by Teri O'Brien
Granted, the 12/19/10 edition of the Teri O’Brien Show was unusual. We had not one, but two, special guests, and we usually have none. Still, I was unprepared for the firestorm precipitated by the routine posting I hoped would entice listeners to check out the show, a firestorm that shows no end of dying down. It all started with the mention of the phrase “natural born citizen” and whether it can be accurately applied to Barack Obama.
I invited Floyd Brown, President of the Western Journalism Center, on the show to address the question “Why didn’t Justices Kagan and Sotomayor recuse themselves from the recent decision to deny certiorari in the case Kerchner v. Obama (the natural born citizen case)?” After all, one of the named parties appointed them, which appears to me to be an obvious conflict of interest. In my opinion, their failure to sit out on this one is the most unreported significant story of 2010. A question for two of the passionate participants in the debate here on IR: Ohioborn1, Bob Ross--would you like to take a crack at answering that one? Bueller? Bueller?
The nearly immediate posting of an affirmative response to the question I mentioned in the post about the 12/19/10 show, “Just exactly what is a “natural born citizen” under our Constitution, and does Obama qualify?” got me thinking. I know why many Obama opponents are passionate about this issue, but why would the other side be so quick to reply? Let me submit that as interesting as the extremely verbose debate here has become, it’s somewhat collateral to the actual issue.The actual issue, at least for Obama’s permanent campaign, is make sure the question is never asked.
There are two distinct groups that question Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president. There are the “birthers,” who do not deny that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. Yes, I do acknowledge that there are people who express absolute metaphysical certitude that he wasn’t. Please don’t waste time telling me that. I’m sure that Obama supporters can unearth someone with irrefutable proof that he was born in the galaxy of Alpha Centauri, but I believe that despite these outliers, most “birthers” simply question why they can’t see the actual birth certificate. That Politifact, a faux “objective” bunch of hidden-agenda-afflicted media water carriers says they saw it, isn’t good enough for them, and they definitely have a point. Then there are those in the second group who state that even if Barack Obama was born in the Capitol rotunda he is not a “natural born citizen” as understood by Article II, because both of his parents were not U.S. citizens. I include myself in this second group.
I concede that neither I or those who disagree with my interpretation of the term “natural born citizen” can say conclusively what the Founders meant because none of us have spoken to them directly. Still, given (1) the commentary by Vattel and John Jay, (2) the fact that they were very concerned about ensuring the survival of the young country they had established by making sure it was not taken over by a foreign power, and (3) the use of the phrase “natural born citizen” in one place in the Constitution and one place only, I think I’m on solid ground. If my interpretation is accepted, then game over. Barack Hussein Obama is not qualified. End of story. So, he and his apparatchiks must not let that door be opened even the slightest crack.
I believe I am correct. The other side believes they are correct. We end up, therefore, where we always do with Obama and others of his ilk; that is, don’t debate the issue. Stop the discussion. Obfuscate. Deceive. Silence any opposition. Clear the field. Declare the subject closed. It’s been his MO his entire political career, and it’s right out of the Alinsky playbook. In this case, here’s how it looks: employ Alinsky’s Rule 5, “ridicule is our most potent weapon,” and mock the “birthers” as tin-foil hat wearing, conspiracy-obsessed wackjobs. Mischaracterize those who suggest that Obama is not a natural born citizen because of his alien father as part of the same insane cohort.
It is in the interest of those who want to silence any discussion of the Article II legal issue to conflate the second group with the first group, the “birthers.” Remember: for Obama and his supporters, the conclusion of the debate doesn’t matter. What matters is making sure it never happens because even the question might sway some voters to take a second look. (Recall what happened when Stanley Kurtz was scheduled to appear on Milt Rosenberg’s program in 2008 to discuss his findings about Obama’s socialist associations.) Since their candidate could not have withstood even the most cursory scrutiny the first time, any inquiry about his associations or his qualifications must be nipped in the bud.
Isn’t it ironic that the shadowy figure elected in 2008, who vowed to “remake” America and stated his distaste for the Constitution as a document of “negative rights” (read “limited government”), is the living, breathing example of why the Founders wisely included the qualification “natural born citizen” in Article II?
Additionally, please understand that I apply the same analysis to Marco Rubio, Bobby Jindal, or any other possible candidate who was not born on American soil of two American parents. I don’t know if either of these gentlemen qualify, but if not, I don’t want them squatting in the Oval Office like the current occupant. My interest is not partisan. It is all about the Constitution.
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