A TRUE STORY
by David LaRocque
(Sept. 13, 2010) — My doorbell rang this afternoon, and who should I find at my door but a young volunteer sent by Congressman Bilbray seeking my vote in the November election?
I immediately informed this nice young man that I was not pleased with my congressman’s performance. He looked rather surprised, and asked why I felt that way.
I asked him if he was aware of any constitutional requirements relating to eligibility to serve in the presidency. He immediately brightened up, saying that he was a political science major in college, and that he was quite familiar with the United States Constitution. He went on to inform me that the Constitution requires that the president be 45 years old and that he must have been born in the United States.
I informed our young man that there is a recent video on the internet of an interview with Congressman Bilbray on MSNBC in which Rep. Bilbray states that a requirement for a U.S. birth in order to be eligible to serve as president does not exist – that it is “legend.” I wish I could have captured the look of dismay on the young man’s face when he heard this.
Although momentarily speechless, this young volunteer bounced back quickly and changed the subject of our conversation. I changed the subject back to the Constitution, and informed him that the age of eligibility is actually 35, and asked him if there were any other eligibility requirements to serve in the office of president of the United States. He could not think of any.
So I informed him that the Constitution requires that the person elected to the office of president must have been a resident in the United States for fourteen years, and that he must be a “natural born Citizen.”
Then I asked this bright young Bilbray volunteer if he knew what is meant by the term “natural born Citizen” in the U.S. Constitution? He stated that it means that the president must have been born in the U.S. He could think of no other requirement. When I informed him that the eligibility clause in Article II also requires that both parents of the person elected to the office of president must have been U.S. citizens at his or her birth, he quickly nodded agreement.
Then I asked him how Barack Obama could be a legitimate president if he was a dual citizen at birth. His response was that no one else he had encountered had brought these things up.
I then provided this nice young man with a brief exposition on the problems which I felt were being created for our nation by having an illegitimate president in the White House, as well as the abrogation of the rule of law which it represents.
Then I asked him if he believed that Barack Obama was born in the U.S., and if so, what evidence he had of that fact.
Much to my surprise, our young volunteer for the Bilbray campaign did not even attempt to claim that Obama had provided his birth certificate proving that he was born in Hawaii. Instead, he launched vigorously into four key arguments in defense of Congressman Bilbray:
- Are you going to vote for the Democrat (a well-known liberal progressive named Francine Busby who previously held the CA-50 seat)? (Otherwise known as the “lesser of two evils” argument.) I acknowledged that I would not vote for Francine Busby under any circumstances, but that does not absolve Rep. Bilbray of his responsibility to “support and defend the Constitution”.
- All the blame should not rest with Congressman Bilbray – all Republicans are equally responsible for failing to fulfill the duty required by their oath of office to support and defend the Constitution. (This one is known as the “everybody does it” defense.) I categorically refused to accept this proposition, using a military analogy relating to LTC Terry Lakin to make my point.
- It is too late to do anything about Obama’s lack of eligibility now – this young Bilbray volunteer actually stated that “the ship has already sailed.” (This is also known as the “the train has already left the station” defense.) I categorically refused to accept this proposition as well, arguing strenuously that the damage being done to this nation by the cascading national debt and the erosions of constitutional restraints on the federal government under Obama are getting worse by the day. I also stated to our Bilbray volunteer that I am extremely concerned about the situation in which out military forces have been placed – conducting combat operations without proper legal authority – which potentially places these forces in extreme legal jeopardy.
- Finally, this nice young man fell back on his “ace in the hole” defense – 69 million people voted for Barack Obama, so he is the president and there is nothing we can do about it. (This defense is otherwise known as the “Judge Carter” defense.) This is where our young constitutional scholar really stepped in it. I quickly educated him on the fact that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land, and that no election fraud conspiracy, no forged documents, no misrepresentation of eligibility, no oath of office sworn under fraudulent circumstances, can override the clear and unequivocal eligibility requirements of the United States Constitution.
At this point our young Bilbray volunteer was completely deflated and defeated. He started backing away, mumbling something about being sorry I felt this way. I told him that if I were him, I would not be working for a person like Brian Bilbray who does not have the common decency to respond to the many letters I have sent to him, and who has utterly failed to fulfill the duty imposed upon him by his oath of office.
He could not get away from my door fast enough.