“WE HAVE TO CONFRONT THEM WITH THE CONSTITUTION”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 9, 2012) — Illinois registered voters Michael Jackson and Benjamin Freeman filed separate objections to the placement of Barack Hussein Obama‘s name on the Illinois ballot for the November presidential election. Both objections were dismissed by the Illinois Board of Elections on February 2, 2012. The Elections Board stated that in Freeman’s case, the objector “failed to comply with Section 10-8, Never stating objector’s interest in filing the objection.” The Board stated that Jackson did not “adequately state his interest in filing the objection.” Following the ten-minute hearing, Jackson told The Post & Email, “I was silenced.”
The Illinois Board of Elections relied on an apparent paper printout of the image presented by the White House to the public on April 27, 2011 as a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate from Hawaii. Last week, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department released the results of its Cold Case Posse’s six-month investigation which concluded that both the birth certificate image and the purported Selective Service registration card were forgeries and a criminal investigation might follow.
Jackson had called his U.S. representatives many times about the eligibility question over the past three years. Following the Board of Elections hearing, Jackson wrote to both Illinois senators as well as his U.S. Congressman, Aaron Schock, regarding Obama’s apparent failure to meet the “natural born Citizen” requirement of the U.S. Constitution. The text of the letter is as follows:
711 Hart Senate Office Bldg
Washington, DC 20510
Dear Mr. Durbin,
I am contacting you in writing as a follow up to my request I made by phone on 2-14-12 to your office regarding your stand on Article II Section I Clause V of our U.S. Constitution, which 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 the Office of President; neither shall any Person 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.” I am specifically requesting a signed statement on your behalf what constitutes a natural born Citizen. This is a most important question that needs an answer from you and with your signature to that statement. There is a distinction in what separates a natural born citizen from all other types of citizenship relevant in the U.S., such a distinction, in that this qualification is only stipulated for office of Vice President and President of the United States, not for Senator, Congressman or Governor or any other U.S. governmental office. Your prompt response in this most significant question is respectfully requested of you. Thank you.
Durbin’s response reads:
Schock and Senator Mark Kirk did not reply.
Jackson contacted his U.S. representative yesterday about the results of Sheriff Arpaio’s investigation and was told that an aide named Kelly wanted to speak with him, but he never received a call back from her. He stated that he additionally contacted “about a dozen” U.S. senators and representatives and that his assessment is that “all of them” had some level of knowledge about the results of the press conference. “Crimes are being committed,” Jackson said. “They don’t want to address the Constitution. We have to confront them with the Constitution.”
Jackson and Freeman also sent letters to Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan requesting that she convene a grand jury to investigate the claims of fraud and forgery, as well as to the Springfield, IL FBI, asking them to take action in light of the results of Arpaio’s press conference. Jackson said it was the third letter he has sent to the Springfield FBI on the issue of Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president.
Jackson and Freeman have filed the following criminal complaint with the all 100 U.S. Senators. “Both are criminal complaints of treason,” Jackson said. “They’re being put on notice.”
The criminal complaint was also sent to the editor of a local newspaper.
One of the senators’ offices with whom Jackson spoke on March 8 was that of Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama. Jackson stated that the aide said that Sessions’ office was “being bombarded” with calls about the statement of putative Defense Secretary Leon Panetta claiming that “the United Nations and NATO have supreme authority over the actions of the United States military.” The aide also said that numerous calls regarding the March 1 press conference had also been made.
Petition For Redress: Treason
I, Michael D. Jackson and Benjamin C. Freeman bring before you a matter that begs your utmost and urgent attention. This matter transcends all racial, ideological and political boundaries. We are a Constitutional Republic based solely on the fear and reverence of Almighty God and by such is how this Nation came to be formed and founded. It is our heritage and is stated so eloquently in part by the framers in our Declaration of Independence: We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. It is because the government is to operate under the consent of “We the People” that we bring forth this redress of grievance which is our right afforded under the 1st Amendment of our U.S. Constitution, by which you are bound by your oath to “…support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God”. The issue at hand that needs to be addressed without evasion of truth, honor, and courage is the U.S. Constitution, as this specifically relates to Article II Section I Clause V, which has these requirements set forth for Presidential eligibility: “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 the Office of President; neither shall any Person 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.” No man is above the law, and Barack Hussein Obama because of unconscionable and fearful men is being placed above the law and those that concede to such are placing themselves above the law as well.
