Bob Unruh joined WND in 2006 after nearly three decades with the Associated Press, as well as several Upper Midwest newspapers, where he covered everything from legislative battles and sports to tornadoes and homicidal survivalists. He is also a photographer whose scenic work has been used commercially.More ↓Less ↑
During this year’s U.S. Senate races, it will be Democrats raising the issue of President Obama’s eligibility to occupy the Oval Office.
Politico reported Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee chief Robert Menendez is distributing a memo to U.S. Senate campaign offices stating Democrats need to demand that their opponents answer a series of questions, including, “Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen?”
The report said Menendez wants to use the questions to
“frame” opponents and “drive a wedge” between moderates belonging
to the GOP and those who have adopted the tea party standards
advocating limited government, lower taxes, fewer
regulations and more freedom for Americans.
The Democrat memo said, “Given the pressure Republican candidates feel from the extreme right in their party, there is a critical – yet time-sensitive – opportunity for Democratic candidates.
“We have a finite window when Republicans candidates will feel susceptible to the extremists in their party. Given the urgent nature of this dynamic, we suggest an aggressive effort to get your opponents on the record.”
The Politico report listed the following questions for Democrat to ask of Republican opponents:
Do you believe that Barack Obama is a U.S. citizen?
Do you think the 10th Amendment bars Congress from issuing regulations like minimum health care coverage standards?
Do you think programs like Social Security and Medicare represent socialism and should never have been created in the first place?
Do you think President Obama is a socialist?
Do you think America should return to a gold standard?
The memo instructs that if a GOP candidate says no, make his or her “primary opponent or conservative activists know it.”
Democrats dominated the Senate agenda in President Obama’s first year in office because of their filibuster-proof 60-40 vote majority. But since Republican Scott Brown’s stunning victory in Massachusetts, winning a U.S. Senate seat held by Democrat Ted Kennedy for nearly five decades, Menendez has urged his party’s candidates to “run scared,” Politico said.
The website for the Democrat committee already has started demonizing Republicans in the “tea party” movement challenging Washington’s tax-and-spend agenda, massive health care takeover and plans for huge new energy taxes.
“Is the angry, irrational mob known as the ‘Tea Party’ one and the same as the Republican Party?” the site says. “After a summer of yelling about ‘socialism’ and ‘death panels’ at town hall meetings, they have mobilized behind a number of Republican Senate candidates. We saw how energized they were in Massachusetts. If more of these candidates are elected in November, it will become harder and harder to make any progress in Washington.”
“Are we given to understand that the Democrats intend to run for office by raising questions about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president?” he asked. “That has got to be the most brilliant campaign strategy since Michael Dukakis and Max Cleland raised questions about their own patriotism.”
“Menendez you are so far out of touch you have no idea of what you talk about. You don’t even know what the tea [party] movement stands for. You somehow think they are all right wing conservatives. How wrong you are. They are from every walk of life from all parties and none. They represent everything good in this country and what has made us great. Thats (sic) something you and yours will never understand. All you know is take take take and spend spend spend. Thats (sic) what the teabager movement wants to stop.”
WND has reported efforts to raise the question of Obama’s eligibility at the state and national levels. Several state legislatures are working on proposals that would require presidential candidates to submit proof of their eligibility.
Since Obama’s election, numerous lawsuits have been filed alleging he did not meet the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that a president be a “natural born citizen.” The lawsuits have asserted he either was not born in Hawaii as he claims or was a dual citizen because of his father’s British citizenship at the time of his birth.
The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, 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.”
However, none of the cases filed to date has been successful in reaching the plateau of legal discovery, so that information about Obama’s birth could be obtained.
“To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.”
The bill also provides:
“Congress finds that under … the Constitution of the United States, in order to be eligible to serve as President, an individual must be a natural born citizen of the United States who has attained the age of 35 years and has been a resident within the United States for at least 14 years.”
The sponsors’ goal is for the bill to become effective for the
2012 presidential election. The legislation now is pending in a House committee and has more than a dozen co-sponsors.
Key to the arguments over Obama is the fact is original long-form birth certificate never has been released. A second significant factor is the multitude of documents that Obama has kept from the public.
Besides his actual birth documentation, the still-concealed documentation includes kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.
Thirdly, another significant factor is the estimated $1.7 million Obama has spent on court cases to prevent any of the documentation of his life to be revealed to the public.
“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard helps light up the night at the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip.
The “certification of live birth” posted online and widely touted as “Obama’s birth certificate” does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same “short-form” document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true “long-form” birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a “natural born citizen,” no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth.