When this has finally played itself out, I think we’ll find that the Obama birth certificate issue has been a brillant con job used to deflect attention from the real issues of Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of POTUS. Whether Obama was born in Hawaii or Kenya, IT DOESN’T MATTER. The same is true of his mother’s citizenship.
Is Barack Obama a “natural born citizen” as required under our Constitution?
Natural born citizenship status in a nation is granted by the facts of nature of your birth. No law or statute is necessary to grant it. The nations can make any law they wish to make a person a citizen at birth or later. But natural born citizenship can only be conveyed by nature by the facts at birth of the child. If you are born in the country of two citizen parents you are “naturally” … a “natural born citizen” … a citizen too … but a specific kind of citizen who is eligible to be the President and Commander-in-Chief of our military since the child when born has sole allegiance to this country and there is no claim on him/her by a foreign country or power as to their citizenship at birth by that country too. Natural born citizens have unity of citizenship at birth. A natural born citizen is NOT a dual citizen at birth. A natural born citizen has no divided loyalty issues by his birth since the child was born in the country to two citizens of the country
Has Barack Obama ever been eligible to hold office?
NO, but the answer has less to do with his birth certificate than with the status of his citizenship at the time of his birth. The birth certificate has become a ( purposeful) distraction for the larger issues surrounding Obama and the presidency. Obama’s Kenyan father was a British national who passed his citizenship to his son. His mother could not automatically pass her citizenship to Obama because she was underage at the time of his birth. There is a very strong legal argument to be made that Obama was born a British citizen.
FactCheck.org Clarifies Barack’s Citizenship
“When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children.
Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4,1982.”
Does it matter if he was born in Hawaii or Kenya?
NO, Hawaii or Kenya, it doesn’t matter! What matters is his citizenship status on August 4, 1961. Whether he was legally born a British citizen or with dual citizenship, either automatically disqualifies him for POTUS. For people who are ignorant of the real issues, it is easy to say he was born in Hawaii and that his mother was a U.S. citizen and to dismiss this as racist, Republican, wingnut propaganda. It doesn’t change the facts.
Has this country ever had a President that is a dual citizen?
Is Obama a U.S. citizen?
YES … maybe, but not a natural born citizen. Since he and his legal team haven’t released a single record that buttresses his claim, it is hard to know conclusively. It is possible that he is a naturalized citizen? Yes, but his citizenship claim is complicated by the fact that his mother renounced her citizenship when she married her second husband, Lolo Soetoro and moved to Indonesia. Her renunciation of U.S. citizenship impacted on Obama’s citizenship status.
Is seeing the long form of his birth certificate important?
YES, but not necessarily to determine if he was born in the United States. The Constitution requires that a candidate running for office of the President be a natural born citizen…not a naturalized citizen, or native born citizen, or dual citizen. Obama’s own website acknowledges that his citizenship was governed by the British Nationality Act of 1948.
But the MSM keeps saying he’s a citizen and he was born in Hawaii … and what about the birth announcements and the birth certificate that I’ve seen?
IT DOESN’T MATTER! Let me say it again, what matters is Obama’s citizenship status the moment he was born. Everything else is secondary. The story provides plausible cover but it is a very small part of the seminal issues surrounding Obama’s citizenship. Anyone can place an announcement in the newspaper. The act of placing an announcement in a newspaper proves nothing. The “birth certificate” is a phony AND probably inadmissible in a court of law!
Even if Obama were to release the vault copy of his birth certificate it doesn’t change the fact that his citizenship was governed by the British Nationality Act of 1948. He’s a Brit!
I don’t blame lawmakers for wanting to dodge reporters when asked about Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of president. The way the MSM has intentionally marginalized, and narrowly defined the issues there is reason to be fearful without the facts.
From now on you don’t have to duck the questions. Once you are armed with the following you should seek out the MSM and ask why they haven’t done their job.
First and foremost, those of us who now number in the hundred of thousands are not “birthers” the pejorative term used by the MSM to ridicule our efforts to get to the truth. We are patriots. Those defending Team Obama’s actions are either parrots, pawns, or fools. This is not an issue of the extreme right wing of the Republican party. We come from diverse backgrounds, we are black, white, brown, independents, conservatives, former Democrats AND MORE. We are not racists, the now overly used political assisins bomb, hurled to make people duck and run.
Why is this issue so important? Because if the natural born citizen clause of the Constitution is not upheld, anyone including a foreign national could run for office? Before you say that couldn’t happen, it already has… just ask Roger Calero.
Who is Roger Calero? Calero was born in Nicaragua and one of the leaders of the Socialist Workers Party. His name appeared on the presidential ballots in New Jersey, Delaware, Minnesota, New York and Vermont. He isn’t a natural born citizen or even a naturalized citizen. Calero is a permanent resident alien with a green card yet he was certificed to run. When Leo Donofrio sued the New Jersey Secretary of State it was because she allowed Obama, McCain (with his own natural born citizenship probems) and Calero to run without verifing their eligibilty.
