Historical Documents Prove Obama Ineligible for Presidency
By Jeff West
The following article appeared in the December 10, 2008 issue of The Times Examiner

Millions of Americans are awaiting an answer to the question of Barack Obama’s eligibility to be President, as a national drama unfolds. In June a copy of his Certification of Live Birth was posted on his website, which was later proven to be altered electronically. Obama admitted on his website that he was born a British citizen because his father was subject to British jurisdiction as a citizen of their colony of Kenya, and henceforth so were his offspring. A lawsuit against Obama by Attorney Phillip Berg has gone to the Supreme Court, in addition to another by Attorney Leo Donofrio which was just rejected on Monday, December 8. The Court ordered Obama to respond to Berg’s suit by December 1, to which Obama refused to comply. While Berg awaits the Court’s response, on December 8 he filed an Application for Injunction with the Court asking them to stay the December 15th Electoral College vote until Obama proves his qualifications. Additionally, among the numerous other lawsuits in various states, Presidential candidate Alan Keyes has sued Obama in California for being ineligible. Meanwhile, rumors swirl about his birth and citizenship, including whether he was born in Hawaii or Kenya or later became an Indonesian citizen.

However, this is all a diversion from the simple truth. The Founding Fathers wrote in the Constitution that a Presidential candidate must be at least 35 years old and a “natural born citizen.” It can now be easily proven from historical documents that Obama does not meet the latter requirement and is thus ineligible to be President, and that consequently a huge fraud has been perpetrated upon the American public by his candidacy.

Many people have questioned why the Founding Fathers did not define the phrase “natural born citizen” in the Constitution. The answer is simply that the meaning was commonly understood and there was no reason to define the term. Since Obama’s birth and before, Congress has passed many unconstitutional laws redefining the phrase according to their ever-changing whims, with the result that it was consistently liberalized over time. It is a very sad statement about America that Congress cannot understand that the Constitution trumps their laws, hence the need for the Supreme Court to strike down their erroneous, unconstitutional laws.

The Supreme Court reiterated this in their decision of S.C. v. U.S. in 26US Supreme Court 110, 111 (1905) when they wrote: “The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when adopted, it means now.”

They further confirmed this by quoting Chief Justice John Marshall (Gibbons v. Ogden):

“As men whose intentions require no concealment generally employ the words which most directly and aptly express the ideas they intend to convey, the enlightened patriots who framed our Constitution, and the people who adopted it, must be understood to have employed words in their natural sense, and to have intended what they have said.”

My discovery of this historical evidence symbolically came to me on Thanksgiving as I was thinking about how God blessed America with a wonderful land and Constitutional form of government. I was reading an article on the Internet discussing various legal attempts to define the phrase “natural born citizen” and I thought, “I know there is some literature or documents contemporaneous with the Founding Fathers that define this phrase as they understood it.” Suddenly I remembered that our Constitution was based upon the encyclopedic “The Law of Nations,” a treatise written by Swiss lawyer and diplomat Emerich de Vattel as a manual for how government should function. Written in 1758, this work was read not only by the Founding Fathers, but was also well-known throughout the colonies among the populace.

Thankfully, I found a copy on the Constitution Society’s website and sure enough, in Book I, Chapter XIX, part 212, it says: “The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.” Here is the definition the Founding Fathers did not deem necessary to supply since it was already understood. And since Obama’s father was a Kenyan citizen, Obama is therefore not a natural born citizen and is thus ineligible to be President.

There is also more recent corroboration. Obama and some other Democrats pushed through a Senate resolution in April recognizing Senator McCain’s eligibility to run for President. The resolution appeared to have been worded so as to apply to Obama as well. But during the Senate Judiciary hearings on the bill, Dept. of Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said “My assumption and my understanding is that if you are born of American parents, you are naturally a natural-born American citizen.” The resolution’s Democratic co-author, Patrick Leahy, responded, “That is mine, too.”

Thus we can see from the above evidence that Barack Obama, being born of a Kenyan citizen, is not a natural born citizen and consequently is not eligible for the Presidency. We can only pray that the Supreme Court agrees to hear the issue and rules according to the Constitution, which is questionable since there are only four conservative Justices out of nine. This entire episode should have never reached this stage, so perhaps we will learn the lesson to pay more attention to our history, government and God’s blessings. But since God ordains a nation’s leaders, we can only pray that His will is done and that He shows mercy upon America.

The following update was posted on The Times Examiner Website the next week:

Update on Obama Eligibility Issue

The lawsuit against Obama by Attorney Leo Donofrio was rejected by the Supreme Court on Monday, December 8. While Berg still awaits the Court’s response, on December 8th he filed an Application for Injunction with the Court asking them to stay the December 15th Electoral College vote, which was also rejected. Another suit by Cort Wrotnowski was scheduled for conference by the Supreme Court on December 12 and was rejected on Monday, December 15. However, there are still numerous other cases pending nationwide against Obama, including one by twelve Washington State Electors against their Secretary of State for failing to verify Obama’s qualifications. Regarding the evidence that the above-cited Vattel’s “The Law of Nations” provides the Constitutional definition of a “natural born citizen, historical records reveal that Vattel’s work was quoted at the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787, various State Constitutional Conventions, and was also referenced in a 1785 letter by John Jay regarding a diplomatic matter. And more recently, in the famous March 2008 Supreme Court case of DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA, ET AL., PETITIONERS v. DICK ANTHONY HELLER No. 07–290 regarding gun control, Justice Scalia cited Vattel in the Court Opinion. And one researcher found over fifty references to Vattel by the Supreme Court in various cases just on the Internet. This is obviously an issue that is gaining traction in the public eye and will not disappear until it is resolved. If this entire sordid affair inspires Americans to rediscover their heritage and recognize the media cover-up regarding Obama, perhaps there is a silver lining to this dark cloud over America and there is still hope.