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by Sharon Rondeau

Hector Maldonado is running for U.S. Senate in Missouri, and his motto is "Show Me Freedom."

(Jul. 18, 2010) — Although his birthplace is in Mexico, Hector Maldonado’s heart is with the United States.  He is a decorated combat Army veteran, having served in Bosnia-Herzegovina, Iraq and Afghanistan and attaining the rank of captain and Master Trainer.

Born on April 21, 1972, Mr. Maldonado is one of ten children and was raised on a farm in California. He became a U.S. citizen in 1995.  He graduated with honors with a  degree in Political Science from California State University, San Bernardino.  He has worked in the field of health care and served in the New York Army National Guard, which  caused him to become a first responder to the terrorist attacks in Manhattan on September 11, 2001.

Mr. Maldonado officially launched his campaign for the U.S. Senate from Missouri on March 1, 2010 by by meeting with small business owners in Kansas City.   He opposes amnesty for illegal immigrants, is staunchly pro-life, and quotes frequently from the writings of the Founding Fathers.  His reason for running for the Senate is that “America deserves leaders that love Liberty and Freedom, not Power.”  His campaign website and blog are here, and the press release announcing his Senate bid is here.

MRS. RONDEAU: I saw the video from Branson Radio Live during which you discuss the fact that the Missouri Secretary of State, Robin Carnahan, wrote you a certified letter asking for your birth certificate as proof of eligibility for you to run for the U.S. Senate.  Who was the interviewer?

MR. MALDONADO: Her name is Karen Berka.  I’m putting together some concerts to get my name out with Gary S. Paxton, the legendary songwriter who wrote a lot of great hits.  He wrote “Monster Mash,” “America, You’re Too Young to Die,” “These Colors Don’t Run,” “Cherry Pie”…2600 songs.  He gave me a CD and we did our first concert in Branson.  Karen Berka is the radio host for Branson Radio Live, so during part of the concert, we did about an hour interview, and the video is a short segment of that.

MRS. RONDEAU: I only recently learned who you were after your name was all over the internet regarding the request for your birth certificate to determine your eligibility.  How did it begin, and why do you think the Secretary of State’s office pursued it?

MR. MALDONADO: I didn’t know what to think of it at first, and I made a joke by saying, “I ignored it, too,” but it didn’t mean that I was trying to get away without having to prove anything.  I know we are a nation of laws; I made a joke; the audience clearly knew it was a joke because they laughed, and I smiled, and I said “No.”

It all happened rather quickly.  The first letter was dated April 28.  Then after I made the joke, a lot of people called me and said, “Hey, people are calling you a liar, and there’s this blogger in Texas who said, “I’m an  in-your-face kinda gal.”  But she never called me to verify or ask me if she could see a copy of the letter.  Now I have bloggers all over the country saying, “Hey, she’s calling you a liar; you have to nip it in the bud; you have to release it.”  So the letter is now all over the internet.  I’ll read what it says:

Our office is in the process of reviewing your qualifications for the office of U.S. Senate, as part of the candidate verification process. The qualifications for this office include being a U.S. citizen for nine years.  We sometimes use voter registration records to verify qualifications;…

which is silly because when I registered to vote, I didn’t have to show I was a citizen…

however our voter registration records show you as a voter since 2008.

you’ve only been a voter since 2008…well, I’m in the military; I move around, they didn’t check the entire country.

We will need proof of U.S. citizenship, such as a copy of a birth certificate or passport…

Now this is the first letter which came out on April 28, and they gave me a deadline of two weeks, exactly, and the second letter came right after this one, which was certified.  The reason I paid attention to the second one was that it was certified and it was official documentation that they did warn me.

So I said, “No problem; I’m glad they’re doing their job.  But I called the other candidates on the Republican ballot, of which at the time there were 11.  I called four out of the 11 and asked them if they had received a request like this, and they said, “No.”  I didn’t reach all of them.

I went back to show proper documentation, not just my proof of citizenship, but also to let them know that I am a productive and patriotic member of society.  I went to war for my country; I was willing to die for my country.  This is what I’ve been doing and this is what my commanders say that I’ve been doing, and these are my bronze star citations, so I took all of that.  But the only thing they made a copy of was my naturalization certificate which showed that I am a U.S. citizen.  I asked them, “Does that become public record? because I’m running for public office, so anyone should have access to it, right?” and they said, “Yes.”  So I said, “OK, so where’s the proof that our president is a “natural born Citizen?” and they didn’t have a response.

