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S. 2678

In January 2008, Claire McCaskill decided to endorse Senator Barack Obama in his campaign for the Democratic nomination for the presidential elections of 2008, making her one of the first senators to do so.  She was one of the most visible faces for his campaign.  McCaskill’s support was crucial to Obama’s narrow victory in the Missouri primary in February, 2008.  She had been frequently mentioned as a possible vice presidential choice of Senator Obama in the 2008 run for the White House.


On February 28, 2008, Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO) introduced a bill to the Senate for consideration.  That bill was known as S. 2678: "Children of Military Families Natural Born Citizen Act."  The bill was co-sponsored by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL), Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-NY), Sen. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), and Sen. Thomas Coburn (R-OK).  It's purpose was to clarify the law and ensure that children born to United States citizens while serving overseas in the military are eligible to become President.


Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,


This Act may be cited as the `Children of Military Families Natural Born Citizen Act'.


Congress finds and declares that the term `natural born Citizen' in article II, section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution of the United States shall include: "Any person born to any citizen of the United States while serving in the active or reserve components of the United States Armed Forces."


Bill S. 2678 attempted to change article II, section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution of the United States with reference to the requirements of being a "natural born citizen" and hence; the entitlement to run for President of the United States.  This bill met the same fate that similar attempts to change the Constitution have in the past.

This bill was clearly intended to codify the "natural born" status of the "honorable" John McCain, who was expected to be the republican candidate for president.  John McCain was "born to a citizen of the United States while serving in the active or reserve components of the United States Armed Forces."

Now, why would the Democrats be helping an opponent?  Hmmmm!

S. R. 511

Only five short weeks after Senate Bill 2678 faded from the floor, we find Sen. Claire McCaskill back again, making another attempt with Senate Resolution 511.  On April 10, 2008, she introduced a second proposal in the form of a non-binding resolution, recognizing John McCain as a "natural born citizen" in defiance of the Constitution.  Curiously, it contained the same identical co-sponsors, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. reported:


"With questions -- however serious -- about whether Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., is eligible to run for president since he was born outside U.S. borders on an American Naval base [not true -- McCain was born in a civilian hospital in Colon, Republic of Panama], Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo. today introduced a non-binding resolution expressing the sense of the U.S. Senate that McCain qualifies as a "natural born Citizen," as specified in the Constitution and eligible for the highest office in the land.


Co-sponsors include Sens. Hillary Clinton, D-NY, and Barack Obama, D-Illinois; Leahy said he anticipates it will pass unanimously."

One has to wonder -- what dire urgency could there possibly have been in persisting with trying to legislate a candidate into being a "natural born citizen?"  Certainly providing a birth certificate and reading the Constitution would be more than sufficient.  Why did these candidates and their wishful nominees go to such lengths in the Senate when obviously, they had more pressing matters to attend to?  And why were there two Senators co-sponsoring such an issue, twice, who were in direct competition with John McCain in the 2008 election?


Considering these facts and the judicial record, there is every reason to believe that Sen. McCaskill had no interest in resolving Sen. McCain’s eligibility, but Sen. Obama’s long-term.  She manipulated the Senate and then threatened the media and the public thereafter, politically motivated at the prospect of becoming Obama’s Vice-Presidential pick.


While Senate Bill 2678 fell to the wayside, Senate Resolution 511 was passed on April 30, 2008 as a non-binding resolution.  However, S.R. 511 is not a law, but rather, a unanimous opinion.  Technically, it means absolutely nothing, as it’s not a law, nor did the matter reach the House for review.  It’s a stepping-stone in the larger scheme of things that haven’t happened yet; the push to change our Constitution.


However, the greater question is why was this activity which originated in the Senate in early 2008 hidden from the public.  Why were these senators seeking to change what they knew to be unconstitutional from the start?  The public really needs to look no further than this activity, for it speaks to the heart of the deals that went on beyond the Senate doors.  Rather than trust the preservation model our founding forefathers wrote into our Constitution, these senators, beholden of the public trust, saw fit to manipulate the clauses contained therein, for the sole benefit of their own political self-interests.

S. R. 511 Testimony

It was during the S. R. 511's hearing that Sen. Patrick Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, made the following statement:

"Because he was born to American citizens, there is no doubt in my mind that Senator McCain is a natural born citizen," said Leahy.  "I expect that this will be a unanimous resolution of the Senate."

At a Judiciary Committee hearing on April 3, Leahy asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, himself a former Federal judge, if he had doubts that McCain was eligible to serve as President.

"My assumption and my understanding is that if you are born of American parents, you are naturally a natural-born American citizen," Chertoff replied.

"That is mine, too," said Leahy.

What's interesting here is that Sen. Leahy, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary, confirms that a "natural born" citizen is the child of American citizen parents.

Parents -- that's two. That's BOTH parents.

Every time the words, "citizen" and "parent," are used by Sen. Leahy and Sec. Chertoff, the plural case, "citizens" and "parents," is used.  The plural case is the operative case.

It is Sen. Leahy's opinion -- his own recorded words, in a formal Senate Resolution and on his U. S. Senate website -- that Barack Obama is not a "natural born" citizen, and therefore not eligible to serve as Commander-in-Chief, regardless of his birthplace.

Obama had one American parent --singular -- his mother.  His alleged father was a citizen of Kenya, and a subject of Great Britain.

Obama, himself, "at birth," was a citizen of Kenya, and a subject of Great Britain -- he says so on his own campaign website.  This fact introduces the concept of "divided loyalties," -- the reason the founders created the eligibility requirement in the first place -- a fact that further underlines Obama's ineligibility.

The source of this information is Sen. Leahy's own website.  The webpage contains a statement about the resolution; the resolution, itself; the Statement Of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.); and an excerpt of Sec. Chertoff's testimony.

The plural word "parents" is used four times.  When used to identify the parents, the word "citizens" is used five times.  That's nine times that Sen. Leahy, on his own website describes the eligibility requirement.  There is NO PLACE in any of these four documents where the singular case of "parent" or "citizen" is used.

The real purpose of this bill was to change Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution of the United States with reference to the requirements of being a "natural born citizen" by the Democratic Party leadership -- paving the way for an Obama run.
Illegal Obama "Propped Up" By Congress

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