Barack Obama's Eligibility

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The Question

Independent News is reporting that there have been rumbles of unrest around the world regarding Obama’s birth and/or citizenship since the day he stated he would run for the presidency.  Now, after more than a year, the rumbles have turned into a full on eruption.

The Barack Obama nationality scandal is refusing to burn itself out and seems to be gathering even more speed with Congressman Nathan Deal questioning the eligibility of Obama to hold the presidency.   This is the first time in history that a serving president has been questioned about eligibility by a member of congress.

Over the last week the Internet has been reporting this story with the blogosphere almost going into meltdown over the latest developments yet no mainstream media seem interested in the story that just won’t go away for Obama.

Congressman Deal asked Obama to prove that he is legally entitled to hold the presidency electronically on December 1st 2009.  This communication was confirmed received by Obama’s staff but has yet to be responded to.

Even though Obama has already produced his short-form birth certificate in order to stop these questions, he has spent a large amount of taxpayers money (estimated to be more than two million dollars) ensuring that the long-form certificate is kept from the public -- an action that has raised more than a few eyebrows along the way.

Throughout the campaign trail and longer, Obama made promises of the most transparent administration than any other so why the need to hide a simple birth certificate?  Many claim that the whole situation is a complete waste of time and distracting but supporters of the question refuse to stop asking more and more questions.

It seems that the original question seems to have caused a stir not just in America but worldwide with thousands of people doing independent research in an attempt to get the facts out.  The problem with independent research is that it is hard to verify where the alleged facts came from and when they are traced back its not unusual to find that it stemmed from opinion --except at The Obama File, of course, where everything is sourced and linked.

With several birth certificates doing the rounds, many proven as hoaxes, the "official" birth certificate -- which is not a birth certificate -- in the Obama nationality scandal seems to prove that Obama was in fact a British Subject at birth.  On the website dedicated to protecting Obama from smears, Fight The Smears, there is an electronic copy of the birth certificate showing that Obama was born a British Subject.  There is also this statement:  "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."

Obama’s nationality scandal doesn’t seem to be going anywhere at the moment and even the secret service seem to be taking an interest in anyone questioning Obama’s nationality with visits being made for security reasons.  Reported last week at the very liberal Mother Jones, more and more people who have raised the issue are being visited by the secret service and being left feeling very intimidated.

No matter what side of the fence you sit on this scandal seems set to stay around for a long time to come.

A Matter Of Constitutional Integrity
Joseph Farah says it is plainly evident even prominent officials in Kenya believe Barack Obama is Kenyan-born, it becomes a matter of historical accuracy and constitutional integrity that his life story be fully documented.

Long before Obama was elected and ever since, the people of Kenya have spoken of him as one of their own.  Even first lady Michelle Obama referred to her husband's "home country" as Kenya during the campaign, and now we have James Orengo, a member of the Kenyan Parliament explicitly characterizing Obama as "born here in Kenya" on page 31.

It is still highly unfashionable here in the states to raise any questions about Obama's nativity story or his foreign travels or how he recovered his citizenship after living in Indonesia.  Americans are simply supposed to accept on faith that Obama is a "natural born" citizen without the kind of appropriate documentation that would be required for a passport or even to obtain a driver's license in most states.

Farah says:  I don't accept those ground rules -- I don't accept those impositions -- I don't accept that politicians should be given the benefit of the doubt -- I don't believe the Constitution should be trifled with.

Now, I don't know where Obama was born.  But I think I speak for millions of Americans when I say it's time to find out.  It's time to see the long-form, original birth certificate signed by an eyewitness to that birth.  It's time to see his travel records, his passport record, his medical records, his school records, his college records.

It's a matter of honor -- It's a matter of truth -- It's a matter of constitutional eligibility -- And it's a matter of historical accuracy and clarity for the American people and for the whole world.

Barack Obama and his supporters concern themselves so frequently with the beliefs and convictions of foreign nations and peoples.

Since it is now clear that well-educated foreign officials are shaping their own country's destiny under the belief -- right or wrong -- that Obama was born in Kenya, not the United States, don't we have a special obligation to document the true story?

Kenyan officials are debating the ratification of a new constitution.  They are making decisions that will affect their country for decades to come based, in part, on the supposition that the U.S. allows the foreign-born to become president of the United States.

A significant percentage of American citizens, according to every poll conducted, likewise have grave doubts about Obama's claim to be Hawaiian-born and constitutionally eligible to serve as president.

Nevertheless, Obama refuses to address these controversies with facts, evidence, proof.
Enough's Enough: Obama Has Conceded Ineligibility
For more than two years now, I have given Barack Obama the benefit of the doubt.  That may be hard to fathom for some because of my admittedly relentless and tireless pursuit of the truth about his origins and his constitutional eligibility for office.

After all, I am the guy who has posted this question on billboards across America: "Where's the birth certificate?"

But I really have given Obama the benefit of the doubt until now. I have asked the questions and directed the investigative reporting that has changed America's political landscape on the eligibility question.  WND conducted the first national poll on this subject 15 months ago.  Back then, we were shocked that 50 percent of Americans knew there was a controversy about his birth certificate and his eligibility -- because WND is the only news organization in the country that pursued the story.  Today, the latest polls show 58 percent of Americans don't believe Obama's story and suspect he is not eligible to serve.

That is a big shift in public opinion in a short period of time.

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Let's just agree that Obama's indifference to calls from the public for transparency and honesty strongly suggests he has something to hide.  Since he is a public servant sworn to uphold the Constitution, it is long past time for him to come clean, lay his cards on the table and prove his eligibility.  We've given him that opportunity, and he has insulted those of us who now represent an overwhelming majority by political standards.  Instead, he dishonestly plays the victim role, pretending he has done everything he can reasonably do to settle the matter.

So, right here and now, I declare the president ineligible by default.  Maybe he can prove I'm wrong.  Maybe he can't.  But the people cannot be expected to prove a negative.

I feel confident we'll soon learn the truth.
    

What percentage of the public would have to express doubts about Obama's eligibility before it became a real story to the news media?

What percentage of the public would have to express doubts about Obama's eligibility before he would condescend to providing the most basic evidence required for evaluation?

What percentage of the public would have to express doubts about Obama's eligibility before controlling legal authorities at the state and federal level take appropriate actions to hold him accountable and to ensure America never faces another problem like this in the future?

    
Personally, I think we're very close to reaching the critical mass that will bring this issue to a head.

Entire Joseph Farah article here . . .
 

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