Recently Barack Obama’s citizenship has come into question. A pack of hard-line conservatives led by Obama’s former Illinois Senate rival Alan Keys has questioned the validity of the President’s Hawaiian birth certificate.
To be clear, President Obama has provided an official copy of the birth certificate that was validated by the U.S. Supreme Court, but for Keyes and a handful of others that claim that, “Obama is a Communist” and “…will destroy this country,” that doesn’t seem to be enough. The state of Hawaii has refused to provide the original birth certificate citing reasons of “personal privacy” and that has fueled what appears to be a desperate attack to have Obama thrown out of office for fraud and treason.
To anyone with a clear head and an objective mind Keyes appears to have a nasty case of sour grapes. His allegations against the President seem to be a desperate last-ditch attempt to smear the most overwhelmingly popular President since Jack Kennedy.
But Keyes’ allegations bring to light a very valid and important “what if?”
What if the birth certificate Obama provided and the Supreme Court ratified was a fake? What if Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States of America?
Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution states, “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.” Those are the only legal qualifications for the Presidency and, if we are to adhere to the Constitution, the very basis of this country’s ideals and ethos, those qualifications must be met.
If Keyes is right and Obama is not a natural born citizen, we, as a nation, are left with two options:
1) Remove Barack Obama from office immediately and charge him with fraud and treason
2) Amend the Constitution
These are both very extreme options, but there is no other recourse. If Barack Obama was not born in the United States then he is not legally qualified to be President. And surely, if he wasn’t, he knew it therefore he willfully committed fraud and treason at the highest level and intentionally usurped the one thing he was sworn to protect and uphold at all costs.
Taking into consideration Obama’s overwhelming popularity and his seemingly good intentions it is not out of the question that the second option would be strongly considered by Congress. If those steps were taken and the Constitution was amended to allow Obama to remain President it would open the door for Arnold Schwarzenegger to become President someday and would fuel conspiracy theorists around the globe to presume that it “was the plan all along”.
This is all assuming that Alan Keyes and his team of radicals are not just making a pathetic and lustful power grab, but actually have legitimate concern for the welfare of this country. Given the recent record of conservative Republican behavior in times of a Democratic White House however, the latter seems unlikely.
Remember Kenneth Starr, the former judge and solicitor general who was appointed to the Office of the Independent Counsel to investigate the Whitewater land transactions by Bill Clinton? His findings led him to ultimately file the Starr Report which unveiled the Monica Lewinsky scandal that led to Clinton’s impeachment.
Bill Clinton was IMPEACHED. The only other President in the history of the United States to have been impeached was Andrew Johnson, 17th President of the United States. Andrew Johnson inherited the Presidency when Lincoln was assassinated in 1865. He is renowned by historians as being one of the worst Presidents ever and was eventually brought to trial for violation of the Tenure of Office Act, a blatant abuse of power and justifiable grounds for his impeachment.
The official reason for Clinton’s impeachment was perjury. It was alleged that Clinton lied on the witness stand when accused of having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky, an unpaid intern. While perjury is a very serious offense the question remains as to why Clinton’s fidelity was ever brought into question in a court of law in the first place. There is no law against infidelity. It is not a crime to get a blowjob in your office from a college student, and if there was then probably every President except for Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush as well as all of Wall Street would be locked up.
In the end Bill Clinton was acquitted. He served two terms as President, but the ramifications of his impeachment have set an ugly precedent. If adultery is grounds for impeachment then surely Obstruction of Justice, Burglary, and Treason should make the cut. Those were the crimes of Nixon, Reagan, and both George Bushes.
Nixon’s crime was the Watergate Scandal, a clear-cut case of political fixing, illegal surveillance, and burglary. Nixon resigned under a cloud of shame only to be pardoned by his loyal Vice President Gerald Ford while much of his cabinet saw jail time.
Reagan and Bush Sr.’s malfeasance was the Iran-Contra affair. Sometime in the height of Reagan’s Presidency senior executive officials were busted selling weapons to Iran, who was under a weapons embargo at the time. The tens of millions of dollars they made were used to fund the Nicaraguan Contras, a military junta that illegally overthrew a democratically elected government. The main scapegoat in the Iran-Contra affair was USMC Lt. Col. Oliver North, a high-ranking official in the military brass who had regular discourse with both Reagan and Bush. Somehow they all walked. No one got busted and Reagan was written into the history books as a true American hero even though he is remembered by most as a hapless dupe and a foul and wretched stain on the national character.
George W. Bush used the World Trade Center bombings of September 11, 2001 as a springboard to declare war with Iraq, a country that was not involved in the attacks in any way. The U.S. Constitution clearly states that only Congress can declare war, but Bush did it anyway citing reasons of “national security”.
He also signed into law the Patriot Act, a vile and vicious 1000 page document that all but renders the Constitution obsolete and impotent. The Patriot Act, among other things, allows the FBI to tap phones, intercept e-mails, and review medical and financial records without a warrant (a direct violation and undermining of Amendment IV of the U.S. Constitution). It also provides the federal government with the legal ability to detain anyone they want indefinitely without due process of law or even a simple explanation as to why they have been apprehended. At its core the Patriot Act completely undermines the Constitution, the one thing George W. Bush was sworn to protect. Treason.
When compared to those crimes, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama (if the bogus charges have any legitimacy at all)’s indiscretions seem like nothing at all, and their investigation a tremendous waste of time and taxpayer money.
Still, Bill Clinton came out of it alright. He is widely remembered as a successful and popular President that maintained an era of peace and prosperity in the last years of the American Century. And while Barack Obama’s ordeal is just beginning, he is handling it in the best way possible. He is ignoring it completely. The Supreme Court has found him legitimate. He is the President, and he seems to know that he has more important things to do than succumb to a political witch hunt by vindictive fools that blame him for the 8 years of looting done by the Bush administration and who are led by a small pathetic man with a chip on his shoulder and an axe to grind.