But Howard was but one of hundreds of congressmen voting on the 14th Amendment, so what he says reflects his views but not necessarily those of the entire Congress, much less the thousands who voted for it in the state legislatures.<quoted text>
And since his father was a foreigner; During the original debate over the amendment Senator Jacob M. Howard of Michigan—the author of the Citizenship Clause—described the clause as having the same content, despite different wording, as the earlier Civil Rights Act of 1866, namely, that it excludes Native Americans who maintain their tribal ties and "persons born in the United States who are "foreigners", or "aliens", or who belong to the families of ambassadors or foreign ministers."[
Notice where it says, "foreigners" or "aliens"? If his father was a foreigner then so was Barry. Very simple. That is of course, unless you try to twist the law into something it's not. You're acting inanely.
And it has been showed on this site that you have made selective quotations from Howard, and that he like most of the other members of Congress, was referring to the common law meaning of jurisdiction. In any case, what counts is the US Supreme Court ruling, not a selective quotation from Howard. Even if he had believed what you think, which has been showed not to be true, the US Supreme Court interpretation is the legal interpretation. And it ruled six to two (one not voting) that the meaning of Natural Born Citizen comes from the common law (hence not from Vattel or natural law) and that it refers to the PLACE of birth.
And it ruled that every child born in the USA was natural born, except for the children of foreign diplomats.