As a matter of fact, they were a little shocked that I asked, and when I asked them how it was that I was flagged, I said, “I know that Ms. Carnahan, the Secretary of State, is a Democrat.  How is it that the Democrat Party is against racial profiling, but I asked some of the other candidates on the Republican ballot if they were asked for citizenship documentation, and they weren’t.”  Now I didn’t ask about candidates for any other federal office, just the people I came across at rallies and other events.  But I was the only one.  Recently, another gentleman by the name of Joe Montelero, with whom I just spoke yesterday, is running for the Constitution Party, and he asked the same thing I did, which is great.  I’m glad that they asked someone else, too.  My question is, “Why are they asking?”

I haven’t done any research to see if they asked Ms. Carnahan, who is running against two other opponents in the primary on the Democrat ballot , although it would be interesting to find out if they got a letter asking them to show proof of citizenship.  I don’t know; I haven’t investigated that.  But I’m glad that they asked me; they’re supposed to, and it means they’re doing their job.  The question here is, “Is there a double standard?  Don’t we all live under the same law?” I’m glad that they asked me. I’m proud to have been given the blessing to become a U.S. citizen. I was not born in this country, but I was given an opportunity to live the American dream, and that’s why I went into the military, because I wanted to pay America back.  I wanted to protect America and preserve the very liberty and freedom that she gave me in 1995.  That’s why I went into the military.  So I’m glad that they asked, and I was proud to show that I’m a U.S. citizen.  I never hyphenated my name; never said I’m “Mexican-American;” I’ve said, “I am an American.”  When I took my oath, I swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution and rescind any prior loyalty to my country of origin.  That was the oath that I took when I became a U.S. citizen, and that is the oath that I’ve kept ever since.

MRS. RONDEAU: You obviously took it very seriously.  You were a first responder on 9/11; you have a very impressive background and are a model U.S. citizen even though you were born in another country.

MR. MALDONADO: Thank you.

MRS. RONDEAU: I wonder why the Secretary of State’s office was “shocked” when you asked if Mr. Obama ever had to show anything to prove his citizenship when he had to meet the higher standard of “natural born Citizen.”  Vattel, a Swiss philosopher whose writings were relied upon heavily by the Framers, described the term as “born in the country to parents who are its citizens.”  Some say that it takes only birth in the country to be considered “natural born.”  What is your interpretation of that phrase of the Constitution?

MR. MALDONADO: Because the Founding Fathers put a provision for Congress to authorize a standing militia and a standing Navy, they knew that a Navy and a militia would be deployed or would have posts outside of the United States.  It’s very clear to me; I think only a constitutionally-trained lawyer can create a loophole which can benefit someone.  The interpretation is that a “natural born U.S. Citizen” is someone perhaps born abroad of two parents who are already citizens, whether they’re in military service or working for the State Department.  We had ambassadors, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and Benjamin Franklin, who served time abroad.  If they had been younger and had had children abroad, they would have wanted their children to be natural born Citizens.  So both parents must be U.S. citizens.  If you have one parent who is not a U.S. citizen and has allegiance to or is ruled by a different country, then clearly, the child is not a “natural born Citizen.”

The easiest way to explain it to people, because a lot of people have asked me, is to explain that when I took an oath, I was required to give up all previous loyalty and allegiance to my country of origin.  American citizenship means that you’re loyal to one country, and that’s America.  Now we have a lot of Americans who declare dual citizenship because they’re born here, but anyone who comes and is naturalized is supposed to give up any prior citizenship.  So if you have the example of Obama, who was born abroad to one American citizen and one parent subject to the British crown, what gives the United States the right to take away the claim of the British over Barack Obama?  They both have equal share. If he’s a dual citizen, America does not recognize dual citizenship status; therefore, he’s a subject of Great Britain and has British citizenship.

MRS. RONDEAU: What makes you say Obama was “born abroad”?

MR. MALDONADO: It’s not for me to judge, but there are certainly a lot of holes in the story.  This is all I know:  I know for a fact that a truth is a truth, and as John Adams said, “Facts are stubborn things.”  They never change; no matter how much you try to manipulate them, they never change.  Obama’s story has more than one rendition of what he is saying the truth is, and Michelle Obama has actually stated that his “home country” is Kenya.  These are all questions that I have.  I’m not going to make a judgment, but I have a lot of questions.  My biggest question is that he has spent almost $2,000,000 to seal his records:   why?  He volunteered to be president, and as such, he should have had to open his records so that anyone had access to proof that he was eligible for the office  he was seeking, as I did.  He volunteered to serve, and as such, your life is open.  There’s nothing that you can keep secret.  My question is, “Why the secrecy?  What are you hiding?”  And that’s it.  That’s the question that I plan on asking when I get elected to the U.S. Senate.  We can’t let it go because we, the people of the United States of America, need to know the truth and nothing but the truth from all of our elected officials, including the President of the United States.

