The Daily Jot
Daily reporting and analysis of current events from a biblical and prophetic perspective.
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Birther issue aside, Constitution must be upheld
Only 26% of Iowa Republicans believe that the president was a properly born US citizen. Billionaire Donald Trump, who seems to be positioning for a presidential run, says he doesn't believe the president is a natural born citizen, and has hired an investigative team to learn more. The only ones who seem to be truly convinced that the president is a qualified citizen are those who do not hold in high regard the foundational principles of the Constitution. The president must not be clear on the issue either, though he says he is. Actions speak louder than words--he has spent over a million dollars in lawyers defending his position that he doesn't have to show his birth certificate. And herein is the real issue.
The Constitution of the United States declares in Article II Section 1: "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; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States." It appears that throughout history that it was a non issue, until the 2008 election. Political parties certified that their candidates met the requirements to hold office and this normally was not questioned. It appears to be an honor system.
George Washington said in his 1796 Farewell Address: "The very idea of the power and the right of the people to establish government presupposes the duty of every individual to obey the established government. All obstructions to the execution of the laws, all combinations and associations, under whatever plausible character, with the real design to direct, control, counteract, or awe the regular deliberation and action of the constituted authorities, are destructive of this fundamental principle, and of fatal tendency. They serve to organize faction, to give it an artificial and extraordinary force; to put, in the place of the delegated will of the nation the will of a party, often a small but artful and enterprising minority of the community."
He continued to warn about political parties, saying, "they are likely, in the course of time and things, to become potent engines, by which cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men will be enabled to subvert the power of the people and to usurp for themselves the reins of government, destroying afterwards the very engines which have lifted them to unjust dominion." This is the issue if Article II Section 1 is not enforced by the states or by the Supreme Court. A question has been raised and for the sake of the Constitution, it should be answered. Jesus warned us in Matthew 24:4, "Take heed that no man deceive you." The supreme law of the land is being challenged and the people deserve an answer. Perhaps we should demand it?
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!