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Campaign to contact Electoral College voters takes off
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 12/09/2008 @ 3:15 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
WASHINGTON – It took just hours for some 1,800 WND readers to jump aboard a new campaign to contact members of the Electoral College who are expected to vote Monday on sending Barack Obama to the White House.
Following up a campaign that sent more than 60,000 letters by overnight delivery to the U.S. Supreme Court when a case contesting Obama’s eligibility for the Oval Office was pending, WND announced a historic first in its quest to establish Obama’s qualifications for office – a similar FedEx letter drive directed at individual electors.
Through Thursday at 1 p.m. Eastern, WND is providing an opportunity to Americans who would like to contact electors with their concerns.
The letters will be sent FedEx to all 538 members of the Electoral College. The program first targeted only 470 for whom addresses initially were available. But the remaining addresses have been traced, and the letters will be delivered Friday morning, giving each elector the weekend to consider the constitutional issues raised by Obama’s presidency.
As WND has reported, there remain serious questions as to whether Obama is “a natural born citizen,” as specified in Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution. While he claims to have been born in Hawaii in 1961, two Obama family members have told WND they were present at his birth in Mombasa, Kenya.
Further, Obama has steadfastly refused to release publicly his full birth certificate that would identify the hospital of his birth, the attending physician and other details. Instead, the campaign posted a document purporting to be a birth certificate devoid of these details. It has also come under fire as a possible forgery.
Last Tuesday, WND kicked off a campaign to FedEx letters to the nine members of the U.S. Supreme Court who were set to review a case challenging Obama’s eligibility for the presidency. Yesterday, the court announced its decision not to pursue a formal review in that case.
“That leaves it up to the Electoral College,” said WND Editor Joseph Farah, who spearheaded the first FedEx campaign and an earlier, ongoing online petition drive on the eligibility issue. “If you want to do everything you can, like I do, to see that the letter and spirit of the Constitution are upheld in this election year, this may be your last chance to weigh in before Inauguration Day. I urge you to work with us in sending letters to members of the Electoral College.”
WND was able to track down addresses for all 538 electors. With the new “FedEx the Electoral College” program, you can reach all of them with a one-page pre-written letter, with your name and address attached, delivered overnight for less than it would cost you to FedEx one member – if you had the address. The cost to readers is being maintained at the initial level, even through letters now will go to 538 individuals, not 470.
“The idea was to make this very easy and inexpensive for Americans to make their voices heard,” explained Farah. “We encourage other creative ways to prevail upon the consciences of the Electoral College members, but these are not high-profile, public figures. They are ordinary Americans who are little known to the public who lead private lives. It is not easy to find their names, let alone addresses. While we do not feel comfortable making those addresses public, we believe this campaign will allow Americans to offer their opinions and concerns in a controlled way, without violating the privacy of individual members.”
Farah personally drafted the letter that will be sent to the electors above the name and address of all those participating in the program.
Farah launched a petition drive on WND three weeks ago that calls on all controlling legal authorities to ensure the Constitution is followed on the question of eligibility and for full public disclosure of the facts of Obama’s birthplace and parentage. More than 175,000 people have signed on to the petition in that time.
Obama has claimed in his autobiography and elsewhere that he was born in Hawaii in 1961 to parents Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan national, and Stanley Ann Dunham, a minor. But details about which hospital handled the birth and other specifics provided on the complete birth certificate have been withheld by Obama, despite a dozen lawsuits and widespread public demand for release. WND dispatched private detectives to every hospital in Hawaii to see if there were any records of the birth of the first black man elected president. But, as yet, no hospital is claiming that distinction.
The letters to be sent in the “FedEx the Electoral College” campaign read:
Dear member of the Electoral College:
Before you cast your vote Monday to make Barack Hussein Obama Jr. the next president of the United States, please seriously consider the following:
Right now, a dozen lawsuits are pending all over the United States – including one brought by a former presidential candidate and U.N. ambassador, and another suit brought by a former deputy attorney general of Pennsylvania, plus there are many others – all attempting to bring clarity to an issue that will haunt an Obama presidency if it isn’t dealt with now.
That issue, as you surely know, is the fact that the U.S. Constitution says clearly and unambiguously in Article 2, Section 1 that presidents must be natural born citizens. But, as is evident not only from lawsuits, but from news stories and the actions of millions of Americans signing petitions, this constitutional issue has not yet been addressed, even at this late hour.
Unfortunately, there isn’t enough time for our slow-moving legal process to deal with this before the Electoral College meets next week. Only you, our Electors, have the power and responsibility – and the obligation under the Constitution – to use your authority to establish, beyond any shadow of a doubt, that Barack Hussein Obama Jr. qualifies for the office under that standard.
There is grave and widespread concern throughout the American public that this constitutional requirement is being overlooked and enforcement neglected by state and federal election authorities. There should be no doubt whatsoever that America’s next president was truly born in the United States.
Remember, if the Constitution doesn’t mean precisely what it says, then America is no longer a nation under the rule of law. And a nation no longer under the rule of law is, by definition, under the rule of men.
Therefore I urge you to honor the Constitution in this matter and uphold the public trust – even if doing so may prove awkward or inconvenient.
All Americans should have confidence their president is eligible to serve. In this unique and historic case, you may prove to be the Constitution’s last line of defense.
The name and address of every participant in the “FedEx the Electoral College” campaign will be displayed for the 538 Electoral College members who receive the letters.
This is a historic opportunity to speak directly to the Electoral College at a critical time in American history.
Sign me up! I want to send my FedEx message to the Electoral College right now for only $10.95. If you prefer ordering by phone, call our toll-free order line: 1-800-4-WND-COM (1-800-496-3266) between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Eastern.
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