MRS. RONDEAU: That leads me to my next question:  When you are elected, what action, if any, will you or can you take to force the truth about Obama to come out?

MR. MALDONADO: Absolutely.  I’ve already started on two bills that I will spearhead and work with a coalition of newly-elected, like-minded concerned citizens who have never run for office but want the truth.  I will push the bills immediately to gather support for passage.  The first one is called “The American Freedom of Information Act” and would be retroactive to the birth of America on July 4, 1776.  It would stipulate that anyone seeking federal public office is bound to open all records so that the public will know who they are, where they stand, and where they come from.  So that’s the first one.

The second bill is going to be called “The George Washington Term Limit Act,” which will set term limits, for which George Washington actually set the example.  He had two terms, eight years, in the presidency, and everyone respected that.  That tradition was then honored; those who sought the presidency would hold office for no more than eight years.  It wasn’t broken until FDR did so during World War II.  You can argue why, but still, we’re at war now, and we still had a peaceful transition of power for the chief executive.  So there’s no excuse why we couldn’t have done it then.

Those two bills are something that I am offering America, and I will do everything in my power to build a coalition of like-minded people to help me pass them.  The second bill will have an additional requirement which not only will set term limits, but also contain the provision that after a congressman, president or vice president leaves federal office, he or she cannot become a lobbyist for five years after they separate from Capitol Hill.  This would force them to represent the people and not the lobbyists on Capitol Hill waiting for them to leave so that they can use them and their network to pass legislation in favor of big companies and big interests.

MRS. RONDEAU: Is that something that you hear a lot about from your prospective constituents, that big businesses influence the Congress more than the people themselves?

MR. MALDONADO: Absolutely.  I think that’s a valid concern.  It’s almost common sense.  You can ask almost anyone, even a high school student or somebody who never went to college:  “Between  you and a large corporation, who has the bigger voice in this country?”  Of course, they’re going to say “the large corporation” because they have all the money, and money is power.  Do you know what percentage of Americans is millionaires?

MRS. RONDEAU: I think it’s between 1% and 2%.

MR. MALDONADO: It’s less than 2%.  Do you know how many millionaires there are in Congress?


MR. MALDONADO: It’s almost 50%.


MR. MALDONADO: They don’t go in rich, but they get rich, and that should be a crime; it should be illegal for them to benefit from their position.  In the military, they instill that in every single leader:  you do not use your rank to benefit yourself.  Yet we have Congress, and former presidents – look how much money Bill Clinton has made after leaving the presidency – that has to stop, and the only way to stop it is to keep them from becoming lobbyists.  I’m sure there are other measures that could be taken, but that’s what I’ve come up with so far.

MRS. RONDEAU: What is the single most important thing you learned during your military career?’

MR. MALDONADO: Everyone in the military is guided by a leadership philosophy.  When you go to a new unit, a commander is going to ask you, “What is your leadership philosophy?” or subordinates are going to ask you, “Sir, what is your leadership philosophy?  We need to know.”  We need to know that of every elected official as well:  what motivates them, what guides their decision-making process.  That is the biggest thing that I got from the military, although it really came from my mom.  Everything that I am is because of my mom:  the values, the treatment, the ethics which my dad and my mom instilled in me, and the military only reinforced that.  I’m glad that the military has the same values as my parents did, and it’s all the same values that were instilled in our founding by the independent, hardworking people who created this great nation.  It is “Lead by example; be a self-sufficient servant; take care of yourself first, and then help others who are in need.”

I am Catholic, and I believe in charity, but God only helps those who want to help themselves.  We cannot afford to pay for other people who do not want to help themselves.  So the military reinforced my upbringing.  I have a phrase that I adopted from the first unit with which I served abroad in a combat zone, and that was with the second of the 22nd Infantry, Tenth Mountain Division.  Their motto is “Deeds, not Words,” and I use that to this day.  I served with that unit in 1996-97 and went to Bosnia, and it was “Deeds, not Words.”  And I kept that as a cornerstone of everything that I do.  “Lead by example.”

I could say a lot, but I tell people, “I’m only human.”  We were created not to trust human nature.  You never trust government.  I love my country, but I do not trust my government.  That is in our founding.  So I tell people, “Listen to what I say, but more important, judge me by my actions, what I’ve done in the past.”  That’s why I’m an open record, and that’s why I put my whole bio in the military, my phone number, email address, so that people can call me directly.  We need to judge people by what they’ve done for their country and for others, not for themselves.  We don’t know what Obama has done for his country; we really don’t, and he has sealed his records, so as a human being, knowing that humans are flawed and I don’t trust them, why is he hiding his records?  What has he done that he doesn’t want anyone else to know?

