If you're new here, you may want to subscribe to my free Email alerts. Thanks for visiting!
BUT TWO DEMOCRATS ARE PLAINTIFFS!
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 24, 2012) — The Georgia Democrat Party is asking for donations to mount an offensive against the challenges to Obama’s constitutional eligibility which are scheduled to be heard on Thursday in Atlanta. The Chairman of the party calls the challenges “frivolous lawsuits.”
On January 20, Administrative Court Judge Michael Malihi issued an order denying Obama counsel’s Motion to Quash Subpoenas issued by Atty. Orly Taitz, who is representing four presidential candidates as well as a Georgia registered voter in challenging Obama’s eligibility and questioning the authenticity of the images he has presented on the internet as proof of a birth in Hawaii.
Whether or not a birth on U.S. soil to one citizen parent is enough to qualify him as a “natural born Citizen” as required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution is one of the issues. Questions have also arisen about possible identity fraud, election fraud and the alleged use of aliases.
Michael Jablonski, attorney for Obama, had argued in his Motion to Quash Subpoenas that it was “on its face, unreasonable” for the court to expect Obama to attend the hearing because it would interrupt his duties as President of the United States. Judge Malihi responded that Jablonski had failed to demonstrate “legal authority” for his claim.
There is no schedule for Obama today except the annual State of the Union speech at 9:00 p.m. ET, which is prepared ahead of time. Yesterday Obama reportedly met with putative Vice President Joe Biden in the morning and hosted the Boston Bruins hockey team. There is nothing posted for the remainder of the week.
Carl Swensson, a plaintiff on one of the challenges represented by Atty. and State Representative J. Mark Hatfield, is chairman of his county Republican Party after having served as a precinct captain. In an email today, Swensson stated:
On the 26th we will find out if there exists one, just one outpost of Constitutional freedom left in America and it will happen in the Great State of Georgia. Pray for this Judge to do what no other Judges have done. Stand up for us, stand up for America and stand up for our Constitution.
Swensson’s attorney, J. Mark Hatfield, issued a Notice to Produce on January 19 requesting documentation of all names used; a paper copy of Obama’s alleged certified-copy birth certificate from Hawaii; all hospital records pertaining to his birth; passport and college applications; the application filed with the Illinois Bar Assocation; and any other documentation pertaining to the citizenship of his presumed father, Barack H. Obama Sr.
A third challenger, David Welden, is represented by Atty. Van Irion, founder of the Liberty Legal Foundation.
On January 24, 2012, Swensson reported that the location of the hearings on Thursday has been changed a second time. Ms. Kim Beal, an employee at the Office of State Administrative Hearings in Atlanta, confirmed to The Post & Email that “Fulton County informed us yesterday evening that we will no longer be able to use the courtroom in its complex for the hearing on Thursday.” Swensson has reported the new location as “Courtroom 1, 230 Peachtree Street N.W., Suite 850, Atlanta, Georgia 30303.
Taitz stated of the upcoming hearing, ” The ramifications of this trial will be enormous.” She has requested proof of Obama’s physical birth in Hawaii abd an “authentic” social security number as well as information on any aliases he might have used during his life.
A major Atlanta newspaper has stated that the hearing is “unlikely to draw Obama” and terned Malihi’s ruling “surprising.” However, the right for a registered voter to challenge the qualifications of any candidate for state or federal office is OCGA 21-2-5. While in Georgia, the Secretary of State is “responsible” for checking candidates’ qualifications, the current Secretary of State, Brian S. Kemp, failed to respond to another registered voter when asked upon which information he relied to certify Obama as eligible in 2008.
Mainstream media outlets are reporting on the scheduled hearings after more than three years of questions posed by members of the voting public seeking an answer to whether or not Obama meets the definition of Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution, which states that the president must be a “natural born Citizen.”
Blogger “Dr. Conspiracy” opines that “most folks have long run out of interest in birther lawsuits.” The pejorative “birther” was assigned by some who have attempted to ridicule those questioning whether or not a person with a non-U.S.-citizen father or parent can be considered a “natural born Citizen.” Dr. Conspiracy also claims that some mainstream media outlets have reported Malihi’s order incorrectly.
Today The Post & Email contacted Georgia Governor Nathan Deal; U.S. Senators Saxby Chambliss and Johnny Isakson, and all 13 U.S. congressmen to request statements on the upcoming hearing. Several media representatives stated that their respective congressmen were busy preparing for tonight’s State of the Union address. One media contact stated that she had “never heard of” the eligibility challenge scheduled for Thursday.
Also today, three challenges to Obama’s eligibility were heard in the state of Illinois. Other challenges to Obama’s eligibility have been filed in Alabama, New Hampshire, California, New Mexico, and many other states during the respective designated objection periods.
We will report if and when any statements are received.
More information on Georgia’s court system can be found here.