BUT NO PROOF REQUIRED OF CANDIDATES SEEKING THE PRESIDENCY
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 20, 2016) — Last week, a citizen and registered voter in the state of Connecticut went to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) to renew his driver’s license on a routine basis.
On the first two attempts, the license-holder encountered waiting times of more than an hour accompanied by long lines of people stretching outside of the respective DMV facilities.
On his third trip, he was able to renew his license but required to show substantial original documentation in order to complete the process.
Since last summer, many Connecticut drivers were stopped by law enforcement for allegedly driving with expired registrations and insurance policies, which resulted from a DMV-admitted computer software upgrade for which taxpayers had paid $26 million.
The software malfunction has resulted in DMV employees’ having to work overtime to correct the errors and process refunds to those who were forced to go to court to pay tickets, towing fees and fines which should not have been generated. Refunds for the unknown number of errors will be made at taxpayers’ expense.
The original upgrade caused DMV offices to close for a week last August, with wait times multiplied by three after reopening, according to one report. Four smaller DMV centers were closed in an attempt to relieve long lines at the major locations after business resumed.
Malloy, now serving a second four-year term as governor, has slashed funding to public educational institutions and social service agencies in the wake of a $220 million budget shortfall, while payments to “repay the hospitals for a portion of the $566.1 million they pay the state in taxes” remain “suspended.”
Malloy is an ideological ally of Obama’s, having expanded the Medicaid program under Obamacare. A subsequent reduction in the number of uninsured residents by 50% was achieved by August 2014, according to The Connecticut Mirror.
When the driver asked to renew his license, he was asked for four forms of identification:
- His “long-form” birth certificate
- Original Social Security card
- His vehicle insurance policy showing the current address
- His current driver’s license
The Post & Email has seen proof that the driver is a long-time registered voter in the state. The birth certificate document he presented to the DMV, although not visible in the scanned and redacted copy below, contains an downward-facing seal in the lower-right portion which The Post & Email has seen and felt.
On a separate matter, in order for Connecticut’s taxpayers to claim the state’s Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), they are asked to provide the “long version” birth certificate(s) of any children for whom they are claiming the credit on their 2015 income tax return.
Congress has provided for a federal EITC in the U.S. tax code.
For a disabled adult child, additional documentation is required for the tax credit to be awarded in Connecticut. A letter issued last week by the Connecticut Department of Revenue Services (DRS) to a resident reads:
To run for President of the United States, a handful of states require that the candidate file a sworn statement affirming that he or she meets the eligibility requirements set forth in the U.S. Constitution, specifically Article II, Section 1, clause 5, which requires the candidate to be at least 35 years old, a resident of the United States for 14 years or more, and a “natural born Citizen.”
In January 2008, Barack Hussein Obama provided such a sworn statement to the New Hampshire and Illinois Secretaries of State, and, like other candidates before him, was not required to present proof.
As questions remained unanswered as to whether or not Obama was a “natural born Citizen,” on June 12, 2008, a “short-form” birth certificate image was posted at The Daily KOS, an Obama-friendly website, followed by The Tampa Bay/St. Petersburg Times, Politifact.com, Factcheck.org, and other websites. The origin of the image was attributed by Amy Hollyfield of The Tampa Bay Times to then-Obama campaign staffer Tommy Vietor, who has since left the Obama White House.
Early in 2011, real estate mogul and businessman Donald J. Trump publicly challenged Obama to release his “long-form” birth certificate, a more detailed version of the “Certification of Life Birth” posted at The Daily KOS which the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH) never certified as authentic. As with anyone who had questioned Obama’s origins, birthplace, life narrative, or past associations, Trump was met with derision and ridicule, but he persisted in his demand.
On April 27, 2011, the White House released what it reported qas a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate obtained from the HDOH several days before. However, within 48 hours, the image was denounced as a poorly-crafted forgery.
Dr. Terrence Lakin, a U.S. Army flight surgeon, was court-martialed, prevented from mounting a defense, and imprisoned at Fort Leavenworth for asking that Obama produce the same document which Trump requested and ultimately received. At the time of the release of the long-form image, Lakin was nearing the end of what would be a five-month sentence for refusing to obey orders to deploy a second time to Afghanistan. He then incurred loss of all pay and benefits and dishonorable discharge from the Army.
