Lt. Col. Lakin’s Journey –
Over at CitizenWell’s site I just posted the following comment:
Good morning. We are going out of town tomorrow for the weekend. Lot to do today to get ready. Lt. Col. Lakin will be on my mind and how the military’s leadership is letting America and her troops down. It is time to start putting pressure on State legislatures and Secretaries of State to require documentation for the Office of President. The focus should be on the requirement of a candidate also having 2 citizen parents. If 1 or 2 states restates their belief in such a requirement, the media and politicians will have no choice but to challenge it in court. Once that happens maybe we can help put pressure on Representative to right the great injustice done against Lt. Col. Lakin.
Several months ago I wrote to hundreds of State legislators in an attempt to get them to support the U.S. Constitution. I am providing the cover letter and article here in case any of you would like to use any part of it. We must double our efforts to restore the Constitution and Lt. Col. Lakin’s rightful place in our military.
Cover letter for email:
Dear Sir or Madam:
The reason I am writing today is to urge passage a legislative bill similar to Arizona HB 2441, which is currently awaiting a hearing before the Arizona House Judiciary Committee. Given that Article, Section 1 of the Constitution has be severely weakened this past year when not one Secretary of State required proof from any candidate to would establish he or she were a natural born citizen.
My fear is that if one or two states do not pass legislation requiring those who supervise elections to scrutinize the eligibility of candidates in 2012, we might as well cut Article II, Section 1 from our Constitution. This provision continues to be needed today. It helps to ensure that whoever is chosen to lead our military and county will not have divided loyalties.
I urge you to read and consider the following article that I wrote recently. Thank you for all of your work. America needs state legislators who will not cede more and more power to Washington D.C.
Thank you for your time and consideration of this matter.
Article I used when contacting legislators:
Will State Legislators Allow the Life Support Plug on Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution to be Pulled?
First the good news, Article II, Section 1 of the U. S. Constitution is still alive. The bad news is that she is on life support. There is a cure but the political side effects may be so severe that politicians lacking sufficient strength of character and commitment might allow the plug to be pulled unless they receive sufficient support and encouragement from their constituents.
Candidates from both Parties stand in the hospital wings, watching with intense interest. Coffin builders for fallen Constitutional protections have their measuring tapes out. Those who hold the view that the Constitution is an obstacle to their ‘enlightened’ purposes (the media and far left Democrats) are working as hard as they can to rewrite history, shape public opinion, and plan their bounty. Politicians on the national stage, with the exception of the brave few, are trying to distance themselves from Article II, Section 1 even though she is part of a Constitution that has nurtured and given direction to America throughout its history. These politicians cry out – Why can’t this be easier or least done in secret?
Advocates from all parts of America have tried their best to plea the case for the life and continuing benefits that Article II, Section 1 bestows upon America, her people and her military. Advocates like Philip Berg, Mario Apuzzo, Orly Taitz, Leo Donofrio, Stephen Pidgeon and others have put their reputations, fortunes, and personal safety on the line to uphold the oaths they took when they joined their profession. Thank you for your continuing efforts Advocates. Even though it may not be politically correct, there are many of We The People praying for you.
Thus far every plea has fallen on the deaf ears of brethren on the bench – who of course have also pledged protection and defense for the incredible document of which Article II, Section 1 is a part. We The People could see them sitting stately in their robes trying to consider every possible consequence that might flow from their decision – political, legal, moral, and yes personal. Then one by one they punted, as any survival-trained politician would do.
We could almost hear each whisper: Shall I speak and honor the words ‘natural born citizen’ knowing they require of those seeking America’s highest Office and Command of her military to have no other allegiance?
With Judge Carter, we could almost see him turn the voice in his head, his voice, off. We all had such high hopes for Carter given that he verbalized his intent of getting to the bottom of it all, and he was an ex-Marine. He had recognized how big an issue it was. What words might have persuaded him?
Were these Judges, being creatures of both politics and the law, simply overwhelmed by their own political and/or personal interests? The written language of Article II, Section 1 was clear enough, her history was clear enough, and the why of Article II, Section 1 was easily understandable and continues to this day. But the common thread, every case before the bench involved the first African-American who was to be elected to the Office of the Presidency; and as such, each case carried so many people’s hopes, dreams and expectations. Each case was a political minefield.
Surely, they must have struggled with the decision? Could it be that some of those standing vigil, wringing their hands in anticipation, as Article II, Section 1 clings to her intended life – approached the magistrates at some point with dire warnings of rioting in the streets, solace that it’s not that big a deal, that Obama’s eligible but a deep dark family secret would have be revealed should proof be required, or maybe something else. Who knows in national politics?
Nevertheless, how could any Judge put aside the maxim of legal training?
‘Politiae legibus non leges politiis adaptandae’ – Politics are to be adapted to the laws, and not the laws to politics.
Even though cases remain that can provide healing to Article II, Section 1 and restore the integrity of America’s justice system, it looks more and more like State legislatures hold the only power of resurrection vis-à-vis laws that will require candidates for the Presidency to provide documentation establishing they are ‘natural born citizens’.
Unless something extraordinary occurs, the next Presidential election will not have the watchful gaze of Article II, Section 1 enhancing America’s security.
Try to imagine the run up to 2012.
Political Parties get their eyes fixed on the Presidency and begin the process of selecting the candidate with the biggest coat tails to carry their hopes and aspirations, will anyone worry about complying with the ghostly remains of an Article II, Section 1 that has been effectively drawn and quartered by Judges and Politicians wilting before the possibility of political/societal consequences should they do their duties?
