Writer Offers ‘Final Word’ on Obama’s Eligibility to Serve as President of the United States

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Writer

Paul R. Hollrah

Paul R. Hollrah

In recent days, I have been drawn into yet another debate over presidential eligibility, as specified in Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.  Given that Barack Obama has occupied the Oval Office illegally for more than five years without so much as a whimper of protest from most American voters or the mainstream media, some may feel that any further discussion of this matter may be akin to “beating a dead horse.”  Nevertheless, if we insist on referring to ourselves as a constitutional republic, and if we continue to insist that we honor constitutional principles and the rule of law, then we have no choice but to understand precisely what the Founders intended when they drafted our governing document in 1787.

What generated my recent exchange on the subject of presidential eligibility was an article in the January 31, 2014 edition of pegAlert, the newsletter of the Pennsylvania Business Council.  The article in question was titled, “SANTORUM PREPPING FOR ANOTHER RUN IN 2016.”

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In response, I asked the question, “Who keeps propping up Santorum’s ambitions… other than Rick Santorum?  Unless I’m wrong, his father was still an Italian citizen when he was born.  That makes him ineligible for the presidency.”  To which a representative of the Business Council replied, “That might be so, but Santorum was born in the USA so that makes him a citizen.”

To that nonsensical assertion, I replied, “… If Santorum was born in the U.S., which I assume he was, that does make him a ‘citizen.’  But that’s not what is at issue.  What is at issue is his status as a ‘natural born’ citizen, which he must be if he wants to run for president.  In order for him to be a ‘natural born’ citizen, both of his parents must have been US citizens.  If Santorum’s father was still an Italian citizen when he was born, then he is not a ‘natural born’ citizen…”

The final response from the Pennsylvania Business Council brought us straight to the nub of the issue.  The reply read, “Under (that) definition, none of our initial 6 or 7 presidents, would have qualified.”  Bingo!!  Without even trying, he inadvertently proved my point.

U.S. ConstitutionOnce again, I found myself confronted face-to-face with the harebrained notion that the terms “citizen” and “natural born Citizen” are synonymous… that to be a “citizen” equates to being a “natural born” citizen.  That simply is not true.  One would think that simple intellectual curiosity would lead those who share that mistaken belief to question why the Founders found it necessary to modify the phrase, No person except a natural born Citizen,” with the phrase, “… or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution…”

Even the most unthinking and uneducated among us must agree that the use of the word “or” requires an implicit understanding that those who would seek the presidency had to be either “natural born citizens,” or citizens of the United States” on the day that the Constitution became the law of the land.

On the day that the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776, every citizen of the 13 original colonies became citizens of a new nation, the United States of America.  And the very first child born to newly-minted U.S. citizens on July 4, 1776, before the ink was dry on John Hancock’s signature, became the nation’s very first “natural born” citizen.

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The Constitution required that, in addition to being a resident of the United States for at least 14 years, those who would seek the presidency must be at least 35 years of age.  There were a great many men who met those two criteria, but the country needed a president and the only “natural born” citizens available on June 21, 1788, the day the Constitution was ratified, were children under 12 years of age.  To solve that problem, the Framers added a grandfather clause, making it possible for newly-minted U.S. citizens, none of them “natural born,” to serve as president.  This was necessary until such time as a body of individuals, born to U.S. citizen parents after the Declaration of Independence, reached age 35.

George Washington, our first president, was born at Wakefield, Va., Feb. 22, 1732, 44 years before the Declaration of Independence.  He was a “citizen,” but not a “natural born” citizen because both of his parents were British subjects at the time of his birth.

John Adams, our second president, was born at Braintree, Mass., Oct. 30, 1735, 41 years before the Declaration of Independence.  He was a “citizen,” because he was born in Massachusetts, but he was not a “natural born” citizen because both of his parents were British subjects at the time of his birth and owed their allegiance to the British crown.

Thomas Jefferson, our third president, was born at Shadwell, Va., April 13, 1743, 33 years before the Declaration of Independence.  He was a “citizen,” because he was born in Virginia, but he was not a “natural born” citizen because both of his parents were British subjects at the time of his birth.

