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I am almost overcome with grief today. My sense of loss and frustration has caused a tightening in my chest, a lump in my throat, and yes, at times tears in my eyes. I grieve for the loss of a dear friend: the Constitution of the United States of America.
People do not really think about what that document is. We glibly talk about the Constitution as if it were just some historical document that a bunch of guys wrote a long time ago. It is not. “Constitution” is not a noun; it is a verb. It is the document by which this Nation was constituted or created. It lays out in fairly plain English how our country was supposed to be set up and run. It gives guidelines by which our Founding Fathers intended the country to be run. It recognizes problems with an unjust government that they had just spent years getting rid of. They wanted to protect this new country from the corruption they had labored under for most of their lives.
I will freely admit to being conservative. I will proudly and vehemently argue my views with anyone willing to put forth an opposing viewpoint, and even agree to disagree if they feel as strongly about their beliefs as I feel about mine. I have very good friends who hold diametrically opposed views on many issues, and we have enjoyed many hours of debate. I believe very strongly in the original ideals and purposes of our Constitution, but I will not fault another person for interpreting it in a way different from my own.
But this is different. This is not someone’s differing opinion, or a different way of interpreting what the Constitution means. There is no way to spin this particular issue. This is a fundamental. You cannot misinterpret the plain and clear language in Section II of Article I which provides the requirements for becoming President of the United States of America. Those requirements are not at all stringent or burdensome. There is nothing that says the President must have any particular level of education. It does not require any specific experience or social status. It makes no provision for race, religion, or even character. It does, however, place three very specific and very clear restrictions on eligibility for the Office:
1) No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President;
2) neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and
3) been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
I will address these in reverse order. I think we can all agree that Barack Obama has lived in the U.S. for fourteen years. There is ample evidence of this fact, and I am sure he supplied the proper documentation.
I think we can all also agree that Mr. Obama is old enough.
What we cannot verify, however, is requirement number one. They thought it important enough to put it first. A “natural born Citizen.” That means born here. Not born somewhere else and brought here, but actually born on U.S. soil. There are many claims that Barack was actually born in Kenya, not Honolullu as he claims. It may seem like a very minor point, but since both of his parents were not U.S. citizens, this is a big deal.
If he was actually born in Kenya, Barack Hussein Obama is not eligible to be President!
The documents Barack supplied do not prove where he was born. He has failed to respond to petitions and public demand that he produce definitive proof of his birthplace. He has just ignored the issue, obviously hoping it would go away. That disregard for the Citizens of this country and its laws sickens me. This issue should be easy to solve. Just supply the proper documentation and it goes away.
In my opinion, if he could supply proof, he would. That means he knows he is not eligible, and has taken office illegally. Or maybe the dog ate it.
I have my issues with his policies, but this has nothing to do with that. This is strictly about our Constitution being blatantly ignored and trodden upon. I cannot believe that more people are not offended by this. This country is now under the leadership of an usurper.
Today the Constitution of the United States of America was destroyed to the delight of millions. We embraced the very corruption our founding fathers fought against, and tried to protect us from.
We failed miserably to uphold the values and freedoms they tried to provide for us, all because we did not hold one man accountable for getting his paperwork turned in.
If Mr. Barack Obama cannot properly submit a birth certificate, how can I believe in his ability to lead this country? We have allowed a man to take the most important job on Earth, and he cannot turn in his homework on time.
And that is why I cried for my country today.