For years, millions of concerned Americans have maintained that Barack Obama is not a "natural born citizen" and that, in accordance with Art II, Sec 1, para 5 (Presidential Clause), he is, therefore, ineligible to hold the office of President of the United States. (For more substantive analysis of this constitutional issue, please refer to other posts on this and other sites.)
The founders believed that only "natural born citizens", i.e. persons born of two US Citizen parents, are eligible to be President or Vice President. Since Obama confirmed that his father, Obama Sr, was a Kenyan national--not a US Citizen--many Americans have, of course, seriously questioned his constitutinal eligibility to serve as President, often referring to him as the "putative President", the "Usurper-in-Chief", etc, and condemning those on both the left and right who have so derisively belittled and cavalierly dismissed the "birthers" for their justifiable concerns. (Note: Minor v Happersett (1875) corroborated the founders understanding of what constitutes a "natural born citizen" and Obama doesn't fit that definition. So, were these justices screwy conspiracists as well?)
On Thursday, January 26th, a Georgia Court has subpoened Obama to prove why he is eligible to be on Georgia's 2012 presidential ballot. For those with at least a modicum of interest in this proceeding, go to www.TPATH.org or art2skuperpac.com/livevideo.html for gavel to gavel coverage beginning 9:00 AM. For Obama sycophants and willful disbelievers, it will be, at the very least, mildly entertaining.
For my part, and pending irrefutably authoritative documentation that Obama is, in fact and without reservation, fully qualified to serve as President, I have asked our Secretary of State, Mr. Perales, in Albany, NY to disallow Obama's name on the 2012 NYS presidential ballot. Copy of the email and letter below:
January 26, 2012
Secretary of State
TO: Mr. Cesar A. Perales
NY Department of State
99 Washington Avenue
1 Commerce Plaza (6th Floor)
Albany, NY 12231
FROM: (my name and address)
Re: NYS 2012 Presidential Ballot
Dear Mr. Secretary:
Unless he can prove that both his parents were U.S. Citizens at the time of his birth, I respectfully request that Barack Obama be removed from the 2012 presidential ballot in NYS.
Per Article II, Sec 1, para 5, aka the “Presidential Clause”, of the U.S. Constitution, because he is not a “natural born citizen” of the United States, Barack Obama does not meet the Presidential eligibility requirement to be a presidential contender.
The founders understood "natural born citizen" to mean a person born of two US Citizen parents, and an 1875 Supreme Court ruling (Minor v Happersett) clearly corroborated that understanding.
By his own admission, Barack Obama's Kenyan father, Barack Obama Sr, was Kenyan national on a student visa to the United States. He was clearly not a US Citizen.
As our founding fathers intended, it is the States which are empowered, and which are duty-bound, to determine the eligibility of presidential candidates in accordance with both US and State constitutional law.
Again, I ask that you carefully examine Barack Obama’s eligibility against the requirements of the law, and that unless he authoritatively substantiates his eligibility with irrefutable evidence that he qualifies as a “natural born citizen” under the law, that his name be removed from the presidential ballot in 2012.
I would appreciate a response from you as to your views and intentions in this extremely important matter.
James P. DelaneyNYS and US Citizen
Call me a crank, a wild-eyed conspiracist, a ninny, a blinded partisan. Whatever floats your boat. But, let's get to the bottom of this seminal issue once and for all. It's time to settle this fairly, squarely and authoritatively. Let's stop all the hand-wringing, misinformation, ignorance, obstructionism, derision, conspiracy of silence, bitterness and, yes, fear. The Constitution--or what's left of it--is FAR FAR more important than our benign neglect or fear of censure and embarrassment. In truth, our just going along to get along and the apparently widespread and insidious desire on the part of many not to rock the boat are, without question, utterly unredeeming, unpatriotic and cowardly.
Dare we do the right thing anymore? Or has that too been bred out of us. Let's insist upon full disclosure. The dishonesty and obstruction of justice have gone on long enough.