H.R.1503, Future Presidential Candidates Must Prove Eligibility

3-16-09

Florida Republican Congressional Representative Bill Posey has introduced a bill that will compel future presidential candidates to definitively prove their eligibility prior to running for office.

Boy talk about a day late and a dollar short Mr. Posey but I digress.

Posey’s bill “would amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.”

Now why in the world did Representative Posey feel the need to bring legislation before the House that would require someone running for president to show they were in compliance with Article II Section I of the United States Constitution?

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; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Surely something as straight forward as providing your ORIGINAL BIRTH CERTIFICATE and other pertinent documentation when contemplating a run for the highest office in the land would be a basic and elementary expectation would it not?

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An original birth certificate is required when one applies for their first drivers license, attempts to join the military, begins the journey to become a law enforcement officer, applies for their first U.S. passport heck even when a child is signed up to play Little League baseball. It would seem like such a no brainer that anyone running for president would have been thoroughly vetted by some non partisan group in an official capacity prior to ever jumping into the race would it not?

After all we would not want to put this country through the Constitutional crisis of actually allowing someone to get all the way through the process, become legitimately elected president, then have grievous questions about their eligibility come flowing over the dam after the fact now would we?

It seems some in Congress were so concerned about this possibility, due to John McCain’s birth in the country of Panama to two U.S. citizens who were assigned to that country as military service personnel, that they drafted and passed a Senate resolution back in April 2008. S. Res. 511 was intended to affirm McCain did in fact qualify to campaign for the presidency as he was definitely considered a natural born citizen in accordance with our Constitution.

This resolution, interestingly enough, was co-sponsored by Mr. Barack Hussein Obama. In fact all of the Senators involved with this resolution were Democrats. It’s good to see they were so concerned that Republican John McCain may be declared ineligible to hold the office due to the fact he was born in another country that they decided to be proactive in heading off any problems before they came to be.

One little thing in this resolution that should be pointed out can be found at the very end of the text:

Whereas John Sidney McCain, III, was born to American citizens on an American military base in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936: Now, therefore, be it Resolved, That John Sidney McCain, III, is a `natural born Citizen’ under Article II, Section 1, of the Constitution of the United States.

You probably caught it right away like I did. Those five words that stand out very clearly, was born to American citizens, as in…..two. Both are. Plural. More than one. Not just born to AN American citizen. Sure enough this would fall in line with some previous Supreme Court cases that touched on the natural born issue, the requirement being both parents must be U.S. citizens in order for their child to be considered a natural born citizen.

It only makes sense the founding fathers had meant this to be the case. They just finished up a war with a “foreign” country and in crafting the documents that would become the foundation of our nation the last thing they wanted was the ability of someone who’s allegiance may lie with another government to gain access to the most powerful position in America.

So what is Rep. Posey’s point with H.R.1503? Well unless one has taken up residence inside of a cave somewhere in the side of a mountain in Tibet for the last two years chances are a little bell may have been heard ringing something about Barack Hussein Obama’s little problem with this eligibility issue.

That’s right folks Obama simply cannot be qualified to hold the office of President of the United States (POTUS) because his father (at least the man he refers to as his father) was never a U.S. citizen. That is not a secret, Obama has never tried to hide that fact.

It doesn’t matter if he was indeed born in Hawaii as he claims, was born in Kenya as many others claim or he was born on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial he is not a natural born citizen and is ineligible to be president of this country. I spelled the whole thing out right here a couple of weeks ago.

While I commend Mr. Posey for his effort to close a gaping loophole in our Constitution there is no way to view the actual text of the bill, as of this writing, to see just how far he plans to go with compelling candidates to prove their eligibility. Will he include “born to two U.S. citizens” language so we don’t have to rely on decades old Supreme Court rulings? It will be interesting to see as we follow this legislation through the process.

It’s really too bad we could not have foreseen a problem with this issue years ago and dealt with it before some no name–no talent–no clue clown like BHO came out of the woodwork….isn’t it?

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