Skip to comments.Matt Drudge gets called out over unhelpful Obama postings ...(Moonbats upset:"Oh, Matt!!!")
Posted on 10/29/2008 5:57:41 AM PDT by IrishMike
In 2006, Mark Halperin, then with ABC News, and John Harris, then with the Washington Post, wrote an astute book on U.S. politics titled "The Way to Win: Taking the White House in 2008."
In one of their more provocative -- and widely noted -- assertions, they wrote, "Matt Drudge rules our world."
They elaborated over many pages, but their point came down to this: "With the exception of the Associated Press, there is no outlet other than the Drudge Report whose dispatches instantly can command the attention and energies of the most established newspapers and television newscasts."
In the two years since the book appeared, much has changed. Halperin works for Time magazine. Harris helped conceive Politico.com, and serves as editor in chief. And with the rise of other leading websites, most obviously Huffington Post, their analysis of the clout of Drudge is much more arguable.
Still, as any blog poster who gets a link on the Drudge page can testify, its influence remains something to behold. So it was with interest that we noted a tidbit today on the website Halperin oversees, The Page.
The item was headlined "Oh, Matt!!!" The tease: "For the second straight day, powerful Internetist tries to tip the flow against (Barack) Obama."
The case is made here. And we're sure we'll be among the many watching to see if Drudge continues the pattern Halperin detected.
(Excerpt) Read more at latimesblogs.latimes.com ...
OBAMA MUST STAND UP NOW OR STEP DOWN
By Dr. Edwin Vieira, Jr., Ph.D., J.D.
October 29, 2008
America is facing potentially the gravest constitutional crisis in her history. Barack Obama must either stand up in a public forum and prove, with conclusive documentary evidence, that he is a natural born Citizen of the United States who has not renounced his American citizenshipor he must step down as the Democratic Partys candidate for President of the United Statespreferably before the election is held, and in any event before the Electoral College meets. Because, pursuant to the Constitution, only a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of th[e] Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President (Article II, Section 1, Clause 4). And Obama clearly was not a Citizen of the United States at the time of the Adoption of th[e] Constitution.
Whether the evidence will show that Obama is, or is not, a natural born Citizen who has never renounced his American citizenship is an open question. The arguments on both sides are as yet speculative. But Obamas stubborn refusal to provide what he claims is his own country with conclusive proof on that score compels the presumption that he knows, or at least strongly suspects, that no sufficient evidence in his favor exists. After all, he is not being pressed to solve a problem in quantum physics that is above his pay grade, but only asked to provide the public with the original copy of some official record that establishes his citizenship. The vast majority of Americans could easily do so. Why will Obama not dispel the doubts about his eligibilityunless he can not?
Now that Obamas citizenship has been seriously questioned, the burden of proof rests squarely on his shoulders. The burden of establishing a delegation of power to the United States * * * is upon those making the claim. Bute v. Illinois, 333 U.S. 640, 653 (1948). And if each of the General Governments powers must be proven (not simply presumed) to exist, then every requirement that the Constitution sets for any individuals exercise of those powers must also be proven (not simply presumed) to be fully satisfied before that individual may exercise any of those powers. The Constitutions command that [n]o Person except a natural born Citizen * * * shall be eligible to the Office of President is an absolute prohibition against the exercise of each and every Presidential power by certain unqualified individuals. Actually (not simply presumptively or speculatively) being a natural born Citizen is the condition precedent sine qua non for avoiding this prohibition. Therefore, anyone who claims eligibility for the Office of President must, when credibly challenged, establish his qualifications in this regard with sufficient evidence.
In disposing of the lawsuit Berg v. Obama, which squarely presents the question of Obamas true citizenship, the presiding judge complained that Berg would have us derail the democratic process by invalidating a candidate for whom millions of people voted and who underwent excessive vetting during what was one of the most hotly contested presidential primary in living memory. This is exceptionally thin hogwash. A proper judicial inquiry into Obamas eligibility for the Office of President will not deny his supporters a right to vote for himrather, it will determine whether they have any such right at all. For, just as Obamas right to stand for election to the Office of President is contingent upon his being a natural born Citizen, so too are the rights of his partisans to vote for him contingent upon whether he is even eligible for that Office. If Obama is ineligible, then no one can claim any right to vote for him. Indeed, in that case every American who does vote has a constitutional duty to vote against him.
