WHY DID THE FOUNDERS INSIST ON “NATURAL BORN CITIZEN”?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 27, 2019) — On Friday evening, Carl Gallups hosted Obama birth certificate lead investigator Mike Zullo on his “Freedom Friday” show to discuss presidential eligibility in the context of the “natural born Citizen” clause in Article II of the U.S. Constitution.
The podcast of the show is here, with Zullo’s appearance beginning at approximately the 43:00 mark: http://carlgallups.blogspot.com/2019/01/1330-am-991-fm-freedom-friday-1-25-19.html
Under the authority of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO), Zullo conducted a 5+-year criminal investigation into the “long-form” birth certificate image posted at whitehouse.gov on April 27, 2011 said to be a scan of a certified copy of Barack Obama’s original birth certificate held by the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH).
In the first of what would be three press conferences over the course of the probe, on March 1, 2012, Zullo announced that probable cause was found to believe that the image is a “computer-generated forgery.” Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form was also found to be problematic, Zullo said at the same time.
The focus of the show on the “natural born Citizen” requirement began with California U.S. Senator Kamala Harris, who declared herself a presidential candidate last Monday and plans to hold her first official event Sunday in Oakland, where she was born in 1964.
Her parents, however, were likely not U.S. citizens at the time of her birth, a situation similar to that of former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, whose presidential eligibility was questioned by some in 2016.
On Friday Zullo contended that the 14th Amendment, often cited as justification for anyone born in the U.S. to run for president based on his or her being a “citizen,” does not encompass the higher standard of “natural born Citizen,” a “restriction” he said Founding Father John Jay urged Continental Congress president George Washington to include in the Constitution in a letter written in New York in July 1787.
In his letter, Jay expressed a concern that foreign influence could creep into the office of the nation’s chief executive. He therefore suggested that the president and commander-in-chief be limited to none “but a natural born Citizen,” with an emphasis on the word “born,” according to the National Archives. “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 devolved on, any but a natural born Citizen,” Jay wrote in his second paragraph on July 25, 1787.
Zullo included the fact that the understanding of citizenship has changed over the decades and continues to evolve, in part due to passage of the 14th Amendment. In response, Gallups raised the issue of an “anchor baby,” born in the U.S. to non-citizens, being considered eligible for president and the ramifications of such a candidate’s allegiance.
Between 2003 and 2008, Gallups said, various members of Congress introduced bills to change the “natural born Citizen” requirement. None was passed.
At 1:12:00, Zullo suggested that if President Trump nominates another U.S. Supreme Court justice who is confirmed, that person will be a “strict” interpreter of the Constitution who might participate in eventually issuing an opinion on the meaning of “natural born Citizen.”
At approximately the 1:14:00 mark, Gallups returned to the Obama birth certificate, which he said is “an absolute fabrication” with “five federal crimes attached to the building” of it. Gallups reminded his audience that Zullo has suggested that the CIA was involved in generating the image for public consumption.
The mainstream media has refused to report on Zullo’s investigation, whose conclusions on the birth certificate were corroborated by two outside forensic analysts, Zullo revealed at the final presser on December 15, 2016.
Reiterating Zullo’s appearance on his show in November, Gallups said that a briefing on the birth certificate occurred with highly-placed individuals in Washington, DC with “direct, direct, direct connections to the White House.”
New on Friday was Gallups’s revelation that he and Zullo have been approached by documentarians wishing to write a book or produce a movie on the investigation and its findings. “Spill it before the nation,” Gallups urged Zullo, although the latter declined to comment other than to say it is a “collaborative effort” and “It’s in the early stages; I don’t really want to speak too much to it.”
“But I will tell you that I really do believe that this issue is going to come up again,” Zullo continued. “I can’t tell you when, but I know. It is still out there; it is still talked about; the media still runs their propaganda psy-ops campaign with that birth certificate….That fraudulent document was the vehicle to put someone in the White House whose allegiances were somewhere else; I think that’s very easy for everyone to see…These issues are going to have to be resolved at some point in time.”
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.