Sunday, October 05, 2008

Barack Obama: Change? Hope?


Is this guy a wack-job Hillary supporter? An unwitting stooge of the McCain-Palin campaign? Or, perhaps, a serious Democratic Party patriot and student of U.S. laws and the U.S. Constitution?

It seems I must be "really out of it" when it comes to the news. But I hadn't heard anything about this till last night, when my brother sent me a link to a blog post that led me to information about a lawsuit against "Barack Hussein Obama and the Democratic National Committee" alleging that Obama is ineligible to serve as President of the United States due to citizenship problems.

It seems, back on July 25, one "Judah Benjamin" wrote a lengthy article outlining reasons he believed Barack Obama was ineligible for the presidency due to problems with his citizenship.

And prior to that--now that I've become interested in the topic, I've bumped into them--there were a number of other rumors and charges leveled against Obama that he was ineligible to serve as President of the United States due to citizenship issues.

Whether in response to Benjamin's article or not, on August 21, Philip J. Berg--former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania; former candidate for Governor and U.S. Senate in Democratic Primaries; former Chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County; former member of Democratic State Committee--filed a lawsuit in Federal Court seeking a Declaratory Judgment and an Injunction that Mr. Obama does not meet the qualifications to be President of the United States. Grounds?
  1. It is unknown where Mr. Obama was born. Mr. Berg presents his evidence:
    Obama claims he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961 and it is uncertain in which hospital he claims to have been born. Obama’s grandmother on his father’s side, his half-brother and half-sister all claim Obama was born not in Hawaii but in Kenya. Reports reflect that Obama’s mother traveled to Kenya during her pregnancy; however, she was prevented from boarding a flight from Kenya to Hawaii at her late stage of pregnancy (which, apparently, was a normal restriction, to avoid births during a flight). By these reports, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama gave birth to Obama in Kenya, after which she flew home and registered Obama’s birth. There are records of a “registry of birth” for Obama, on or about August 8, 1961 in the public records office in Hawaii.

    Upon investigation into the alleged birth of Barack Hussein Obama in Honolulu, Hawaii, Obama’s birth is reported as occurring at two (2) separate hospitals, Kapiolani Hospital and Queens Hospital. Wikipedia English Version, under the subject “Barack Obama,” states Obama was born at Kapiolani Hospital. [NOTE: At this time (10/5/08) the English Wikipedia only mentions "Honolulu, Hawaii" and references a page at in which a non-certified copy of a Hawaiian Birth Certificate is displayed. By "non-certified," I mean to note that one sees no embossment, no signature, no indication of anyone's official stamp having been applied. Put another way: it doesn't create great credibility in my mind of "even" being a legitimate document. --JAH] Wikipedia Italian Version, under the subject “Queens Hospital,” states Barack Obama was born in Queens Hospital. [NOTE: Interesting, the Italian Wikipedia now says, "Barack Obama nacque al 'Kapi'olani Hospital' di Honolulu"! It appears the emendation of the Italian Wikipedia article occurred on 5 September 2008. --JAH, 10/5/08]

    There are further references circulating on the internet claiming examination of the hospital’s records in Hawaii show no birthing records for Stanley Ann Dunham (Obama), Obama’s mother. However, there are records of a “registry of birth” for Obama, on or about August 8, 1961, in the public records office in Hawaii.

    Wayne Madsen, Journalist with Online Journal as a contributing writer and published an article on June 9, 2008 stating that a research team went to Mombassa, Kenya, and located a Certificate Registering the birth of Barack Obama, Jr. at a Maternity Hospital, to his father, a Kenyan citizen and his mother, a U.S. citizen.

    At the time of Obama’s birth in 1961, Kenya was a British Colony. There is a purported Canadian Birth Certificate, posted on the Internet, in the name of Barack Hussein Obama, Jr.; however, the date of birth is shown as August 23, 1961.

    Under the Independence Constitution of Kenya, Obama became a Kenyan citizen on December 12, 1963. Chicago-based Internet journalist, broadcaster and critic Andy Martin states that Obama has never renounced his Kenyan citizenship. Andy Martin further states that, on Obama’s Senate web site, Obama tap dances around his own dual nationality when discussing his father. Obama obviously knows, because his father told him, that he (Obama) also held/holds Kenyan nationality.

    If, in fact, Defendant Obama was born in Kenya, under the laws of the United States, in effect at the time of his birth, if a child was born abroad, and one parent was a U.S. citizen (which here, of course, would be Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham), Obama’s mother would have had to have lived ten (10) years in the U.S., five (5) of which were after she reached the age of fourteen (14). At the time of Obama’s birth, his mother was only eighteen (18), and therefore did not meet the residency requirements under the law to give her son (Obama) U.S. Citizenship. . . .
    And the recitation continues.
  2. Even if Obama was, in fact, born in Hawaii, he lost his U.S. citizenship when his mother re-married and moved to Indonesia with her Indonesian husband.
    The Nationality Act of 1940 provided for the loss of citizenship when a child became naturalized in a foreign country upon the naturalization of his or her parent having custody of such child. Obama’s mother expatriated her U.S. Citizenship when she married Lolo Soetoro, a citizen of Indonesia, and relocated with her son (Obama) to Indonesia.

