I serve proudly in the United States military. On entering the service, I swore a solemn oath to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic” and to “bear true faith and allegiance to the same” and to “obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.” So help me God. At all times in the past, I have faithfully served my country consistent with this sacred oath. And while it is true that, the Uniform Code of Military Justice metes out penalties for failure to carry out the mandates of this oath; this threat of adverse consequences is not what has motivated me to put my life on the line for my country. Rather, it was my deep abiding faith in our Constitutional Republic that formed the basis of this allegiance. However, since January 20, 2009, when Barack Hussein Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States, my faith and allegiance is being tested as never before. Because having closely monitored events related to this latest election cycle, I now have grave concerns as to whether Mr. Obama is eligible for the job. Specifically, under Article II, Section I of the United States Constitution, is he a “natural born citizen”?

Back in December 2007, in the document he submitted to the Secretary of State of Arizona announcing he would participate in that state’s February Presidential nominating primary, Mr. Obama did “solemnly swear” he was a “natural born citizen.” But by June 2008, he publicly acknowledged concerns as to his Constitutional eligibility for the job. At that time, he created an internet web site entitled “Fight the Smears,” with this stated purpose: to “spread the truth.” For example, here’s what Mr. Obama posted on that site to address rumors he held dual U.S./Kenya citizenship.

“When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, 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.
Since Sen. Obama has neither renounced his U.S. citizenship nor sworn an oath of allegiance to Kenya, his Kenyan citizenship automatically expired on Aug. 4, 1982.”
But being born with dual U.S./Britain citizenship means he is not a natural born citizen.

To address rumors he was not a U.S. citizen, Mr. Obama posted information under the heading, “The Truth About Barack’s Birth Certificate.” Below was the photocopy of a document entitled “Certification of Live Birth,” State of Hawaii, with this added caption: “Barack Obama’s Official Birth Certificate.” Unlike a regular Certificate of Live Birth, which is filled with several boxes containing information like baby’s height and weight; the name of the hospital in which he was born; and the signature of the doctor attending the delivery, this Certification contains little more information excerpted from the original than the names of his father and mother and that he was born in 1961 on the Island of Oahu. Yet he insisted posting this document established once and for all he was born in Hawaii. Only, in 1961, Hawaiian Revised Statutes §338-17.8 provided that the director of health may issue a Hawaiian Birth Certificate for a child born outside of the country as long as the child’s parents declared the State of Hawaii was their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth of the child.

In other words, under Hawaiian law, Mr. Obama could have obtained a Certificate of Live Birth showing he was born in Hawaii even if that isn’t where he was born. Indeed, Hawaiian officials did say recently they have his original Certificate of Live Birth but they did not say it shows he was born in Hawaii. He could also have been issued a Certificate of Live Birth that proves he was born in another country. Of course, being born in another country means, he is not a natural born citizen.

Mr. Obama also insisted this Hawaiian Certification he posted on the internet establishes he is a “native citizen.” Why did he swear to the Secretary of State in Arizona he is a “natural born citizen”? Having taught Constitutional Law, surely he knows the difference between “native” and “natural born”; and that being only native born makes him ineligible to be President.

Mr. Obama prominently displays on his site the logo for the organization called FactCheck, linking his site to their web page. FactCheck explained that Mr. Obama’s campaign made a copy of his “birth certificate” public after speculation by people they characterized as “conservative bloggers” that he might not be a “natural-born citizen.” Reminding everyone they are a “nonpartisan, nonprofit “consumer advocate” for voters,” they assured the public, Mr. Obama was born in the U.S.A. But this is untrue. In fact, the real name of FactCheck is Annenberg Political Fact Check. And Annenberg Political Fact Check is wholly funded by the Annenberg Foundation. That’s the same outfit that hired Mr. Obama to Chair the Board of their Chicago Annenberg Challenge, and handed over to him tens of millions of Mr. Annenberg’s dollars which he then doled out to community groups like ACORN and Bill Ayers’ Small Schools Workshops in a failed attempt to raise test scores of students enrolled in Chicago public schools.

Nevertheless, despite these long-standing close ties between Mr. Obama and Annenberg, when voters contacted members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives with concerns as to whether Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen, these members of Congress assured their constituents, there was nothing to worry about because the “non-partisan” FactCheck confirmed his qualifications. And, in his latest response to a lawsuit questioning his eligibility, Mr. Obama ask the court to note that FactCheck – he even cites the web address – posted he’s for real.

