He's Not My President?

Thoreau: "Government is Best Which Governs Least"




As Barack Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States of America, there are still those who believe he is not eligible due to Article 2, Section 1 of the United States Constitution that he just pledged to uphold.  The relevant passage states in part:

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…

There are those who believe that President Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen and therefore is not eligible to be President of the United States of America.

What really is at question here is not the definition of what it is to be a natural born citizen but loyalty to the United States of America for the crux of the issue that surrounded the inclusion of the Natural Born Citizen mandate for the Office of President in our Constitution was in fact an assurance of loyalty to this new Nation.  It was imperative to the success of our Nation that its citizenry be loyal and that the highest office of the land be held by one of unquestionable loyalty.  This is truly the issue before us today.

To simply state that Barack Obama is not loyal to this country without a preponderance of evidence is to potentially lack loyalty yourself.  It is a question that cannot be answered in a few words, a few sentences or a few paragraphs, but rather a long discourse with arguments from all sides surrounding issue.

First the question must be asked, what does it mean to be loyal to the United States of America?  This in itself is a profound asking but can probably be most effectively summed up as freedom, freedom to pursue life, liberty and happiness, freedom to prosper as an individual and as a collective, freedom to ensure that these self-evident truths remain intact for all our citizenry and future generations.

To outrightly dismiss Barack Obama’s loyalty to the United States of America is naïve at best, dangerous at its worst but remains an intellectually prudent exercise.  To not look upon the Inauguration of America’s first African-American President, to deny the struggles of this Nation in its quest for equality is a cynical exercise on a historical day.  So with the breadth and the depth of the history made today, and with the struggles and triumphs of a Nation of people, all people, we will exercise our prudence and at least look if only for a moment at the important question of loyalty, specifically, loyalty to the United States of America.

Barack Obama was born to Barack Obama Sr., a Kenyan native and British Subject and Stanley Ann Dunham, a Kansas native and resident at the time of his birth of the 50th state of the Union, Hawaii.  Barack Obama’s father left his mother when President Obama was 2 years old and was never a physical presence in President Obama’s life.  Stanley Ann Dunham seemed to have a persuasion to foreigners as she later married Lolo Soetoro an Indonesian citizen and moved the family to Indonesia.  President Obama lived in Indonesia for several years returning to Hawaii to live with his grandparents.

I provide this brief parentage synopsis to point out that President Obama did not have your standard issue American life and was subject to a more global world at an early age than many of his fellow citizens.  Like those before him with a world view and who have lived outside of the United States, you either grow a deeper appreciation for our country or recognize and learn from the world outside of ours or you do both.

There are many questionable characters in President Obama’s life including but not limited to:  Frank Marshall Davis, Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Rashid Khalidi, William Ayers, Samantha Power, and the list can go on.  Many of these characters we would not categorize with the American loyalty crowd; however, it may yet to be seen how their influence will affect Mr. Obama’s Presidency.

On this day, at this time, I do not possess the energy nor the inclination to tackle the question of President Barack Hussein Obama’s loyalty to this country.  The occasion is too great, the stakes too high to make misstatements or contort the record. 

What I believe we saw today is the representation of who we are as Americans.  We cast aside our racial bias to elect the first African American President.  We see represented in our 44th President a diversity of background.  We find ourselves with yet another lawyer as President of the United States.  And we see the common man elevated to our country’s highest position.  For that we are grateful.

If you feel this day does not warrant the above reverence, if you are still concerned about holding the highest office of the land requirements be met, if you fear the liberal left will lead this country to damnation, then you should start today to change the ideological views of its populace from as our President states “the bottom up” rather than the “top down.”  For no one man can entirely change this country in just one term or two.  No one man, no matter his power, can thwart the will of the people in a free and just nation.  No man is the bastion for what is right or what is wrong, what is good or evil.  The citizenry of this country are free; we will remain free, and will fight for that freedom regardless our leadership.  That is the promise of our Constitutional Republic, and our promise to ourselves.

Written by KJ Kaufman

January 20, 2009 at 11:58 am

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  1. Re: To simply state that Barack Obama is not loyal to this country without a preponderance of evidence is to potentially lack loyalty yourself.

    I quite agree with you.

    And on this: “We cast aside our racial bias to elect the first African American President. We see represented in our 44th President a diversity of background. We find ourselves with yet another lawyer as President of the United States. And we see the common man elevated to our country’s highest position. For that we are grateful.’

    On this we agree too.

    It seems to me that after writing this, you should change your headline to remove the word “Not.’

    To be sure, in a limited sense, all those who oppose Obama on policy grounds can say “he’s not my president.” But you are not referring to policy here. You are referring to the chance to be president, which the people elected him to be.

    And you seem to be arguing “give the guy a break. Let’s see what he does. Sure, we can oppose everything that he does that we disagree with — but that is normal.’

    So, it would seem to me to be only fair to remove the NOT. Of course, you can put it back if there is proof that he was born in Kenya or not eligible if (in the highly unlikely event) the Supreme Court were to rule that you have to have two USA parents as well as being born in the USA.

    Re: “if you fear the liberal left will lead this country to damnation, then you should start today to change the ideological views of its populace from as our President states “the bottom up” rather than the “top down.”