MRS. RONDEAU: It’s very interesting that you circled back to that, because I wanted to ask you another question  about Obama.  If it’s found that he did not meet the definition of “natural born Citizen,” how would that affect everything that he has signed and done up until that time?

MR. MALDONADO: There are a lot of ramifications.  First of all, if he does open his records and it is found that he is not a “natural born Citizen” in accordance with the Constitution, it means he committed high crimes and possibly treason, which is punishable under the Constitution.  The “proof” that Obama has shown is a Certification of Live Birth.  Anyone can get a Certification of Live Birth.  The question is, where is the actual long form which would show all of the rest of the information such as that which John McCain submitted?  McCain was born in Panama, and when he ran for president the first time, it was the Democrats who demanded this.  Now we’re just demanding the same thing that they did.

If Obama is found not to be qualified as a natural born Citizen, here are the ramifications:  Nancy Pelosi and Joe Biden’s names are on the certification letter, of which I have a copy, the state Democrat party letter of certification and the national DNC certification letter which does not have actual proof attached.  It’s just one letter from his own party which states that he meets the qualifications.  I also have the long-form birth certificate from John McCain which is attached to the letter of certification he received from John Boehner that was submitted, so that qualified as documentation.

The Certification of Live Birth lacks a lot of the information that the president is supposed to turn in.  If he is found to be in violation and unqualified for the office, everything he has done is null and void.  It would reverse every executive order, every appointment, every treaty, anything that he has done in the last year and a half.  Further and beyond that, immediate removal would be warranted.  He would have violated Article 4 of the Constitution, which states that if you previously swore an oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic, which he did; he was a U.S. Senator and he took that oath.  Amendment 14 also says that if you knowingly cause an insurrection or rebelled against the Constitution, you are not qualified to hold the office which you seek, which is where he is now.  This is all unconstitutional, which means he’s not qualified for the office and calls for immediate removal.  There should be no impeachment proceedings; it should be automatic; the Supreme Court should enforce that.

As the certifying official, unless Nancy Pelosi can produce the long-form birth certificate that shows that he was born in Hawaii and other documentation, as John McCain produced, then she is also guilty of covering up.  Whether she knew it or not or whether she just accepted it, I will hold her accountable for duping the American public and not doing her due diligence and looking and asking him for the long-form birth certificate.  This would also mean that Joe Biden is unqualified to take over and Nancy Pelosi, being third in line, would not be qualified.  So there would have to be a new election because Obama chose Hillary Clinton for Secretary of State, and that would also be a null and void appointment.  So we’d have to have an immediate special election for president and a whole new administration.  The ramifications are huge.  This is bigger than any issue that America has ever faced.

MRS. RONDEAU: Why do you think no one in the present Congress has called for Obama to show his qualifications?

MR. MALDONADO: I don’t know.  I’m not there, so I can’t make that judgment call.  I have never met any of them.  I’d love to be there so that I can start asking all of these questions.  I can only go on what I presume, and I hate to make decisions or opinions on things that can only be presumed, but I will be the person to ask those tough questions. I’ve done it over my entire military career.  I’ve challenged decisions and policies and orders from superior officers in the military.  I have a track record to standing up in a professional way.  I’ve never been reprimanded, but there’s a channel in the military (it’s called an open-door policy) to seek some debate of the orders that are given from superior officers.  I’ve done that in the military, and I expect to do the same thing in the U.S. Senate:  to start asking those questions of the rest of Congress, and I will fight really hard.

My candidacy is not because I want to get into politics.  It is of the occasion rather than the desire to be here that I’m here.  But I want to represent America.  I was not born into this country; she afforded me the opportunity to live the American Dream and the American way of life.  I volunteered  on three different occasions. I didn’t have to go to war for America; I volunteered because America was at war, and she needed people to fight for her, to preserve her for the next generation.  That’s what I’m doing now because I took the oath to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, foreign and domestic, and I realize that the real threat is not a foreign threat; it’s a domestic threat.

Obama has divided us more than any other person in the history of our existence.  He promised to unify America, but he has only divided us, and it’s because there are too many back-room deals in the legislation that he’s passed; there’s too much secrecy about the money that he’s spent to seal his records.  My only question, like a three-year-old – my little babies ask me all the time; they say, “Why?  Why?” – is why I want to go there and say, “Why are you not standing up, Mr. Congressman or Mr. Senator?  Obama, why have you sealed your records?”  I was required to show proof, and I did it.  I’m from the “Show-Me State,” and I showed them. I expect them to do the same because no one is above the law.

MRS. RONDEAU: You certainly don’t seem afraid to bring up the eligibility issue in Congress.