The judge in Berg v. Obama dismissed the case, not because Obama has actually proven that he is eligible for the Office of President, but instead because, simply as a voter, Berg supposedly lacks standing to challenge Obamas eligibility:
regardless of questions of causation, the grievance remains too generalized to establish the existence of an injury in fact. * ** [A] candidates ineligibility under the Natural Born Citizen Clause does not result in an injury in fact to voters. By extension, the theoretical constitutional harm experienced by voters does not change as the candidacy of an allegedly ineligible candidate progresses from the primaries to the general election.
This pronouncement does not rise to the level of hogwash.
First, the Constitution mandates that [t]he judicial Power shall extend to all Cases, in Law and Equity, arising under this Constitution (Article III, Section 2, Clause 1). Bergs suit plainly aris[es] under th[e] Constitution, in the sense of raising a critical constitutional issue. So the only question is whether his suit is a constitutional Case[ ]. The present judicial test for whether a litigants claim constitutes a constitutional Case[ ] comes under the rubric of standinga litigant with standing may proceed; one without standing may not. Standing, however, is not a term found anywhere in the Constitution. Neither are the specifics of the doctrine of standing, as they have been elaborated in judicial decision after judicial decision, to be found there. Rather, the test for standing is almost entirely a judicial invention.
True enough, the test for standing is not as ridiculous as the judiciarys so-called compelling governmental interest test, which licenses public officials to abridge individuals constitutional rights and thereby exercise powers the Constitution withholds from those officials, which has no basis whatsoever in the Constitution, and which is actually anti-constitutional. Neither is the doctrine of standing as abusive as the immunities judges have cut from whole cloth for public officials who violate their constitutional Oath[s] or Affirmation[s], to support this Constitution (Article VI, Clause 3)in the face of the Constitutions explicit limitation on official immunities (Article I, Section 6, Clause 1). For the Constitution does require that a litigant must present a true Case[ ]. Yet, because the test for standing is largely a contrivance of all-too-fallible men and women, its specifics can be changed as easily as they were adopted, when they are found to be faulty. And they must be changed if the consequences of judicial ignorance, inertia, and inaction are not to endanger Americas constitutional form of government. Which is precisely the situation here, inasmuch as the purported election of Obama as President, notwithstanding his ineligibility for that office, not only will render illegitimate the Executive Branch of the General Government, but also will render impotent its Legislative Branch (as explained below).
Second, the notion upon which the judge in Berg v. Obama fastenednamely, that Bergs grievance remains too generalized to establish the existence of an injury in fact, i.e., if everyone is injured or potentially injured then no one has standingis absurd on its face.
To be sure, no one has yet voted for Obama in the general election. But does that mean that no one in any group smaller than the general pool of Americas voters in its entirety has suffered specific harm from Obamas participation in the electoral process to date? Or will suffer such harm from his continuing participation? What about the Democrats who voted for Hillary Clinton as their partys nominee, but were saddled with Obama because other Democrats voted for him even though they could not legally have done so if his lack of eligibility for the Office of President had been judicially determined before the Democratic primaries or convention? What about the States that have registered Obama as a legitimate candidate for President, but will have been deceived, perhaps even defrauded, if he is proven not to be a natural born Citizen? And as far as the general election is concerned, what about the voters among erstwhile Republicans and Independents who do not want John McCain as President, and therefore will vote for Obama (or any Democrat, for that matter) as the lesser of two evils, but who later on may have their votes effectively thrown out, and may have to suffer McCains being declared the winner of the election, if Obamas ineligibility is established? Or what about those voters who made monetary contributions to Obamas campaign, but may at length discover that their funds went, not only to an ineligible candidate, but to one who knew he was ineligible?
