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October 29, 2008

Judge Brushes Off Concerns Over Obama's Eligibility to Be President

The mainstream media isn't the only branch of the liberal establishment willing to sacrifice its credibility to get the Moonbat Messiah into the White House. Lawyer Philip Berg has been complaining that Obama isn't even eligible to run for President per the Constitution, since he is not a natural-born citizen. But a Clinton-appointed federal judge has ruled that the Constitution doesn't matter:

Judge R. Barclay Surrick dismissed Berg's case on Friday on the grounds that he, as well as all American voters, have no standing to bring charges against Sen. Obama, saying that the harm caused by Obama's alleged ineligibility is "too vague and its effects too attenuated" to be considered "an injury in fact."

It's still unclear whether Obama was born in Hawaii or in Kenya as his African relatives attest. But this is clear enough: the injury in fact to this whole country will be anything but attenuated if Obamunists are able to dismiss the Constitution as irrelevant when it gets in their way.

On a tip from Thulsa Doom.

Posted by Van Helsing at October 29, 2008 9:15 AM


Rev Wright. Rezko. Ayers and Dohrn. Father Phleger. Rashid Khalidi. Drug abuser. College grades & thesis. "Share the wealth".

This guy has "nuanced" every single aspect of his life. He is radical, friends with terrorists. A socialist. On and on and on.

And no one cares.

You only get tested, scrutinized, investigated, probed, questioned and have your character assassinated if you're conservative.

We are in for a dark time.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 29, 2008 9:29 AM

I haven't followed the nuances of this issue and can't fathom the Berg link right now (too busy making calls for the McCain/Palin campaign in battleground states), but isn't the issue moot because, wherever he was born, his mother was a US citizen? Not to defend The One, but one must pick their battles wisely. McCain was born in Panama and the media and lib bloggers played with this awhile, then dropped it.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at October 29, 2008 9:29 AM


Posted by: Anonymous at October 29, 2008 9:38 AM

The Panama Canal Zone was unquestionably U.S. territory when John McCain was born there.

Posted by: mivvis at October 29, 2008 10:30 AM

Is this the example of the kind of iperial judges that emporer palpatine obama wants? i sudder to think of it

Posted by: Spurwing Plover at October 29, 2008 11:33 AM

I think this whole issue is bogus. Even if Obama technically weren't eligible - which I don't believe for a second - it would be catastrophic for the country if he were denied the opportunity to run at this late juncture. It would discredit the entire electoral process, and look like exactly the sort of chicanery Obama himself used to scupper opponents. So I totally oppose any and all efforts to push this "Obama is ineligible" crap.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at October 29, 2008 11:49 AM

The MaryHunter;
It doesn't matter if his mother was an American, his father was a foreigner and the question is "was he born in United States territory?". The founding fathers made this rule to lessen the chance of divided loyaltys for the comander-in-chief.

Ol'Blam-Blam was listed in his foreign school records as a muslim and a citizen of a foreign country.

Posted by: KHarn at October 29, 2008 1:52 PM

As KHarn points out, there are eligibility requirements written into the Constitution, one of which being that the President is a natural-born citizen. Of course, that's no guarantee that the person in question would act in the United States' best interests (William Ayers, the Rosenbergs, etc.), but most people tend to have some level of affection for their natural homeland. So what is the point of having eligibility requirements written into the Constitution if we won't enforce them.

Jay: Nonsense. The discredit here belongs to the media, who should have been looking into this since he announced his candidacy, ditto for the Federal Election Commission, to the courts for not enforcing the law, and the public for not insisting the above three entities do their damn jobs. If Obama is denied the opportunity to run because he actually is ineligible, then the electoral process works as it is intended to, and there is no discredit involved. On the contrary, if Obama is elected and then ruled ineligible, there would be considerable damage to the integrity of the electoral system, as millions of people voiced their support for a candidate, their candidate is taken away, and is replaced with... who? Anyway, this is the kind of thing that should be relatively easy to check - he either was born in the United States or one of its territories, or he wasn't. It isn't chicanery if the accusation is true. It may look like people are trying to get Obama disqualified on a "technicality," but I don't consider anything in the Constitution to be a technicality. The rules are the rules. If you don't like them, amend the Constitution to change the rule. I personally like the rule, but I can understand why some people wouldn't.

Posted by: CoderInCrisis at October 29, 2008 2:59 PM

Silver linings people...

2016=President Schwarzenegger.

See, some good can come of Nobama yet...

Posted by: Troglodad at October 29, 2008 3:02 PM

Coder, I agree with your attribution of blame, but it's at least a year late to investigate Obama. While I fully agree with the principle, and definitely want the law followed, I think as a practical matter it's too late to bring up now without undermining the social fabric. Even if it were 100% proven that Obama was ineligible, it would provide priceless grist for leftist propaganda for generations ("election stolen from the first black man who might actually win," that sort of thing). For that reason, I think that bruiting the issue now will do more harm than good.

Posted by: Jay Guevara at October 29, 2008 3:11 PM

Troglodad: Um, President Schwarzenegger is a good thing?!? Given what's happened to KalEEfornEEa under his watch, methinks not.

CoderInCrisis: extremely good point. There are plenty of non-native-born US citizens who have more honesty and integrity in their pinky fingers than O'Bama has in toto.

Posted by: The MaryHunter at October 29, 2008 3:16 PM

Obama was born in Hawaii. At the time of his birth Hawaii was a state. Therefore he is an natural born American citizen.

You can find a copy of his birth certificate on factcheck is funded by the Annenberg Foundation. Lenore Annenberg has donated to several Republican candidates over the years including John McCain. She served as U.S. chief of protocol under Ronald Reagan.

The Annenberg foundation always funded the education panel that both Bill Ayers and Barrack Obama served on.

Posted by: Anonymous at October 29, 2008 8:57 PM

"Anonymous at October 29, 2008 8:57 PM"

That has been covered before. The Obama birth certificate lacks the state seal and has embelishments found on certificates LATER than the 1960s.

And how do you explain the "African" race notation? Africa is a CONTINANT, not a COUNTRY, so the "father's nationality" dodge doesn't wash; his MOTHER was AMERICAN, after all.

Posted by: KHarn at October 30, 2008 6:03 PM