If Obama’s natural born citizenship isn’t validated, precedence will have been set that will allow future candidates to ignore this Constitutional requirement. Governor Schwarzenegger could become President even though he was born in Germany. This is a sneaky way to sidestep the Constitution. This is why Chris Matthews and a host of others over at MSNBC, CNN, etc. don’t want new legislation introduced that would require future candidates to provide conclusive proof that they are natural born citizens. Should this escape anyone’s attention, that would also mean Obama running for a second term!
There are a host of lawmakers and attorneys (Jonathan Turley and John Dean) who are well versed in this topic & who have chosen to look the other way because they believe the natural born citizen clause is no longer necessary. Rather than do the hard work and pass a Constitutional amendment, they remain silent on this issue. Congresss hasn’t been silent on this issue. Just look at House Resolution 88 and CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT TO ALLOW FOREIGN-BORN CITIZENS TO BE PRESIDENT and the hearing before the subcommittee on the Constitution of the One Hundred and Sixth Congress.
Why this needs to be resolved before another piece of legislation is passed … if Obama is ineligible then nothing in his Administration is legally binding, his cabinet appointments, his czars, all legislation including the $787 billion dollar stimulus bill. That means Geithner is gone, Gibbs gone, Biden gone … I don’t have to go on and on, do I? No wonder Roland Martin got hysterical on Lou Dobbs the other night. He knows it’s over and saying its too late because Obama is already President is flat out wrong!
Was Obama born in Hawaii? Maybe, but it doesn’t matter because his citizenship status at the time of his birth was British. His Kenyan father was a British national whose citizenship was passed onto to son. His mother was too young to pass her citizenship onto her child because she was underage at the time. Is Barack a citizen today, after all his mother was born in the US. The answer is maybe, but even if it is a resounding YES, the best case scenario for him is he was born with dual citizenship and that disqualifies him. PERIOD!
What’s so important about being a natural born citizen? This is from Constitutionally Speaking:
Historical Fact #3: Additionally, in 1800, Charles Pinckney ( Continental Congress (1777-78 and 1784-87) and S.C. state legislature (1779-80, 1786-89, and 1792-96) said the presidential eligibility clause was designed to insure…attachment to the country:
“What better way to insure attachment to the country than to require the President to have his American citizenship through his American Father and not through a foreign father. Any child can be born anywhere in the country and be removed by their father to be raised in his native country. The risks would be for the child to return later in life to reside in this country bringing with him foreign influences and intrigues.”
As Leo Donfrio said on his blog this morning, our Founding Fathers set a higher standard of citizenship in order to become POTUS. Natural born citizenship is a higher form of citizenship and it is different from being a naturalized citizen or a dual citizen.
The following is from outside the country and Canada Free Press, since we cannot rely on the MSM to tell us the truth:
By JB Williams Wednesday, June 10, 2009
I can’t remember any time in my life when more was at stake.
In the end, it all comes down to the U.S.Constitution. It either stands as written and ratified, or it is a meaningless piece of paper of no use to any American ever again.This is the Constitutional Crisis so many worried about when Obama chose to seek an office he refused to demonstrate his eligibility for. It should have never been allowed to happen.
Listen to what the MSM and pro Obama sites are NOT saying when they “report” on Obama’s birth certificate.
Any media source that reports on the Obama birth certificate story and doesn’t include a discussion of the Constitutional requirements to hold the office of POTUS, the term natural born citizen, or dual citizenship is trying to skirt the real underlying issues of Obama’s nationality at the time of his birth. They are lying to you and blowing smoke.
If you are new to the Obama birth certificate controversy … more accurately stated the Obama Constitutional crisis controversy, here’s what MSNBC hasn’t reported in the last 24 hours, despite their frantic efforts to dismiss, destroy, marginalize, and otherwise discredit anyone with the temerity to question Obama’s eligibility to hold office.
These are the real issues:
There is a Constitutional requirement that anyone running to hold the office of POTUS must be a “natural born citizen” … not a naturalized citizen, not a native-born citizen, not a person with dual citizenship … the requirement is for a natural born citizen. A natural born citizen is not the same as a native born citizen, or a naturalized citizen.
In order to be a natural born citizen, BOTH parents must be U.S. citizens; therefore it doesn’t matter if Obama was born in Hawaii, Kenya, Timbuktu, Canada, the moon, BOTH PARENTS HAD TO BE U.S. CITIZENS AT THE TIME OF HIS BIRTH FOR OBAMA TO QUALIFY FOR PRESIDENT.