Lakin, who later wrote a book about why he decided to challenge Obama’s legitimacy as commander-in-chief and therefore his orders, reported that he was required to provide an official copy of his birth certificate in order to join the U.S. Armed Forces, a claim which is been corroborated by other military members.
An investigation commissioned by Maricopa County, AZ Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio in September 2011 revealed on March 1, 2012 that the long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form bearing Obama’s name issued by the Selective Service System are “computer-generated forgeries.”
During the 2012 presidential election cycle, numerous ballot challenges were filed in state administrative courts challenging Obama to prove his eligibility to no avail. Consistently, administrative law judges ruled that Obama’s name would remain on the ballot, with some relying on the “computer-generated forgery” posted on the White House website as evidence of eligibility irrespective of the conclusions of the Maricopa County Cold Case Posse.
Obama has never released a driver’s license; passport application or current complete passport; paper version of either the short-form or long-form birth certificate he claims as his own in digital form; proof of voter registration; application to the Illinois Bar Association to obtain his law license, or an original Social Security card with the number redacted. His Chicago property is reportedly owned by another party or parties, and it appears he was never asked for identification when he first ran for the Illinois Senate seat he occupied between 1997 and 2004.
For the 2016 presidential election, ballot challenges filed against a number of candidates have produced the same results. Challenges have been filed in Pennsylvania, New York, Illinois and Texas, respectively, against Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz, and former governor of Louisiana Bobby Jindal for allegedly failing to meet the “natural born Citizen” requirement.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) has failed to question the qualifications of any of its candidates, who include Rubio, Cruz and Jindal, nor will it respond to media inquiries on the subject.
While Jindal suspended his campaign in November and Rubio withdrew from the race earlier this month, Ted Cruz, who was born in Canada to a U.S.-citizen mother, has continued to campaign, telling voters that by virtue of his birth to one U.S.-citizen parent, albeit in a foreign country, he is a “natural born (American) Citizen.” Despite numerous requests, Cruz has refused to release proof of basic U.S. citizenship, which might include a Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) filed with the U.S. State Department shortly after his birth.
After The Dallas Morning News released a copy of Cruz’s Canadian birth certificate which it said it obtained “exclusively” in August 2013, Cruz’s U.S. Senate office claimed that “To our knowledge, he never had Canadian citizenship.”
Donald Trump, now a Republican presidential candidate, has chided Cruz at several of his campaign events for claiming to have had no knowledge that he was a Canadian citizen for all of his life. “He became a United States Senator, and then he said, ‘I didn’t know I was a citizen of Canada;’ lyin’ Ted, lyin’ Ted. He didn’t know. He was a joint [citizen]; he was U.S. and he was Canada. And, you know, that’s not the way it’s supposed to work; you’re supposed to be born, like here, here, here…,” Trump said on Friday night in Salt Lake City.
On May 14, 2014, nine months after the Morning News revealed that Cruz reportedly held dual U.S.-Canadian citizenship at birth, Cruz initiated the renunciation of his Canadian citizenship. Many, including Canadian immigration and citizenship attorneys, questioned why Cruz waited nine months to begin the process, which then took approximately 30 days.
While Cruz apparently released the document from the Government of Canada demonstrating that his renunciation was complete in June 2014, the application form required to renounce his citizenship, which asks if the applicant has or shortly will have citizenship in another country, has not been released. The Canadian government has confirmed to this publication that the renunciation application cannot be made public without a signed consent form from the applicant.
While the Morning News asserted that Cruz was “at birth” a citizen of both the United States and Canada, no evidence of his U.S. citizenship had ever surfaced, nor was Cruz asked the question when applying for the position of solicitor general for the state of Texas in which he served from 2003 to 2008.
Cruz maintains that his Delaware-born mother never became a Canadian citizen while living and working in Calgary, Alberta for 5-6 years, although his Cuban-born father reportedly did assume Canadian citizenship in 1973, three years after his son was born.
The only documents Cruz has revealed to the public were generated from the government of Canada.
In 2012, as Obama sought his second term in the White House, Cruz ran for the U.S. Senate from the state of Texas as a Canadian citizen without informing the electorate of his status.
In 2011, an Obama spokesman called the birth certificate matter “a fake issue,” while Cruz calls questions about his eligibility “a non-issue.”
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.