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An influential Minuteman PAC is weighing in on the argument over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, with a call for concerned citizens across the country to flood their state secretaries of state offices with requests that Obama be removed from the 2012 ballot.
There have been dozens of leaders, politicians and personalities who have expressed concern that Obama likely does not meet the constitutional requirement of being a “natural born citizen” to be president.
The Founders likely understood that to mean the offspring of two citizen parents and an 1875 Supreme Court decision suggested the same. But Obama, by his own admission, could not qualify under those circumstances because his father never was an American.
“To do this, though, we need tens of thousands of messages overwhelming the offices of every single secretary of state, since they are the ones who are ultimately responsible for determining who qualifies to be on the ballot – and, of course, who doesn’t,” the organization’s statement said.
“As our Founding Fathers intended, it is the states which protect us from all out tyranny. The federal election in 2012 and the constitutional eligibility of the candidates is no different. In the end, our states are responsible for ensuring the eligibility of candidates and our states will protect us from the tyranny of a presidential usurper.”
The organization noted the defense strategy that Obama’s lawyers outlined in a pending case in Georgia, where this week there are to be three hearings on different challenges to Obama’s name on the 2012 ballot in Georgia.
The law in that state allows residents to raise a challenge, and several groups already have.
Obama’s lawyer told the judge the president should be excused from a subpoena for his testimony and birth evidence, but the judge refused.
It was Obama’s lawyer who argued because Obama was chosen by the presidential electors and confirmed by Congress, the testimony he’s being told to provide is “irrelevant.”
“You read that right, folks,” the Minuteman PAC said. “Obama’s dream-team of lawyers are arguing that, because of the electoral system, Barack Hussein Obama is not accountable to the American people.”
Specifically, Obama’s lawyers wrote, “Presidential electors and Congress, not the state of Georgia, hold the constitutional responsibility for determining the qualifications of presidential candidates. … The election of President Obama by the presidential electors, confirmed by Congress, makes the documents and testimony sought by plaintiff irrelevant.”
The PAC was set up to serve as the political arm of the Minuteman Movement, the initiative that seeks to secure America’s territory against incursion, invasion and terrorism.
“These United States are at war, and under siege by forces and interests that have the capacity, over time, to destroy our great experiment of responsible self-government,” the organization explained. “We are organizing as citizen volunteers, and as voting citizens, to safeguard our beloved nation from violence, from sedition, from wholesale attack by those who do not love America and wish to see her destroyed or irremediably altered from a nation of liberty, equality and justice and a bastion of Western civilization.”
The group accused Obama of leaving the nation’s borders wide open, putting weapons into the hands of drug cartels and refusing to remove illegal aliens from the land.
“Barack Hussein Obama now considers himself above and beyond the ‘little people,’ i.e. you and me,” the group wrote. “After all, we’re only here to do his bidding while he transforms America into an open-borders socialist state.”
The group said the issue shouldn’t be complicated: The Constitution includes a very clear requirement for presidents, and “by his own admission that his father was a Kenyan native and a British subject, Barack Hussein Obama already does not meet the constitutional standard of ‘natural born citizen’ that was established by the 1875 unanimous Supreme Court ruling Minor v. Happersett.”
WND reported earlier on the stunning decision from Judge Michael M. Malihi, who refused a demand from Obama’s lawyer to quash the subpoena for Thursday. WND had reported even earlier when Obama outlined his defense strategy for state-level challenges to his candidacy in 2012. He said states have nothing to do with the eligibility of presidential candidates. Such challenges have been raised in New Hampshire, Arizona, Illinois and several other states.
Malihi said Obama simply failed “to provide any legal authority to support his motion to quash the subpoena to attend.”
“Defendant’s motion suggests that no president should be compelled to attend a court hearing. This may be correct. But defendant has failed to enlighten the court with any legal authority,” the judge continued.
“Specifically, defendant has failed to cite to any legal authority evidencing why his attendance is ‘unreasonable or oppressive, or that the testimony … [is] irrelevant, immaterial, or cumulative and unnecessary to a party’s preparation or presentation at the hearing, or that basic fairness dictates that the subpoena should not be enforced.’”