The President of the United States, as the Commander in Chief, is the source of all military authority. The Constitution requires the President to be a natural born citizen in order to be eligible to hold office. If he is ineligible under the Constitution to serve in that office that creates a break in the chain of command of such magnitude that its significance can scarcely be imagined.As I've previously noted, it makes no difference whether Obama was born in Hawaii, Kenya or some place else. On that point, McInerney gets it wrong. The original birth certificate can't and won't answer that question. The fact is he is not a natural born citizen because he was born the son of Kenyan father. Only children born of U.S. citizen parents can be deemed natural born citizens under our Constitution. We know that, and we don't need to see a birth certificate to prove that. That term is only used once in the U.S. Constitution in reference to eligibility to be president of the United States. All other references in the Constitution pertain to citizens in general.
As a practical example from my background I recall commanding forces that were equipped with nuclear weapons. In my command capacity I was responsible that personnel with access to these weapons had an unwavering and absolute confidence in the unified chain of command, because such confidence was absolutely essential-- vital-- in the event the use of those weapons was authorized. I cannot overstate how imperative it is to train such personnel to have confidence in the unified chain of command. Today, because of the widespread and legitimate concerns that the President is constitutionally ineligible to hold office, I fear what would happen should such a crisis occur today.
In refusing to obey orders because of his doubts as to their legality, LTC Lakin has acted exactly as proper training dictates. That training mandates that he determine in his own conscience that an order is legal before obeying it...Indeed, he has publicly stated that he "invites" his own court martial, and were I the Convening Authority, I would have acceded to his wishes in that regard. But thus stepping up the bar, LTC Lakin is demonstrating the courage of his convictions and his bravery. That said, it is equally essential that he be allowed access to the evidence that will prove whether he made the correct decision.
For the foregoing reasons, it is my opinion that LTC Lakin's request for discovery relating to the President's birth records in Hawaii is absolutely essential to determining not merely his guilt or innocence but to reassuring all military personnel once and for all for this President whether his service as Commander in Chief is Constitutionally proper. He is the one single person in the Chain of Command that the Constitution demands proof of natural born citizenship. This determination is fundamental to our Republic, where civilian control over the military is the rule. According to our Constitution, the Commander in Chief must now, in the face of serious-- and widely held-- concerns that he is ineligible, either voluntarily establish his eligibility by authorizing release of his birth records or this court must authorize their discovery. The invasion of his privacy in these records is utterly trivial compared to the issues at stake here. Our military MUST have confidence their Commander in Chief lawfully holds this office and absent which confidence grievous consequences may ensue..
Many people mistakenly think the 14th Amendment, which reads in part, "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside," makes any one born in the U.S. a natural born citizen. Quite to the contrary, it only says you are citizen, and it limits its application to those persons "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States. The framers made a distinction between a natural born citizen and a citizen for a reason, and the authors of the 14th Amendment understood that distinction. That's why they used the word "citizen" when they wrote the amendment.
By his own admission, Obama was a dual citizen at birth because of his Kenyan father's citizenship. That alone makes the question of his natural born citizenship a moot point; dual citizenship at birth and natural born citizenship are completely incompatible. You are or you aren't. It's that simple. He's not. He also later became a citizen of Indonesia when his mother married an Indonesian citizen, Lolo Soetoro. Obama and his mother immigrated to Indonesia with Soetoro where school records identified Soetoro as his father, listed his name as "Barry Soetoro", listed his religion as Muslim (the same as his paternal father and adopted father) and identified him as an Indonesian citizen. Of course, the Constitution has become virtually meaningless over the past few years so I guess it's a waste of time to even make the point. The New World Order decided Obama was The One and he would bring about an end to America as we know it. Now we're seeing the consequences of the end of American sovereignty.
When the framers concluded deliberations on our new constitution in Philadelphia, a woman is said to have asked Benjamin Franklin, one of the delegates to the convention, what they had done. Franklin is said to have replied, "We have given you a Republic, if you can keep it." Unfortunately, we have turned away from the rule of law and are now reaping the consequences. I dare question whether the Republic even exists today.