Saturday, October 18, 2008

Who got Barack Hussein, a.k.a. Barry Soetoro into this mess to start with?

(Note: Readers interested in this issue will want to read this WND piece as well.)

Answer: His mother. Of course 18 yr. old Stanley Ann Dunham could not have known at the time that her son what's-his-name? would, later in life, have the highest of political aspirations and the personal political prowess, nor the then future political climate in America (re: liberal dominance), necessary to make a go of it. But, you see, life is a series of personal choices, and those choices have consequences irregardless.

The saddest part, perhaps, of this whole sorry story is that many Americans could really care less whether Obama meets the Constitutional qualifications to be POTUS or not, which means, essentially, that they're enemies of the United States and its governing Constitution. Obama is their lord and savior, and you know what that means -- it means that any provision in Article II, U.S. Constitution that might prohibit Obama's becoming president, and all laws made in pursuance thereof, is trumped by Obama's Messiah status. Something tells me, though, that the same people would act the purest of Constitutional purists were the same questions surrounding a candidate for the presidency which they opposed. Such is the duplicitous nature of unregenerate man.

Here's a little background (Hat Tip: Call Me Mom):

It makes accessible to the general public some of the serious questions about Obama's citizenship status that have been vetted almost exclusively in the conservative web world. More important than the questions and allegations is the refusal of the Obama campaign to provide what should be the simplest response to an action brought in federal court: a certified birth certificate from Hawaii.


A lifelong Democrat who has held political office and been a Pennsylvania state committeeman, Philip Berg, has brought suit over the real questions raised by the absence of a valid Obama birth certificate. His narrative of the various questions Obama has refused to answer is devastating. Graphics and sound are well-deployed to avoid tedium as data is conveyed in a way that allows viewers to absorb it. When he contrasts Obama's behavior when challenged (use perfectly valid legal technicalities to delay) with John McCain's full disclosure of all documentary evidence under a similar challenge (remember the flap over his birth in the Panama Canal Zone? -- who raised those questions, anyway?), there is no doubt in a viewer's mind that there is something seriously wrong here.

Here is a story I read on the issue a week or so back:

... In Obama's case, Berg argued, a minor child follows the naturalization and citizenship status of his or her custodial father. Obama's Indonesian stepfather, Lolo Soetora signed a statement acknowledging Obama as his son, giving Obama natural Indonesian citizenship, which explains the name "Barry Soetoro" and his Indonesian school documents. Loss of US citizenship, under US law in effect in 1967 required that foreign citizenship be achieved through "application." Which, according to Berg, is precisely what happened to Obama when his mother married Soetoro and the family moved to Indonesia.

When Obama and his mother moved to Indonesia, Obama had already been enrolled in school—something that could not have happened under Indonesian law if Soetoro had not signed an acknowledgment (the application) affirming that Obama was his son and that he was Indonesian. Thus, it was deemed that Obama was an Indonesian State citizen. ... Furthermore, under Indonesian law, if a resident Indonesian citizen married a foreigner—in this case, Lolo Soetoro marrying Stanley Ann Obama—she was required to renounce her US citizenship.

In his lawsuit, Berg demanded a copy of Obama's Certificate of Citizenship, a document Obama needed for to regain his citizenship—which was lost in Indonesia. He will have that document only if the proper paperwork was filed with the US State Department when Obama returned to Hawaii in 1971 since that is the only way Obama could regain his US "natural born" status. Berg is convinced that Obama was never naturalized in the United States after his return. Obama returned to his maternal grandparents in Hawaii without his mother. Since she is the only one who could have filed for the reinstatement of his citizenship, it is unlikely it ever happened. If it did, his Certificate of Citizenship would affirm his right to seek the office of President. Without it, Barack Obama is just another resident alien who can't even legally hold his seat in the US Senate. if I was in the Republican National Committee, I would be joining Philip Berg with the full force, and pocketbook, of the GOP.

If we lived in a more ideal society, i.e., a society that was three parts sane one part insane, instead of the inverse, and only minimally brain dead, then there would be no need for all this speculation on Obama's natural born citizenship status. It wouldn't matter at all as concerns his qualifications or the lack thereof for the presidency because the fact that he was sired by a Kenyan would raise enough questions as to the character and loyalties of his family (on both sides) to nip in the bud any political aspirations a young Obama might have had. But as I've noted before, the same applies to that piece of garbage Bill Clinton, and I don't think there's any question as to his natural born citizenship status.

But what does Snopes have to say on the matter?

Yes, "birthright citizenship" and "easy-citizenism" are matters that we're ultimately going to have to deal with in this country. By Snopes's estimation an illegal Mexican woman, as an example, can cross into the country to have her baby whereupon said infant is an automatic natural born citizen of the United States entitled to all the priveleges and immunities thereof for once and for all time barring a renunciation of them by the individual himself. God forbid that U.S. law penalizes someone, anyone, for their parents' mistakes. What injustice! They must be forever eligible to the highest office in the land. But why limit the presidency to those whose lucky fate it was to be conceived by parents willing to flout America's laws to have them born here?

Now if we could just rid ourselves and our system of that awful, antiquated system that those xenophobic nutjobs who sat in the Constitutional Congress in 1787 hamstrung us with -- the electoral college mode of appointing the president -- we could do the world's posterity the justice that it so rightly deserves. You don't believe me when I say the framers were xenophobic nutjobs? Consider:

Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their approaches from more than one quarter, but chiefly from the desire in foreign powers to gain an improper ascendant in our councils. How could they better gratify this, than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union? But the convention have guarded against all danger of this sort, with the most provident and judicious attention. They have not made the appointment of the President to depend on any preexisting bodies of men, who might be tampered with beforehand to prostitute their votes; but they have referred it in the first instance to an immediate act of the people of America, to be exerted in the choice of persons for the temporary and sole purpose of making the appointment.

There you have it. I rest my case.


Call Me Mom said...

Thanks for the hat tip.