Three weeks ago we learned that the average American citizen does not have standing to bring a lawsuit requesting that Presidential candidates prove they meet the qualifications to hold the office, as defined by the U.S. Constitution.
According to Judge Surrick, citizens don’t have this right, voters (also citizens mind you) don’t have this right, and party members (citizens as well) don’t either. But if Congress (comprised of citizens) decides we should have this right, then they would have to pass new laws to grant us that ability. So, if we don’t have it, who does have this right? Our government (ie: citizens) is comprised of the people, by the people, and for the people. Who, but the people, should have this right?
We were left wondering at the time… Who does have standing to bring such a lawsuit? What about Presidential candidates running for the same office? Don’t they have standing to bring such a question to the table?
I must point out that none of this would be happening, and there would be no questions if President-Elect Barack Obama would simply release a certified copy of his birth certificate for everyone to see. That one simple act would prove all the naysayers wrong, and would put an end to all this speculation that he might not be a natural born citizen of the United States.
On November 12th, American Independent Party candidate Alan Keyes, along with Wiley S. Drake, the vice-presidential candidate filed suit to prevent the state of California from certifying their electors until satisfactory proof is produced that Barack Obama is a natural born citizen.
From the lawsuit:
62. Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution, states, in pertinent part, as follows:
“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;”
63. Senator Barack H. Obama is a candidate for the Office of the President of the United States. However, to assume such office, Senator Obama must meet the qualifications specified for the Office of the President of the United States, which includes that he must be a “natural born” citizen. Senator Obama has failed to demonstrate that he is a “natural born” citizen. There are other legal challenges before various state and federal courts regarding aspects of lost or dual citizenship concerning Senator Obama. Those challenges, in and of themselves, demonstrate Petitioners’ argument that reasonable doubt exists as to the eligibility of the Democratic Party’s nominee for President.
Don’t you find it odd, that we as voters must produce photo identification in order to vote, yet the candidates running for the office of President don’t have to prove they are qualified as required by the U.S. Constitution? You can download a copy of the lawsuit right here (PDF).
Wouldn’t it be in Mr. Obama’s best interest to produce the documentation required to put an end to this whole controversy? Serving as President of the United States is stressful enough, and people question your every decision, so wouldn’t it be advantageous to produce the birth certificate? Than again, maybe he can’t do that.
A couple weeks ago, I listened to an audio recording of Mr. Obama’s paternal grandmother stating that he was born in Kenya, not Hawaii. Tonight, however, I cannot find that link, so I cannot be sure if that was true. There are also rumors that another birth certificate has surfaced, this one stating that Mr. Obama was indeed born in Mombasa, Kenya.
So which is it? Was Barack Obama born in the United States or was he born in Kenya? We wouldn’t even be asking this question if he would just release the information as required by the U.S. Constitution.
If you ask me, this isn’t something you would want hovering over your head during the first days of your new presidency.