Citizenry urged not to abandon 'irradiated' eligibility issue[/size]
[size=24]An award-winning journalist and author is describing the question over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president the “biggest potential crime in all of American history.”
The comments come from Diana West, a columnist known for her boldness and penchant for eliciting dropped jaws. Her writings appear on Fridays onWND’s commentary page.
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She was being interviewed by Frank Gaffney, founder of the Center for Security Policy, on his Secure Freedom Radio program recently.
According to the show’s promotion, “Despite the results of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Unit, which found that both Obama’s birth certificate and Selective Service Registration card had been forged, Obama’s behavior in the ’08 elections and the very words of the Constitution itself, the government has not allowed for a thorough and fair investigation into the issue of Obama’s eligibility.”
West’s reaction is that Americans should be questioning exactly what is going on.
The nation is “looking at a great unsolved mystery, the greatest potential crime of all of American history,” she told Gaffney. “What we’re looking at is a president of the United States whose documentation has not been presented, vetted, corroborated,” she said.
Gaffney noted that the subject has become “irradiated.”
The issue has been raised in dozens of lawsuits and other legal challenges to Obama’s occupancy of the Oval Office, and his pursuit of a second term in office. Yet the courts and media and combined to make sure “this is a subject that does make it into America’s living rooms and parlors,” West said.
“It’s not considered polite conversation.
But according to documentation in some of the legal challenges that have been filed, the potential danger simply is unquantifiable. The questions that would arise should Obama’s ineligibility be verified: What about the laws he’s signed? What about international positions he has had America adopt. And what would happen to the actions of a president who really wasn’t.
West said the problem isn’t complicated; it’s only the definition of “natural born citizen,” which is what the Constitution requires for presidents.
“This was a specific designation that was much discussed among the Founders in order to eliminate any possibility of divided loyalties in the commander of the American armed forces,” she said.
She cited an 1800s U.S. Supreme Court case that said a “natural born citizen” is the offspring of two citizen parents. Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was in the United States only as a student and never was even a citizen.
West discussed a currently pending court case in Florida that raises the specific issue of the parentage of natural born citizens.
She explained that the judge in that case already has noted that while those criticizing Obama have cited a legal definition for natural born citizen, those who support the president have failed to cite a single instance that supports their position.
“The mystery must be solved,” she said.
Listen to the interview:
While serving as an editorial writer for the Washington Times, West began writing a regular column in 1999. It went to syndication shortly following Sept. 11, 2001.
West won second place for editorial writing in the Maryland-Delaware-D.C. Press Association Contest in 2001. She left the Times in 2002 to write her first book, “The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization” (St. Martin’s Press).
Not one to shy away from controversial commentary, West explores such topics as Islam’s claim to be “a religion of peace,” society’s efforts to “protect” children from Mother’s Day and Obama’s eligibility questions.
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