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January 19, 2009

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B. R. Goodwin

Isn’t ironic that the 14th amendment is as interpreted by the framer, John Bingham, excludes Barack Obama from being eligible for the office of President. Quoting John Bingham speech on civil rights of citizens on March 9, 1866: “I] find no fault with the introductory clause [S 61 Bill], which is simply declaratory of what is written in the Constitution, that every human being born within the jurisdiction of the United States of parents not owing allegiance to any foreign sovereignty is, in the language of your Constitution itself, a natural born citizen…. .”
Obama, is the child of a parent with foreign sovereignty to Kenya.

I was at the Newseum during the Constitution reading. After eight years of an assault on the Constitution and the rule of law, beginning with the lawless Bush v. Gore, I felt a renewed surge of pride in my country hearing the Constitution read out loud by Americans both famous and not. The Constitution is stronger than all the forces that have been arrayed against it over the past eight years. I am grateful for organizations like the Newseum and People For the American Way for highlighting and protecting our basic rights.

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