In some ways the birth certificate controversy was a god-send for Obama. While many took to the internet to argue whether or not Obama was born in Hawaii, this successfully served to distract the public away from the real constitutional crisis that was created by his candidacy. The thing is it doesn’t really matter where he was born. Whether it was in Hawaii, Kenya or in middle of Times Square at rush hour, as the son of a foreign national Obama is not now nor has he ever been eligible to be President of the United States.
As explained in Where’s the Birth Certificate? by Jerome Corsi, the Founding Fathers “believed it critical that the nation’s chief executive and commander in chief possess undivided loyalty to the United States. They wanted this loyalty to be established at birth, such that no circumstance regarding that birth could indicate loyalty to a foreign country.” It is the fear of foreign influence that led the Founders to include Article 2, Section 1 in the constitution that states “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
The capitalization of Citizen in “natural born Citizen” was intentional. It was meant to convey a self-evident state that had one meaning: only those born to U.S. citizen parents qualify to be President. Similarly the Declaration of Independence uses capitalization to denote our rights: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” The use of capitalization for Life, Liberty, and Happiness elevates their treatment from simple verbs to states of existence that are granted to us by God.
At the time of the passage of the Constitution the confinement of “natural born Citizens” status to only children of two U.S. citizen parents was widely understood. The First Congress built upon the concept with the passage of the Naturalization Act of 1790 which expanded the definition of citizen to include children born to U.S. citizen parents outside of the country. The Act states, “and the children of citizens of the United States that may be born beyond the sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural-born citizens.” Note the “s” at the end of “children of citizens”. One parent doesn’t count. Both parents must be U.S. citizens to qualify.
According to our Founders it really doesn’t matter where Obama was born. Whether it was at Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu as Obama insists or in a manger in Bethlehem as Chris Matthews would have us believe, the important factor isn’t location, but parentage. The Founders would no more endorse a child born in America to tourists from France for President than they would the son of a visiting Kenyan student.
Obama is the living, breathing example of why the Founders specified only a “natural born Citizen” could become President. As a man with divided loyalties Obama had no problem rudely sending the Oval Office bust of Winston Churchill back to England because of perceived wrongs suffered by his grandfather at their hands, so exasperating UK lawmakers that many have asked their government to no longer use the term “special relationship” when referring to the U.S.
Obama has stated on a number of occasions that he doesn’t view the U.S. as having any special significance in a world where freedom, wherever it exists, was dearly bought with American blood and sacrifice. He handed over control of the U.S. military to the UN and let them decide whether or not we would go to war against Libya. This decision may seem outlandish to most Americans, but is perfectly natural for a “citizen of the world” like Obama.
Obama’s questionable loyalty to America was eerily predicted by our Founders.
Obama is also known to share citizenship with at least three other nations. England (conferred onto him at birth because of his father), Kenya (conferred onto him at 2 years old because of Kenya’s independence from England in 1963), and Indonesia (conferred onto him as a young boy by his step-father Lolo Soetoro). Maybe there’s a fourth or fifth citizenship thrown in there for good measure, but since Obama still refuses to release his passport documents, college financial aid forms or any other papers whatsoever related to his citizenship status, your guess is as good as mine.
It would appear that Obama’s ineligibility wasn’t unknown to Congress in 2008. In order for a presidential candidate to appear on the ballot a form must be filed with each state that certifies the candidate is eligible to run. In Obama’s case the form filed in 49 states contained the following: “THIS IS TO CERTIFY that at the National Convention of the Democratic Party of the United States of America, held in Denver, Colorado on August 25 through 28, 2008, the following were duly nominated as candidates of said Party for President and Vice President of the United States respectively.”
What was conspicuously omitted from those documents was the phrase “the following candidates for President and Vice President of the United States are legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.” The only form that contained that last sentence was in Hawaii, where state law specifically requires candidates be certified as constitutionally eligible to be included on the ballot.
According to the Democratic Party’s own documentation Obama was never certified as constitutionally eligible to run for President in most of America, a telling result if there ever was one.