Thursday, March 10, 2011

Plugging The Loopholes

A letter to my senators and Congressman. Maybe you might want to write yours as well.

March 10, 2011


Congress is getting ready to make the most egregious mistake ever by not closing the loopholes that permitted Barack Obama to become president under a cloud of suspicion. There should be no possible question as to the constitutional qualifications of a candidate for President of the United States.

Contrary to popular belief, a candidate for the highest position in this nation does not "run" for office, he or she is applying to the American people for a job. It is to those employers, and not any committee or any other entity, to which the candidate must prove conclusively that he or she meets the constitutional requirements to hold that office. The Constitution does not grant the DNC, the RNC or any federal government office the authority to approve or vouch for a candidate’s eligibility. Since it does not grant that authority, then that authority rests with the several states or the people, period.

To that end, I want you to propose legislation that requires candidates for President make readily available to the public on demand, an original long form birth certificate signed by a physician licensed to practice medicine in the state of birth and certified by the state registrar charged with maintaining that data, stating the date, place of birth and the parents names and nationality. A certified copy of the candidate’s parent’s birth certificates must also be provided. The candidate must also provide a list of places where he or she has resided with the inclusive dates as well as a listing of employment with inclusive dates and a listing of schools and colleges attended. Graduation certificates or diplomas must also be provided. This is the information I had to provide just to enlist in the US Navy!

In addition, a candidate must successfully pass the complete screening for a Top Secret Clearance before being placed on the ballot. The document providing that confirmation must also be made public. The reason for this is obvious.

It is ludicrous and dangerous not to require a candidate meet these requirements and that these documents and information be made public prior to any election for President of the United States so the people, via their state governors, can decide if the candidate meets the qualifications for President and if he or she is suitable to hold the office and be placed on the state ballot.

This must be done before the next presidential election.


LCDR William S. Fortner, USN (Ret.)

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