Will any Secretary of State or Elections Official now dare to raise their voice without a strong statutory mandate requiring their scrutiny?
Thankfully, there are those fighting for the protections that Article II, Section 1 provides and guarding her life support plug. The call for State Legislator Specialists is going out.
States needn’t wait on the outcomes of the current eligibility lawsuits of Orly Taitz, Leo Donofrio, Stephen Pidgeon, or Philip Berg. The prospects for their success are fairly close to nil – not because their cases lack merit, but because their judges lack political courage. Make note that every court thus far has demonstrated its incredible reluctance to face the virus attacking Article II, Section 1. Of the scores of lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility, not one judge has allowed discovery that could determine the factual reality threatening Article II, Section 1.
Can anyone imagine a future plaintiff willing to go through the expense and the likelihood of facing the gauntlet of abusive magistrates who’d thought they’d made it abundantly clear that they do not want to deal with the issue of compromised allegiances to the United States? Talk about having a chilling effect on protecting Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution!
Don’t lose faith, miracles do happen. Several legislators in different parts of the country are answering the call for specialized treatment.
For example in Arizona:
…HB 2441: A large group of Republican lawmakers have signed on in support of HB 2441, which would require presidential candidates to provide copies of their birth certificates to prove they are eligible to become president and are not foreign-born secret Muslims. If the Arizona secretary of state determines the documents don’t measure up, the candidate cannot be on the ballot in Arizona. HB 2441 is awaiting a hearing in the House Judiciary Committee….
Right now, mid-February, the treatment so desperately needed is awaiting a hearing in an Arizona House Judiciary Committee. Hopefully, the House Judiciary Committee is not set up like one of the ‘death panels’ envisioned in Obama’s healthcare takeover.
The legislation the Arizona team of specialists is trying to enact is clear, to the point and should be moved forward because time is short. I applaud them loudly.
However, it looks as though they are sending a generic version of the life saving medicine. It may do the trick but it seems to rely on the Arizona Secretary of State’s knowledge of the history and meaning of the phrase ‘natural born citizen’. Just as many of America’s young are not being taught the price of freedom that has been paid throughout our history, many of our elected officials may not recognize that a problem of compromised allegiance exists with a particular candidate.
…Within ten days after submittal of the names of the candidates, the national political party committee shall submit an affidavit of the presidential candidate in which the presidential candidate states the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove that the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in article II, section 1, Constitution of the United States….
Being just one member of We The People who deeply values Article II, Section 1 and the rest of the family of Constitutional provisions – I’m not a legislative specialist; but wouldn’t it be better if you define the term ‘natural born citizen’.
Why not require sufficient proof that would meet a definition that the Founders would have understood?
A person is a ‘natural born citizen’, if he or she were born a U.S. citizen to parents who were both U.S. citizens by ‘birth or naturalization’ at the time of his or her birth.
Such a definition would only require one U. S. birth certificate indicating birth on American soil for the candidate and a U.S. birth certificate indicating birth on American soil or certification of U.S. Naturalization reflecting U.S. citizenship before the candidate’s birth for each of the candidate’s parents. Simple, it takes three.
If the State law were ever challenged, then maybe, just maybe a federal court would have to define ‘natural born citizen’.
Note: Even though I have approached this subject using a bit of humor, it is in fact very serious. (Follow the links to find more information about the eligibility issue.) If you would like to help protect the Constitution, specifically Article II, Section 1, call or email your Representatives, state and national. I plan on emailing this article to every state legislator in Arizona and Louisiana very soon. I’m choosing Louisiana because their Republican Governor Bobby Jindal has the same problem with Presidential eligibility that Barack Obama has.
In support of Lt. Col. Lakin’s courage in seeking the ‘Truth’ (and as a former In-Flight Tech in the Navy), I urge all who have served or have friends/family in the military to ask the following question of those currently serving.
Brothers and Sisters in the Military, when are you going to demand Obama establish that he is a Natural Born Citizen, eligible to serve as Commander In Chief?
The military is the only government organization that I continue to have respect for and it pains me criticize those serving. And I understand the consequences of challenging Obama’s eligibility directly, but the continuing attacks against our Constitution by the left cannot be allowed to pass without objection in some form or another. Acquiescence is not the only option.
Consider this please. What if every serviceman or woman went to his or her Chaplin, stated their concerns and provided the basic evidence (direct and circumstantial, links, former statements by NPR etc. indicating a Kenyan birth, etc., etc.) that would cause most reasonable persons to have legitimate questions about Obama’s lack of eligibility to serve and issue lawful orders? What if requests were made to each Chaplin instructing them to pass these concerns up the Chain of Command? Would there come a point, a number of requests that would cause the leadership to demand proof of eligibility?
Maybe military leadership could utilize the following provision?
§ 935. Art. 135. Courts of inquiry
(a) Courts of inquiry to investigate any matter may be convened by any person authorized to convene a general court-martial or by any other person designated by the Secretary concerned for that purpose, whether or not the persons involved have requested such an inquiry.
If the Oath to protect the Constitution is not important today, why don’t we just change the oath of allegiance to reflect our current level of commitment?
I, _______, do solemnly swear to protect ME and I will try to defend the Constitution as long as it doesn’t adversely impact the aforementioned ‘ME’.
Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters.
Official Disclosure – Just to be clear, my graphics depict almost all members of the BOPAC Administration as being full of crap. They do not actually look like turds – one needs special ‘full of crap’ glasses to be able to see the core of those who continually feed America BS. I treat everyone equally – when Glenn Beck goes off on those who reasonably question Obama’s eligibility, he gets a half-full of crap depiction.