The question of the eligibility of Barack Obama to appear on the 2012 Presidential ballot has picked up steam as lawsuits have been filed in Federal and State District Courts to force the Democrat National Committee, its Chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid to show positive proof that Obama meets the parameters laid out by the Constitution of the United States of America to hold said office. These events have somehow escaped the eagle eyes of the main stream media, but have been widely reported throughout the internet news media.
The Liberty Legal Foundation/Dummett lawsuits center around the citizenship of Obama’s father and the “natural born citizen” statute found in Article II Section 1 Paragraph 5 of the United States Constitution. Unlike similar lawsuits that have failed in the past, Mr. Dummett has been granted standing by the Ninth Circuit Court due to his candidacy for the office of President of the United States of America. Mr. Dummett is also suing the Democrat National Committee and its representatives rather than suing government entities as has been done in the past.
In hearings before the Ninth Circuit Court in San Francisco, the justices determined Mr. Dummett could be harmed by a candidate not constitutionally eligible to run for the office of President. The court allowed Liberty Legal and Mr. Dummett to proceed with their suits, declaring Mr. Dummett has standing as a legally registered candidate for the office.
One report on this issue comes from the site Maggie’s Notebook on December 30, 2011, which lists excerpts of the actual filing by Liberty Legal Foundation’s Van Irions as well as copies of the forms submitted by the DNC in 2008. The wording of the 2008 forms has been brought into question as two copies differ in the wording of the certification of candidate Obama. The lawsuit filed by Liberty Legal seeks to enjoin the DNC and any Democrat official from certifying Obama as an eligible candidate without first proving he is indeed eligible according to the provisions laid out in the Constitution.
Lawsuits have been filed by Mr. Dummett and Liberty Legal Foundation in The United States District Court for the District of Arizona , and in the Chancery Court for the State of Tennessee . Copies of the suits can be seen at the links listed above.
In a related story, New York voter Robert Laity on December 2, 2011 filed a “Challenge Petition” with the New York State Board of Elections, alleging that Obama’s 2008 election resulted from fraud and that he is not eligible to appear on the ballot in 2012. According to the Post & Email article Laity has also been in contact with New York governor Andrew Cuomo and his state senator, Mark Grisanti, on this matter. The Post & Email blog site conducted an interview with Mr. Laity that can be found at this link, along with correspondence Mr. Laity has exchanged with Governor Cuomo’s office.
In Georgia, Carl Swensson and Kevin Richard Powell have filed a separate lawsuit, also contending Barack Obama does not meet the “natural born citizen” requirement of the Constitution and asking that Obama’s name not be allowed to appear on the ballot of the State of Georgia. The suit also asks that they be considered separately from several others who have filed similar lawsuits in Georgia. Liberty Legal Foundation is also involved in the Georgia suit, which is scheduled to be heard on January 26, 2012 at 9:00 a.m.
A related story at the Politics Today website details Obama’s Occidental College transcripts, including Obama’s Fullbright Scholarship, requiring a student to certify that he/she is a foreign student. The story at Politics Today also documents Obama’s passport and travel history. They also reported that the Supreme Court has agreed to hear arguments on a case brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey concerning Obama’s eligibility to serve as President. This is one of many lawsuits over Obama’s eligibility, including those brought by Liberty Legal Foundation and Dummett.
Efforts to contact the DNC, Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schutlz, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Sen. Harry Reid were met with an array of “go away and don’t bother us” tactics. The DNC representative knew nothing about this matter, and when asked to be put through to someone who does know, the CDN reporter was put on hold and then heard a dial tone. The staff at the offices of the members of Congress said that not only did they not know about this matter, they did not talk about any issue not directly related to constituent needs.
January 4, 2011