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.