There is still raging a huge controversy as to whether or not our current sitting President is legally in that chair. Most of the media, television, magazine, newspaper and yes, even the internet, consider the debate to be moot at best and inane at worst. Furthering this brouhaha, the Obama administration and its buddies in the legislature have been less than forthcoming in offering significant proof of Obama’s legal citizenship.
I find myself ambivalent concerning Barack Hussein Obama’s birth record and since so many columnists and bloggers have dedicated reams of text about that subject, I felt it better to look at another side of the issue of Presidential legitimacy. With regard to what Obama has done as both a private citizen and as an elected official of this country, has he by his own actions made himself ineligible for high elected office? The US Constitution says that this is indeed a subject for debate. Let’s take a look at the 14th Amendment:
Section 1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the state wherein they reside. No state shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
This is the “equality clause” and if we were debating eminent domain or judicial favoritism, we could be here for several pages, but right now it doesn’t touch on Obama…much.
Section 2. Representatives shall be apportioned among the several states according to their respective numbers, counting the whole number of persons in each state, excluding Indians not taxed. But when the right to vote at any election for the choice of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, Representatives in Congress, the executive and judicial officers of a state, or the members of the legislature thereof, is denied to any of the male inhabitants of such state, being twenty-one years of age, and citizens of the United States, or in any way abridged, except for participation in rebellion, or other crime, the basis of representation therein shall be reduced in the proportion which the number of such male citizens shall bear to the whole number of male citizens twenty-one years of age in such state.
On May 19th, 1919 the 19th Amendment extended the right to vote with this clause: “The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.” But, the balance of the remaining clause is of great concern pertaining to our sitting President’s past actions.
Van Jones was put in jail for participation in violent riots, in other words, rebellion. Bill Ayers counseled young Obama at his knee. William Jefferson Wright taught Obama for twenty years how evil and hateful America was. If we look at the Obama cabinet, nearly all are severe violators of the same tax code we citizens must obey or be jailed. In judging this man by the quality of his character, I find him wanting.
Section 3. No person shall be a Senator or Representative in Congress, or elector of President and Vice President, or hold any office, civil or military, under the United States, or under any state, who, having previously taken an oath, as a member of Congress, or as an officer of the United States, or as a member of any state legislature, or as an executive or judicial officer of any state, to support the Constitution of the United States, shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion against the same, or given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof. But Congress may by a vote of two-thirds of each House, remove such disability.
This clause says that if you had the background of Barack Hussein Obama, you are disqualified from holding even the office of a freshman member of Congress. The “given aid or comfort to the enemies thereof” clause has to include Van Jones, Bill Ayers, and several Middle Eastern individuals who have profited off of the Obama Presidency’s largess. I wonder if push came to shove, would two-thirds of Congress vote to acquit?
Section 4. The validity of the public debt of the United States, authorized by law, including debts incurred for payment of pensions and bounties for services in suppressing insurrection or rebellion, shall not be questioned. But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States, or any claim for the loss or emancipation of any slave; but all such debts, obligations and claims shall be held illegal and void.
If this clause were held up to the stimulus bill, would it pass muster? Any lawyer fresh out of passing the bar would have to say no. But we all have witnessed the Democrat-controlled Congress sneer at the constitution…sometimes on a daily basis. So should we be surprised?
Section 5. The Congress shall have power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.
Bob L. Beers was a member of the Nevada Assembly representing District 21 in Clark County, Nevada. Prior to his election in 2006, he was an author involved in graphic arts and illustration.
Originally from Eureka, California, Beers attended Arcata High School and Humboldt State College. He currently resides in Henderson, Nevada with his wife and son.
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