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About Paul R. Hollrah
Paul R. Hollrah is a freelance writer. He is a member of the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at the University of Missouri - Columbia and a Senior Fellow at the Lincoln Heritage Institute. He currently resides in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Pelosi to the Waterboard
Paul R. Hollrah
September 20, 2011
In the weeks and months following Arnold Schwarzenegger’s election as Governor of California in October 2003, there was considerable speculation...much of it fueled by Schwarzenegger himself...that he might one day wish to run for President of the United States. When asked by 60 Minutes correspondent Morley Safer whether or not he had presidential ambitions, he said, “Yes. Absolutely. I think, you know, because why not? Like with my way of thinking, you always shoot for the top.”

However, the fact that Schwarzenegger was born in Austria, to parents who were both Austrian citizens, placed him at odds with Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution, which requires that all candidates for president and vice president must be “natural born” U.S. citizens who are at least 35 years of age and who have lived in the United States for at least 14 years.

In support of Schwarzenegger’s presidential “ambitions,” Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), introduced House Joint Resolution 104 on September 15, 2004. The resolution proposed to amend Article II, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution by adding the following language:

“A person who is a citizen of the United States, who has been a citizen of the United States for at least 20 years, and who is otherwise eligible to hold the Office of the President, is not ineligible to hold that Office by reason of not being a native born citizen of the United States.”

H.J.R. 104 was referred to the House Judiciary Committee, Subcommittee on the Constitution, where it remained through the end of the 108th Congress. Then, early in the 109th Congress, on February 1, 2005, Rohrabacher made a second attempt with the introduction of H.J.R. 15, which contained essentially the same language as the failed H.J.R. 104 of the previous Congress.

However, while it is understandable that Rohrabacher would attempt to amend the Constitution to make it possible for his own governor, a naturalized citizen, to seek the presidency, similar attempts by Democrats during the same decade are not so easily understood. For example, on June 11, 2003, during the 108th Congress, Rep. Vic Snyder (D-AR) introduced H.J.R. 59 to amend Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution by substituting the following language:

“A person who has been a citizen of the United States for at least 35 years and who has been a resident within the United States for at least 14 years shall be eligible to hold the office of
President or Vice President.”


The Snyder proposal was followed by H.J.R. 67, introduced on September 3, 2003 by Rep. John Conyers (D-MI). The Conyers proposal would have added the following substitute language to Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution:

“A person who has been a citizen of the United States for at least 20 years shall be eligible to hold the Office of President.”

On January 4, 2005, early in the 109th Congress, Conyers made a second attempt with the introduction of H.J.R. 2, proposing the same language as contained in H.J.R. 67 of the 108th Congress. And on April 14, 2005, Rep. Vic Snyder made yet another attempt, introducing H.J.R. 42, containing amendatory language identical to his H.J.R. 59 of the 108th Congress.

All of the above resolutions, proposing to send constitutional amendments to the states for ratification, suffered the same fate. All died in committee without being acted upon.

Any member of Congress is free to introduce a resolution proposing an amendment to the U.S. Constitution. However, what distinguishes Rep. Rohrabacher’s resolutions from those of his Democratic colleagues is that his motive was clear...he was interested in making it possible for his governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger, to seek the presidency. The motivations of his Democrat colleagues, on the other hand, are a mystery; they only serve to raise important questions.

For example, if the “natural born Citizen” requirement had not represented a major problem at any time in history, why were Democrats suddenly concerned about it in 2003, 2004, and 2005 when a young black man, the son of an American mother and an African father, was emerging as a rising star in their party?

Barack Obama was elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1996, one of 6,978 state legislators in the United States. He served eight totally undistinguished years in the legislature...voting “present” on some 129 occasions...before announcing his candidacy for the United States Senate in 2004. It was in that year, the year in which he was elected to the U.S. Senate, that he was selected to deliver the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention. He was elected to the United States Senate in November 2004 and was sworn into office on January 4, 2005. Almost immediately upon being seated he launched his campaign for the presidency. In the ensuing three years he devoted most of his time to his presidential campaign and on August 28, 2008 he defeated Hillary Rodham Clinton for the Democratic nomination.

So the question arises, what did Congressmen Snyder and Conyers know that caused them to offer proposed constitutional amendments in the House of Representatives? More specifically, what did they know about Obama’s presidential ambitions and his inability to meet the “natural born Citizen” standard, and when did they know it?

Although the Snyder and Conyers proposals might have raised some eyebrows if their attempts to amend the constitution had been widely reported and debated, it was not until the officers of the 2008 Democratic National Convention officially certified Obama and Biden as the party’s candidates that it became evident that something was seriously amiss.

In certifying the party’s 2008 candidates to the state election boards so that ballots could be printed, only one state, the State of Hawaii, received the following certification from Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Alice Travis Germond, convention chairman and secretary, respectively:

“THIS IS TO CERTIFY that at the National Convention of the Democrat Party of the United States of America, held in Denver, Colorado on August 25 though (sic) 28, 2008, the following were duly nominated candidates of said Party for President and Vice President of the United States respectively and that the following candidates for President and Vice President of the United States are legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.”

The remaining forty-nine states received the following certification:

"THIS IS TO CERTIFY that at the National Convention of the Democrat Party of the United States of America, held in Denver, Colorado on August 25 though (sic) 28, 2008, the following were duly nominated as candidates of said Party for President and Vice President of the United States respectively:”

In each instance, the certifications were followed by the names and home addresses of Barack Obama and Joe Biden. However, only the State of Hawaii, pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes §11-113, contained the phrase, “...and that the following candidates for President and Vice President of the United States are legally qualified to serve under the provisions of the United States Constitution.” Other than that, the two documents were identical...even to the misspelling of the word “through” in the second line of the certifications.

So what does that tell us? Given what is now widely known about the circumstances of Obama’s birth and parentage, one might conclude that high-ranking Democratic officials...most notably convention chairman Nancy Pelosi...were fully aware when they nominated him that Barack Obama was ineligible to serve as President of the United States, by reason of the fact that he is not a “natural born” citizen as required by the U.S. Constitution.

The bogus presidency of Barack Obama is clearly one of the most monstrous crime ever committed against the people of the United States. But what are the chances that the full extent of the crime will ever be fully disclosed? So long as liberals and Democrats are willing to protect him at all costs, and so long as conservatives and Republicans are afraid to challenge him because of the color of his skin, Obama will likely go unpunished. However, if we could ever get the former Speaker secured to a straight-backed chair, leaning backward over a large basin with a towel or wash cloth over her face and a pail of water at hand, we would almost certainly learn the truth.

Just as Khalid Sheikh Muhammad told the CIA everything they wanted to know about the planning and execution of the 9/11 attacks, Ms. Pelosi would be just as certain to spill the beans on exactly when the leadership of the Democratic Party first became aware that George Soros and Barack Obama were intent upon committing the greatest political crime of all time...the brazen theft of the American presidency.








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