PUBLIC SERVANTS CONTINUE TO STONEWALL ABOUT OBAMA’S ELIGIBILITY PROBLEM…SO WHAT IS THEIR PROBLEM?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Oct. 2, 2010) — Readers of The Post & Email continue to receive dismissive, vague and evasive answers to their questions about the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to serve as President of the United States.
The following letter was sent via email to Oregon State Rep. Dennis Richardson (R) last month:
From: Gordon Smith
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 3:48 PM
To: Rep Richardson
Subject: A very important and timely matter…..please reply
Dear Representative Richardson,
I am writing to you to implore you to get involved in a matter which should affect us all.
That’s not why I am writing you……the reason for THIS letter is now I am a disabled vet…I spent 10 years in the Air Force & 10 years in the Navy before I started my real estate career…….so my antenna is always up when any vet is not treated the way they should.
In this case, the “vet” is an active Army Officer, Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, and I’m sure you have heard his name flying around the government grapevine the last year or so as he is the officer involved in questioning President Obama’s eligibility, and has refused to be transferred to Afghanistan without Obama disclosing his “long-form” birth certificate.
Please do not stop reading this because I just mentioned the “BC” word……yes, I believe in the “birther” cause….but this case with Lt. Col. Lakin goes WAY past a “movement” of Americans trying to get to the bottom of a very simple matter.
I will also not bother you with my own feelings and prejudices about the eligibility issue….time is running way to short for that.
Lt. Col. Lakin will be very shortly fighting for his freedom when he goes to the Army’s courts martial in a few weeks…..and the Army Judge in charge of the case…Col. Lind…has basicly said in effect…..”don’t even think of asking in “discovery” for anything even smelling like eligibility re: Obama”……she has said “you missed your movement….case closed”…in essence.
I find the whole affair with Obama not willing to disclose his “long-form” birth certificate a disgusting display of power….but in this case……Obama is going to sit back and let a highly decorated Officer ( Bronze Star, etc) and brilliant Army surgeon; married with a 2 ½ year old son, recently promoted to full Colonel which was taken away when this incident started…….go to Leavenworth for 4 years hard labor because Obama won’t show the world a $20 piece of paper!!
I am IMPLORING you as my representative to take a stand here….and if you feel as I do, that this officer should not be incarcerated for having the guts to ask for what ALL!!!!! of us Americans should have demanded (and birthers are STILL demanding of him) that this BC be shown to the Army prosecutors as a matter of defense “discovery”. This Officer is allowed UNDER MILITARY JUDICIAL LAW to have the right of discovery as part of any courts martial trial…..but this Judge Lind has denied him his civil/military right in this upcoming trial.
I know you are in the Oregon State House of Representatives…and you’re probably wondering what YOU can do about this……but you know what buttons to push in Wash D.C. if you need to…..you have a much better relationship with Greg Walden and others like him than I do.
This while birth certificate thing is a complete disgrace…and as promised, I will not burden you with “birther” rantings…….but if you don’t see that letting a decorated Army soldier go to hard labor in Leavenworth just for “asking” if his Commander in Chief is eligible……then God help us all.
We will get in the end what we all deserve for doing absolutely nothing.
God bless you, and I look forward to your reply.
Rep. Richardson’s response was prompt:
From: Rep Richardson [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, September 17, 2010 9:45 PM
To: Gordon Smith
Subject: RE:Good luck in fighting the battles you have chosen.
I too have been very concerned about the birth certificate issue. I am also a realist and those in federal power have made it clear the birth certificate issue is not going to get a fair hearing. As you say, I am only a state representative and I have no more power or influence in Washington D.C. than you do. If this is important to you, then take action. Picket outside a federal Senator or Congressman’s office. Go to the Press. Go to Washington D.C. and picket the White House.
There are many wrongs and they all bother me. If I could fix all injustices, I would. But, I can only fight so many battles, and I have only so much time and energy. I will continue to focus my time, money and energy on the battles here in Oregon. There are more problems than I can solve right here.
Good luck on fighting the battles you choose to fight. If everyone were to enter the various battles that deserve to be fought, more good could be accomplished. I am up to my ankles in alligators already, and I do not have the ability to solve the problem you have described.
