The Iowa GOP wants to strip President Obama of his citizenship for having accepted an award from a foreign ruler (in this case, The Nobel Prize).
Their basis for this is the first Thirteenth Amendment, which was never ratified by a sufficient number of states.
“If any citizen of the United States shall accept, claim, receive or retain any title of nobility or honour, or shall, without the consent of Congress accept and retain any present, pension, office or emolument of any kind whatever, from any emperor, king, prince or foreign power, such person shall cease to be a citizen of the United States and shall be incapable of holding any office of trust or profit under them, or either of them.”
The original intent of this amendment was to prevent some ne’er-do-well or other from selling out the United States for a foreign barony or other lucre.
However, its application to Barack Obama and his receipt of the Nobel Peace Prize seems bizarre in the extreme.
After all, Barack Obama is not the first President to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.
Teddy Roosevelt received it for brokering the peace that ended the Russo-Japanese War in the first decade of the Twentieth Century.
Woodrow Wilson got it for his work in helping to establish the League of Nations (which we never joined, due largely to Republican opposition in the U.S. Senate). (Where have we heard that phrase before?)
The interesting question in the case of Barack Obama is: how can one strip American Citizenship from an alleged Kenyan, or from a putative Indonesian, who supposedly is not an American citizen in the first place?