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Ray McInerny, Sr., and his wife Jean, have lived in New Berlin for 32 years.  A retired graphic artist, he now paints for his own enjoyment. This blog will attempt to present items of general interest to his New Berlin neighbors.

What Does Eligibility Mean?

Article 2, Section 1 of our Constitution says that "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."

Appears to be a straightforward and direct statement. One dictionary explanation is that a person must be legally qualified to be elected or appointed to office. What is it then that concerns many people today about eligibility? It’s the awkward attempt by this administration to keep secret at all costs the requirements of eligibility of Mr. Obama.

We know Jimmy Carter attended the Naval Academy and lived in Georgia most of his life, we know Bill Clinton came from Hope, Ark and attended colleges abroad and in the United States, we know Ronald Reagan attended a small mid western college, we know all about John Kennedy and Dwight Eisenhower and their college days. We know that Harry Truman, apparently, was the only President not to finish college. We’ve heard about both Bush presidents. Lyndon Johnson had no secrets we know of. We also know of their birthplaces; most of them now known noted as historical sites.

Mr. Obama we know little about. He’s spent millions hiding his birthplace and "real" certificate of birth. He’s hidden all facts concerning his formative schooling years, his high school years and records, his college records and professional life. The enormous energy being wasted to obfuscate and obliterate all details of his past only gives rise to suspicion.

There have been numerous lawsuits since before November 2008 trying to unravel the secrets of Mr. Obama’s origination and the absence of proof for his eligibility for office. Many suits have fallen short, some have been rebuffed by courts. Another attempt by a former U.S. Ambassador Alan Keyes, Wiley S. Drake, Sr., and Markham Robinson, through their attorney will knock at the door of the U.S. Supreme Court soon.

Their suit, as I understand it, will attempt to prove California Secretary of State Debra Bowen, and the state’s electors for the Electoral College failed to qualify Mr. Obama in 2008. This suit is tied to the fact that in 1968 Eldridge Cleaver was taken off the ballot. He was 33 years old at the time; two years younger than the eligibility requirement. This precedent and one from North Dakota, which stripped the governorship from an elected Governor in 1935. The eligibility requirement one had to live in North Dakota for five years prior to assuming the governorship. Thomas Moodie was found ineligible because he had voted in Minnesota in 1932.

Ten States are now in the process of making it law that anyone seeking office present legitimate documentation before being declared eligible. Other lawsuits are seeking affirmation that the Social Security number Mr. Obama is using is legal. These and other perplexing questions permeate the political landscape.

One has to ask why wasn’t the birth certificate presented? What good has come from the delay. Time will tell. Many people are ready to complete the task of removing Mr. Obama if the truth isn’t what it should be. This will be a tough lesson for electors to learn when certifying that a person is eligible. All we need are the facts. What does eligible mean? Maybe clarity will be in order soon. God bless America!

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