James Madison, our fourth president, born in Virginia March 16, 1751, 25 years before the Declaration of Independence; James Monroe, our fifth president, born in Virginia April 28, 1758, 18 years before the Declaration of Independence; John Quincy Adams, our sixth president, born in Massachusetts July 11, 1767, nine years before the Declaration of Independence; and Andrew Jackson, our seventh president, born in South Carolina March 15, 1767, nine years before the Declaration of Independence; were all “citizens,” because they were born in what came to be the United States of America, but they were not “natural born” citizens because their parents were not US citizens at the time of their birth.

However, Martin Van Buren, our eighth president, was born at Kinderhook, N.Y., Dec. 5, 1782, six years and five months after the Declaration of Independence.  Unlike his seven predecessors, he was not just a “citizen,” he was a “natural born” citizen… the first president, at least 35 years of age, who was born to US citizen parents after the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

What a great many patriotic, but ill-informed, Americas refuse to accept is the fact that, while the Founders intended that only “natural born” citizens should ever serve as president, there were no 35-year-old “natural born” citizens available during the first 35 years of our nation’s history. Accordingly, it became necessary to provide an exemption of limited duration covering those citizens born prior to July 4, 1776.  All were “grandfathered” and made eligible under the phrase, “or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution…”

This web archive image of an article published in the June 27, 2004, edition of the Sunday Standard, Kenya’s oldest newspaper includes the headline, Kenyan-born Obama all set for US Senate.

This web archive image shows an article published in the June 27, 2004, edition of the Sunday Standard, Kenya’s oldest newspaper.

Every U.S. president since Van Buren… with the exception of Chester A. Arthur, whose Irish father was a British subject at the time of his birth, and Barack Obama, whose Kenyan father was also a British subject at the time of his birth… has been a “natural born” U.S. citizen, as required by Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

Barack Obama was born with dual U.S.-British citizenship “by descent” from his Kenyan father and his American mother.  However, under Chapter VI, Sec. 97(1) of the Kenyan Constitution of Dec. 12, 1963, Kenyan Independence Day, Obama lost his British citizenship on Aug. 4, 1984, his 23rd birthday.  However, his eligibility status is now complicated by the fact that, under Chapter 3, Section 14 of a revised Kenyan Constitution, adopted on Aug. 4, 2010, he became a citizen of Kenya “by birth” and is required to obey the laws of Kenya, should he ever set foot in that country during or after his stay in the White House.

The Framers found it inconceivable that a president of the United States, commander in chief of the Army and the Navy, should ever be required to obey the laws of a foreign nation.  Barack Obama provides, if nothing else, a definitive example of why the Founders insisted that the president must be a “natural born” citizen, untainted by any hint of foreign allegiances.

Doctored Certificate of Live Birth?Although Democrats have successfully defended Obama’s illegal presidency, based largely on the fact that he is a black man, insulated from the rule of law by the color of his skin, we must insist that constitutional mandates apply equally to presidents of both parties, Democrats and Republicans.  This means, of course, that conservatives such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Nicki Haley (R-SC), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA)… all born to one or more non-U.S. citizen parents… are not natural born citizens and must be eliminated from consideration for the 2016 GOP nomination.

In the days of Washington, Adams, and Jefferson, a man of Barack Obama’s background and qualifications would have received zero consideration for the presidency.  Without question, he would have been declared ineligible.  Yet, in spite of the fact that the Constitutional criteria for the presidency have not changed one iota since 1787, millions of Americans today insist that he is eligible for the office.  By what tortured reasoning, what conceivable standard, they won’t say.

Liberals and Democrats being what they are, we can always count on them to expect to have things both ways.  But conservatives and Republicans believe in constitutional principles and the rule of law, and we simply cannot allow the bandwagon-riders in our party to circumvent the Constitution.  So, sorry, Ted, Nicki, Bobby, Marco, and Rick… we love you all and you’re a great credit to our country, but you just can’t play in our presidential sandbox.

