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?
(Now, please read the complete TEMPLATE FOR THE MILITARY COMPLAINT AGAINST BARACK OBAMA, below.)