Mr. Smith took Sen. Richardson’s advice by presenting the preceding to The Post & Email. He also sent a letter to Arizona Senator John McCain:
Dear Senator McCain,
I will try to be brief…..I am a disabled vet (10 years Air Force, 10 years Navy) and I am intimately involved in the upcoming courts martial of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin. I am a very good friend of the conservative radio show host, Barry Farber, and I arranged for Barry to interview Col. Lakin and his attorney a week or so ago. I am very distressed that NO ONE is coming to the aid of Lt. Col. Lakin since the Army judge in charge of the case, Col. Lind has determined that Terry & his attorney are not going to be allowed his “military right” of discovery….clearly warning Col. Lakin last week in a pre-trial meeting that ANY even mention of President Obama’s eligibility documentation will not be tolerated. You may have your own opinion as to whether Terry was “smart” to fight Obama this way….and heaven knows…..the media won’t even touch this issue (which is a whole different pathetic kettle of fish)….but I am imploring you as a decorated retired military officer and hero to TAKE A STAND with the powers that be in the Pentagon that ANY military officer when faced with a courts martial HAS the right of discovery to defend himself. Remember, Senator McCain….the explosive atmosphere that surrounded YOU when YOU had to produce all kinds of documentation and proof that you being born in the Canal Zone made you eligible to be President. I will NOT in this letter to you bother you with a whole lot of “birther” rantings…but if you can’t see this whole thing has become such an amazing diabolical farce….and NOW…a decorated (Bronze Star recipient) Army surgeon who is NOT!!!! trying to get out of serving overseas….is simply asking President Obama to produce his much-sought-after LONG FORM Birth Certificate….and will face 4-7 years hard labor for it…because the administration refuses to disclose it……then I will be ashamed of you…..and God help us all if this is what our country has come to. I am a patriot; a Christian and I have always had such faith in you to do the right thing because I believe your heart is in the right place. Please reply and tell me you are willing to make a few phone calls….push a few buttons…whatever you folks do in Washington to get things done. The trial is in a few weeks…..Lt. Col. Lakin CANNOT go to jail for simply asking a question. Thank you and God bless you.
and Senator McCain’s reply was:
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Friday, October 01, 2010 11:10 AM
To: Gordon Smith
Subject: Correspondence from Senator McCain
October 1, 2010
Mr. Gordon Smith
Dear Mr. Smith:
Thank you for sharing your views with me. I am pleased that you took the time to write.
Your concerns, opinions and views are important to me and help me do a better job in the United States Senate. Your input on this matter is of much value to me.
Again, thank you for your recent correspondence.
United States Senator
A constituent of U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln sent the following to The Post & Email regarding his attempts to obtain an answer from her regarding whether or not Obama meets the definition of “natural born Citizen”:
Hi Mrs. Rondeau,
I thought this was an interesting transaction with Blanche Lincoln’s office. At the bottom of this e-mail on her letterhead is a letter I received today in response to a recent letter on Obama’s eligibility. It is the same exact form letter I received on this subject a couple of months ago. Above Lincoln’s letter is the reply I sent concerning the letter.
I sent it to Josh, he seem to be a geuninely good guy, but, of course he is restricted in what he can say. Josh is Lincoln’s ”Constituent Relations Specialist”. The last correspondence from Josh answering my reply below was interesting, it is:
I will have a further conversation with the LC and see if we cannot have a good talk about getting your questions answered in a manner that you deem appropriate.
The reply which Josh was able to elicit from Senator Lincoln was:
From: email@example.com [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Thursday, September 16, 2010 1:46 PM
Subject: Correspondence from Senator Blanche Lincoln
Thank you for contacting me regarding the citizenship of President Barack Obama and his Administration.
As you know, Article 2, Clause 5 of the United States Constitution states:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
President Obama’s birth certificate states that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1961. Several legal challenges have been filed regarding this matter on a wide variety of grounds. To date, these challenges have not been successful in a court of law.
While I do not doubt the President’s good intentions, I do not agree with the President on all matters, and I do not hesitate to voice my opinion to him when we do not see eye to eye. I appreciate knowing your views.
I appreciate knowing of your concern in this issue. I am proud to represent the citizens of Arkansas in the U.S. Senate and hope you will not hesitate to let me know whenever I may be of assistance to you in the future. To learn more about my work in Congress, I encourage you to visit my online office at http://www.lincoln.senate.gov.
Blanche L. Lincoln
and the constituent, in frustration, then wrote back to Josh:
All my questions have been answered….look what I got from Senator Lincoln’s office….AGAIN, just a few minutes ago.
Josh, I got the same BS letter months ago. It talks about the need for Obama to be a natural born citizen, and then ignores the FACT that he isn’t.
Somebody at Lincoln’s office has to know that this issue is the ONLY issue right now that is important, and that anyone who has done 30 minutes of research on Obama’s eligibility is going to consider the “form letter” reply an insult the first time they receive it, an even more so each additional time.
