missing the point.
|Mischaracterizing The Eligibility Issue
|V. Harlow says the
eligibility issue has constantly been mischaracterized as a
"citizenship" issue, or a "birth certificate" issue, and major media
outlets keep playing on this same theme over and over, ridiculing those
who want the truth.
I suspect they are partially driven by fear.
Fear they won't get interviews, fear they won't get invitations, fear
they won't get to cover important issues if this issue is included in
what they cover. Even Fox News continues to ridicule and
mischaracterize this very important Constitutional issue.
attack this administration on other valid issues? Yes, of course.
I don't advocate doing anything less. It's not right to push the
very valid and important Constitutional issue of the eligibility of the
current resident of White House to hold the job, aside as though it is
of no matter. There have been people scoffing for over a year now,
yet lawsuits continue. The issue is law. The highest office
in the land, the one responsible for upholding our laws and protecting
our freedoms is the issue.
Most reasonable people don't question
the "citizenship" of Obama. The Constitution has special
requirements for holders of the office of President of the Unite States.
Those requirements are "natural born citizen." That is a higher
standard than "citizen." It is a higher standard than "native
Some people signed off on Obama's qualification rather
cavalierly either knowingly or carelessly. They need to be held to
It's easy to ridicule and destroy the reputations and
careers of people fighting this battle, but it's wrong. Orly Taitz,
no matter how one questions her professionalism, does not deserve the
treatment she has received from anonymous callers, from malicious
supporters of Obama, or from major media outlets. She comes
willing and determined to defend our Constitution, while so many charged
with that responsibility have forsaken it completely.
Pidgeon, Berg, Kreep, and others fighting the battle do not deserve the
ridicule. The American People overwhelmingly want to know the
An honest hearing is required.
|"We Gotta Have Proof"
General Ken Cuccinelli, fresh off the controversy that he generated with
his letter to Virginia public colleges and universities earlier this
month advising them against going too far in policies protecting gays
and lesbians from discrimination on campus, is back in the hot seat
again, this time over comments from late last year questioning Obamaís
The comments came to light in a posting on the
left-wing political blog Not Larry Sabato on Monday that included audio
from an interview conducted by an unnamed man of Cuccinelli in the
post-election transition period.
In the interview, the man asks
Cuccinelli what can be done "about Obama and the birth-certificate
thing." Cuccinelli responds that he thinks the question of Obamaís
citizenship that has been a cause celebre for the far, far right dating
back to the 2008 presidential election, "will get tested, in my view,
when someone -- when he signs a law, and someone is convicted of
violating it, and one of their defenses will be, 'It's not a law because
someone qualified to be president didnít sign it.'"
interviewer then interjects that the issue would be that, "we are
talking about the possibility that he was not born in America,"
referring to Obama. "Right," answers Cuccinelli. "But at the same
time under Rule 11, Federal Rule 11, we gotta have proof of it."
Later in the exchange, Cuccinelli says it is not "beyond the realm of
possibility" that Obama was born in Kenya, as has been suggested
consistently by far-right partisans.
Cuccinelli told the
Washington Post in a statement on the matter released on Monday that he
"absolutely believe(s)" that Obama was born in America.
buy into the claims that he wasnít," Cuccinelli said.
See How The Obots Spin
|Let's take a look at how Dan Nowicki, The Arizona
Republic's award-winning national political reporter spins the above
He begins with, "Brown pressed
Hayworth as to whether he was 'comfortable with the fact that (Obama is)
an American citizen.'"
Nowicki frames his interpretation
of the facts as being a citizenship issue, when he knows it's an
eligibility issue, which he demonstrates when he continues:
"The Constitution requires that the president be a
That's the Obot two-step -- conflating
eligibility and citizenship -- muddying the water, right up front -- and here comes the spin:
"...which is widely viewed
as meaning he must be born in the United States..."
not held by the Chairman of the Senate Judiiciary Committee, Patrick
Leahy, and senators McKaskill, Coburn, Clinton, Webb, and, oh yes --
Their formal view is that John McCain, a child born of American
parents, was a "natural born" citizen. Homeland Security Secretary
Michael Chertoff, himself a former Federal judge, agreed.
"...Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Hawaii."
So, here's how it worked in 2008 -- when Obots addressed Obama's
eligibility, they talk about Hawaii -- "...Obama was born Aug. 4,
1961, in Hawaii"-- they don't want to talk about the
implications of the fact that his
father was a foreigner.
When addressing McCain, it's parentage -- said Sen. Leahy,
"Because he was born to American citizens...McCain is a natural born
citizen" -- even though McCain was
born in a foreign
country -- there's problems there too.
Fact is, both Obama and McCain were ineligible and
everybody knew it. That's why there was no outcry then, and why
there's no outcry now. Think about it, Congress, the judiciary,
and all those campaign types, the lobbyists, and the rest of them --
they're almost all lawyers -- they know that Barack Obama is currently
usurping the office -- they were intimidated by the spectre of "riots in
the cities" and the need to go along.
Nowicki couldn't just close
his propaganda piece without throwing a shot at the "birthers"
-- small "b"
"During the presidential race,
Obama's campaign produced the Hawaii-issued short-form birth
certificate, but fringe Obama critics, dubbed "birthers," continue to
demand to see his long-form birth certificate."
just about a bogus birth certificate that
has been exposed by four competent
examiners as a counterfeit -- there's a whole bunch of stuff Obama
is hiding from the American
People -- and you're wrong about that
fringe thing too.
The facts of the interview are the facts.
Nowicki's interpretation of them are classic propaganda.
|Eric Cantor: Obama Is A Citizen
is reporting the new Republican House majority leader says he
doesnít think questions about Barack Obamaís citizenship should play a
role in the discussion of policy matters.
into the Obama administration, so-called Birthers continue to argue that
Obama isnít a "natural-born" citizen and that he hasnít proved heís
constitutionally qualified to be president.
Birth records in Hawaii havenít dissuaded them.
House Majority Leader Eric Cantor says he believes Obama is a citizen
and that most Americans are beyond that question.
Appearing Sunday on
NBCís "Meet the Press," Cantor refused to call people who question
Obamaís citizenship "crazy," saying itís not nice to call anyone crazy.
Cantor says he believes that Obama wants whatís best for the country
and that there are honest disagreements over how to achieve that.
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