By Doug Book, staff writer
On April 30th of 2008, the United States Senate proclaimed John McCain eligible to become the President of the United States, passing by unanimous consent Senate Resolution 511 which stated that his birth in the Panama Canal Zone did not violate the “natural born citizen” clause of the Constitution.
One of the co-sponsors of this non-binding resolution was Barack Hussein Obama.
Though the Constitution does not define “natural born”, it is clear that the meaning had been based upon principles included in a work quite popular with many of the Founders, the 1758 “Law of Nations” by Frenchman Emerich de Vattel
According to the “Law of Nations”, “the natives, or natural born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens…”
So because of his birth in a Panama hospital, embarrassing questions were being raised about McCain’s Constitutional eligibility to serve
Nevertheless, rather than adhere to the text and spirit of the Constitution and engage in honest debate, members of the imperial senate rushed to put the issue to rest by ignoring the language of the document to which they had sworn a solemn oath of allegiance.
And the true motive for this betrayal of trust is more disgraceful than the betrayal itself. For it was quietly hoped this cynical, bipartisan resolution proclaiming McCain’s eligibility might insure no question would arise about another candidate, one who was clearly and irretrievably ineligible for the highest office in the land.
In 1800, Charles Pinckney, member of the Continental Congress and signatory to the Constitution wrote, “what better way to insure attachment to the Country than to require the President to have his American citizenship through his father and not through a foreign father.”
Regardless of Barack Obama’s birthplace, his father was a British citizen, born in Kenya. This fact makes Obama Constitutionally ineligible for the Presidency, as he is NOT a natural born citizen.
But who would be so politically tone deaf, as petty and perverse as to question Obama’s eligibility after he had so magnanimously sponsored the resolution purporting to resolve the question of McCain’s eligibility?
And perhaps more importantly, rank cowards in the Republican Party, scared stiff at the thought of challenging the eligibility of America’s first viable black Presidential candidate could now assume the mantle of beneficent, post-racial guarantors of opportunity.
Of course, the political nobility might experience a stunning episode of remedial patriotism before the next election. But there would be so many pigs overhead, it’s doubtful anyone would notice.
To contact your Congressional Representative use this link: http://www.contactingthecongress.org/
This day in history June 3
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