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by Sharon Rondeau
(May 11, 2015) — In discussing on Monday the “Jade Helm 15” exercise to be held in Texas and other states beginning on July 15, co-anchor of the Fox News Channel’s “The Five” Greg Gutfeld referred to Barack Hussein Obama as “Kenyan-born,” as if to explain why Jade Helm might have been scheduled to take place this summer.
Gutfeld has referred to Obama as having been born in Kenya previously, as has Fox News religious contributor, Fr. Jonathan Morris. At the time, then-co-anchor Alisyn Camerota appeared shocked at Morris’s statement and quickly “corrected” him by saying, “He was born here…”
On March 23, the day Sen. Ted Cruz announced his bid for the 2016 presidency, Gutfeld said, “Aren’t we tired of having a president who was born outside the country?”
Gutfeld is known for “creating controversy,” according to his Fox News biography.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen.” During perusal of the topic in The New York Times archives on Monday morning, this writer discovered that the meaning of the term has been questioned and debated since before the American Civil War.
Most Americans today believe “natural born Citizen” to mean “born in the United States,” although an exception is now proffered by two former solicitors general on behalf of Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada.
The only universal agreement of the use of the term appears to be that a person who is naturalized, e.g., born in another country and becomes a U.S. citizen by choice, forswearing all other allegiances, is not eligible to the presidency. The solicitors general, in their piece in the Harvard Law Review, opine that Cruz inherited U.S. citizenship from his mother despite his birth in Canada and is therefore a “natural born Citizen.”
Cruz held Canadian citizenship until this time last year, when he formally renounced it through a legal process. After The Dallas Morning News published an article on August 19, 2013 stating that Cruz’s dual citizenship could be an obstacle to the presidency if he sought to run, Cruz claimed he was unaware that he was a citizen of Canada for his entire life.
Obama claims a birth in Honolulu, HI, at the Kapiolani Medical Center, on August 4, 1961, but the hospital will not confirm the claim, citing “privacy” laws.
A criminal investigation launched in September 2011 to investigate the long-form birth certificate posted on the White House website representing Obama’s vital record from Hawaii found that the image could not have originated with a paper document. Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo has also said that there is no evidence that Obama was ever in the state of Hawaii before the age of five.
The Washington Post and other mainstream media outlets have attempted to ridicule Texans and others concerned about the Jade Helm exercise. They have also denied that the Cold Case Posse’s conclusions could be accurate and have failed to launch their own investigations.
In a likely satirical piece at The Huffington Post, an acerbic, sarcastic Defense Secretary Ashton Carter issued a letter to Cruz regarding Jade Helm which reads, in part:
…As someone who was not born within the borders of this country, it might interest you to know that Texas is already part of the United States. In fact, Texas has twice joined the Union. The first time your adopted state joined the USA in 1845 it set in motion events that led to the Mexican-American War. Later, when Union troops conquered the Southern rebellion, Texas rejoined the Union. It is not, therefore, farfetched to think that Texas’ relationship to the rest of the United States could involve war, but please also keep in mind that when we refer to the United States of America, Texas is being implicitly included. We thought about calling it the United States of America and Texas, but we were afraid people might think Texas was a retrograde backwater of reactionary lunatics who think Moses was a Founding Father and laugh at you. This is way better…
If, Senator Cruz, you believe that the United States military is a political tool of its civilian leadership, you have reached a conclusion unsupported by fact, history and good sense. The troops swear to uphold the Constitution of the United States. To besmirch their loyalty to the country, even in the service of making hackneyed political points in the Republican primary, does not make you a patriot, but a partisan. Even a Princeton and Harvard Law man should know the difference.
Also, it makes you the rudest Canadian we’ve ever run across.
Secretary Ashton Carter
The only clue that the missive is satire is a key word listed at the bottom of the piece.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered the Texas State Guard to “monitor” Jade Helm exercises for any possible constitutional infringements on citizens. Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert, Cruz and Abbott have been ridiculed for inquiring further of the military about the exercise.
In regard to the forgeries, a writer at The Washington Post on Monday chose to maintain that “these claims have been so thoroughly debunked so many times that they’re no longer worth entertaining.”
In an April 3 radio broadcast, Pastor Carl Gallups opined that information not yet revealed about the posse’s investigation will yield the fact that Obama was not constitutionally eligible for the presidency.