MR. MALDONADO: I’m not.  I’ve faced worse fears.  Many days, time was not on my side.  Many days, I travel alone; a lot of times I have volunteers.  I need volunteers.  But I know I’m right:  in my heart in my mind, I know I’m right.  Thomas Jefferson said, “One person with courage is a majority.”  I am confident that people will rally behind me.  People have already rallied behind me; I’ve gotten countless letters, emails, phone calls – people call me directly and they can’t believe that it’s me answering the phone – because I need the support of America to get me there.  I am unknown, but I am a somebody; I’ve done  a lot for America, and I was willing to die for my country for the blessings of liberty and freedom that she gave me.  I want to preserve that for my children and the next generation.

If America falls, where do we go?  There’s nowhere to escape.  If we lose the American way of life, which we hardly talk about any more.  We talk about “social justice, equality,” but that’s all communism, socialism, Marxism.  What happened to the American way of life:  life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness?  That’s what I want to preserve to honor the 1,900,661 Americans as of May of this year who have sacrificed their lives to preserve freedom.  I want to honor them because I don’t want what they sacrificed to be in vain.  If America falls and if our Constitution is shredded, there is nowhere to escape.

Obama has already given up on America; he came out and made a statement that he has given up on America being a producer for the world.  Well, Mr. Obama, I have not given up on America.  America has blessed me; I couldn’t imagine not having been given citizenship.  I wonder what my life would have been like.  I have not given up on America, and everyone who has reached out to me, the countless calls and emails, I’m getting regular mail, too – donations and people just reaching out to me and saying, “You’re the hope we can believe in.  Thank you for standing up,” I’m overwhelmed with the support that I’ve gotten.  A lot people run for office and say, “I’ve been endorsed by this person or this group; I’ve been endorsed by a senator…”  Well, I don’t have those endorsements, but just in the last week or so, I feel as if I’m endorsed by the average liberty-loving, freedom-fighting American out there, and if I can get my message out, I know more will come, and that’s all that I need to get my message out and to stand for the truth and demand answers from our elected officials.

MRS. RONDEAU: Have you filed the discrimination lawsuit that you mentioned after being asked to show proof of eligibility?

MR. MALDONADO: As I said earlier, I did my due diligence.  I stand against frivolous lawsuits because lawsuits are part of the reason why we are where we are in this financial crisis.  I’m not a lawyer, but I’m a pretty good student; I had pretty good grades in college; I can think for myself and I can look at different things and decide what the best course of action is.  I’ve done that in the military as well:  evaluate situations and come up with different courses of action to find out which is going to guarantee the best results.  And I’ve done that so far.  There are state statutes; there are protocols within our law, because no one is above the law and we are a nation of laws according to the Constitution.  So I am going forward in accordance with the Missouri statutes and federal laws to follow the proper procedures, and the first one is to submit a concern or an issue of discrimination, because I’ve been discriminated against, and they’re not holding everyone to the same statute in accordance with the Constitution.  Then we’ll go from there.

Right now, my priority is my campaign, which is going extremely well.  The primary is on August 3, and that’s where I’m focusing.  I was a little distracted with everything that’s happened in the last ten days, but I’m on track; I have Gary S. Paxton who has blessed me with a great CD to help me raise some money, and we have some concerts we are planning.  I could submit a lawsuit, but I don’t want to make that an issue.  I want to get elected to the United States Senate because  that would give me a greater advantage to demand the truth, and it gives me a better audience and a better stage to demand the truth of the rest of my elected officials.  I was held to a certain standard; I expect them to be held to the same standard.  The only way to do that is for me to get in there and to push for this legislation, The Benjamin Franklin Freedom of Information Act and The George Washington Term Limit Act, which will secure and re-establish our Constitution for our current leaders and future leaders so that this does not happen again.

MRS. RONDEAU: If Obama is proven ineligible and removed along with all of his appointments, including Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, if she is confirmed, do you believe that is something which America can survive?

MR. MALDONADO: Absolutely.  We have to.  There’s no other way.  We cannot, for the sake of wondering whether or not we can survive it, continue to let it go, because if indeed it comes out that we’ve been duped, and we find out the truth, we can’t go on living the lie.  We have to fix it.  And I am confident that we can survive it.  It’s going to cause a lot of issues and a lot of problems, but if we don’t enforce our laws and the provisions of the Constitution, what’s the point of having elections?  Article IV, Section 4 of the Constitution guarantees a right to a “republican form of government,” and that’s something that Obama never talks about.  He talks about a democracy.  He has a majority, but you know what?  If you’re not legitimate, in accordance with Article IV, Section 4, that is not a form of republican government; therefore, the majority that you have to pass legislation doesn’t matter because you’re not listening to the people.  George Washington said that the people are “the purest source and original fountain of all power.”

MRS. RONDEAU: Do you think most Americans, or most Missourians at this point, understand what we’re looking at right now?