These obvious harms pale into insignificance, however, compared to the national disaster of having an outright usurper purportedly elected as President. In this situation, it is downright idiocy to claim, as did the judge in Berg v. Obama, that a generalized injury somehow constitutes no judicially cognizable injury at all. Self-evidently, to claim that a generalized grievance negates the existence of an injury in fact is patently illogicalfor if everyone in any group can complain of the same harm of which any one of them can complain, then the existence of some harm cannot be denied; and the more people who can complain of that harm, the greater the aggregate or cumulative seriousness of the injury. The whole may not be greater than the sum of its parts; but it is at least equal to that sum! Moreover, for a judge to rule that no injury redressable in a court of law exists, precisely because everyone in America will be subjected to an individual posing as the President but who constitutionally cannot be (and therefore is not) the President, sets America on the course of judicially assisted political suicide. If Obama turns out to be nothing more than an usurper who has fraudulently seized control of the Presidency, not only will the Constitution have been egregiously flouted, but also this whole country could be, likely will be, destroyed as a consequence. And if this country is even credibly threatened with destruction, every American will be harmedirretrievably, should the threat become actualityincluding those who voted or intend to vote for Obama, who are also part of We the People. Therefore, in this situation, any and every American must have standing to demandand must demand, both in judicial fora and in the fora of public opinionthat Obama immediately and conclusively prove himself eligible for the Office of President.
Utterly imbecilic as an alternative is the judges prescription in Berg v. Obama that,
[i]f, through the political process, Congress determines that citizens, voters, or party members should police the Constitutions eligibility requirements for the Presidency, then it is free to pass laws conferring standing on individuals like [Berg]. Until that time, voters do not have standing to bring the sort of challenge that [Berg] attempts to bring * * * .
Recall that this selfsame judge held that Berg has no constitutional Case[ ] because he has no standing, and that he has no standing because he has no injury in fact, only a generalized grievance. This purports to be a finding of constitutional law: namely, that constitutionally no Case[ ] exists. How, then, can Congress constitutionally grant standing to individuals such as Berg, when the courts (assuming the Berg decision is upheld on appeal) have ruled that those individuals have no standing? If standing is a constitutional conception, and the courts deny that standing exists in a situation such as this, and the courts have the final say as to what the Constitution meansthen Congress lacks any power to contradict them. Congress cannot instruct the courts to exercise jurisdiction beyond what the Constitution includes within the judicial Power. Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. (1 Cranch) 137, 173-180 (1803).
In fact, though, a Congressional instruction is entirely unnecessary. Every American has what lawyers call an implied cause of actiondirectly under Article II, Section 1, Clause 4 of the Constitutionto require that anyone standing for the Office of President must verify his eligibility for that position, at least when serious allegations have been put forward that he is not eligible, and he has otherwise refused to refute those allegations with evidence that should be readily available if he is eligible. That Case[ ] is one the Constitution itself defines. And the Constitution must be enforceable in such a Case[ ] in a timely manner, by anyone who cares to seek enforcement, because of the horrendous consequences that will ensue if it is flouted.
What are some of those consequences?
First, if Obama is not a natural born Citizen or has renounced such citizenship, he is simply not eligible for the Office of President (Article II, Section 1, Clause 4). That being so, he cannot be elected by the voters, by the Electoral College, or by the House of Representatives (see Amendment XII). For neither the voters, nor the Electors, nor Members of the House can change the constitutional requirement, even by unanimous vote inter sese (see Article V). If, nonetheless, the voters, the Electors, or the Members of the House purport to elect Obama, he will be nothing but an usurper, because the Constitution defines him as such. And he can never become anything else, because an usurper cannot gain legitimacy if even all of the country aid, abets, accedes to, or acquiesces in his usurpation.
Second, if Obama dares to take the Presidential Oath or Affirmation of office, knowing that he is not a natural born Citizen, he will commit the crime of perjury or false swearing (see Article II, Section 1, Clause 7). For, being ineligible for the Office of President, he cannot faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, or even execute it at all, to any degree. Thus, his very act of taking the Oath or Affirmation will be a violation thereof! So, even if the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court himself looks the other way and administers the Oath or Affirmation, Obama will derive no authority whatsoever from it.
Third, his purported Oath or Affirmation being perjured from the beginning, Obamas every subsequent act in the usurped Office of President will be a criminal offense under Title 18, United States Code, Section 242, which provides that:
[w]hoever, under color of any law, statute, ordinance, regulation, or custom, willfully subjects any person in any State, Territory, Commonwealth, Possession, or District to the deprivation of any rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution or laws of the United States * * * shall be fined * * * or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if bodily injury results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include the use, attempted use, or threatened use of a dangerous weapon, explosives, or fire, shall be fined * * * or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both; and if death results from the acts committed in violation of this section or if such acts include kidnapping or an attempt to kidnap, * * *, or an attempt to kill, shall be fined * * * or imprisoned for any term of years or for life, or both, or may be sentenced to death.
