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I’ve always liked and admired Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn.

In fact, I think she has so many of the ingredients we naturally associate with leadership – good communication skills, attractiveness, courage, convictions – that I have speculated more than once she could be presidential timber.

However, I’ve found a chink in the armor.

Apparently, she, too – like so many of her Republican colleagues in Congress – is deathly afraid of the Barack Obama eligibility issue.

Check out her recent appearance on CNN’s “Larry King Live.”

Do you believe Bachmann hasn’t heard much from her constituents about the Obama eligibility issue?

All I can say to that is she must not be listening.

Now watch the red-hot eligibility story on DVD: “A Question of Eligibility: Is Obama’s presidency constitutionally legitimate?”

She says all she hears about is “jobs.”

Now, I don’t believe Americans expect government to provide jobs for them. I believe most Americans still understand that government destroys jobs, it doesn’t create them.

I know Americans are very concerned about the economy and the way it is being destroyed by the policies of the Obama administration and the Democratic Congress. But I also believe they are deeply concerned about much more than that.

For one thing, they don’t like seeing the Constitution trampled. And that’s what happens when people like Obama don’t submit to the rule of law by providing evidence of their qualifications for office. And that’s what happens, quite honestly, when people like Michele Bachmann give them a free ride, a pass, the benefit of the doubt.

That’s not the way the American political system is supposed to work.

We’re all supposed to play by the same rules. And it’s most important that people with the highest responsibility act most responsibly.

Bachmann says she has no reason to doubt Obama’s eligibility. On what basis does she draw such a conclusion? He simply hasn’t provided any documented evidence to support his claim to be a “natural born citizen.” All we have are his autobiography and a “certification of live birth” that simply could never prove beyond a reasonable doubt that he is eligible.

Do you want some reasons to doubt?

So why won’t Michele Bachmann and her colleagues just come right out and say it: “We’ve seen no proof of Obama’s constitutional eligibility. The man who pledged to the American people to conduct the most open and transparent administration in history has done everything in his power to block the release of personal documents that could put these issues to rest. Barack Obama has acted like a one-man wrecking crew when it comes to the constitutional moorings upon which this nation was founded. If he wants to restore confidence with the American people, he needs to start by releasing his long-form birth certificate and other documents that would prove his constitutional eligibility and end the nagging questions about his unexplained foreign travels to Pakistan, his academic record and his citizenship in Indonesia as a boy.”

Why is that so hard to say?

Yes, the economy is hurting because of Obama’s policies. He’s wrecking it, just as clearly as he is wrecking the health-care system. And how is he doing it? By ignoring the Constitution – just as he ignored the Constitution when he chose to run for the presidency and swore an oath to uphold and defend it.

The fact that he refuses to prove his eligibility, though, represents his biggest breach of the Constitution – the most fundamental.

And every member of Congress, indeed every citizen of this country, has an obligation to force him to adhere to the law of the land.

So, for starters, “Where’s the birth certificate?”

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