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News Analysis by Harry Hunter
(Feb. 25, 2010) — Senator John McCain (R-AZ), whose weak-kneed 2008 campaign against Barack Obama could suggest complicity in election fraud, is now openly campaigning for re-election by attacking those who question Obama’s eligibility for office. In a move that entangles McCain more deeply than ever with the tar-baby of Obama’s eligibility, McCain has released a television ad that links his Republican primary opponent, Congressman J. D. Hayworth, with alleged “conspiracy theory” advocates Orly Taitz and Philip Berg.
The ad can be viewed in YouTube form here. McCain’s message is that Taitz and Berg are obsessed with the “conspiracy theory” that Obama is not a natural born U. S. citizen because he was born a subject/citizen of Britain and that the “only difference” between Congressman Hayworth and the conspiracy-obsessed Taitz/Berg is that Hayworth is running for the U.S. Senate. In making this argument, McCain is, strangely enough, contradicting Obama’s open admission that his father was a British citizen and that British law governed Obama’s own birth status. Apparently it is OK for Obama to state the (partial) truth about his birth status, but if others do so, they are kind-of nutty—certainly not serious and responsible like McCain.
In fairness to McCain, his attack ad does claim some positive ground as well. The ad says the senator is “protecting our nation” and that “character matters.” However, McCain did nothing to protect our nation from the election farce that put a man born with foreign allegiance in the White House; indeed, McCain was part of that farce and is now campaigning by defending Obama’s fraudulent election. That sort of protection the nation could do without. As for character, yes, it matters, and one hopes Arizona Republicans will look McCain straight in the mouth before they robotically return him to the Senate.
Orly Taitz is up in arms over how she was used in McCain’s ad, and she is calling for McCain to meet her face-to-face in a televised forum. Since McCain has implied that wishing to uphold the Constitution is tantamount to a conspiracy theory, it would seem only fair to let Taitz reply to the accusation. Her website displays a headline for one post on Feb. 25 that suggests how she might reply:
Is McCain aiding and abetting Obama because he was born in the city of Colon, Panama, which was not a military base and not the zone of Panama canal, therefore McCain committed fraud by running for President?
It is not as though McCain is lacking in factual information about Barack Obama’s ineligibility for the presidency. Such data were even conveyed to him recently by one of Orly Taitz’s supporters, and on Jan. 13, 2010, McCain sent Orly a personal letter (“Dear Orly”) on the subject. The letter and Orly’s comments on it are found here. She sums up McCain’s position thus:
In his letter McCain tried to show himself sympathetic to the issue of Obama’s illegitimacy to presidency, but stated that his hands are tied by the issue of separation of powers, in that this issue needs to be decided by the courts without interference by Congress.
The courts have said they cannot do anything because this is a political matter for Congress to deal with, and now McCain says Congress cannot do anything because the courts are involved. How sweet it must be to have mutual cop-outs. But obviously McCain never had any intention of doing anything about the worst violation of our Constitution in the last century and a half, at least. Some demonstration of character that is.
Some suggest McCain might actually be committing political suicide by defending Obama’s eligibility, since the Arizona legislature is moving toward requiring candidates for the presidency to document their eligibility in 2012. The resolution to do just that is sponsored by 40 out of 90 state legislators, and the resolution has already been approved by a House committee. Yet McCain has, in effect, ridiculed his own state legislature as filled with “conspiracy-theory” advocates. So who is really out of touch in Arizona? Here is the heart of the pending Arizona HB 2441) :
WITHIN TEN DAYS AFTER SUBMITTAL OF THE NAMES OF THE CANDIDATES, THE NATIONAL POLITICAL PARTY COMMITTEE SHALL SUBMIT AN AFFIDAVIT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE IN WHICH THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE STATES THE CANDIDATE’S CITIZENSHIP AND AGE AND SHALL APPEND TO THE AFFIDAVIT DOCUMENTS THAT PROVE THAT THE CANDIDATE IS A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN, PROVE THE CANDIDATE’S AGE AND PROVE THAT THE CANDIDATE MEETS THE RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS FOR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES AS PRESCRIBED IN ARTICLE II, SECTION 1, CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES.
That should be enough to keep both Barack Obama and John McCain out of the 2012 presidential election. But a number of court challenges to Obama’s eligibility are moving inexorably toward resolution, the 2010 elections are looming ever closer, and if the United States government wishes to claim any hope of legitimacy, Obama could be impeached or forced to resign well before 2012 ballots are printed.