Plainly enough, every supposedly official act performed by an usurper in the Presidents chair will be an act under color of law that necessarily and unavoidably subjects [some] person * * * to the deprivation of [some] rights, privileges, or immunities secured or protected by the Constitution * * * of the United Statesin the most general case, of the constitutional right[ ] to an eligible and duly elected individual serving as President, and the corresponding constitutional immunit[y] from subjection to an usurper pretending to be the President.
Fourth, if he turns out to be nothing but an usurper acting in the guise of the President, Obama will not constitutionally be the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, and of the Militia of the several States, when called into the actual Service of the United States (see Article II, Section 2, Clause 1). Therefore, he will be entitled to no obedience whatsoever from anyone in those forces. Indeed, for officers or men to follow any of his purported orders will constitute a serious breach of military disciplineand in extreme circumstances perhaps even war crimes. In addition, no one in any civilian agency in the Executive Branch of the General Government will be required to put into effect any of Obamas purported proclamations, executive orders, or directives.
Fifth, as nothing but an usurper (if he becomes one), Obama will have no conceivable authority to make Treaties, or to nominate, and * * * appoint Ambassadors, other public Ministers and Consuls, Judges of the Supreme Court, and all other Officers of the United States, whose Appointments are not * * * otherwise provided for [in the Constitution] (Article II, Section 2, Clause 2). And therefore any Treaties or nominat[ions], and * * * appoint[ments] he purports to make will be void ab initio, no matter what the Senate does, because the Senate can neither authorize an usurper to take such actions in the first place, nor thereafter ratify them. One need not be a lawyer to foresee what further, perhaps irremediable, chaos must ensue if an usurper, even with the Advice and Consent of the Senate, unconstitutionally appoint[s] * * * Judges of the Supreme Court whose votes thereafter make up the majorities that wrongly decide critical Cases of constitutional law.
Sixth, and perhaps most importantly, Congress can pass no law while an usurper pretends to occupy the Office of President. The Constitution provides that [e]very Bill which shall have passed the House of Representatives and the Senate, shall, before it become a Law, be presented to the President of the United States (Article I, Section 7, Clause 2). Not to an usurper posturing as the President of the United States, but to the true and rightful President. If no such true and rightful President occupies the White House, no Bill will or can, before it become a Law, be presented to [him]. If no Bill is so presented, no Bill will or can become a Law. And any purported Law that the usurper approve[s] and sign[s], or that Congress passes over the usurpers Objections, will be a nullity. Thus, if Obama deceitfully enters office as an usurper, Congress will be rendered effectively impotent for as long as it acquiesces in his pretenses as President.
Seventh, if Obama does become an usurper posturing as the President, Congress cannot even impeach him because, not being the actual President, he cannot be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors (see Article II, Section 4). In that case, some other public officials would have to arrest himwith physical force, if he would not go along quietlyin order to prevent him from continuing his imposture. Obviously, this could possibly lead to armed conflicts within the General Government itself, or among the States and the people.
Eighth, even did something approaching civil war not eventuate from Obamas hypothetical usurpation, if the Establishment allowed Obama to pretend to be the President, and the people acquiesced in that charade, just about everything that was done during his faux tenure in office by anyone connected with the Executive Branch of the General Government, and quite a bit done by the Legislative Branch and perhaps the Judicial Branch as well, would be arguably illegitimate and subject to being overturned when a constitutional President was finally installed in office. The potential for chaos, both domestically and internationally, arising out of this systemic uncertainty is breathtaking.
The underlying problem will not be obviated if Obama, his partisans in the Democratic Party, and his cheerleaders and cover-up artists in the big media simply stonewall the issue of his (non)citizenship and contrive for him to win the Presidential election. The cat is already out of the bag and running all over the Internet. If he continues to dodge the issue, Obama will be dogged with this question every day of his purported Presidency. And inevitably the truth will out. For the issue is too simple, the evidence (or lack of it) too accessible. Either Obama can prove that he is a natural born Citizen who has not renounced his citizenship; or he cannot. And he will not be allowed to slip through with some doctored birth certificate generated long after the alleged fact. On a matter this important, Americans will demand that, before its authenticity is accepted, any supposed documentary evidence of that sort be subjected to reproducible forensic analyses conducted by reputable, independent investigators and laboratories above any suspicion of being influenced by or colluding with any public official, bureaucracy, political party, or other special-interest organization whatsoever.
