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Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely
A retired U.S. military leader who now is a presence on the Internet with his Stand Up For America and Veterans Defenders websites has issued a call for President Obama’s resignation and a new election to replace him.
The call comes from Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely, who served in Vietnam and retired in 1991 from the U.S. Army as deputy commanding general for the Pacific.
“We now must call for the immediate resignation of Barry Soetero (AKA President Barack Hussein Obama) … based on incompetence, deceit, fraud, corruption, dishonesty and violation of the U.S. oath of office and the Constitution,” he said in remarks delivered to a Lincoln Reagan dinner in Virginia City, Mont., last week and published today on the Stand Up America website.
“And a call for a national petition for new elections to select the next president of the United States of America must be initiated,” he continued. “We can wait no longer for a traditional change of power and new government.”
A number of retired military members have sought the removal of Obama from office. They mostly have tried to utilize the courts to challenge his eligibility based on claims he fails to meet the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that a president be a “natural born citizen.” Few have asserted Obama needs to walk away from the Oval Office for the best of the nation.
“The Declaration of Independence states: ‘To secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, that whenever any form of government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to affect their safety and happiness,’” Vallely said in his remarks.
“We cannot permit the current leaders in the White House and halls of Congress to continue in their efforts to lead us down the road of progressive socialism and destruction of America. This is the current battle that we constitutionalists face, and we must be aggressive in our efforts,” he said.
He pointed out that the oath of office for the president is basic, stating, “I do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same, that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion, and that I will faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
“Sadly, we have seen them violate their oath. Fraud, lying, and corruption are rampant and some have engaged in treasonous activities, and they effectively thumb their noses at us and have sold you to the highest bidder,” he said.
“Lincoln issued this warning in his inaugural address, ‘Any people anywhere, being inclined and having the power, have the right to rise up and shake off the existing government and form a new one. This is a most valuable and sacred right – a right which we hope and believe is to liberate the world,’” Vallely said.
“Being a representative republic, not a democracy, ‘rising up’ means other than revolution by means of arms. The people must ‘rise up’ from the grass roots across this great country as we think of the greater good of this and future generations. We are limited in the peaceful transfer of power…resignation, death, elections, and impeachment,” he said.
“‘We the People’ have had enough. Enough is enough. The Obama White House and identifiable members of Congress are now on a progressive socialist, treasonous death march and are bankrupting and weakening the country. We have watched them violate their sacred oath of office. ‘We, the People’ cannot wait for and solely rely on the next round of elections in November of this year. It is now and each day that these public servants must put the citizen’s interests above self-interest by resigning immediately,” he said.
Vallely graduated from West Point and was commissioned in the Army in 1961. He served 32 years before retiring, including in theaters in Europe and the Pacific Rim.
He saw two tours of combat duty in Vietnam.
He’s of late been a military analyst for the Fox News Channel and a lecturer on counter-terrorism. From 1982 to 1986 he commanded the 351st Civil Affairs Command that included all special forces, psychological warfare and civil military units in the Western United States and Hawaii.
He told WND he is speaking as an American citizen who wants to see the nation restored to a role of world leadership peacefully.
Vallely said Obama’s record is of failure at just about everything, from the massive buckets of cash handed out in his bailout programs to his instability on foreign policy and his “lack of resolve” on military issues.
He said while he doesn’t call himself a “birther,” even the issue of Obama’s eligibility remains unresolved.
“Certainly as a citizen I don’t buy off on his eligibility,” he said.
But more significant than Obama’s record, history, qualifications or even presidency is the nation’s future, he said.
“We cannot continue to self-destruct here.”
He said he’s calling for the resignation of the president because that’s what responsible citizens should be doing. Congress, certainly, is not going to take responsibility and get the job done, he said.
“I want the people to stand up and take government back, peacefully,” he told WND.
On Vallely’s website, forum participants were in lock-step:
“As a Vietnam veteran and believer in the Constitution I am in full support of these observations and comments,” said Ralph Kennedy. “It seems that even the military forces have been in decline along with the political culture in our country since Mr. Obama has been in place. … I applaud the courage and the common sense exhibited by Mr. Vallely in his statement.”
Added Ronald Hei, “As a Vietnam veteran and retired military officer, I fully support Gen. Vallely’s call for the resignation of Obama. Failing resignation, I call for the petition of the U.S. Congress (existing) for his impeachment for ALL of the transgressions listed above and some not listed.”
David J. Austin said, “Our government under the current president has demonstrated moral corruptness in nearly all aspects of its performance. Our country and flag have been disgraced by the actions of Obama. … I would like to see the new Congress, after the 2010 elections, demand his immediate resignation or begin impeachment proceedings.”
In his Spectator piece, which came only days before Vallely’s remarks, Ferrera said, “What leads me to predict President Obama’s early political demise are his numerous, enormous vulnerabilities to further adverse developments, threatening a geometrically accelerating downward spiral, for him politically, and for America substantively.”
Ferrara cited Obama’s controversies over the Rep. Joe Sestak scandal, his lack of management of the Gulf oil spill, more and more taxes for Americans, a “blind” energy policy and others.
“The president himself has laid the foundation for his biggest political vulnerability of all,” he said. “He won our votes and the election in 2008 with ‘the firm pledge’ not to raise taxes ‘in any form’ on anyone making less than $250,000 a year. Now he has already backed away from that pledge,” he said.
A voter backlash against Democrats expected in November will result in Democrats themselves having “limited tolerance for the above described political pressures and chaos,” he said.
“With the very survival of their party at stake, the Democrats will buckle and desert President Obama, joining the calls for his resignation.
“At that point, with zero prospects for re-election, and unable to govern effectively, he will resign,” Ferrara said.
Other military officers have taken a more direct approach to challenging Obama’s presidency.
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.”
WND has covered a multitude of challenges and lawsuits over the issue. Some have alleged that he was not born in Hawaii in 1961 as he has written, or that the framers of the Constitution specifically excluded dual citizens – Obama’s father was a subject of the British crown at Obama’s birth – from being eligible for the office.
Besides Obama’s actual birth documentation, the still-concealed documentation for him 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.
“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.