Skip to comments.Professor Charles Rice on Obama's 'eligibility'
Posted on 02/28/2011 11:25:29 AM PST by Hotlanta Mike
There's been a lot of discussion in certain circles on the topic of President Obama's "eligibility." (Incidentally, Dr. William Oddie cogently argues in a recent commentary that Obama is an enemy of the Catholic Church. Click here to read it.)
Charles E. Rice, professor emeritus at Notre Dame Law School and author of the book What Happened to Notre Dame? argues that it's time for a new approach on the eligibility issue. His commentary is reprinted below.
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I suggest no conclusion as to whether Obama is eligible or not. But the citizens whom the media and political pundits dismiss as "birthers" have raised legitimate questions. That legitimacy is fueled by Obama's curious, even bizarre, refusal to consent to the release of the relevant records. Perhaps there is nothing to the issues raised. Or perhaps there is. This is potentially serious business. If it turns out that Obama knew he was ineligible when he campaigned and when he took the oath as President, it could be the biggest political fraud in the history of the world. As long as Obama refuses to disclose the records, speculation will grow and grow without any necessary relation to the truth. The first step toward resolving the issue is full discovery and disclosure of the facts.
The courts are not the only entities empowered to deal with such a question. A committee of the House of Representatives could be authorized to conduct an investigation into the eligibility issue. The classic formulation of the Congressional role is Woodrow Wilson's, in his 1884 book Congressional Government:
There isn’t a SINGLE Republican or other in the House with the Balls to even SUGGEST such an idea. We are talking about a house full of wimps, pussies and girly-men who are afraid of their own shadows let alone what Harry Smith or Chrissy Spritzer Matthews would say! I like the idea, but there are NO real men governing this country. Only pathetic losers!
tremendous article and opinion.
i don’t see the House, even with its GOP majority, investigationg this
but if they did it using the reasoning of Dr Rice maybe we could find out and then move on.
I know Dems say they like to keep Birthers riled up as they think it helps the Dems and 0dumbo. I am not sure that it true
thanks for posting this
Both parents U.S. citizens + Born in U.S. = Natural Born Citizen. The burden of proof is on Obama, Soetoro, or whatever his real name is, to prove he is Natural Born, not on others to prove he is not.
I so agree.
That is a joke.
The Democrats in the House are perfectly satisfied with Obama, they could care less about the Constitution or his eligibility as long as he gives them the power of the White House.
The Republicans in the House ,even though they are now in the majority do not have the courage to investigate. They are frightened that they will be called racist or that the facts would cause riots in this country between blacks,liberals who have their nose up Obama’s hind end—— and Patriot Americans who want the right thing done.
He also says that , I quote: Obama identified himself as a foreign student at Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law School; when Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981, he did so on an Indonesian passport at a time when Indonesian law forbade dual citizenship, etc., etc.
Now I have kept up pretty good with this issue and I have seen nothing to substantiate this accusation. Obama has hidden those records also and I don't know where this fellow gets his information, but if he has proof it should be published,as right now this too is part of the Obama secret.
I can’t figure out why everyone is jumping up and down about this article. He spent 10 paragraphps regurgitating everything we alread know—and then purporting to assume that he knows about Obama’s status as a student—which we don’t know.
Then he says it should be investigated in the House of Representatives. Isn’t that what we’ve been saying for 2 and 1/2 years??? Nothing new here. For this guy’s esteemed title, I am not impressed.
This will all get sorted out in the next election thankfully.
A regular citizen’s committee could do it too.
I don’t believe that sorting it out in the next election is good enough. We would still have his SC nominees and Obama care, and he still has a life of luxury protected by the SS. Better to get to the bottom of his sordid lies and let him deal with the ramifications.
That is a joke.
The little pansies are scarrrrred of ridicule from the liberal media of effeminates like Chrisssy Mathews.
“The burden of proof is on Obama, Soetoro, or whatever his real name is, to prove he is Natural Born, not on others to prove he is not.”
You may wish this were the case, but it is not. The Constitution specifies no process for certifying presidential qualifications.
“everything we already know” here is repeated in an echo chamber. This is a new media venue, and from someone folks may take seriously.
How many people have put their own name and/or reputation and/or money on the line to get an answer to this question? Damned few.
BTW, to give credit where credit is due, the first "birther" was a fairly prominent Pennsylvania Democrat