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The people that question President Obama's eligibility to be president may soon have their answer. It has been said that Mr. Obama never showed an actual birth certificate proving his citizenship and thus has been fought in court without success. Article II, Section 1 of the Untied States Constitution 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." In the past, the proof of birth of presidential candidates was never much of an issue. Most candidates and their life's are usually thoroughly vetted by the press before and during the campaign. Then came Barack Obama.
If Florida Rep. Bill Posey has his way, this situation will never occur again. Mr. Posey has introduced HR 1503, which will "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." This Bill would not be retroactive and if passed, would take effect in 2012 at the earliest.
I called co-sponsor Rep. Neugebauer's office today and asked an aide that if Obama runs again, will he still have to provide proof of birth as a sitting president and after about ten minutes of waiting for the aide to find the answer, he finally came back to the phone with resounding yes. One would think a Bill of this sort would sail through the congress with bipartisan support. Why do I have this feeling that the liberals will bury it before it gains any traction. If you have to show a drivers license to cash a check or show a birth certificate to get a passport, why not show some documentation before becoming the most powerful man in the world.
Contact your Representatives today and demand that they support HR 1503.
Latest Major Action: 3/12/2009 Referred to House committee. Status: Referred to the House Committee on House Administration.
Co-sponsors: Rep's John Campbell CA, John R. Carter TX, John Abney Culberson TX, Bob Goodlatte VA and Randy Neugebauer TX.
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
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