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DEMANDS PASSAGE OF A PRESIDENTIAL ELIGIBILITY BILL IN GEORGIA
by Sharon Rondeau
(Aug. 11, 2011) — Mr. Carl Swensson of RiseUpforAmerica has organized a rally of all interested citizens at the Georgia State Capitol in Atlanta on Monday, August 15, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. while a special session of the legislature will be convening.
Swensson is chairman of the Clayton County, GA Republican Party, which recently sent an official Resolution and letter to several U.S. Congressmen contending that Barack Hussein Obama is constitutionally ineligible to serve as President of the United States.
Swensson stated that the purpose of the rally is to demand that the Georgia General Assembly pass a presidential eligibility bill during its next regular legislative session which begins in January 2012. He is encouraging all Georgians and residents from outside of the Peach State to attend, stating, “If the SEIU can do it, we can do it.”
During the last legislative session, Rep. Mark Hatfield attempted to pass a presidential eligibility bill, but it was quashed in committee. The Post & Email had interviewed Hatfield about the effort in a two-part series last March.
Prior to his election as Georgia Governor, Nathan Deal, as a U.S. Representative, had written a letter to Obama asking where he could direct his constituents to information about Obama’s birthplace and eligibility for the presidency. Swensson had asked Deal in February 2010 at an event in Sandy Springs, GA if Deal had received an answer to the letter, and at the time, he had not. Deal had told Swensson that “these kinds of things deserve straightforward answers.”
A permit for the event was obtained, and Swensson is encouraging people to bring longarms and pitchforks to the rally. There can be no concealed weapons, and anyone entering the Capitol building at any time during the rally must leave his or her longarm or pitchfork outside.
When The Post & Email spoke with Swensson at 9:45 a.m. EDT on August 11, 2011, he stated that he had just finished an interview on Sandy Springs Radio, following an appearance with Walter Francis Fitzpatrick, III, who had been discussing the filing of criminal complaints against Obama and others in government.
Swensson described the rally as follows:
The more people who show up, the better. The message is out there, and it will continue to be out there all weekend. People need to drop what they’re doing and stand up for this country in a forceful way. That’s not to say that this is going to be a violent rally, because it’s not. This is the last measure of peaceful resistance that we can show, but we need to show them that it comes with teeth. We want to take the issue of CDR Fitzpatrick, the issue of the Clayton County Republican Party, and manifest that into real action. Then, and only then, are they going to pay attention.
The way I see this unfolding is thusly: The letters demanding a congressional investigation were initiated by the Clayton County Republican Party. They went to Congressman David Scott, who is in our county; to Tom Price, who is in our state, and to Darrell Issa, who heads up the Government Reform Committee. Once I get a response back from them that they have initiated the investigation, I can drop that aspect. But if I do not get any kind of confirmation that they are doing it, or if they give me double-talk, which they are wont to do, then after the grace period of 30 days, I will take it to the sheriff in this county and say, “These people are guilty of misprision of felony and misprision of treason.”
I will give the sheriff options. The first is that he can initiate arrest warrants for the congressman in our county and possibly for Rep. Tom Price, who represents the state, so that if he comes to our county, he can be arrested. Once we have that, then we can proceed to the next level.
If the sheriff refuses to do anything about it, then we will simply and succinctly put forth another set of criminal complaints and our own arrest warrants, much the way CDR Fitzpatrick did, and we will file those with the clerk of court. Once those have been filed, then the group, however large we feel is necessary, will have a lawyer and a police officer present, and we will make a citizen’s arrest of this congressman. You have to follow it through; you can’t put this out there without the teeth. We are the teeth.
It won’t be just one citizen. We will go en masse.
The Post & Email asked,”Do you think the whole Clayton County Republican Party will join you?”
I think probably 10 or 20 would be sufficient. I’ll take people from all over; they don’t have to be members of the Clayton County Republican Party; they just have to live within our county. We have many people to draw on. I’m quite sure we’ll find 20. We have to stir the pot. People should bring a pitchfork or a longarm, as we are an open-carry state. The longarm must be out in the open for the safety of the police and attendees.
“Are you hoping that the legislature will put an eligibility bill on the table for discussion?”
The reality is that that is not going to happen, but the symbolism is such that by the time they reconvene in January, the people here will have risen up in such numbers and hammered their representatives in such numbers as to let them know that they must do something about this. In the meantime, I’ll continue to fight with the secretary of state, who has every appearance of being caught between a rock and a hard place, because he knows that he has the ability to preclude candidates from being on the ballot based on constitutional eligibility. He knows that this is a problem, but like every other politician out there, he is afraid or remiss in doing his due diligence and upholding his oath of office.
We have questionable candidates right now. I don’t know if they’re going to be on our ballot, but we have Andy Martin, and I have documentation to prove that his father was a British subject at the time of Martin’s birth, so he’s not eligible. We have a couple being touted right now: Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio. They’re being thrown out there as saviors much the way Obama is, and they don’t qualify. We have to nip this in the bud before it goes any farther, and that’s the purpose of this. Whether or not it has ramifications for Obama, I could care less. What I care about is upholding the Constitution and fighting for it; that’s all we can do.
“Is your contention that Rubio and Jindal are ineligible because their father or parents were not naturalized at the time of their respective births?”
That is correct. It must be as per Minor v. Happersett. When people say “There’s no clear-cut definition,” yes, there is: “born on the soil of citizen parents.”
“Is that because there could be no question of the person’s allegiance or that he could be claimed as a foreign country’s citizen?”
Yes. That’s what has to be brought forward. All we want is what we deserve: eligible candidates on our ballot in Georgia. Nothing more, nothing less. If there are questions concerning eligibility, those must be answered in a constitutional fashion prior to their being placed on the ballot.
Regarding use of the Capitol building, we are not about destroying anything the way they did in Wisconsin. We are about rebuilding. There are no provisions for vendors, so people should bring some water to drink. The highest level of respect should be shown at this time at this event. Longarms and pitchforks will be confined to the sidewalk and the street if the road is closed down because of the size of the crowd.
“Is there anything else you’d like to add?”
If not now, when? If not you, who? If not here, where?