General Von Steuben – The Reason For The “Natural Born Citizen” Clause

November 3, 2011

FRIEDRICH WILHELM VON STEUBEN

As the individualistic woodsmen hunters of the colonial militias that comprised the Continental Army failed against the highly organized British forces, General Washington sent Benjamin Franklin to Paris to meet with Prussian military genius Lieutenant General Frederick Von Steuben, to ask him to come and train the American troops.  Realizing that his  reputation as a homosexual was becoming a bit of a problem in Europe’s kingdoms, he agreed.

Von Steuben arrived at Valley Forge, that cold winter of 1778, with a young French nobleman who was his ‘assistant’ and lover.  As he spoke almost no English, Washington assigned two young inseparable officers, who were fluent in French and were lovers, to work with Von Steuben to translate his work.  They were 20 year old Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Hamilton (who was also likely to have been this nation’s first mixed race officer) and 24 year old Lieutenant Colonel John Laurens (who was the son of the President of the Continental Congress that year, Henry Laurens).  Laurens later died in battle, becoming one of America’s first Gay heroes.  Their love letters still exist.

It is unlikely that General Washington, engaged in founding a nation, had the time or inclination to concern himself with who was sleeping with whom.  Twenty six years later, Vice President Aaron Burr murdered Alexander Hamilton in a duel in Weehawken New Jersey.  We can only speculate as to whether Burr disliked Hamilton’s bi-racial status, his economic policies, or perhaps his bisexuality.

http://www.gaymilitarysignal.com/history.html

Now, look how these loving gay relationships became the source for the natural born citizen requirement

The Presidential Qualification Cause in this Bicentennial Year

As the last bastions of discrimination against LGBT fall, it is time to get rid of this flagrantly sexual orientation biased clause requiring natural born citizenship.

Vive la France!  Vive la Vattel!

Patric’  the Patriot

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2 Responses to “General Von Steuben – The Reason For The “Natural Born Citizen” Clause”

  1. Monkey Boy Says:

    We can only speculate as to whether Burr disliked Hamilton’s bi-racial status, his economic policies, or perhaps his bisexuality.

    Aaron challenged Burr to a duel because of a perceived insult. Hamilton, a practicing Christian, felt it was his duty to protect his honor by not presenting himself as a coward, but purposely fired over the head of Burr to avoid shedding blood.

    What is you source that Hamilton was gay?


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