Monday, May 11, 2015

William and Mary College: The Text Book 
on Natural and National Law Shall Be Vattel!
CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret)

People writing many of the articles online today about the constitutional term “natural born Citizen” either ignorantly ignore or via deliberately trying to dissemble the truth have consistently tried to bury the influence on our nations founders and framers of the writings of Emer de Vattel in justifying our revolution and writing our nation’s founding documents and the establishment of  our new federal national law for the new nation. Our new federal government was a new form of government, a constitutional republic, of a type never before seen in reality, but written about extensively as a hoped for form of government by Emer de Vattel in Volume 1 of his legal treatise on Natural Law.

The founders and framers did not look to English common law to establish the new federal government. The had just thrown off that oppressive yoke and system.  They looked to the enlightenment of Europeans scholars and writers for new ideas.  And in particular and specifically, they looked to Natural Law and writings of Emer de Vattel.  Our federal common law (court decisions made by the new U.S. Supreme Court) did not exist when the nation’s new Constitution was adopted.  Over the decades it eventually grew.  But in the beginning the founders and framers relied heavily on Vattel for guidance on federal law matters and relations between the states, the people, and other nations.

The guidance of the writings of Vattel help many of the early U.S. Supreme Courts make decisions which eventually grew the body of decisions becoming U.S. Federal Common Law.  Three of our early Presidents including Thomas Jefferson matriculated at William and Mary College in VA.  There they learn about Natural Law and National Law for our new nation.  And the text book specifically prescribed by the College of William and Mary’s regulations to study National Law was The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law by Emer de Vattel.

Obama, Cruz, Rubio, Jindal, Haley, and others are not constitutionally eligible to be President or Vice-President per the “natural born Citizen” clause and Vattel tells us why since he defined “natural born Citizen” in the founding era what Natural Law and common sense told those alive back then and it is still true today what a natural born Citizen was and is, and its purpose for limiting who can be President and Commander in Chief of our military, i.e., a person born with sole allegiance to one and only one country and thus having a strong check on foreign influence or allegiance claims on them by birth — a person born in the country to parents who were both citizens of that country.

CDR Kerchner (Ret) –