It’s After the Election, Should We Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?
(No – Not As Long As Fundamental Questions Remain)
First let me say that I was disappointed with the result of our Presidential Election. Not totally, it was good to see that Sen. Obama’s race did not play a significant part in the outcome. I’m old enough to have seen firsthand the truly ugly times in our race relations and I’m glad they are gone. However, the historic significance of this Election did not play a significant part in how I determined where to cast my vote. It was decision about the issues, character, intelligence, ideology and vision for our future. Frankly, I’m still shocked that so many have appeared to disregard all of these for the illusory concept of “Change”, the Messiah image and the fact of the Senator’s race.
Naturally, many Americans have been reflecting on the outcome and their next step(s) regarding the newly chosen President Elect. Some have shrugged and changed the channel on the TV. Some have decided to give the President Elect a honeymoon and then judge him on his actions. Some people have not made any decisions yet. Others have decided that there remain way too many troubling associations, past actions, ideologies and positions that have not been responsibly reported on, investigated and/or adequately understood by the voting public. There are also many people who are waiting on the outcomes of numerous lawsuits involving the fundamental question of whether Sen. Obama is in fact eligible, by law, under the Constitution to hold the Office of the Presidency. Where do I stand? For me, it is now and will always be a question of fundamentals.
While I do remain deeply troubled by the media’s fawning and intentional malicious intervention in this election outcome, it is what it is. Polls showed that most voters recognized the media bias intellectually; however, the misinformation also appears to have been effective. It is what it is; and I do believe, people who were truly interested in finding reasonably reliable information about Sen. Obama could find sufficient amounts to make a somewhat informed decision about him. For those who have been suffering under BDS (Bush Derangement Syndrome), no amount of information would have had any effect whatsoever. Again, it is what it is.
Nevertheless, I still believe that Sen. Obama does not have a fundamental understanding of economic principles and will dig us much deeper into financial calamity. When you are up to your neck in trouble, stop digging. Raising taxes on those who create jobs will only negatively impact the number of jobs created. Raising taxes on businesses will only result in that increased cost being pasted on to consumers, or may be so damaging to the competitiveness of the company that they go out of business. During the election, I didn’t hear very much from Sen. Obama about the reducing spending (or spending growth), side of the balanced budget equation. I did hear about his redistribution of wealth ideas and bankrupting the coal industry; which sound a lot like socialism and draconian energy policies that our economy cannot withstand. Responsible management of our economy is a fundamental; and affordable energy is essential to that in times of recession or worse. Therefore, President Elect Obama will not be getting a honeymoon from me.
On to the challenges to Sen. Obama’s eligibility to hold the Office of the Presidency; what can be more fundamental than that?
Important principles may, and must, be inflexible.
Philip Berg, in the lawsuit Berg v. Obama, is saying that the location and circumstances of Sen. Obama’s birth, his subsequent adoption under Indonesian law, and other circumstances regarding possible multiple citizenships have resulted in Sen. Obama being Constitutionally barred from holding the Office of the Presidency. Right now, the Berg v. Obama case is seeking certiorari review in the Supreme Court of the United States.
As of yet, there has been no legal determination that Sen. Obama is or is not eligible under the Constitution. The allegations in Berg v. Obama, and the other concurrent legal actions, have not been addressed by Sen. Obama at all. He has chosen to follow a course of legal maneuvers, seeking dismissal, instead of simply submitting sufficient evidence establishing his eligibility to serve. Why?
Why not just put this issue to bed? Sen. Obama can at any time. It seems that Mr. Berg has a recording of Sen. Obama’s grandmother indicating that she was present at Obama’s birth in Kenya. Why doesn’t he confront Mr. Berg? Isn’t Sen. Obama’s credibility also at stake by these claims? There are rumors of hospital records indicating his birth in Kenya. There are new allegations of his Kenyan birth coming out of Africa. No explanation from Obama?
The fact is that no one really knows what or how much evidence Philip Berg has to support his claims against Sen. Obama, or if such evidence is legally sufficient. However, the allegations raised, if true, would bar Sen. Obama from taking office.
Senator Obama’s side-stepping every obstacle from Rev. Wright to Ayers to ACORN to now questions of his own birth does not work for me. He can’t be allowed to vote present on this one. Fundamental issues such as Sen. Obama’s eligibility to be or not to be President, they must be addressed or they will tear the fabric of our democracy. They can’t be compromised away by elections, the media, aversion to potential consequences, or by popular opinion.
To be or not to be is not a question of compromise. Either you be or you don’t be.
Earlier tonight I walked through our bedroom and my dog Eli was on the bed. The thought came to mind that I should let sleeping dogs lie. With regard to Eli, I did let him lie because he has our permission to sleep on the bed. Eli is well groomed and doesn’t hurt our bed in the least. Our two cats don’t mind him very much because he follows the rules. Can the same be said about Sen. Obama?
Will the possibility of an illegitimate President hurt our Constitution? Would such an action hurt our belief that no one is above the law? Would you mind having such a President?
Will you stand for this possibility?
Don’t compromise yourself. You are all you’ve got.
I can’t compromise on this one.
Note: There are also stories that some Electors from the Electoral College are planning to demand proof of Sen. Obama’s eligibility.
For more information regarding the continuing legal struggles to have Sen. Obama’s eligibility established once and for all see the following sites:
Guard against the impostures of pretended patriotism.
Thank You, Zach