By Bob Shapiro
In 2008, the US elected Barack Obama as President (and Joe Biden as VP). The Democratic team was reelected in 2012. Many Americans support the actions of Mr Obama, and many don’t.
During the 2008 primary season, the Democratic campaign of Hillary Clinton raised the issue of Mr Obama’s eligibility to hold the office of President, questioning his Natural Born American Citizen status. The issue continued to be discussed publicly, and in 2011, the White House published an image they described as the Long Form Birth Certificate of Mr Obama.
In an effort to validate this document, the Maricopa County (AZ) Sheriff’s Office initiated an investigation. Please see the hourlong video below detailing the results of the investigation, supporting the finding that the document image posted was a forgery.
Regardless of whether their results are true or not, I think that a Federal Law (my preference) or Constitutional Amendment needs to be put in place to require automatic vetting of candidates for POTUS (and for VP) to determine their eligibility. The law should include:
- Submission of original documents, with official online posting of images
- What the Vetting Procedure will include
- A Definition of Natural Born American Citizen
- Mandatory cooperation of state & local government officials with the vetting process, and
- Penalties for Falsification of Vetting Documents
I would expect that an original Long Form Birth Certificate should be required – either directly from the candidate or from the local government agency involved. If a foreign born person can qualify as a Natural Born American Citizen, then the process and time limitations need to be defined.
The Vetting Procedure needs to be thorough and complete, an should include an Official Posting of the original document’s image online, so that outside vetting can be facilitated if individuals or state governments desire. Penalties should include possible loss of government position and prison – forging vetting documents for POTUS or VP might be deemed Treason.
Retroactive application likely would not be possible, so no automatic invalidation of good or bad done by Mr Obama would be possible. However, the highest government offices of the US should be protected from possible future abuse.
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