Yikes! And this time it is two Hoosiers who have jumped on the proverbial “you ain’t no natural born citizen” bandwagon. A number of the lawsuits have failed to gain traction and have been dismissed by judges across the country who have seen them for what they are – pathetic attempts to discredit president-elect Obama.
Steve Ankeny of New Castle, Indiana, and Bill Kruse of Roselawn, Indiana, are two of the latest wingnut plaintiffs to tackle the issue of whether or not president-elect Obama is really a natural born citizen as required by the Constitution. Their lawsuit was filed in Marion County Superior Court in Indianapolis and names Governor Mitch Daniels and the Republican and Democratic national committees as defendants in the Indiana suit.
The plaintiffs, however, have decided to try a different tack and are alleging that Governor Daniels and the national committees have failed to uphold the Constitution which 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.”
The problem is that the writers of the Constitution did not explain what they meant by “natural born citizen.” No one has a problem with a person born on U.S. soil to parents who are both citizens and living in the U.S. when the child is born. Makes sense. But situations exist this seemingly simple example does not apply. For instance, parents who are living abroad when their child is born. Or one parent who is a natural born citizen and a parent who is not.
A nonpartisan group – factcheck.org – has investigated the issue and reports that its staffers have seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. The group concluded that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship with its conclusion that Obama was born in the U.S. After all, he was born in Hawaii in 1961 – two years after Hawaii became a state.
The plaintiffs piously argue that they don’t care who the candidate is, their goal is to make sure the Constitution is followed. Please cut the crap. I wonder if they have followed other Constitutional issues with such dedication and fervor?
The United States Supreme Court earlier this month declined to accept another junk lawsuit filed by a Leo Donofrio, who also argued that Obama was not a natural born citizen.
As so many Republicans said after the 2000 and 2004 elections – GET OVER IT! Obama will be inaugurated as president, and the country will move forward. The crackpots filing the lawsuits will have had their 15 minutes of fame and will fade into oblivion. Just too bad Hoosiers had to become part of the circus act.
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