An Open Letter to the Electors of the Electoral College
By Doug Edelman
December 15, 2008
Despite the failure of several lawsuits to get a hearing of the facts in the courts, there remain questions about Obama's eligibility to serve as President of the United States under Article II Section 1 of the US Constitution. Only a "Natural Born" Citizen may serve in that office.
On his website Obama finally acknowledged that at one time he held dual citizenship between the US and Kenya. This in and of itself could be argued to be a disqualifier; as the point of the "natural born" clause in the Constitution was to avoid divided allegiances. But if Obama was not born in the United States, he is indisputably ineligible to inherit "Natural Born" US Citizenship from his mother. His father was not a US Citizen, and his mother had not fulfilled the requirement to have lived 5 years in the US past the age of 14. She was only 18 at the time of Obama's birth. Therefore if he was born in Kenya, he is not a "Natural Born" US Citizen and is ineligible to serve.
Obama put forth only a "Certification of live birth" as evidence of eligibility; which is not a Birth Certificate!
After months and months of unrequited requests, the Obama campaign did finally present a document which they claimed validated his eligibility (per the Constitution of the United States, Article II, Section I) as a "Natural born citizen" to have Obama's name on the ballot in contention for the office of the President of the United States of America.
However, what the Obama campaign supplied was not, in fact, a "birth certificate." What they supplied was actually a "Certification of Live Birth." There is a major difference between a "birth certificate" and a "Certification of Live Birth."
Aside from the level of detail differentiating the documents (hospital of record, doctor, height, weight, etc) - in the state of Hawaii, one authenticates natural born citizenship, and the other doesn't. This part is important; - and it has nothing to do with tin foil hats.
According to the State of Hawaii's Department of Health, "Amended certificates of birth may be prepared and filed with the Department of Health, as provided by law, for 1) a person born in Hawaii who already has a birth certificate filed with the Department of Health or 2) a person born in a foreign country." (For citation purposes, please feel free to visit their site.)
The "Certificate of Live Birth" as provided by Mr. Obama, is in fact, a derivative of the "Amended certificates of birth" they site. Why is that important? Because of that second clause in the above citation. While you may show citizenship via such a document, you do not necessarily prove "natural born" citizenship. "Natural born citizenship" is what is required to be eligible to be considered for the Presidency, per the United States Constitution.
The form that Obama posted wouldn't even be acceptable to make an application in Hawaii's Home Lands Program! The State of Hawaii that issued the form won't accept it as proof of "natural born" Hawaiian eligibility for the program!
From the web site:
"In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL."
And this is the Certification of Live Birth posted on Obama's website:
Notice any differences?
Hospital of birth? Residence address of mother? Birthplace of parents? Signature of attendant at birth?
What Obama posted is not a birth certificate!
There is a further complication, however. Even if Obama was born in Hawaii, his subsequent adoption by Lolo Soetoro and resultant Indonesian citizenship represents a bigger fly in his ointment.
Indonesia, at the time Obama lived there and was deemed an Indonesian citizen, did not recognize dual citizenship; and neither did the US recognize dual citizenship with Indonesia. Thus, whether Obama held dual citizenship with the US and Kenya, and whether he was born in the US or Kenya; all is irrelevant as the only legitimate citizenship he would have held once his adopted father moved him to Indonesia was Indonesian! Obama's U.S. Citizenship would be forfeit!
Whether and when Barry Soetoro/Barack Obama might have regained US Citizenship thereafter, it would have had to be through naturalization; and that is specifically and expressly ineligible to serve as President of the United States under Title II. (Could this be why he opted to use the politically risky name Barack Hussein Obama instead of the more innocuous "Barry Soetoro"? Perhaps Barry Soetoro is still an Indonesian citizen? Perhaps there are naturalization papers in the name of Barry Soetoro? I'm just asking...)
If there is any doubt in your mind as to the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to serve in the office of President of the United States under Title II, then you have a constitutional duty to withhold your electoral vote.