    Obama was enrolled by his parents in a public school, Fransiskus Assisi School in Jakarta, Indonesia. Plaintiff has received copies of the school registration, in which it clearly states Obama’s name as “Barry Soetoro,” and lists his citizenship as Indonesian. Obama’s father is listed as Lolo Soetoro, Obama’s date of birth and place of birth are listed as August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and Obama’s Religion is listed as Islam. . . .
    And he continues his recitation. (There is much more, and there are far more detailed accounts of the laws involved, on pp. 6-10 of Berg's Opposition and Brief in Support Thereof to Defendant’s . . . Motion to Dismiss Plaintiff’s Complaint.)
  3. "Investigation further showed that, in 1981, Obama traveled to Pakistan, using his Indonesian passport. At the time of his travels to Pakistan, Obama was twenty (20) years old. He certainly knew that he retained his Indonesia citizenship, and it is implausible that he could not have known that he had failed to regain his United States citizenship (if, again, he had been born in Hawaii). Indonesia does not allow dual citizenship. Had Obama regained his United States citizenship, he would have been traveling on a United States Passport."
  4. "Further investigation led to Obama’s State Bar Registration and Public Disciplinary Record. On the Illinois State Bar Registration and Public Disciplinary Record, it specifically asks for “Full former name(s). Obama put “None”, when in fact he went by the name Barry Soetoro, and Barry Obama. It is further believed Obama has used the name Barry Dunham. Obama lied on the State government form that he signed under the penalty of perjury.

    "Even if Obama had and maintained United States citizenship (which Plaintiff believes he failed to do) he also holds citizenship in Kenya and Indonesia. Obama has divided loyalties with foreign countries. Thus, Obama carries multiple citizenships, and is ineligible to run for President of the United States. United States Constitution, Article II, Section I."
And so it goes.

Fascinating and disturbing reading for anyone who really cares about the rule of law.

It is appropriate to ask: "Should a mother's care-free, undisciplined, wandering and/or irresponsible ways preclude her son from running for president of the United States?" Perhaps. On the other hand, people throughout history have either suffered limitations or enjoyed privileges solely on the basis of the "accidents of birth."

And the ultimate question--the one that bothers me, and the reason for my post's title: What kind of "change" or "hope" should we expect from a man if we cannot be confident that he has even told us honestly about his roots?

Not to be a conspiracy theorist nut-job, but. . . .

It is my understanding that, according to the doctrine of Taqiyya (developed, I'm told, from the Q'uran, suras 3:28 and 16:106), devout Muslims are taught they have no moral responsibility to "tell the truth" to their enemies. Indeed, it is their obligation to deceive their enemies . . . if it will advance the cause of Islam.

And so suppose Hussein actually is a Muslim as his Indonesian father declared him to be? Could he be like the assassins . . . who were able to overcome because they maintained deceptions over decades in anticipation of destroying their enemies?

It really is pertinent, isn't it?

[Let me note: I don't believe Obama is a "closet Muslim." BUT . . . The fact remains, it appears to me that Berg has a case for questioning his credentials. . . . So. Back to our subject.]

Who is Barack Obama?

People keep talking about their concerns over Sarah Palin. Why no similarly detailed examination of Mr. Obama?

Berg writes:
Eighteen million Democratic Primary voters donated money, volunteered their time and energy, worked very hard and then not only supported Senator Clinton, but voted for her and often recruited other supporters as well. All the efforts of supporters of legitimate citizens were for nothing because this man lied and cheated his way into a fraudulent candidacy and cheated legitimately eligible natural born citizens from competing in a fair process and the supporters of their citizen choice for the nomination.

Voters donated money, goods and services to elect a nominee and were defrauded by Senator Obama's lies and obfuscations. He clearly shows a conscience of guilt by his actions in using the forged birth certificate and the lies he's told to cover his loss of citizenship. . . .

Americans lost money, goods and services donated in their support of a candidate who supposedly was a natural born citizen simply because the DNC officers and party leaders looked the other way and did not demand credentials to answer the questions and prove whether or not Senator Obama was a legitimately natural born citizen. . . . If the DNC officers and/or leaders had performed one ounce of due diligence we would not find ourselves in this . . . predicament, one week away from making a person the nominee who has lost their citizenship as a child and failed to even perform the basic steps of regaining citizenship through an oath of allegiance at age eighteen [18] as prescribed by Constitutional laws!
So what does Mr. Berg want?
  1. a certified copy of Obama’s “vault” (original long version) Birth Certificate;
  2. a certified copy of Obama’s Certificate of Citizenship; and
  3. a certified copy of the Oath of Allegiance taken by Obama taken at the age of majority.
Latest news is available on Berg's website.

Are these really and truly unreasonable requests of a man who intends to be our president?
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