On the other hand, if both of Mr. Obama’s parents were American citizens and Mr. Obama was actually born in Hawaii, these facts alone fail to establish he is a natural born citizen.

In his memoir, Dreams from my Father, Mr. Obama wrote that his mother married Lolo Soetoro, whom he calls his stepfather, when he was 4 years old, and moved her son to Mr. Soetoro’s native Indonesia. He remained silent throughout the book as to whether he was adopted. But during that time, only Indonesian citizens were allowed to attend school; and last year, the Associated Press released a copy of his elementary school registration. This document records his name is Barry Soetoro – he wrote he was called Barry as a child – and it lists his nationality is Indonesian. Indonesia did not allow dual citizenship; American law on dual citizenship deferred to the law of the foreign sovereign. In other words, being adopted by Lolo Soetoro would make him a citizen of Indonesia, and he would no longer be an American citizen.

Mr. Obama’s mother brought him back to Hawaii at age 10. If he passed through U.S. Customs and Immigration on re-entering the country, now he would be a “naturalized” but not “natural born citizen.” And naturalized citizens are Constitutionally ineligible to be President. She left him in Hawaii with her father and mother, where he remained until attending Occidental College, in California. Last April, at a private fundraiser in that state, he let slip that in 1981, on a break from college, he spent a few weeks in Pakistan. Does the passport he presented that allowed his entrance into that country show whether he was a citizen of the United States of America; or Kenya; or Indonesia?

Despite all of these unanswered questions as to his Constitutional eligibility to occupy the Oval Office, Mr. Obama nonetheless managed to become the nominee for President of the Democratic Party when super delegates supported him in direct proportion to money he donated to their political campaigns, while his opponent, Senator Clinton, amassed the majority of the popular votes cast in the primary and earned more pledged delegates from votes cast for her than for him. And he got (the names of his Electors) onto the general election ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia; and received the majority of popular votes cast in the general election.

Two days after the election, Detroit radio talk-show hosts Mike Clark, Trudi Daniels, and Marc Fellhauer on WRIF’s “Mike in the Morning” show called Honorable Peter Ogego, Kenyan Ambassador to the U.S., at the Embassy of Kenya in Washington, D.C. for reaction to his countryman being elected the American President. Ambassador Ogego was understandably proud. He proclaimed that the President’s “birthplace” in Kenya is “already an attraction.” Asked whether the Kenyan government intended to identify the spot with some sort of marker, the Ambassador assured the interviewers, the site is “already well known.”

Again, being born in Kenya means, Mr. Obama cannot be President because he is not a natural born citizen.

Members of the Electoral College, long-time loyalists and activists selected by the Democratic Party cast their votes for President on December 15. They went along with their Party. Congress counted and Certified these Electoral Votes on January 8. Still, no proof exists Mr. Obama is a natural born citizen.

Being a natural born citizen is a Constitutional prerequisite to being President but Mr. Obama has failed to establish he is eligible for the job. This soldier, haunted by well-founded concerns as to whether the man is a natural born citizen is confronted with this untenable Hobson’s choice. Must I honor my vows to protect and defend the Constitution by disobeying what could be an illegal order issued by the man unlawfully acting as Commander in Chief, thereby facing certain discipline under the Uniform Code of Military Conduct up to and including prosecution for crimes punishable by imprisonment or execution? Or, should I face such discipline by obeying an order that in fact, is illegal, in violation of the sacred oath I took on behalf of my country?

©jbjd 2009


8 Responses to A SOLDIER’S LAMENT

  1. tibbs says:

    Uphold your vow sir.Look at the Michael New case.He got a groundswell of support for his stand,and this is exponentially more important than that case.

    tibbs: Please, could you explain your comments? I am a little confused. (I think I found the case to which you refer but, perhaps you could provide a link.) ADMINISTRATOR

  2. Ted says:


  3. wodiej says:

    Obama is not a legal natural born citizen. Which makes more sense, spending $10 for a copy of a birth certificate to squelch doubt, or spending a half million dollars on lawyers to squelch proof?

    People like jbjd have put in countless hours and energy in supplying research and documentation not to mention legal papers to further this. She deserves all due respect and credit for this.

    good job jbjd

  4. Chewy says:

    The birth certificate is not necessary. Obama’s father was not a US citizen and therefore Obama can never be a NBC. End of discussion. Remove the usuper.