MR. MALDONADO: No, I don’t think so, because I think most Americans are too preoccupied with all the liberties and freedoms that this country gives them.  I know that if they took the opportunity to inquire as to the seriousness of what’s going on, they would be concerned.  But most people have tuned out.  People have been tuned out since the ’60s, and unless the average American citizen gets involved, unless the average liberty-loving, freedom-fighting American gets involved and demands the truth, that is the danger that we face.  If we continue with the apathy, then America has no hope.

America deserves better.  She needs citizens and leaders that love liberty and freedom and not power.  So that’s why I’m here.

MRS. RONDEAU: Do you have a good feeling about the primary on August 3?

MR. MALDONDADO: Oh, absolutely.  I left the military in February and started my campaign in March.  I knew time was not on my side.  But people all over this great state and now all over the country are just pouring out in support and with calls of encouragement, and I can’t explain how I feel and how proud I am of the people who are reaching out to me.  I know I’m going to win; it’s in my heart, it’s in my mind, and I can’t shake it loose.  I know I’m going to win, but it’s going to be a hard two weeks.  We have a lot planned, but I know I’m going to win.  I just need to get my message out to all the people who are going to vote on August 3, and I know I will be a victor, and I know that God is with me.

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  1. Mr Maldonado states:
    “So if you have the example of Obama, who was born abroad to one American citizen and one parent subject to the British crown, what gives the United States the right to take away the claim of the British over Barack Obama? They both have equal share. If he’s a dual citizen, America does not recognize dual citizenship status; therefore, he’s a subject of Great Britain and has British citizenship.”
    While the “Capt” & Senate hopeful is on the mark, generally speaking, with
    t(his)understanding– in ‘the example of Obama’ we are confronted with the circumstance of a mother(S.Dunham) who would not be able to automatically confer her citizenship status* upon her non-(U.S.) native born child of a foreigner(B.Obama Sr.)
    *per naturalization law circa 1961

    note: I, wholeheartedly, support Hector Maldonado’s candidacy and all of his other endeavors in this vein. He embodies the true spirit of the nation

  2. Businesses seldom hire people over 65 for important positions. People in Congress should be put out to pasture at age 60 as aging diminishes the mind, body, and courage. A Supreme Court justice just quit at age 90! Some congressmen die near 90. Byrd was 92. If you check most congressmen are over 60. They are happy to just let the Nazis wreck the country.

  3. From this website – http://www.uselections.com/mo/mo.htm – is the list of current candidates running for US Senator from Missouri in 2010:

    * Roy Blunt (R)
    Congressman & Ex-US House Minority Whip
    * Davis Conway (R)
    Electrical Contractor
    * Hector Maldonado (R)
    Iraq War Veteran
    * Mark Memoly (R)
    Car Salesman
    * Kristi Nichols (R)
    Database Technician
    * Bob Praprotnik (R)
    Architect & Army Veteran
    * Chuck Purgason (R)
    State Sen., Ex-State House Majority Whip & Farmer
    * James Schmidt (R)
    Police Officer
    * Deborah Solomon (R)
    Marketer & Substitute Teacher
    * Mike Vontz (R)
    * Robin Carnahan (D)
    Secretary of State, Attorney & Daughter of Ex-US Sen. Jean Carnahan
    * Francis Vangeli (D)
    Retired Federal Employee & Navy Veteran
    * Jerry Beck (Constitution)
    Businessman, USMC Veteran, ’04 Presidential Candidate & ’06 State Rep. Candidate
    * Joe Martellaro (Constitution)
    Retired Furniture Maker
    * Jonathan Dine (Libertarian)
    * Midge Potts (Progressive)
    State Party Co-Chair, Navy Veteran & Transgendered Peace Activist

    Sure enough, the current Missouri SoS, Robin Carnahan, is a candidate. Ms. Carnahan is guilty of racial profiling. She required the only Hispanic candidate running for the office to show his ID papers before she would allow him on the ballot. Isn’t this just what the Democrats are complaining about with respect to the new law in the state of Arizona? Talk about hypocrisy. Robin Carnahan needs to be publicly called out on this. Why haven’t all of the candidates been forced to show their citizenship papers? Why only the Hispanic candidate?

    I think the ACLU should file suit on behalf of Mr. Maldonado. Maybe Eric Holder and the DOJ should come to his rescue. His civil rights have been violated. Yeah, like that’s going to happen :-).

    Perhaps Leo Donofrio could represent Mr. Maldonado. He has suffered an individual and concrete injury by being discriminated against. His ID documents are now public. Obama was on the 2008 ballot and he was not asked to reveal his ID papers. I’m sure that discovery of evidence would prove that Obama would not have been able to be on the ballot if he were subject to the exact same requirements as Mr. Maldonado.