As a public civil servant, subject to the consent of the governed you must lay aside political, monetary, and individual expediency. This is a true bipartisan issue because it is a Constitutional issue. Our Nation, which is a Constitutional Republic will not be destroyed because you “support and defend the Constitution”, but rather for a lack thereof. British Statesman Edmund Burke has been quoted as saying, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men should do nothing.” We are here to encourage you and implore you “to be of a good courage” and a strong moral compass rooted in the fear of Almighty God, Who “giveth to all life, and breath”… and “For in Him we live, and move, and have our being” Acts 17:25,28.
According to Article I Section 8 Clause 10 Congress has been given power, “To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offences against the Law of Nations.” It is an historical fact that that our founders and framers referenced and highly regarded the Law of Nations so much that it was placed into our U.S. Constitution and thus empowered Congress to punish offences against the Law of Nations. In the Records of the Federal Convention New York 25 July 1787 our first Chief Justice, John Jay submitted to George Washington, President of the Constitutional Convention what would become one of the Constitutional qualifications for Commander in Chief in stating, “Permit me to hint, whether it would not be wise & seasonable to provide a strong check to the admission of Foreigners into the administration of our national Government; and to declare expressly that the Command in chief of the American army shall not be given to, nor devolve on, any but a natural born Citizen”. Emmerich de Vattel’s Law of Nations circa 1758 Book 1, Chapter XIX, § 212: The natives, or natural born citizens are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens…The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. The Law of Nations provides the Constitutional definition of a natural born citizen, historical records reveal that Vattel’s work was quoted at the Federal Constitutional Convention of 1787, various State Constitutional Conventions, and was also referenced in a 1785 letter by John Jay regarding a diplomatic matter. The item that ties you to Article II Section I Clause V and the Law of Nations is Article I Section 8 Clause 10 where “The Congress shall have Power…To define and punish Piracies and Felonies committed on the high Seas, and Offenses against the Law of Nations”.
Furthermore, we have U.S. Supreme Court precedent establishing Article II Section I with the ruling of Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. pg. 167-68 (1875). “Additions might always be made to the citizenship of the United States in two ways: first, by birth, and second, by naturalization. This is apparent from the Constitution itself, for it provides that ‘no person except a natural-born citizen, or a citizen of the United States at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President,‘ and that Congress shall have power ‘to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.’ Thus new citizens may be born or they may be created by naturalization.
“The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common-law (Law of Nations), with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first. For the purposes of this case it is not necessary to solve these doubts. It is sufficient for everything we have now to consider that all children born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction are themselves citizens” (emphasis added).
It will also be necessary to note as part of historical record from June 2003 to Feb. 2008, Congress made 8 attempts to remove from Article II Section I the “natural born citizen” clause, both Republicans and Democrats. The Bill numbers and dates are as follows:
- HJR 59 June 11, 2003 Sponsor: Vic Snyder (D)
- HJR 67 Sept 2, 2003 Sponsor: John Conyers (D)
- SB 2128 Feb 25, 2004 Sponsor: Don Nichols (R)
- HJR 104 Sept 15, 2004 Sponsor: Dana Rohrabacher (R)
- HJR 42 Jan 4, 2005 Sponsor: John Conyers (D)
- HJR 15 Feb 1, 2005 Sponsor: Dana Rohrabacher (R)
- HJR 42 April 14, 2005 Sponsor: Vic Snyder (D)
- SB 2678 Feb 28, 2008 Sponsor: Claire McCaskill (D) Co-sponsor: Barack Obama (D)
After being unable to remove or alter the natural born citizen clause Article II Section I Clause V from the U.S. Constitution, the Senate went forth with Senate Resolution 511 on April 10, 2008 sponsored by Claire McCaskill and with Barack Obama as a co-sponsor. This Resolution, http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d110:S.RES.511 though non-binding addressed John McCain and the natural born citizen clause, concluded a natural born citizen “was born to American citizens”. Furthermore, at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on April 3, 2008 Senator Leahy asked Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, himself a former Federal judge, if he had doubts that McCain was eligible to serve as President. Mr. Chertoff replied “My assumption and my understanding is that if you are born of American parents, you are naturally-a natural born American citizen.” “That is mine, too,” said Leahy. http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/SecurityOver/start/2279/stop/2370.
Please know also Senator that the objection petitions of Benjamin C. Freeman (No. 12SOEBGP103) and Michael D. Jackson (No. 12SOEBGP104) were timely filed in the state of Illinois regarding Candidate Obama being named on the presidential ballot. Candidate Obama is not legally qualified constitutionally to be placed on the ballot as he is not a natural born citizen by virtue of his father never being a U.S. citizen. Mr. Obama Sr., was born in a Commonwealth of the colonies of Great Britain now known as Kenya. Mr. Obama’s father never became a naturalized citizen in the U.S. In Mr. Obama’s autobiography “Dreams from My Father”, on page 215 the book shares that, “the government revoked his (Mr. Obama’s father) passport and he couldn’t even leave Kenya”. It is by virtue of these irrefutable facts shared with you in this petition for redress of grievance, we have had an individual who is not a natural born citizen and has occupied the office of POTUS unconstitutionally for almost four years. We the People are aware that our public servants, our Congress know of these facts and much more. These facts are accurate, honest and truthful. The question is will you be a leader who has the courage, virtue, conscience, and moral integrity to do what is right and call for the removal of Barack Hussein Obama from the office of the White House and start investigations henceforth on the cover up of this grievous unconstitutional act that has brought reproach on our nation?