Berg v. Obama may very well end up in the Supreme Court. Yet that ought to be unnecessary. For Obamas moral duty is to produce the evidence of his citizenship sua sponte et instanter. Otherwise, he will be personally responsible for all the consequences of his refusal to do so.
Of course, if Obama knows that he is not a natural born Citizen who never renounced his American citizenship, then he also knows that he and his henchmen have perpetrated numerous election-related frauds throughout the countrythe latest, still-ongoing one a colossal swindle targeting the American people as a whole. If that is the case, his refusal to be a witness against himself is perfectly explicable and even defensible on the grounds of the Fifth Amendment. Howsoever justified as a matter of criminal law, though, Obamas silence and inaction will not obviate the necessity for him to prove his eligibility for the Office of President. The Constitution may permit him to take the Fifth; but it will not suffer him to employ that evasion as a means to usurp the Presidency of the United States.
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Edwin Vieira, Jr., holds four degrees from Harvard: A.B. (Harvard College), A.M. and Ph.D. (Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Sciences), and J.D. (Harvard Law School).
For more than thirty years he has practiced law, with emphasis on constitutional issues. In the Supreme Court of the United States he successfully argued or briefed the cases leading to the landmark decisions Abood v. Detroit Board of Education, Chicago Teachers Union v. Hudson, and Communications Workers of America v. Beck, which established constitutional and statutory limitations on the uses to which labor unions, in both the private and the public sectors, may apply fees extracted from nonunion workers as a condition of their employment.
He has written numerous monographs and articles in scholarly journals, and lectured throughout the county. His most recent work on money and banking is the two-volume Pieces of Eight: The Monetary Powers and Disabilities of the United States Constitution (2002), the most comprehensive study in existence of American monetary law and history viewed from a constitutional perspective. www.piecesofeight.us
He is also the co-author (under a nom de plume) of the political novel CRA$HMAKER: A Federal Affaire (2000), a not-so-fictional story of an engineered crash of the Federal Reserve System, and the political upheaval it causes. www.crashmaker.com
His latest book is: “How To Dethrone the Imperial Judiciary” ... and Constitutional “Homeland Security,” Volume One, The Nation in Arms...
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Matt Drudge will not care, Slamming him won’t do him harm. I, and millions like me, will still turn to his news page first.
Matt Drudge is an American hero, living the American dream. This is still America and last I checked Matt Drudge can say and do what he wants with his business.
Notice how these putzes fail to mention how the MSM has labored unendingly to tilt the election in Obama's favor. People read Matt's Report because he tells them things the MSM won't because of their systemic bias.
Without Matt Drudge, Fox, and Free Republic news does not exist.
Agreed! Matt Drudge could really care less what anyone things about him, Republican or Democrat. He is certainly not going away soon.
FWIW... slamming Drudge might be about the worst idea they’ve ever had....
The Drudge Report is my home page.
I appreciate Matt. He posts the main stories and has a little fun with them at the same time.
And how many posts have I read in the past month saying Matt Drudge was ‘in the tank’ for Obama?
NO dissent is allowed. NONE zip nada.
any dissent has to be cut out like a cancer for the left or the truth may overwhelm their big lies.
Just look how they had to attack joe the plumber.
just look how they had a upchuck with obama being exposed IN HIS OWN WORDS as a socialist and now....
OBAMA IS CALLING FOR AMERICAN SECRET POLICE!!!!
I’m not always thrilled with Drudge’s choices, but I applaud him (and check first thing every morning and several times a day) for posting things that the mainstream media will not touch. Drudge provides another much need outlet, a counter to the lockstep MSM. He gets my support.
I doubt very seriously the whining of Time mag will impress anyone.
Am I the only one who’s suddenly wondering whether we’re seeing a replay of “Obama Fatigue” — the media bias, constant in the tank journalism and now tonight’s television big brother broadcast.
Could be a replay of “Barack’s European Vacation”? People are getting tired of all the ham-handed media propaganda.
I’m sure sick of him, of liberals, and especially the media’s unbelievable kowtowing already.
Soliciting votes AND donations?
“The Drudge Report is my home page.”
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