    While I am of the other view, I think what you say is exactly right. So, let me quote Voltaire. “I may not agree with a word you say, but I will fight to the death for your right to say it.”


    January 20, 2009 at 2:53 pm

  2. smrstrauss,

    I thank you for your thoughtful comments. The name of my blog is based totally on ideology and not on reality; it is not meant to be taken literally.

    Today, I put my ideology aside and embrace my Nation and its current president. I am profoundly moved by the historic nature of the day.

    Tomorrow, I will be back to posting my ideological beliefs. For a man, our President, to say just a few weeks ago that only Government can fix our current problems is completely opposed to my political and philosophical beliefs. Sorry, he’s not my President for that reason and many more.


    January 20, 2009 at 3:06 pm

  3. I thought you might like to see today’s Wall Street Journal editorial on the Obama speech. As you can see, they are pretty favorable. In particular, they discern a conservative trend in the call for a new era of responsibility.


    Whatever your partisan inclinations, the sight yesterday of two million Americans cheering the peaceful transfer of power to a new President should stir some patriotic pride. Mr. Obama more than met the moment with an Inaugural Address that invoked America’s historical purposes and optimism, as well as a bracing challenge to lift — as he might put it in a less formal setting — our national game.

    We were especially taken with President Obama’s call for “a new era of responsibility.” This is the phrase his press folks had leaked the day before, and if they did so to drive the theme home, so much the better. This is a useful message for Americans of all walks of life to hear — from Wall Street CEOs to unmarried fathers to AARP lobbyists in Washington. The prosperity of recent decades has produced a culture of entitlement and sometimes even of complacency.

    In several ways, Mr. Obama was calling Americans to larger purposes that will require more work and sacrifice. In diagnosing the cause of our economic distress, he scored not only the easy mark of “greed” but also stressed “our collective failure to make hard choices and prepare the nation for a new age.” He might have been referring to home buyers who took out “liar loans,” Senators who got sweetheart mortgages, and executives who walked away with bonuses for profits that proved illusory.
    The Opinion Journal Widget

    While the President argued that we face a “crisis,” and spoke of “gathering clouds and raging storms,” he pushed back against the “nagging fear that America’s decline is inevitable, and that the next generation must lower its sights.” He acknowledged that “the challenges we face are real,” but added: “[K]now this, America — they will be met.”

    In “reaffirming the greatness of our nation,” Mr. Obama tapped into the deep well of optimism about our country and our future that is, still, characteristically American. And there can be no doubt that the throng who came to see him sworn in, and many millions of others around the U.S., see in Mr. Obama a chance for renewal.

    At the same time, the President was vague about how he intends to move from rhetoric to action. Inaugural speeches are no place for policy lists. But at their best they are a statement of the first principles that will guide the new administration. Ronald Reagan famously said in 1981, “In this present crisis, government is not the solution to our problem; government is the problem.”

    Mr. Obama’s first principles were harder to discern. He acknowledged that the power of the market “to generate wealth and expand freedom is unmatched,” while warning it can also “spin out of control.” He added that “the question we ask today is not whether our government is too big or too small, but whether it works,” and said that where it doesn’t, “programs will end.” This all sounds like traditional American pragmatism. But his use of the passive voice is revealing — no government program ever ended of its own accord, and ending them takes political will. He is of course also proposing the largest expansion of entitlements in two generations (see here).

    Perhaps most encouraging was the President’s clear declaration that we are indeed fighting a “war” against “those who seek to advance their aims by inducing terror and slaughtering innocents.” Many of his supporters on the left, and around the world, have been hoping that Mr. Obama will return U.S. national security policy to its pre-9/11 assumptions. The Democrat was warning our adversaries — and some of our allies — that his foreign policy will have as much continuity as change, and that he isn’t about to jettison policies that protect Americans.

    We expect to have our differences with our 44th President in the months ahead, but his Inaugural call to greater responsibility and renewed national purpose is one that all Americans can unite around.

    end quote


    January 21, 2009 at 1:11 pm

  4. I do appreciate his calls to conservative principles, but I am waiting to see if they are fulfilled.


    January 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm

  5. Since when did Obama become an African-American?
    He was born to a White mother who had an Arab father. He was raised by his White grandparents in a NON African-American household. African-Americans are the descendants of the slaves that Obama’s ancestors sold in the slave trading days. He is far from an African-American and should never be called one. He is Black but he is still considered an ARAB-American. With his Islamic upbringing he can never be a true Christian and can tell lies to deceive the ‘Infidels’. The time to wake up to this impostor was never accomplished and now He and his henchmen are seeking to destroy the United States from within.


    February 1, 2009 at 12:08 pm

  6. Correction to last post;
    He was born to a White mother and an Arab father.


    February 1, 2009 at 12:10 pm

  7. We can all have our opinions of President Obama, and if you read the rest of my posts you will see that I do not hold a positive opinion of President Obama. However, if you look at the true term African-American, President Obama fits the term perfectly more so than most as his father was African and his mother was American, what could be more African-American than that.


    February 1, 2009 at 9:28 pm

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