Paul R. Hollrah is a two-time member of the Electoral College and a contributing editor for the National Writers Syndicate and the New Media JournalHis blog is found at OrderOfEphors.comHe resides in the lakes region of northeast Oklahoma.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Though Hollrah did not mention Mitt Romney in the piece above, he has raised questions about Romney’s eligibility.  And he’s discussed other hot-button topics, including Obama’s true identity.  To read more of his columns, click here.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Ads Deserve Immediate Attention of Every American Voter

My friends at SpecialOperationsSpeaks.com ran two advertisements in The Washington Times this week.  Both deserve the attention of every American voter.

Click to download ad (pdf).

The first ad (above) features the names of more than 500 flag officers (i.e., retired admirals and generals) who endorsed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president and ran early this week.  The second ad (below) ran today in a 40-story special section of the newspaper and calls for an investigation of potential high crimes and misdemeanors related to “BenghaziGate,” the tragic and preventable series of events that took place Sept. 11, 2012, and resulted in the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.  Please download and share both ASAP!

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FYI:  The folks at Special Operations Speaks endorsed my book, “Three Days In August,” which chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. To learn more about it, read this post on the SOS Noble Warriors webpage.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Chilling Video Provides More Reasons to Vote for Mitt Romney

If you need another reason to vote for Mitt Romney Tuesday, watch “Rampant Injustice,” a chilling video about the dramatic rise of raids against small business owners by out-of-control federal government agencies during the first term of President Barack Obama.

See also:

• President Obama’s ‘Brownshirts’ May Be Closer to Smashing Down Your Front Door Than You Think

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Vote wisely, folks.  Your future depends on it!

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Denver TV Reporter Asks Obama Tough Questions About Libya

Three days after news broke about emails proving President Barack Obama lied about the Sept. 11 attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reporter Kyle Clark of Denver television station KUSA-TV did the job of a genuine journalist Friday afternoon.

In addition to doing what members of the lapdog media have not — that is, asking Obama tough questions about Libya — during an interview by satellite Friday afternoon, Clark asked the president to explain why he called Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney a “bullshitter” after saying just a few months ago that we need more civility in politics.  And there’s more, of course.  Read the related article.

Great job, Mr. Clark!

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Top 50 Tweets From the Third Presidential Debate of 2012

Five days after sharing Presidential Debate in 50 Tweets, I share my Top 50 tweets about tonight’s foreign policy presidential debate featuring Barack Obama and Mitt Romney @BobMcCarty on Twitter:

Prediction: Obama will blame the high rate of violent crime in Detroit on Mitt’s later father and the legacy he left in Michigan. #Debate
Wow! I feel like Obama’s speaking to me. He used my name, “Bob.” #Debate
“Boss, de-spite! De-spite!” #Debate
Amazing how many people are “live” blogging the debate. In Chicago, they’re “dead” blogging… just like they vote! #Debate
Flexibility? Putin? Point Romney!! #Debate
Status of Forces Agreement. Acronym = SOFA. Romney’s making Obama look like a couch potato. #Debate
Isreal says, “With friends like Obama, who needs enemies?” <sarc> #Debate
Waiting for Obama to call Syrians “Cereals.” #Debate
But Syriously, folks. #Debate
Obama: “We are playing a leadership role.” [Keyword: playing] #Debate
It’s so quiet in that debate hall that you can hear a name drop — by Obama, that is. #Debate
By my tally, Romney’s use of multi-syllable words outnumbers Obama’s 50-1. #Debate
Good to see Obama worrying about making small businessmen like those in the Muslim Brotherhood successful in the future. #Debate
Obama’s getting Tahrir Square in Cairo confused with Tianenmen Square in China. Off by about 30 years in fact. #Debate
Cardinals down 7-0 in the 3rd. Probably distracted by television sets in the dugout tuned to the presidential debate. #Debate #NLCS
65,189 tweets per minute. Two candidates. One twit. #Debate
“America is a shovel-ready project. I’m burying it.” — Barack Obama, 2012 #Debate
Barack Obama: Redistributor-in-Chief. #Debate
I think I just saw Obama’s Adam’s apple plunge. Gulp! #Debate
“Greece” is the word! #Debate
“Uhh. Uhh. Uhh.” — Barack Obama #Debate
So that’s why he’s dismantling NASA! He wants all of those smart engineers to teach math and science in schools! #Debate
And the last time the USA was invaded by a foreign power was when? Oh yeah, Mexican drug runners carrying U.S.-supplied arms. #Debate
Bob Schieffer’s getting cranky. Rumor has it his Depends are leaking! #Debate
And the last time the USA was invaded by a foreign power was when? Oh yeah, Mexican drug runners carrying U.S.-supplied arms. #Debate
$16 trillion doesn’t add up. #Debate
Barack Obama: “I haven’t balanced the budget, because the Senate hasn’t delivered one to me in years.” #Debate
I thought sequestration was an Olympic event? #Debate
Israel fears Obama’s help will arrive as quickly as help arrived in Benghazi. #Debate
I think it’s time for a grassroots movement to encourage Barack Obama to go back to Cairo and deliver another campaign speech. #Debate
Newsflash: Obama admits he looked in a mirror at the Holocaust Museum! #Debate
Obama stood on the right side of Israel (as Iran attacked from Israel’s left). #Debate
Okay, couldn’t resist. Obama’s the only person I know of who calls Pakistan “Pockistan?” #Debate
Failed State. Isn’t that where Obama went to college? #Debate
OOH!! OOH!! I just saw David Axelrod stick his head out of Obama’s right ear!! #Debate
Barack Obama: “We can free up resources from the Defense Department and give them to welfare programs.” #Debate
Veterans unemployment is lower than the general population now versus when Obama came into office? Whopper!!!! #Debate
Did Bob Schieffer just say “Obamas Bin Laden”? Lovin’ it! #Debate
What Mitt should have said: “I think we should replace all debate moderators with drones.” #Debate
Remember that song from the ’80s? Tali-BAND ON THE RUN. #Debate

