger, said the following:

Let naturalized Americans run for president
Restricting the presidency to only those born in the United States is unfair and un-American.
November 12, 2006

On Tuesday, citizens in an electoral-vote-rich state [i.e., California] reelected a governor who had once seemed in danger of defeat. That sort of political resurrection ordinarily would be good for a mention or two in the endless speculation about 2008 presidential candidates. Unfortunately, this reelected governor can forget about aspiring to the highest office in the land.

Why? Because the governor, though eligible to administer a major state of the union, is barred from the White House by Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which says: "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."

A reflection of the framers' worries about meddling in the new nation's affairs by European monarchies, this restriction makes no sense in the 21st century, when even opponents of legalizing undocumented aliens acknowledge that this is a nation of immigrants. It's insulting that a legal immigrant to the U.S. who has twice won election as governor cannot aspire to the presidency.

In spite of private views which revealed his true fascist/sexist opinions, he has once re-invented himself as a neo-conservative and then once again as a centrist, when his proposals were soundly rejected at the polls. Can he re-invent himself as a native born American?

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