UPDATE: Pamela Geller at Atlas Shrugs has another first class update on the issues and history behind Senator Obama’s refusal to make public those documents that would lay this issue to rest. I was especially intrigued by the reference to some of Obama’s Chicago attorney friends’ efforts dating back two years to try and remove the reference to “natural born” citizen from the Constitution. Why would they even bring this up if there was no question regardingBarack Obama’s eligibility to serve as POTUS?
UPDATE 2: The deeper I look into Barack Obama and this “natural born” citizen business, the more of a “sticky wicket” it seems to become for Mr. Obama. Now, a group of Washington state residents have sued to have Obama’s votes set aside because is is not a natural born citizen, AND because he ran under a false name. According to this local news article, Barack was adopted by his step-father while living in Indonesia as a child, and took “Barry Soetoro” as his legal name. What a swamp! Barry/Barack Soetoro/Obama, step up and be a man – either provide the proof of natural born citizenship or admit that you cannot and take the consequences! (thanks to Atlas Shrugs for the reference)
So, here we are days away from the Electoral College’s constitutionally required meetings in the 50 states (with Michigan’s 17 Democrat-Obama/Biden electors scheduled to gather in Lansing), and the questions about where Barack Obama was born are still percolating around the Internet. Why? Because the United States Constitution says that to be eligible to serve as President of the United States, a person must be a natural born citizen.
What does “natural born citizen” mean? Under U.S. law, it means:
- Anyone born inside the United States
- Any Indian or Eskimo born in the United States, provided being a citizen of the U.S. does not impair the person’s status as a citizen of the tribe
- Any one born outside the United States, both of whose parents are citizens of the U.S., as long as one parent has lived in the U.S.
- Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year and the other parent is a U.S. national
- Any one born in a U.S. possession, if one parent is a citizen and lived in the U.S. for at least one year
- Any one found in the U.S. under the age of five, whose parentage cannot be determined, as long as proof of non-citizenship is not provided by age 21
- Any one born outside the United States, if one parent is an alien and as long as the other parent is a citizen of the U.S. who lived in the U.S. for at least five years (with military and diplomatic service included in this time)
- A final, historical condition: a person born before 5/24/1934 of an alien father and a U.S. citizen mother who has lived in the U.S.
If President-elect Obama was born in Kenya (as rumors and Kenya’s sealing of Obama’s records suggest), then he is ineligible to serve as President. Things get even weirder if one includes the other Internet rumor that Obama’s mother renounced his U.S. citizenship when they lived in Indonesia.
This is why I have avoided discussing this topic, until an American Thinker article entitled “Why the Barack Obama Birth Certificate Issue Is Legitimate” caught my eye today. Author “Joe the Farmer” analyzes the whole mess, from archaic Hawaiian state laws to the latest evaluation of the various lawsuits putting pressure on Obama to release his original Certification of Live Birth (which is apparently different from the alleged Certificate of Live Birth that has been posted on various websites.
Why get all worked up about this? Shouldn’t Barack Obama be allowed to become our 44th President since he was elected by a majority of U.S. voters? The same could be said for others, like star California Governor Schwartzenegger (who came from Austria as an adult) and our own Michigan star Governor Jennifer Granholm (who moved from Canada as a child). However, the Constitution has the final say. That’s why it is important – to uphold the Constitution, something which virtually all public officials in this country swear (or affirm) to do, including Senator Obama.
The Supreme Court will very soon take up this issue, which may come as a surprise to those that get their news from CNN and MSNBC. President-elect Obama and his legal advisors have had weeks and even months to lay this mess to rest by simply making public the documentation needed to show he satisfies the constitutional requirements – but he hasn’t done it yet! I’m amazed that the Democratic National Committee didn’t require exactly this before he stepped out on the stage in Denver to accept the nomination. It seems like that is nothing more than doing the necessary due diligence to avoid this sort of constitutional “buyer’s remorse!”
More than 145,000 Americans have signed an online petition asking Barack Obama to release documentation proving his status as a natural born U.S. citizen before the Electoral College meets to certify his election to the highest office in this land. In a constitutional republic, that is an eminently reasonable thing for the people to expect before Mr. Obama accepts the high office of President.