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PostUS: Arnold Schwarzenegger (Massoud Malek, US; ex-Iran) (John Eipper, USA, 09/04/07 7:41 pm)
Massoud Malek writes:
Should we amend Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution that bars foreign usurpers from becoming President?
The Founders composed Clause 5 of the first Section of Article II of the Constitution to protect America from a foreign-born President holding dual or treacherous alliances with other countries.
The Founding Fathers did this because, at the time of the ratification of the Constitution in 1789, a scandal was enveloping Europe concerning an Austrian government operation where Austrian agents would move to another European country as young men, become popular, and move into powerful elected positions, all the while serving their Austrian homeland.
On October 2004, a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee was titled "Maximizing Voter Choice: Opening the Presidency to Naturalized Americans." A constitutional amendment, proposed by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, is called the Equal Opportunity to Govern Amendment.
America is a wonderful place full of opportunities and is the most open to immigrants anywhere. Why should a person with a dual citizenship be denied of becoming the Commander in Chief? Is presidency a matter of gender, sex, race, religion, or place of birth?
I live in the great state of California, where dreams are made and the phrase "I will be back" has more circulation than any other pearl of wisdom created since the last Ice Age. California is a place, where a big body builder with almost no formal education and who is not a very good speaker can rule as a governor. The Governor decides on many important facts of daily life such as:
How many kids can share the same teacher; how doctors and nurses should deal with their patients and for how long; how to deal with the environment; etc.
On October 3, 2003, ABC News broke the story of Arnold Schwarzenegger's 1977 interview in which he was asked whom he admired. Schwarzenegger replied, "I admire Hitler, for instance, because he came from being a little man with almost no formal education, up to power. I admire him for being such a good public speaker and for what he did with it."
March 1992 *Spy Magazine* article mentions a story confirmed by "a businessman and longtime friend of Schwarzenegger's" -- that in the '70s Arnold "enjoyed playing and giving away records of Hitler's speeches."
Excerpts from "The Hero of Perfected Mass," *Rolling Stone*, June 3, 1976:
"At that point, I didn't think about money. I thought about the fame, about just being the greatest. I was dreaming about being some dictator of a country or some savior like Jesus."
"I feel you only can have a few leaders," [Arnold] says in a guttural, confident voice, "and then the rest is followers. I feel that I am the born leader and that I've always impressed with being the leader. I hate to be the follower. I had this when I was a little boy. . ."
*US News and World Report* in 1990:
"People need somebody to watch over them... Ninety-five percent of the people in the world need to be told what to do and how to behave."
Rick Wayne, who is black, told ABC NEWS that Schwarzenegger made the comments regarding South Africa's former Apartheid system:
"If you gave these blacks a country to run, they would run it down the tubes," Schwarzenegger allegedly said.
The Cover issue of *Time Magazine* of June 25, 2007, shows Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger with a Nazi-Totenkopf Belt Buckle.
Totenkopf is the German word for "death head" or "death's head" and is used to describe a military insignia featuring a skull above crossed bones. The Nazis adopted the Totenkopf from the historical tradition and used it for their own purposes, leaving it marked with a stigma that has continued to the present. (Wikipedia)
On May 1, 1939, a year after the Nazis took control of Schwarzenegger's native Austria, his father Gustav, voluntarily joined Hitler's infamous Strumabteilung (SA), "brown shirt" storm troopers. This was just six months after the brown shirts played a key role in the bloody Kristallnacht attacks on Germany's Jewish community. (*USA Today*: 8/24/2003)
After several public claims of racism were made against him that could effect his career and long-term political chances, Schwarzenegger donated substantial sums to the Simon Weisenthal Center in Los Angeles and commissioned an "audit" of his father's Nazi past, essentially buying off potential criticism. However, he has not renounced his friendship with fellow Austrian Kurt Waldheim, the one-time head of the United Nations with known Nazi ties. The book *Arnold: An Unauthorized Biography*, documents Arnold toasting Waldheim, who had participated in Nazi atrocities during World War II, at his wedding to Maria Shriver. "My friends don't want me to mention Kurt's name, because of all the recent Nazi stuff and the U.N. controversy," Arnold said. "But I love him and Maria does to, and so thank you, Kurt."
It is ironic that over two centuries ago, the Founding Fathers, based on the situation in Europe and the activities of Austrian agents, warned us about a new Nazi, masquerading as a governor would challenge the US Constitution in order to change the democracy into a dictatorship.
Let us give a chance to all the babies born in this land, the opportunity of protecting the Constitution from foreign invaders such as Arnold, the born leader; Arnold, the Jesus; and Arnold, the Hitler.
No, you won't be back this time! No hasta la vista, Arnold.
JE comments: I now reside far from California, though it is the land of my birth. Not surprisingly, however, we probably have more Californian WAISers than those of any other stripe. Should we open up a debate on Governor Schwarzenegger? And not just on his past, but on how he's doing now? At least two WAISers I can think of (I won't name them, but I do ask them to step forward) are very fond of the 'Governator.' In any case, I believe the Constitutional ban on naturalized citizens becoming US president is outdated, and should be changed. In our Information Age, there is little chance of a 'foreign usurper' with divided loyalties rising to the nation's highest office. (The governor of Michigan, Jennifer Granholm, was born in Canada, and she 'might have' been a sought-out candidate for the Democratic VP nomination, if not for the Constitutional disqualification.)
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John Eipper, Editor-in-Chief, Adrian College, MI 49221 USA