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Why The Republicans Are Silent On
The Eligibility Issue
|The eligibility issue isn't a partisan issue.
The first eligibility lawsuit against Barack Obama was filed by Phil
Berg, a lifelong Democrat.
Five days before the Republican
National Convention, John McCain's eligibility was
challenged in California court.
In Donofrio v. Wells
(October 2008), the plaintiff sought to remove three presidential
candidates from the New Jersey ballot during the 2008 presidential
election: Democratic candidate Barack Obama, Republican candidate John
McCain, and Socialist Workers Party candidate Roger Calero.
All three were subject to foreign legal jurisdiction at birth.
Barack Obama was probably born in Hawaii, but
was, at birth, also a Kenyan citizen
and subject of Great Britain.
John McCain was
born in the Colon Hospital, in Colon,
Panama. He was not born in the Panama Canal Zone as widely
believed. His citizenship status was, from birth, also "governed"
by Panamanian law. By Panamanian law, he acquired, at birth, the
option of becoming a Panamanian citizen.
Roger Calero was born
in Nicaragua. At the time of his presidential candidacy, he was
not a U.S. citizen.
The Republican Party has a history of
accommodating presidential candidates whose Constitutional eligibility
Chester Arthur -- America's first post-1787-born
president, whose parents were not both U.S. citizens, was a
George Romney -- ran for the Republican party
nomination in 1968. He was born in Mexico.
Goldwater -- born (in 1909) in Phoenix, when Arizona was still
territory, not yet a state.
Lowell Weicker -- entered the
race for the Republican party nomination of 1980 but dropped out. He
was born in Paris, France.
John McCain -- born in the
Republic of Panama.
Bobby Jindal -- a possible Republican
candidate in 2012. He was born in the United States, but at the time
of his birth, his parents were not U.S. citizens.
Given its history of eligibility-questionable
presidential candidates, the Republican Party would be guilty of
hypocrisy if it were to challenge Obama's eligibility.
if the Courts find that Barack Obama is ineligible, it is likely that
John McCain is ineligible as well, since neither candidate was subject
to sole and complete U.S. jurisdiction at the time of his birth.
Should that happen, both major political parties might be required to
reimburse presidential campaign financing they received from the Federal
government in 2008. This would be a non-issue for the Democratic
Party which accepted little, if any, Federal monies during the 2008
presidential campaign. But the McCain campaign received
substantial Federal funding.
If McCain were found to be an
ineligible presidential candidate, the RNC might be required to return
government monies it had received in 2008 for McCain's presidential
campaign. Given the financial risk that McCain's questionable
eligibility poses, the Republican Party is likely to oppose any public
discussion of McCain's or Obama's presidential eligibility.
|GOP Protecting Obama
|Bob Unruh says a legislative plan in Arizona
that would require candidates for president to document their
constitutional eligibility to occupy the Oval Office needs only an
affirmative vote from the state Senate before it could be advanced to
the governor, but the sponsor says she's concerned the GOP leadership
will end up protecting Obama's secrets.
State Rep. Judy Burges,
R-Skull Valley, said that her bill was approved by the House but now is
being "held" by Senate President Robert Burns.
Burns told her that in light of the controversy over the state's
immigration law -- targeted by pro-amnesty immigrants and open-border
activists -- "he didn't want to take on another one."
Burns was on the floor of the Senate or in caucus much of today and
couldn't be reached directly for comment, a spokesman, Mike
Philipsen,said only that the issue is "in the process" and did not
respond to requests to confirm that it actually will be given to
senators for a vote.
Burns represents District 9 and is a
Republican from Peoria. He serves as chairman of the Senate
Philipsen confirmed that if a Senate
concurrence is obtained, "then it would go to the [governor]."
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