The American political and media elite have determined, for whatever reason, that the Constitution’s eligibility requirements for the presidency are not important.
That is the only conclusion one can draw from the misinformation, disinformation and disinterest they have shown to the serious questions swirling around not only the unique case of Barack Obama but also to the definition of “natural born citizen” in future presidential elections.
It’s not unprecedented that failing republics dumb down eligibility requirements for the presidency. It’s not unprecedented that failing republics ignore or obscure eligibility requirements for the presidency. It’s not unprecedented that failing republics make tragic mistakes in permitting non-qualified candidates to serve in the presidency.
It happened in 1932 in Germany with a candidate named Adolf Hitler.
In fact, this tragedy, which resulted in the deaths of tens of millions of innocents and the utter destruction of the German republic, is documented in the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Eric Metaxas.
We learn that on March 13, 1932, the day the German national election was being held to determine who would be president, “Nazi rowdies rode around in the backs of trucks with megaphones, stirring things up. A month earlier Hitler was found ineligible to run since he was born and reared in Austria. But this problem was strenuously shoved through a loophole, and he would run after all.”
On Jan. 30, 1933, Hitler became the chancellor of Germany.
Imagine how the course of history might have been changed had that “loophole” not been found – if the German people, political elite and media elite had held firm to their constitution that required presidents to be German-born when Hitler clearly was not.
I can almost visualize the reaction to what I am saying here: “Farah is comparing Obama to Hitler!”
No, I am not.
Hitler is in a unique historical class of tyrants and fiends and mass murderers. There’s Hitler and Josef Stalin and Mao Zedong. Together they are responsible for the deaths of more than 100 million people.
For perspective, Obama has merely contributed to the economic and moral degradation of the greatest country on earth.
I use the Hitler illustration only to demonstrate there are real-world consequences to bending the rules in constitutional republics for political expediency.
That’s what happened in Germany in 1932.
It is happening again in America in the 21st century.
The media and political elite are in abject denial about the meaning of the U.S. Constitution’s “natural born citizen” requirement for presidents.
It does not mean born in the USA.
It does not mean the child of one citizen parent.
It does not mean a guy who offers up a phony and invalid birth certificate.
It does not mean a person who claims biological parentage by a visiting foreign student.
It does not mean a person who claims an adoptive father who was a foreign national.
It does not mean a person who went to live with that adoptive father in his own country and registered for school as a citizen of Indonesia.
It does not mean a person whose very own citizenship was questioned by U.S. immigration officials in his boyhood.
It does not apply to a person whose “natural born citizenship” has never been investigated by any controlling legal authority in America.
And that’s who resides in the White House today because the media and political elite don’t want to do their jobs in ensuring that the Constitution prevails.
So we stumble along and define down what the Constitution says – pretending instead that it requires a presidential candidate to be born in the USA and pretending that the current occupant of the White House has demonstrated that he actually meets that criteria.
Some 15 state legislatures were concerned enough about the Constitution that they introduced or even passed legislation requiring that future presidential candidates demonstrate eligibility before getting on the ballot. All of them claimed these legislative initiatives had nothing to do with Obama, but instead had to do with constitutional integrity. Yet, when Obama produced a document he claims is his birth certificate, these initiatives all went away.
Not only are we about to allow Obama to seek re-election as an ineligible candidate, we are about to amend the Constitution by default.