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Is Obama Truly Fit And Qualified To Be President?

October 25, 2008

The Presidential Oath of Office is, “I do solemly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of the President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”  The question we, as a nation, are now faced with is,”can a President Obama fulfill that oath?”  On its surface it would seem that he could, however, there is much more to take in account on this subject. 

There has been a Democrat that filed a lawsuit against Obama and the DNC regarding Obama’s being “fit and qualified” for the job.  Questions have been brought into the public forum regarding citizenship.  There is no doubt that Obama was adopted by his Indonesian stepfather.  As a result of that adoption Obama was listed as an Indonesian citizen and a Muslim when he attended school in Jakarta.  No one can reasonably fault Obama for something that happened to him when he was only a small child.  The real problem comes in 1981 when a twenty year old Barrack Hussein Suetero traveled back to Indonesia and accepted an Indonesian passport to travel to Pakistan and India.  At this age, Obama was legally an adult and responsible for his own actions.  By accepting that passport he willingly and knowingly accepted Indonesian citizenship himself. 

Indonesia didn’t accept dual-citizenship until 2004.  As with most countries, there is quite probably a clause in the oath of citizenship that requires renunciation of other countries of citizenship.  Even if Obama didn’t take that oath because of his age at the time of his adoption and subsequent citizenship, he would of or should have known that by accepting the passport of Indonesia he was accepting citizenship of Indonesia at the terms of Indonesia.  By this logic, it is fair to assume that he willingly renounced his citizenship of the United States.

Obama used that passport to travel to Pakistan, which at that time refused to allow Americans to visit.  There is no indication that he traveled to Pakistan under duress, he was not forced to go, he went of his own volition.  Pakistan did not allow travel by Americans and America did not allow Americans to travel to Pakistan.  By going there, Obama again took actions which could legally be considered as renouncing his American citizenship. 

In the Supreme Court case Vance v Terrazas, 444 U.S. 252 (1980)

Laurence Terrazas was a dual US/Mexican citizen that was born in the US to a Mexican father.  He attended a university in Mexico and while there, he signed a document reaffirming his Mexican citizenship.  This document contained a section (required by Mexican law) by which Terrazas explicitly renounced his US citizenship.  The Supreme court decided (by a 5-4 majority) that Terrazas had intentionally renounced his citizenship and had understood that renunciationat the time he signed the document.

In theory, the same approach should apply to Barrack Obama.  Whhile he may or may not have signed a document renouncing his citizenship, he did accept a passport from a nation that at the time did not accept the idea of dual-citizenship, then use that passport to travel to a nation that Americans were not allowed to travel to. 

The Constitutional qualifications for the Office of the President are that one must be “a natural born citizen, or a citizen at the time of the adoption of this Constitution,” and, “neither shall any person be elligible to that Office who shall not have attained the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.” 

The Founding Fathers had a reason for these qualifications.  They knew that this nation could have no President with divided loyalties.  The Presidency is not the only place that we attempt to avoid divided loyalties, even the Oath of Citizenship attempts to dispel any divided loyalties to other nations, “I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignity of whom I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and Laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civillian directionwhen required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.  In acknowledgement whereof I have affixed my signature.”

Even the State Department, while not expressly denying dual-citizenships, attempts to avoid them.  The State Department notes, “While recognizing the existance of dual nationality and permitting Americans to have other nationalities, the US government does not endorse dual nationality as a matter of policy because of problems that it may cause.  Claims of other countries upon dual national US citizens often place them in situations where obligations to one country are in conflict with the laws of the other.  In addition, their dual nationality may hamper efforts to provide diplomatic and consular protection to them when they are abroad.”

As a nation, we need to know where Obama’s loyalties lie before he can legitimately ask us to send him to the White House.  Can we truly risk a President who may well have more loyalty to  a nation that is more Islamic than otherwise, at a time when Islam itself has declared war on us?  Is Obama even legally qualified to be President?  Has he renounced his citizenship, even by acceptance of citizenship and passports from a nation that did not acknowledge dual-citizenship?  Wouldn’t his trip to Pakistan in 1981 qualify as “renouncing” his American citizenship by ignoring American law?  If not, it would definately confirm the State Departments concerns regarding dual-citizenship.

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