When I get time I am going to ask some short, and very specific questions on this issue……they can even be answered “yes or no”. Will someone, when you get my questions, please either answer the specific questions, or just tell me you refuse to answer…….no more all-purpose BS form letters.
I am sure I am not the only one who ask about this issue and the “answer” you sent is NOT an answer. Let’s discuss what a natural born citizen is, Let’s discuss why no hospital in Hawaii has any record that Obama was born there. Let’s discuss Tim Adams, the 2008 Hawaii election supervisor whose job it was to verify Hawaii citizenship who says, “Obama was not born in Hawaii and I will be glad to testify under oath to that fact”. Let’s discuss the Kenyan Obama BC you just received which Lucas Smith says he will testify under oath is the real thing. Let’s talk about a president who has no “designated” birth place in Hawaii, even though he is supposed to have been born there. Let’s discuss that absolutely no one has come forth who remembers anything about Obama’s birth…except his Grandma in Kenya who says he was born there, as do most all Kenyans. Let’s discuss that every one of the unsuccessful court challenges have been due to to lack of standing….never has the evidence actually been looked at by a jury….if it ever is Obama is gone as “president”…pronto.
Please cut the BS on this…the stonewalling and “nothing” answers are an insult to anyone with common sense and an IQ higher than Obama’s bowling score.
I will compose and send specific questions soon….please, some specific answers. I don’t have to like the answers, but please quit being insulting.
And Josh, this is not your fault………………
A constituent of Arizona Rep. Jeff Flake requested a definition of the term “natural born Citizen” and received the following response:
Dear Mr. XXXXXX,
Thank you for contacting me about birthright citizenship.
While there are steps that the federal government must take to prevent birthright citizenship abuses, such as legislation targeting the so-called birth tourism industry, I do not favor addressing this problem by amending or revoking the 14th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Amending the Constitution ought to be pursued only when all other legislative remedies have failed.
This problem could also be addressed by enacting comprehensive immigration reform legislation, including a temporary worker program. Creating a legal system for immigrant workers to temporarily enter the country will restore circularity to migration patterns. Immigrant workers will no longer feel compelled to bring their entire families when they enter our country. I realize that creating a more effective legal system for immigrant workers won’t correct every abuse, but it will substantially improve the current situation.
Thank you again for contacting me. Please do not hesitate to do so again in the future. I also encourage you to visit my website, which may be found at http://flake.house.gov/.
Member of Congress
Following his letters-to-Congress campaign, Lucas Smith informed The Post & Email of the following:
You can run this on The Post & Email. Congressman Dave Loebsack has written back to me!
His response is not a good one at all, and I am very disappointed in the this Congressman, but he does state something VERY interesting in his letter:
The U.S. Constitution requires the President of the United States be an American born citizen. President Obama was born in Honolulu Hawaii on August 4, 1961, making him a natural born citizen of the United States and therefore qualified to hold the office of Presidency.
This Congressman is spelling out in concise and specific langauge that a US President must be “AMERICAN BORN” (born in the USA) in order to be a “NATURAL BORN” citizen.
The congressman’s letter is as follows:
September 1, 2010
Thank you for contacting me about President Barack Obama’s citizenship. I’m honored to represent you. Your concerns have been heard and I am grateful for your willingness to keep me apprised of your opinion concerning this issue.
The U.S. Constitution requires the President of the United States to be an American born citizen. President Obama was born in Honolulu Hawaii on August 4, 1961, making him a natural born citizen of the United States and therefore qualified to hold the office of the Presidency. I am confident that the documentation put forth by President Obama is factual.
Thank you again for contacting me about this important issue. My office is here to assist you with any and all concerns you have, so please do not hesitate to contact me whenever you feel that I can be of assistance. I encourage you to visit my website at www.loebsack.house.gov and sign up for my e-newsletters to stay informed of the work I’m doing for you. I am proud to serve the Second District, and I am committed to working hard for Iowans.
Iowa’s Second District
The Post & Email received a message from another reader who related the following:
I live in Missouri and telephoned early this year Sen. Bonds Washington office to ask why he was not asking about O’bama’s birth certificate. I was connected to Sen. Bonds First Assistant. He stated in high tone response; “Obama’s place of birth is NO longer an issue..” I reminded him of the Constitution requirements. He stated: “The Constitution is fluid and changing, and that requirement of natural birth IS NO LONGER VIABLE.”
I asked him when the Constitution was changed? He responded: “THAT IS JUST THE WAY IT IS NOW.”
He then hung up on me. I thought you might like to know.