In conclusion as our lawful responsibility we must report to you crimes that have been committed, as set forth in our U.S. Code Title 18 Section 4; Misprision of Felony: “Whoever, having knowledge of the actual commission of a felony cognizable by a court of the United States, conceals and does not as soon as possible make known the same to some judge or other person in civil or military authority under the United States, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than three years, or both”. Furthermore, under U.S. Code Title 18 Section 2381; Treason: “Whoever, owing allegiance to the United States, levies war against them or adheres to their enemies, giving them aid and comfort within the United States or elsewhere, is guilty of treason and shall suffer death, or shall be imprisoned not less than five years and fined under this title but not less than $10,000; and shall be incapable of holding any office under the United States”. Moreover, the U.S. Constitution Article III Section III Clause I states: “Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court”. And lastly our U.S. Constitution Amendment V: “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime… except in cases arising… when in… public danger”. Benjamin C. Freeman and Michael D. Jackson, petition Congress to hold Barack Obama to answer for a capital offense of ” Treason Against the United States”, in a case arising when, He, (Barack Obama), was in actual service (acting as President ), in a time of public danger, (while the U.S. Constitution was being undermined). His actions of, adhering to their Enemies, by which is meant, “that which the U.S. Constitution does not represent”, we the undersigned lay witness to the same overt Act. Will you Senator stand up for the truth in order that liberty and freedom be preserved, and our U.S. Constitution that you are bound by oath, be restored to its rightful place?
Cc: (All Certified Mail) Daniel Akaka, Lamar Alexander, Kelly Ayotte, John Barrasso, Max Baucus, Mark Begich, Michael Bennett, Jeff Bingaman, Richard Blumenthal, Roy Blunt, John Boozman, Barbara Boxer, Scott Brown, Sherrod Brown, Richard Burr, Maria Cantwell, Benjamin Cardin, Thomas Carper, Robert Casey Jr., Saxby Chambliss, Daniel Coats, Tom Coburn, Thad Cochran, Susan Collins, Kent Conrad, Christopher Coons, Bob Corker, John Cornyn, Mike Crapo, Jim DeMint, Richard Durbin, Michael Enzi, Dianne Feinstein, Al Franken, Kirsten Gillibrand, Lindsey Graham, Chuck Grassley, Kay Hagan, Tom Harkin, Orrin Hatch, Dean Heller, John Hoeven, Kay Bailey Hutchison, James Inhofe, Daniel Inouye, Johnny Isakson, Mike Johanns, Ron Johnson, Tim Johnson, John Kerry, Mark Kirk, Amy Klobuchar, Herb Kohl, Jon Kyl, Mary Landrieu, Frank Lautenberg, Patrick Leahy, Mike Lee, Carl Levin, Joseph Lieberman, Richard Lugar, Joe Manchin III, John McCain, Claire McCaskill, Mitch McConnell, Robert Menendez, Jeff Merkley, Barbara Mikulski, Jerry Moran, Lisa Murkowski, Patty Murray, Ben Nelson, Rand Paul, Rob Portman, Mark Pryor, Jack Reed, Harry Reid, James Risch, Pat Roberts, John Rockefeller IV, Marco Rubio, Bernard Sanders, Charles Schumer, Jeff Sessions, Jeanne Shaheen, Richard Shelby, Olympia Snowe, Debbie Stabenow, Jon Tester, John Thune, Patrick Toomey, Mark Udall, David Vitter, Mark Warner, Jim Webb, Sheldon Whitehouse, Roger Wicker, Ron Wyden, John Plevka
Jackson said that the letters should have arrived today or should be received at the latest on Monday. “We’re putting an olive branch out to them,” Jackson said. “If they don’t take action, they’re complicit. If Obama is allowed to steal this election, this country is done.”
Jackson also delivered a package to his county sheriff today with information from Sheriff Arpaio’s press conference. Of his recent efforts to obtain a response from elected officials about the findings of the Cold Case Posse and the presumed ineligibility of the nation’s chief executive, Jackson said, “I consider it an investment in my future and this country.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.