FEC Overrules Constitution on Citizenship … more

In an astounding ruling, the Federal Elections Commission has ruled that a “naturalized” citizen has the same standing as a “natural born” citizen. Abdul Hassan, an attorney born in Guyana, South America, and now a naturalized American citizen, convinced the FEC that to deny him the right to run for president is discrimination. The FEC agreed in that under the Federal Election Campaign Act a naturalized citizen is not prohibited from being a candidate for president.


The FEC’s ruling places the Federal Election Campaign Act above the U.S. Constitution in determining eligibility to run for President of the United States. Article 2, Section 1, of the Constitution clearly says that only a “natural born” citizen is eligible to run for and hold the office of President of the United States. The Supreme Court has not ruled specifically on the definition of who is a “natural born” citizen (though historically it has been assumed to be a person whose parents are both American citizens), but it has also not ever indicated that a “naturalized” citizen is the same as a “natural born” citizen.

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The FEC’s ruling throws another wrinkle into the ongoing dispute over Obama’s eligibility to be president since his father was not an American citizen and the “birth certificate” the White House posted earlier this year has been pronounced a forgery by various computer document experts.

In another development in the continuing drama concerning Obama, a case involving former presidential candidate Alan Keyes challenging Obama’s constitutional eligibility to be president was considered by the  Supreme Court in conference on Monday.


To date the Supreme Court has not agreed to hear any of the cases challenging Obama, but attorney Gary Kreep is hopeful since his client was a presidential candidate and would presumably have “standing” to prove harm and have his case heard. A decision should be issued within a week or so.

As for a similar case that was heard some weeks ago before the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, involving some of the same clients, and attorney Orly Taitz, but which also included an issue with Obama’s Social Security number being issued in Connecticut instead of Hawaii where he was from, no decision has come down yet. It is expected that when that decision comes down, it will be appealed to the Supreme Court by whichever side is ruled against.

At some point this tangled mess needs to be sorted out, but when that will be is a matter of great speculation as lawsuits have been filed challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president since before the election in 2008. So far not one case has been heard in any court based on its merits. Every court has ducked these lawsuits or passed them on. Sooner or later a trial and a ruling must be made: Is the Constitution still the supreme law of the land in the United States or not?


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