Why didn’t the Obama Admin go after Chinese folks who made illegal campaign contributions to his campaign? #Debate

Is that a tire fire I’m watching or is Obama putting up a smoke screen? #Debate

Was Obama stupid enough to bring up green energy companies (i.e., Solyndra, A123 et al)? Go for the juglar, Mitt! #Debate

When Obama says, “Let’s check the record,” he’s talking about a broken record that knows zip about fixing an economy. #Debate
Romney’s eating Obama like he was a turkey sandwich three days after Thanksgiving. Yum! #Debate
For comparison’s sake, Mitt Romney is more like a St. Louis Cardinal while Barack Obama is more like a Chicago Cub. Loser. #Debate
First truthful thing Barack Obama’s said all night: “I’ve got a different vision for America.” #Debate
Mitt Romney = Ronald Reagan in Lyle Wagner outfit. #Debate
Romney: “We’re gonna have to have a president who can work across the aisle.” Obama: “Clean up on aisle 1600.” #Debate
Obama’s gonna have to pass the torch to Romney. Hopefully, he’ll do it before the economy is razed. #Debate

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Barack Obama: ‘Not Optimal’

To frame tonight’s final presidential candidates debate between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, American Crossroads released a new video, “Not Optimal,” that juxtaposes the president winning the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 against the current unrest in Libya, across North Africa and throughout the Middle East.

President Obama’s weak leadership has led America to a weaker position internationally, and we need to change course.

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

First-Generation Americans Warn About Dangers of Socialism

With Americans facing a choice between socialist Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, I decided to share three videos in which first-generation Americans warn about the dangers of socialism.

The first video features Thomas Peterffy, a man grew up in socialist Hungary, warning about the dangers of socialism.

The second video features my interview Ionel “Greg” Grigore and his mother, Dumitra, who came to the United States from Romania 28 years ago.  Read more about him in my April 12, 2010, post, “Let ‘em have one finger, they take your whole hand.”

The third video features my interviews with three first-generation Americans“Anne” from India, “Marty” from Cuba and “Linda” from Brazil — who share their beliefs about what’s at stake when it comes to Americans deciding the future of their country.  To read more about each of them, read my Nov. 1, 2009, post, Three First-Generation Americans Offer Advice.

I trust, after watching these videos, you’ll SHARE THEM BEFORE ELECTION DAY, NOV. 6Thanks in advance!

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.