Archive for March, 2011

Obama Case at Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

March 31, 2011

May 2, after a two-year battle, a lawsuit challenging Obama’s eligibility to be President will finally be considered by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Originally filed in 2008, the case has slowly been working its way through the federal court system.

Over 100 cases have been filed challenging Obama’s eligibility to be President under the Constitution’s requirement that the President must be a “natural born” citizen. Most have been dismissed for “lack of standing,” meaning the plaintiffs had suffered no injury, and no lawsuit has yet been tried on the merits of the case. Obama has spent an estimated $2 million keeping these lawsuits from coming to trial.

However, the case coming up before the Ninth Circuit includes former ambassador and presidential candidate Alan Keyes, 10 state representatives and 30 members of the U.S. military, plus it has been joined with another lawsuit that includes Wiley S. Drake, a vice-presidential candidate in 2008. It may make it difficult for the court to dismiss this case for lack of standing when the plaintiffs include a 2008 presidential candidate and a vice-presidential candidate.

Obama’s lawyers and governmental lawyers have tried various tactics over the past two-plus years to avoid having an eligibility case heard in court going so far as to insist that the constitutional issue is not within the jurisdiction of the courts but is a political issue which only the Congress can deal with.

So far Obama has succeeded in refusing to show his long form birth certificate or any other documents the lawsuits have asked to see, including school records, college records, law school records, passport information, etc. Questions about his eligibility arose some two years ago before the election because it is well known that his father was a British subject from Kenya and his grandmother said she attended his birth in Kenya. It is also suspected that while in college he traveled to a restricted country on a foreign passport. More recently, questions have arisen about his Social Security card as there is no record the card was officially issued and the card number indicates it came from Connecticut, where Obama has never resided.

Perhaps this time the court will actually hear the case and judge on the merits of the case. If discovery is granted, the first thing that will be requested will be Obama’s elusive long form birth certificate. It remains a mystery why he hasn’t simply shown it and ended the speculation and the lawsuits. This might finally be the case that settles the issue.


Trump Demands Obama’s Birth Certificate

March 25, 2011

Billionaire and possible presidential candidate Donald Trump is also now among the many asking to see Obama’s official birth certificate. Trump was recently on the TV program “The View” and was interviewed by Newsmax. He said that he wants to know why Obama refuses to release his personal records, college transcripts and other documents.

Trump is not actually claiming that Obama was born outside the United States as some have speculated ever since Obama’s grandmother said she attended his birth in Kenya. Trump says he assumes that Obama was born in Hawaii, but he still wants to see the birth certificate, intimating that a President should not be “assumed” to be a citizen, especially since there are conflicting stories in Obama’s own family about which hospital he was born at in 1961.

 This issue of the hospital and Obama’s Hawaiian birth were further brought into question recently when the new Governor of Hawaii, Neil Abercrombie, who claims to be a family friend of Obama’s parents, said he would resolve the matter once and for all only to fail to locate the elusive birth certificate in Hawaii’s vital records department.

So far the courts have refused to hear any of the many lawsuits that have been filed against Obama asking to see his official birth certificate. Most have been refused for “lack of standing,” but the issue persists because the U.S. Constitution requires that the President be a “natural born” citizen, which is usually taken to mean both parents are American citizens (Obama’s father was a British subject).

Trump may not succeed in his demands, though he is one of many voices now finally being heard which even the mainstream media cannot ignore, but if Obama continues to refuse to show his official birth certificate, it may be up to the States to resolve the issue.  Several states are considering legislation that will require presidential candidates to product an official birth certificate in order to be placed on the ballot.

Obama may succeed in keeping his documents secret from the public while he is currently president since the media and the courts seem to want nothing to do with the issue, but he will not be able to run again if he continues to hide his identity and his records.

Supreme Court Refuses Obama Case, Again

March 14, 2011

Once again, the U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a challenge to Obama’s eligibility to be President under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution. Attorney John Hemenway had called the Court to task for not responding to his motion that Sotomayor and Kagan recuse themselves from considering the case he had previously filed, Hollister v. Barry Soetoro, et al. (Soetoro being Obama’s name when he was boy in Indonesia).

Incredibly, it appears that though the Supreme Court took the unusual step of reconsidering Hemenway’s plea that Sotomayor and Kagan recuse themselves, they not only did not recuse themselves from considering whether the Obama eligibility case should be heard, they did not recuse themselves from the recusal motion stating they had a vested, personal interest in the case.  Such hubris is unprecedented for Supreme Court justices.

Historically, justices step aside when they have previously sided in a case or if there is even the perception of a personal conflict. Since Obama nominated both of them and his ineligibility, if proven, would put their appointments in question, it is obvious they have great self interest in such a case. Unfortunately, there is no higher court to compell them to honor the ethics of their profession.

If they can successfully keep the Court from hearing an eligibility case against Obama, then it will be up to the individual states to bring a measure of fairness, honesty, and justice into this process. Currently about 20 states are considering legislation that will require future presidental candidates to prove their eligibility as required under Article 2, Section 1, of the U.S. Constitution, something the Congress and the Electoral College failed to do in the 2008 Presidental election. 

To this day, Obama has refused to provide his official birth certificate proving he is a “natural born” citizen, which the law requires the President to be. (His father was a British citizen.) It is estimated he has spent about $2 million to fight the lawsuits asking him to simply supply his official birth certificate. He has offered no explanation why he is keep this and other documents secret.