  4. Sharon,

    Thank you for taking the time to interview Mr. Maldonado. To me, he’s a breath of fresh air. All of his competitors have been part of the problem for many years (Rep. Roy Blunt has been in Washington for 14 years). It’s time to clean house. That doesn’t mean move the “fixtures” to a different room, it means throw out the trash, and update the decor.

    We need people like Hector Maldonado in Washington.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: It was a pleasure to speak with such a patriot, and he made time in his schedule for The Post & Email on very short notice. I couldn’t agree with you more.

  5. Re: “The George Washington Term Limit Act,” designed to limit the President to two 4 year terms.

    The 22nd Amendment already does that. Not a good sign regarding Mr. Maldonado’s grasp of the Constitution.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: Everyone seems to be misinterpreting what Mr. Maldonado said. If you read the article carefully, it is clear that he was referring to term limits of senators and representatives, not the President. He invoked the name “George Washington” because Washington set the example by limiting himself to two terms, but Maldonado was not referring to the President at all. This man knows our Constitution and Amendments better than any natural born Citizen I know.

  6. My understanding is that a NBC is someone born of two US Citizens within the jurisdiction of the US (jus soli). That’s why it was important for McCain to have proven that he was not only born of two US Citizens, which alone wasn’t enough, but that he was also born in a hospital within the Panana Canal Zone, over which the US exercised jurisdiction, and over which an American banner was flying. Despite deliberate obfuscation on the part many Obamabots, the NBC requirements are patently obvious and abundantly clear. God willing, the eligibility issue will come to a head–and soon–before the BHO thugocracy manages to completely wreck the Republic.

  7. I wish we had more candidates like Hector Maldonado running for office. I believe that by January 2011 the newly elected will invade the ‘good old boys and girls’ private RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations] society. DC has become an insane asylum. This government is an embarrassment to the American people.

  8. And by the way, Tom the veteran is correct.

    You can be born in the church and not be a church member!!

    Place of birth does not make a Natural Born Citizen. Alexander Porter Morse explains it very well.

  9. Wow , someone who get’s it, standing up to Statist system!!

    It’s about allegiance!!

    Good Luck and God Bless Hector!!

  10. Let’s hope he wins. On the other hand, if he loses, he is in a good position to have all the other candidates disqualified as he would be the only one with his proof of citizenship and elegibility on file with the SoS. I have confidence in him whichever route he has to take.

  11. Great interview! God bless Hector for seeking truth and demanding justice!! He is a rare person to be running for Senate.. I pray he wins… please contribute to this great American if you can.

  12. Maldonado may have committed political suicide for being on the right side of the eligibility issue. If he isn’t made the laughing-stock of the primaries by the other Republicans running for the candidacy, that’ll mark a milestone for “birthers,” as the day that the GOP, at least in MO, stopped writing off the issue as “silly” and those of us who know it’s an issue as “loons.” If he wins the candidacy, automatically pitting him against the MO Demonrats, without a doubt I KNOW that they’ll use the eligibility issue to paint Maldonado as a loon and thus discredit him. I hope he has the oppty to face that battle and that we’ll somehow be able to help him win that battle.

    One thing’s for certain and that is we’ll know the eligibility issue is no longer a concern of some fringe group of loons, that the majority of voters finally are aware of the issue and that it’s an important one to them when a candidate who doesn’t marginalize “birthers” and dismiss the issue is elected to Congress.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: But isn’t it time we put politics aside so as to get to the truth?

    1. It’s the fraudsters who are the criminals and loons, and very much the fringe since the majority of Americans do not believe Obama is eligible.
      I’ve called Pelosi’s office and was abused and screamed at by a verifiable loony representative who yelled about his ineligibility “it doesn’t matter he’s not going anywhere get a life! (phone slam).
      Other reps absolutely do not want to talk about the issue. Whether they’re afraid of political fallout or kneecapping or cement shoes, We Americans are damn tired of the pall and want it all discussed in the open.

      What IS loony is to attribute debate about the Constitution to looniness. It’s absolutely a requirement!
      Obama’s father was Kenyan, that makes him ineligible per Minor v. Happersett, US v. Wong Kim Ark and Article II Section 1 Clause 5 since no statutory citizen can ever be a natural born citizen. Further he has no contemporaneous birth certificate even proving he is a US citizen at all, rather all corroboration states he was born in Kenya, making him an illegal alien since he never swore the naturalization oath (even though he is married to Michelle).
      He has NO authority to sue Arizona, to be doing anything. We need to scrape together this completely corrupted breakdown, and hold these silent people accountable NOW.