The reason the Founders of our country made this distinction was because they feared a person born without this requirement might be subject to divided loyalties and thus be in a position to undermine or destroy the Republic (democracy is an inaccurate term here) they fought and died for.
This is from a 2004 NY Times article written prior to Obama’s ascent to the Presidency:
The Constitution’s framers chose the term “natural born” not only to highlight the need for allegiance, but also to eliminate the possibility that foreigners could exert power over the fledgling government, according to constitutional experts.
When Obama was born, his Kenyan father was a British national, a fact acknowledged by Team Obama. However, because his mother was underage at the time of his birth, it was his father’s nationality that was passed onto Obama not his mother’s despite the fact that she was a U.S. citizen.
You should also know that it has been widely reported that Obama has spent over $950,000.00 with eleven different law firms blocking access to ALL records (birth certificate, college transcripts, health records, passport records, etc.) that would verify his eligibility to serve as president.
Obama’s first act upon entering the White House was to issue Executive Order 13489 blocking access to his records!
Well, the cable networks are finally giving the Obama birth certificate/natural born citizen issues some air time. Right? Well, not exactly.
Last week the words “Obama, ineligible to be president, and birth certificate” were spoken over at FOX and at CNN. The Lou Dobbs radio show devoted a significant amount of time to the topic and asked the question we have been asking for months, “Why not release the darn birth certificate?” No need to ask that question anymore. It hasn’t been released because it has information on it that would prove Obama has no right to be called President.
The Dobbs radio show was in sharp contrast to the televised segment hosed by Kitty Pilgrim. Instead of giving us honest reporting, most of the FACEOFF segment was spent defending Obama and trying to “debunk” the legitimate issues surrounding Obama’s refusal to produce ANY documents supporting his claim to American citizenship.
It appears the only reason CNN focused on the ongoing issues surrounding Obama’s birth certificate was to take issue with Dr. Orly Taitz and Alan Keyes and to make them look foolish. The CNN segment ran 6:45; of which more than 3 minutes were spent defending Obama’s phony COLB (certificate of live birth). Using Annenberg’s Fact Check and two announcements of Obama’s birth in Hawaiian newspapers to buttress the claims that this story has been “thoroughly investigated” and reported, Pilgrim sucked up air time and droned on and on. It wasn’t until the last 30 seconds of the segment that Taitz had time to mention Obama’s dual citizenship, and that was virtually drown out as the segment was fast coming to a close.
Watch the video and ask yourself if you think Obama’s ineligibility to serve as POTUS was given a fair hearing.
Here’s the ongoing major problem with most of the focus on Obama’s birth certificate. The focus on the birth certificate has obscured the larger issues with Obama’s claim to US citizenship. The MSM’s “analysis” of Obama’s Hawaiian/Kenyan birth never gets any further than his mother was a citizen of this country. Those who want to silent us use, “She was an American citizen, case closed.” In truth, I’ll bet you couldn’t find two “reporters” in the MSM who could give an explanation of the differences between a citizen, a natural born citizen, a naturalized citizen.
As Leo Donfrio (Donfrio v. Wells) has said numerous times and in various ways:
It’s obvious that the framers drew a distinction between the meaning of “citizen” and the meaning of “natural born citizen”. A “citizen” can be Senator or Representative, but in order to be President one must be a natural born citizen.
In order to be a natural born citizen BOTH parents have to citizens of this country. Team Obama has embraced his father’s nationality. This cannot be side stepped. That means the best case scenario for Obama is he was born with dual citizenship. The Constitution does not allow for our country’s President to hold dual citizenship.
In reality, there is a strong legal case to be made that Obama was born a British citizen. Obama’s father was born in Kenya and was a British citizen at the time BHO was born. Because his mother was too young enough to confer her citizenship to Obama, it was Obama’s father’s nationality that was passed onto Obama. This is a FACT, end of story.
Again, from Donofrio:
It’s the difference between a fact and a legal status.
Whether you are a natural born citizen is a fact of nature which can’t be waived or renounced, but your actual legal citizenship can be renounced. The difference is subtle, but so very important. “Natural born citizen” is not a different form of “citizenship”. It is a manner of acquiring citizenship. And while natural born citizens may end their legal tie to the country by renouncing citizenship, they will always have been naturally born into that nation as a citizen.
Although this has been stated elsewhere, this comment from Watching the Nation succinctly states the legal status of Obama:
According to common law and Vattel (mentioned above) it seems the term “natural born” was and is and has always been understood to mean born to parents who are citizens (with an s) (and with emphasis on the father) of the United States.
What we have in our current president is a man who is the child of a British national.
Whether Obama was born in Hawaii, or Kenya, or Timbuktu, doesn’t matter one whit. His father’s nationality was passed on to him, thus making Obama ineligible to be President of the United States!