© 2009 drkate
For more than a year, our legitimate questions of Barack Obama’s eligibility have been dumbed down, ridiculed, and ignored as if to even raise the issue was somehow racist, anti-American, and being a ‘sore loser’.
Our opposition has used every tool and resource to obfuscate the truth, and the Courts have all ducked their responsibility using various technicalities of law to deny standing and jurisdiction, or stating the absurdity that properly brought constitutional cases are a ‘political question.’ Is the Constitution now up for a vote?
Well personally I am sick of it, and refuse to back down. The people who are ‘dumb’ about this issue are the Congress, Obama, Gibbs, the obots, and the media. We know it, and they do too.
I was thus surprised and humbled be appointed the chair the Subcommittee on Article II Eligibility at the Continental Congress 2009. A chance to do something about this had dropped in my lap!
In open forum CC2009 delegates indicated considerable concern about Obama’s refusal to document himself, and at the same time expressed fear of being labeled, with many delegates to the Congress wishing to stay away from this ‘too controversial’ issue. So the task was pretty clear, and serious. How do we understand the significance of this issue without bringing in all the conflict or bamboozling?
Well, the Continental Congress 2009 blew the lid off the whole operation. Article II eligibility is not about anything petty thing…it is about the national security interests of the United States. And Americans are finally going to hear the truth.
Article II: A National Security Safeguard
The Framers of the Constitution required a special class of citizenship to hold the office of the President when they wrote the phrase ‘natural born Citizen’ in Article II, in front of the first use of the word ‘Citizen’. I agree with Jefferson’s Rebels–it is critical to know how the original words were written in order to understand their significance:
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
Notice the emphasis on the words ‘natural born’ before the first use of the word Citizen, and that ‘ Citizen of the United States at the ‘Adoption of this Constitution’ is an active phrase–indicated by the capitalization of the word Adoption.
So of course the ‘controversy’ has been about the natural born citizen clause, but ONLY because no one wants the American people to know what that phrase means. Thus the ‘dumbing down’ of the issue to a single criterion–born in the USA.
We have argued about this definition for more than a year, filed dozens of lawsuits, and have been met with ridicule, judicial inventions, and stupidity. The Supreme Court has not ruled on it; the Constitution has not been amended; and the Congress refuses to take its responsibility seriously. Is it Blackstone or Vattell? Is it geography, or is it also about ‘blood’?
Find it in the Constitution
The charge of the subcommittee was to move through this. And, to find our answers not in court cases, but in the Constitution. The fact that the only place in the Constitution ‘natural born citizen’ is mentioned is in Article II, for the requirements of the Presidency is significant.
The concept of ‘natural born citizen’ then, vested only in the President and Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, implies a criterion of loyalty–the founders wanted their Commander in Chief to be singly loyal to the United States.
Article I, Section 8, Clause 10 states, in enumerating the powers of Congress, that:
…To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations…
The “Law of Nations” is a body of law that the Founders respected and understood to be a guiding body of law for all nations. Thus, the definition of ‘natural born citizen’ must also be found in that body of law called ‘the law of nations’.
Using this body of law, ‘natural born citizen’ is defined, not as a superior form of citizen, but as a national security requirement and safeguard to prevent the invasion of the White House and take-over of our armed forces. Our founders insisted on this loyalty, trusting their lives only to a loyal citizen; and so should we, the people. Especially in the context of real threats faced by our Nation in the 21st Century.
Resolution and Actions of the Continental Congress 2009
Based on our research, the Subcommittee on Article II eligibility crafted two documents. The first is a statement of the facts as we saw them on this subject, including the definition of ‘natural born citizen’, and remedial instructions to the States and to Congress for addressing this issue.
The real action, we believe, is on the state level now: the states have the power to refuse to place any candidate’s name on their state ballot who does not meet the requirements for the office. Thus we recommend to the States the enactment of legislation to provide for this safeguard against usurpation of the office of the President.
Because Congress has obfuscated on this issue as well, to the great peril of America, we have crafted a ‘Presentment’ to Congress’ and indicated that the proper course of action now is to investigate immediately Obama’s qualifications and, if found to be unqualified, to remove him immediately using the Constitutional methods available. Further, we have requested that Congress call for the appointment of a Grand Jury to investigate, and bring to trial, any and all parties that were complicitous in placing Obama in office.
Resolution of the Continental Congress 2009
Article II Eligibility
WHEREAS, the Continental Congress 2009 (CC2009) was convened to defend, and not amend, the Constitution of the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, the CC 2009 has examined, among other things, the Constitutional requirements for the office of the President as originally and precisely articulated in Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution:
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;
WHEREAS, the CC2009 finds that Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution requires a specific class of citizenship to be eligible to hold the office of the President, as indicated by the fact that Article II includes two adjectives before the first use of the word ‘Citizen’, but not in front of the second ‘Citizen’; and
WHEREAS, the CC 2009 finds that Article II has not been amended to alter or change these words, nor their meaning, and that no Court has ruled on the direct meaning of this clause; and
WHEREAS, the CC2009 finds that until the Supreme Court rules on the natural born citizen eligibility clause, or the Congress amends the Constitution, the acceptable definition of ‘natural born citizen’ is derived from that body of law referred to as the ‘Law of Nations’, referenced in Article I, Section 8 of the Constitution; and
WHEREAS, the reference to the Law of Nations in Article I is a direct recognition that the Founders respected this body of law; and
WHEREAS, in writing about that body of law, Emmich Vattel defined a natural born citizen[i]:
To be a natural born citizen means one must be born on the soil of parents who themselves are citizens.
WHEREAS, the CC2009 further finds that the term ‘natural born Citizen,’ as specified only for the office of the President, is chiefly concerned that the President have a singular allegiance to the United States of America; and
WHEREAS, the CC2009 finds that the natural born citizen clause does not establish a superior form of citizenship, but instead establishes a national security safeguard against foreign invasion of the White House and takeover of the United States Armed Forces; and
WHEREAS, the CC2009 finds that the life, liberty, and property interests of Americans could be irrevocably injured, harmed, and threatened should a foreign national usurp the office of the Presidency; and
WHEREAS, the CC 2009 finds that no regular or established administrative mechanism exists at any level to ensure that the President meets the eligibility requirements of Article II; and
WHEREAS, the CC2009 finds that there is an immediate need to establish such a mechanism,
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT
Instructions to the Congress of the United States
- The CC2009 instructs the Congress of the United States, in coordination with the several States, establish regular administrative mechanisms and procedures for the verification of citizenship and birthplace of candidates or nominees for the office of the Presidency. Such procedures shall provide for the verification of all nominees for the office of the President and his successor, and provide for making the determinations available to the public.
Instructions to the Several States
- The CC2009 instructs the several States to enact legislation to provide for the verification of a candidate for President as a condition for participating in the State general election for President and to provide for the dissemination of the information to the public.
Recommendations for the Citizenry
- The CC2009 reminds the citizenry that the protection of life, liberty, and property guaranteed under our Constitution depends heavily on an informed public, and that Constitutional Republic cannot survive without it.
- The CC2009 reminds the citizenry that in the 21st Century, America faces significant security threats, and that it is important to ensure that holders of every elected public office, especially the President of the United States, understand their oath to uphold and defend the Constitution.
- The CC2009 encourages the citizenry to study the attached instructions to Congress and the States, and to use every tool possible to ensure that the citizenry ensure for themselves and activate their state legislatures to verify that a Presidential candidate is eligible to serve under Article II of the Constitution.
[i] Emmich Vattel, 1797. The Law of Nations, Book 1, Chapter XIX, pp 103-104; London.