  13. I believe that Vattel states in 215 that even if a child is born in a foreign country, the child would still be considered a NBC from his/her fathers home country, unless the father moved to another country never intending to return to his homeland.

    § 215. Children of citizens born in a foreign country.
    It is asked whether the children born of citizens in a foreign country are citizens? The laws have decided this question in several countries, and their regulations must be followed.(59) By the law of nature alone, children follow the condition of their fathers, and enter into all their rights (§ 212); the place of birth produces no change in this particular, and cannot, of itself, furnish any reason for taking from a child what nature has given him; I say “of itself,” for, civil or political laws may, for particular reasons, ordain otherwise. But I suppose that the father has not entirely quitted his country in order to settle elsewhere. If he has fixed his abode in a foreign country, he is become a member of another society, at least as a perpetual inhabitant; and his children will be members of it also.

    1. Tom, the Constitution demands the president’s exclusive loyalty to the government which it created. It tests the president’s loyalty to its government in two ways: the oath of office requirement and the natural born citizen requirement. The Constitution disqualifies people born in the jurisdiction of other governments unless they were Citizens of the Untied States at the time of the adoption of the Constitution.

      We needn’t seek advice and consent from secondary sources. The text of the Constitution alone disqualifies Barack Obama from the presidency.

  14. I agree with Birdy that the only way a newborn is naturally, automatically, indisputably a citizen of the U.S. and of no other country is to be born here to citizen parents. The Framers wanted our president to be born with single, undivided allegiance, unlike Barack Obama. So Mr. Maldonado is off-base with his pure speculation that the Founders “would have wanted their children to be natural born Citizens.” No, what they mandated in Article 2, Section 1 is that the president and C-in-C must be nbc.

    Also, Maldonado needs to read Amendment 22, which was ratified in 1951 and limits presidential power to two terms. Forget FDR. Here’s where Maldonado could make a useful distinction in his proposed amendment: he could spell out that the two-term limit applies to a person and that person’s spouse. Since a married couple is already a legal unity, I consider them covered, at least in spirit, by the 22nd Amendment, but in these days of “anything goes” politics, it would be good to have it spelled out so that even the Clintons could not coil their way around it.

  15. One correction, the SecSt didn’t ask for his BC she asked for evidence of his citizenship. It could have been a BC, a passport or as he produced a certificate of naturalization. She also needed to verify he had been a citizen for 9 years. Obviously someone told her he was born in Mexico so she was just doing her job.
    Mrs. Rondeau replies: However, Obama was not asked to produce anything at all.

  16. A splendid article from a truly insightful American!!

    Let’s hope he’s successful in being elected. One man like that can make a true difference. Compare and contrast his outlook and philosophies with those of Obama … there’s hardly anything comparable with Hector being far more of a real American – but then he’s neither Communistic nor an Islamic lover (both of which Obama is).


  17. Capt. Maldonado, I hope you win the election. You appear to have a rare quality that’s missing from the Senate – integrity.

    If Obama is found ineligible and removed, the line of succession will lead to Senator Daniel Inouye, the current President of the Senate Pro Tempore. He is third in line behind Biden and Pelosi. As you stated, Biden and Pelosi will not be eligible.

    In the interview, you stated that “The interpretation is that a “natural born U.S. Citizen” is someone perhaps born abroad of two parents who are already citizens, whether they’re in military service or working for the State Department.” I don’t think that if a person is “born abroad” that they can be considered a Natural Born Citizen. I very solid and detailed analysis of the subject can be found here:


    1. Birdy, please consider this:

      The Constitution demands the president’s exclusive loyalty to the GOVERNMENT which it established – not simply to the country. The United States existed for 13 years before the Constitution established its second government. During that time it was governed by the Articles of Confederation and Perpetual Union for a period, and it was ungoverned before then. Yet, many people were born in the United States during that time period – to two US citizen parents. Yet, the Constitution chose to exempt them from having to satisfy the natural born citizen requirement. Why? Because they were not natural born citizens.

      The Constitution replaced the government established in the Untied States by the Articles of Confederation. The Constitution created the Office of the Presidency. The Presidency is bound exclusively to the government of the Constitution – not simply to the United States under any ‘ole government. So, too, is a natural born citizen : a person who is born within the exclusive jurisdiction of the government established by the Constitution.

      President Zachary Taylor was born in Virginia in the Untied States in 1784. He was exempt from the NBC requirement because he was a citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution. He was not NBC because he was not born under the exclusive jurisdiction of the government established by the Constitution.

      When Barack Obama II was born in Honolulu, he was not born under the exclusive jurisdiction of the government established by the Constitution because, through his British Kenyan father he was born under the jurisdiction of the government established by the British Sovereign. He, too is not a natural born citizen – and it’s the Constitution alone that informs us.