The lead plaintiff in the most comprehensive lawsuit against the healthcare-reform bill reiterated today that Barack Obama has just disqualified himself as President by releasing a purported birth certificate plainly showing that his father was an alien. And several century-old sources appear to support him.
Nicholas E. Purpura, lead plaintiff in Purpura v. Sebelius, said that the document contains a key disqualifying statement: it lists Obama’s father, Barack H. Obama Senior, and gives the father’s birthplace as “Kenya, East Africa.” That one fact, says Purpura, says that Obama was and is a dual citizen and not a natural-born citizen within the meaning of Article II, Section 5 of the US Constitution.
As if that were not a sufficient disqualifier, Purpura cited Obama’s autobiography, Dreams of My Father. In that work, Obama (or William Ayers writing for Obama) says:
I am a dual citizen.
Said Purpura in summary:
He’s just disqualified himself, right there. He is not authorized, nor was he ever authorized, to sign the healthcare law or any other law!
As observers continue to challenge the released long-form birth certificate as inauthentic, Purpura urged people to ignore such questions and concentrate on other issues. These issues include Obama’s parentage as the actual disqualifier, and more to the point, Obama’s political, economic, social, cultural, and foreign policies, which he says are destroying the country. When this reporter asked him whether Obama might have deliberately released a document that would lay itself open to challenge, Purpura emphatically agreed that Obama might have done exactly that, in order to distract people.
Blogger Leo Donofrio, author of the Natural Born Citizen blog, apparently agrees. In a post two days ago, Donofrio said:
I predicted multiple times that President Obama would produce the original long form birth certificate when it best served him to do so. Today that prophecy was fulfilled. I have always maintained that the birth certificate issue was a red herring smoke screen protecting Obama from facing the true issue of his ineligibility–dual nationality.
Donofrio suggested that Obama acted deliberately to obscure the issue of his dual citizenship:
The BC was a conspiracy theory. The dual nationality issue is a legal question. Obama always controlled the issue of whether or not he would produce the BC. But the legal issue was never under his control. So he exercised as much control over it as possible by allowing the birth certificate to fester casting a huge shadow over his dual allegiance. Well played, sir.
In March of 2011, Donofrio specifically cited the New York Herald-Tribune (1896), the Boston Globe (1896), and the minutes of the House of Representatives (1872) as stating specifically that the phrase natural-born citizen means one born in-country to two citizen parents. Donofrio dwelt at length on the matter of President Chester A. Arthur, who he says carefully concealed his status as the native-born son of British subjects, not American citizens. The 1896 articles refer to a minor-party candidate from the Socialist Labor Party; that candidate was born in-country to two German immigrants shortly after their ship came into New York Harbor. Because the public did not know of Arthur’s dual citizenship at the time, his case cannot be dispositive for showing that “natural-born citizen” is strictly a matter of one’s birthplace.
Donofrio also suggested that Arthur’s “deception” taints the landmark case of US v. Wong Kim Ark (involving recognition of a native-born person as a citizen because his parents were lawful residents, however temporary, when he was born). The reason: Arthur appointed Chief Justice Horace Gray, who wrote the Wong Kim Ark decision.
That decision appears, perhaps, to have been an attempt to protect Gray’s robe since Gray might have been removed from the bench had Arthur’s status as a British subject become known prior to the Wong Kim Ark decision. (Should this issue ever reach the Supreme Court as to Obama, both [Justices Sonia] Sotomayor and [Elena] Kagan would have an ethical responsibility to recuse themselves.)
Purpura and co-plaintiff Donald R. Laster Jr have also said that Sotomayor and Kagan would have to recuse themselves from any hearing of their case, because they raise the dual-citizenship issue directly in Count 6 of their complaint.