Presidential Eligibility Cannot be Ignored
(Oct 25, 2012)
I am writing concerning the issue of presidential eligibility. The uncertainty our country has demonstrated over the last several years as to who are its natural born citizens, and so eligible to the presidency, is apparent to many. The reluctance of our country's officers and representatives to deal directly with the matter leads the onlooker to an inevitable conclusion:
It is presumed that when the presidency next changes hands, the matter will fade away.
If the matter were really about Mr. Obama after all, this would probably be true, but to suppose that it is just about him, or that it will fade away, is to misunderstand the issue our country faces.
The matter of presidential eligibility involves the natural right of citizenship, which necessarily affects:
* Immigration..... the right of the nation to establish and enforce a reasonable immigration policy.
* Dual citizenship..... the right of the nation to refuse dual allegiances, (or dual citizenship, so called).
* The right to vote..... full participation only in one's own government; that right to self-government which naturally attaches to the legal citizens of the nation.
* Future presidencies..... the right of the nation to require that its highest offices be held only by those whose connection and allegiance to the country has remained undivided.
How will our government be able to act honestly on any of these issues without potentially declaring the Obama presidency a farce? If the rule of law and the oath to support the Constitution is to be maintained in pretense only, the charade will need to be continued for a much longer time and over a much wider range of issues than was perhaps suspected!
Must we really continue to treat our laws with contempt in order to avoid self-reproof? Should our nation remain ensnared to avoid an uncomfortable situation? Absolutely not! We should free ourselves from the snare. There is no real loss when a person or nation stops doing wrong in order to do what is right. Partiality in the administration of the law is not a benefit to any nation, but justice brings stability.
Around the country, numerous eligibility cases have been filed which have been tossed out on "lack of standing", while "official" opinions have been offered in an attempt to dispel the issue. However, the rule of law is not preserved by evasiveness, judicial oaths are not maintained in pretense, and the Constitution cannot be construed so as to be ineffectual.
Even today our government seems unable to address immigration in a reasonable and legal fashion, and by a doubtful construction of birthright citizenship, it causes all foreigners born within our borders to be dual nationals. Can we expect improvement if we are not forthright about such matters?
There is yet another possible consequence of failing to deal with the issue of presidential eligibility.
Uncertainty as to the legality of a presidency causes all legislation passed under that administration to be uncertain. If there are, in fact, any such laws which are invalid, they remain unenforceable even after a change in office.
Should our state governors, representatives, and judicial officers be placed continually in the position of enforcing and punishing "offences" against federal legislation which is itself of questionable validity? We have already seen the result of a case involving Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, (a six month prison sentence, and his questions as to the legitimacy of the Obama presidency unanswered).
It is a treacherous path for all. Such a matter as involves the presidency and affects the entire nation can never really be brushed aside as a mere technicality.
"...No Person except a natural born Citizen... shall be eligible to the Office of President..."
"...This Constitution... shall be the supreme Law of the Land... The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution..."
--The United States Constitution, Articles 2 and 6