to the persistent questions about candidate’s qualifications for the office
of President, Congress is starting to investigate and an Electoral College
challenge is a necessity. Forthcoming
Supreme Court rulings will dovetail to that challenge. Provisions of the 20th
amendment may be invoked demanding direct congressional involvement and
The Secretaries of State, following loose or
non-existent guidelines from the legislative branch, allowed unqualified
candidates such as the non-US citizen Callero to be on many presidential
ballots. Numerous challenges, many ongoing in State and Federal court, have
also called into question the basic qualifications of both Mr. Obama and to a
lesser extent Mr. McCain.
These challenges have so far
gone unresolved, though two cases are before the Supreme court at this
writing. The worst case scenario is the Supreme Court does nothing and the
cloud of usurper and illegitimacy plagues the new president with unknown
consequences, none of which could be called good for the nation.
The best scenario is that a
senator and a congressman file a formal challenge to the Electoral College
and at the same time the Supreme Court agrees to hear the cases and then
decides clearly and definitively as to the meaning and application of the key
constitutional phase “Natural Born Citizen” as it applies to both Candidates.
they decide Obama is “Natural Born” then case is closed and we move on.
if the Supreme Court decides, “2 citizen parents, born on US soil,” then they without directives, simply
declare the law and both Obama and McCain are demonstrated to be
concludes the investigation and votes on the challenge with deference to
any legal opinion, if rendered, by the Supreme Court and disqualifies
one or both candidates. Thumbing their nose at the Supreme Court (if
they get around to weighing in on the case) is not an option politically
or realistically as the specter of post inauguration legal challenges
and civil and unprecedented distrust on the part of the military would
be intolerable. If both candidates were disqualified, a vote on
new candidates would be much more politically palatable and significant
civil unrest is minimized.
either votes for alternate candidates or preferably establishes a public re-vote as allowed by
special legislation under the 20th Amendment. Sen. Bidden is
acting President until the new selection is made.
- 20th Ammendment: If a President shall not have been chosen before the time fixed
for the beginning of his term, or if the President elect shall have
failed to qualify, then the Vice President elect shall act as President
until a President shall have qualified; and the Congress may by law
provide for the case wherein neither a President elect nor a Vice
President elect shall have qualified, declaring who shall then act as
President, or the manner in which one who is to act shall be selected,
and such person shall act accordingly until a President or Vice
President shall have qualified.
end up with Bidden, Hillary, Romney – who knows. The key is to end up
with a “Natural Born Citizen” that the people and the institutions of
government can have full faith and trust.
The ramifications of failure to maintain full faith
and trust are too great to do otherwise.