    Chewy: I hear you but, here is the problem in drafting a Complaint based on any one assumption. Without documentation, we have no idea who BO’s father is. We even have to extrapolate a marriage between BO, Sr., and Ann Dunham, based on their divorce decree, enabling us to apply current probate laws regarding paternity. But basing a Complaint solely on one assumption is treacherous, where the production of any one document could moot out the case. ADMINISTRATOR

  5. vma224 says:

    I am a US Marine that supports Obama, Gen. Jim Jones, former Marine commandant has agreed to serve as Obma’s Security Advisor, over 20 retired generals including Colin Powell have pledged their support to Obama.
    utube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NttDOQcO2bM
    Your lament is not shared by many in the military, you don’t speak for us!

    vma224: Absolutely, several prominent members of the military support Mr. Obama. But surely, given your obvious attention to this matter, you are not now claiming that, the military who oppose him, do not count or that, the Constitutional legitimacy of a CIC is determined by how many military “support” him. Because that would be nonsense. I am not a member of the military and so, by definition, this lament does not represent me. Based on comments posted below and, on other web sites, this lament does represent the sentiments of many of our military, caught between the proverbial rock and a hard place. ADMINISTRATOR

  6. vma224 says:

    in 2007 Obama sent $12.00 to Hawaii for his Birth Certificate to meet DNC requirements, later he posted it on his web. Hawai sent the only BC they have availble, you can ask Hawaii Health about that (I know as my daughter was born in Hawaii in 1965)
    Hawaii Health phine number at bottom of link:

    it is so easy to acll and verify, but you won’t, it will make you look foolish

    note: they will tell about the law and what they will send as BC, but not about an individual.

    vma224: Based on your previous comment, I gave you the benefit of the doubt, assuming you had devoted some serious thought to your statements. However, you expose in this statement that, you have not devoted much time to researching the issues pertinent to the controversy of BO’s Constitutional ineligibility for POTUS or, if you have then, your goal is obfuscation, and not dissemination of truth. The issue has nothing to do with me; focus your energy on learning the status of applicable laws to carrying out the Constitutional mandate that the President is a NBC. I did much of the research for you; the only ‘heavy lifting’ you as a responsible citizen had to do was to read. Start with learning the distinction between public conduct – no provision of any federal or state law requires any government official to check whether the Party candidate for POTUS is a NBC – and private conduct – the DNC is a private club that can say or do whatever it wants without implicating Constitutional obligations to the American people. ADMINISTRATOR

  7. bemused says:

    Since Napolitano went to be in 0’s cabinet, we Zonies now have a Republican governor again. This one was the SoS who received the declaration from 0 that he was qualified. Wouldn’t she (as SoS) have been in a similar position to the military officer facing recall, that is, she was put in a position of not being able to do her job properly because of information? The military person would have uncertain info, preventing a sure decision, and so did she, but she no doubt had a suspicion and wanted a stronger affirmation than some other states did. Now she’s got a perjured statement, the governor’s job, and a big budget deficit.

    bemused: You are so on the right track! According to AZ state law, the S of S of AZ is in charge of running the state’s Party primary and general election. Then S of S Brewer produced the document requiring candidates intending to enter the primary to declare and affirm, they are Constitutionally eligible for the office sought. And BO, then representing himself – keep in mind, he did not officially become the Party candidate for POTUS until the DNC Convention in August – swore he was a NBC. When he became the Party nominee for POTUS, NP Certified he was Constitutionally eligible for the job (technically, she Certified to AZ he was the Party nominee although, in HI, she added the line that he was Constitutionally eligible for the job), which Certification was forward to S of S Brewer via the AZ state D Party Chair. That’s how he got onto the general election ballot. Now, following AZ state law, S of S Brewer is Governor. Once I post my fraud Complaint, which specifically addresses the situation in GA but is easily modified to fit any other state, I will tailor a version for AZ. Because I did not realize this former S of S had become Governor; and I think when she finds out she was bamboozled by the D Party, Governor Brewer might be persuaded to direct her AG to investigate whether either civil or criminal charges of fraud should be instituted against NP and/or BO. Especially when she understands that these two swore he is a NBC in order to get onto the AZ ballot notwithstanding the best evidence BO has offered the Courts as to his eligibility is a note from his former employer, Annenberg Political Fact Check, that he is a “native American.” (Skim other Comments for further clarification of these issues.) ADMINISTRATOR

  8. bemused says:

    The AG is Terry Goddard, a Dem, but pretty straight as far as I know. Jan is low-key, I know little about her. Now the AZ legislature has some very conservative and suspicious types, and at the national level Jake Flake at least seems to have integrity. We have a lot of Republicans; I don’t think they’re that sympathetic to Washington, so good luck. 🙂

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