Posts Tagged ‘kerchner v obama’

What to Tell the Birthers Bashers by Mario Apuzzo

August 1, 2009

Note: This essay appeared yesterday (July 31, 2009) on Attorney Mario Apuzzo’s blog. Apuzzo represents Charles Kerchner and others in a suit filed Jan 20, 2009 against Barack Obama and the Congress; see Kerchner et al v Obama & Congress et al

You are poorly informed on the constitutional issue involved with Obama’s eligibility to be President. The primary issue is whether Obama is an Article II “natural born Citizen,” not whether he was born in the U.S. When drafting the eligibility requirements for the President, the Founding Fathers distinguished between “Citizen” and “natural born Citizen” in Article II, sec. 1, cl. 5 and in Articles I, III, and IV of the Constitution. Per the Founders, while Senators and Representatives can be just “citizens,” after 1789 the President must be a “natural born Citizen.” The Founders wanted to assure that the Office of President and Commander in Chief of the Military, a non-collegial and unique and powerful civil and military position, was free of all foreign influence and that its holder have sole and absolute allegiance, loyalty, and attachment to the U.S. The “natural born Citizen” clause was the best way for them to assure this….(read the rest)

Answering the Birther Bashers