Question: How is it possible we have a new president about to be sworn into office Jan. 20 who has never been properly vetted for eligibility?

Answer: The system is broken.

We have a Constitution that is clear on the simple, straightforward eligibility requirements – 35 years of age, natural born citizen.

The problem is no one is enforcing it. No one in government – state or federal – even seems to care.

Recently, a reader shared a letter he received from Sen. Mel Martinez, R-Fla., about the controversy over Barack Obama’s eligibility questions. Martinez questioned none of the assertions of the letter writer vis-à-vis the unanswered questions about the missing birth certificate, issues with his parentage and his years living in Indonesia.

Instead, Martinez said the election trumped the Constitution!

He wrote that these questions were all raised during the campaign, but people voted for him anyway. Therefore, according to Martinez, the matter is settled. Obama will be the next president – the Constitution be damned.

Of course, that’s not the way it is supposed to work.

Matters of eligibility for office should have been addressed by controlling legal authorities along the way – secretaries of state, the Federal Elections Commission, judges who ruled on lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility.

Instead, citizen concerns and demands were ignored.

Question: How is it that we have courts and government agencies that are always seemingly willing to exceed their authority in other matters, but, on one so important as this, they are not even willing to carry out their sworn duties?

Answer: The system is broken.

I have an idea.

Let’s fix it.

Let’s take this matter head on right now. Let’s not wait until the next election. Let’s expose the corruption in the last. Let’s rise up in righteous indignation that our Constitution is being purposely and willfully ignored by officials who swear an oath to uphold it.

We do not live in a nation where anything goes. We do not live in a nation where voters can overturn the Constitution. We do not live in a nation ruled by men. We live in a nation ruled by the law.

Let’s keep it that way.

If the issues surrounding Obama’s status as a natural born citizen are simply swept under the rug, then the Constitution simply no longer means what it says. It no longer limits officials from doing anything they feel like doing.

I know some of you are thinking: “Farah, were you born yesterday? Don’t you know officials have been ignoring the Constitution for years?”

Yes, I know all that. I’ve been writing about it for many, many years.

But this case is more blatant. It is so simple. It is so easy to understand. Notice Mel Martinez didn’t assert that he is certain Obama is a natural born citizen. He is tacitly acknowledging – along with many of his colleagues – that there is at least serious doubt about the constitutional eligibility of the man likely to be voted in as the next president by the Electoral College Dec. 15.

If this happens, the question of eligibility for the highest office in the land will no longer even be a matter for concern. Precedent will have been established. Arnold Schwarzenegger will suddenly be eligible to run for the office in 2012. No new law will have to be passed. The Constitution will not need to be amended. The age requirement will also have to be set aside.

I’m not willing to accept this.

I’m not willing to see the final stake be driven through the heart and soul of our Constitution – the greatest document for governance since the Bible.

I urge you to stand up and fight.

If you have not yet signed my petition to all controlling legal authorities on this matter, I urge you to do so now.

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