by Cody Robert Judy, Presidential Candidate, ©2015

(Sep. 15, 2015) — Honoring thy Father may be one of the most fundamental breakdowns causing America more problems than any other. In our dangerous work of digging down deep and getting to the root causes of our illness I am daunted by the task of treading where few dare to go yet with the feeling that I must travel that dark abyss to find the treasure that lie amiss.

When grappling with our own weaknesses and frailties in the order of overcoming these, we  must confess the world often seems outraged, insulted, put-out, overcome, bewildered, estranged, pompous, contriving, delirious, doubtful, circumvent, trivialized, bored, ignorant, rude, stupid, cynical, and downright hateful about the idea of honoring thy father as if to ask, “What’s in it for us?”

The short answer? You might live longer. Does that interest you at all?

The difficulty found in writing this is understanding the knowledge that if you have to ask for respect, you haven’t earned it. If you have to ask for honor, you haven’t earned it. It’s that keep-silent-till-it-becomes-you thing while everyone messes it up. Being a father is one of the most difficult jobs on the planet simply based on the sheer amount of territory you are bound to cover, the likes of which if you do not have the limited liability clause which declares you are a woman is vast. You are a man, for God’s sake! There is no excuse.

We take that on our shoulders. If you travel, the vast responsibility of a father most will come up with a picture in their mind which often reflects their ideas of responsibility. More often than not, these have not yet covered even half the territory a father/male has to cover, and thus are a very poor representation or picture indeed. For Instance:

  • You may first travel the road of actually being a Dad to a child. Being there for that child, supporting, loving, caring, nurturing, being there for the games, the cheers, the encouragement, the homework question, the hunting, fishing camping, or shopping trip, and even that back-to-school night. That’s a nice dad?
  • You might travel down the road where you think being a good Dad consisted of providing for the family for a happy life in a profession that requires dedication, discipline, courage, and bravery.  That required getting up early and coming home late, all for the sake of the family who was home enjoying the rewards of a house, cars, televisions, computers, ipods, laptops, newest toys that money could buy, vacations once a year, and financing that jump-start in life that would make things so much nicer, like college. That’s a nice dad?
  • We still haven’t touched the surface or covered the fathers who went to war and were killed, who didn’t come home or were injured. We may have touched on the territory of those who gave some, but we haven’t covered the territory of those who gave all. For those who took a stand, said “No, you will not cross that line,” died because of their stand, and were never around because their job required being a man and a father to more than just their own personal family.
The truth is there is no father who doesn’t have all that territory placed upon his shoulders here in America, and the truth is often we just cannot cover all the territory that is expected of us all at the same time, all of the time. Sometimes we fail and let you down on what was more important to you at a given or particularly important time for you. It is a big job that covers a lot of territory, and a lot of the territory takes you far away from where you’d like to be.

In my own job as a father I’ve noticed big let-downs and disappointments we could say were heartbreaking to those I loved and cared about most. Things that tore us apart and dissected our hearts as if we were at the butcher shop. I’ve noticed this theme in my life in ways that no one seems to comprehend that’s required time, talent, effort, and a lot of work with hardly any reward in the duty of being a son, a man, and a father all at the same time on both a macro and micro level. For instance:

  • Many at first glance would not assume taking a stand for the ‘natural born Citizen‘ clause of our Constitution is about honoring thy father‘ until you see candidates running for the Office of the President kicking dirt on their fathers to hide the foreign citizenship they inherited. Honoring their father’s foreign citizenship would be a disqualification of their ability to run for President because you inherit a citizenship from both your father and your mother as well as the country you were born in. The requirement for the Offices of President and Vice President are [born in the U.S. to Citizen Parents].
  • You may have noticed Barack Obama and Ted Cruz stating their mothers were U.S. Citizens and not relaying what their father’s citizenship entailed.
  • Probably not the best campaign tool to be running for the United States President and while out campaigning bragging about your father from Kenya, Cuba, or Canada. So we have seen them simply honor their mothers and kick dust on their fathers when it was convenient or advantageous for them.
  • It’s very clear to me how much time in my life over the last six and a half years has been dedicated to Honoring the Fathers, and the value of it being very underestimated by most. If you’d like to start at around 10 trillion dollars on Obama’s watch that might be a ballpark figure we could start at in the simple commandment to ‘honor thy father‘ that our society has a big problem with. Realizing that has cost us more money and blessings than all the Presidents combined, from George Washington to Bush, just to start. Who’s interested in money? Family? How many are on board from Wall Street? Now you start to see my point, Main Street?

It might be said in years to come that our entire deficit problem started by not honoring our fathers.  We did not honor Obama’s father because we let his son in the White House honoring only his mother. I’ve long said as people argued with me that he had an American mother, that I recognized that, but I was only in the processes of honoring his father in stating he was not qualified for the Office of the President.

Can any one of us deny a vote for Obama was a vote dishonoring his father’s inherited citizenship from Kenya? If you can stand and say you were honoring his father’s citizenship in that vote, you have a lot of explaining to do because it doesn’t even make sense to God the Father or our U.S. Constitution, said by many a President to be divinely inspired.

Have you honored those who we would call the fathers of our Nation in that vote, recognizing no less than eight (8) attempts to change the qualifications in Congress from 2003 that all failed the will of the People through their representatives in Congress? “What?” you say? Why would the ‘natural born Citizen‘ qualification requirement need to be changed the eight attempted times since 2003 if it was not recognized in the first place as ‘Born in the U.S. to Citizen Parents’?

Many referred to as “anti-birthers” criticize the research and work our founding fathers did with the written works of Emer de Vattel. Benjamin Franklin noticed his work, The Law of Nations, “came to us in good season, when circumstances of a rising nation make it necessary to consult to the Law of Nations,” and President George Washington’s checked-out copy of The Law of Nations was finally returned after 221 years.

From Vattel’s 1758 Law of Nations we read in Book I, Chapter 19, § 212:

The citizens are the members of the civil society; bound to this society by certain duties, and subject to its authority, they equally participate in its advantages. The natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens. As the society cannot exist and perpetuate itself otherwise than by the children of the citizens, those children naturally follow the condition of their fathers, and succeed to all their rights. The society is supposed to desire this, in consequence of what it owes to its own preservation; and it is presumed, as matter of course, that each citizen, on entering into society, reserves to his children the right of becoming members of it. The country of the fathers is therefore that of the children; and these become true citizens merely by their tacit consent. We shall soon see whether, on their coming to the years of discretion, they may renounce their right, and what they owe to the society in which they were born. I say, that, in order to be of the country, it is necessary that a person be born of a father who is a citizen; for, if he is born there of a foreigner, it will be only the place of his birth, and not his country.

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