I personally spoke to John Brownlee, candidate for the Republican Nomination for Virginia Attorney General, last month at a mixer held in Fluvanna County. Just to be fair, I pledged myself as a Ken Cuccinelli delegate early on in the race before there were any contenders. But I heard there were two more running who called themselves “conservative”, and I wanted to do my homework before locking in my vote…so I attended this event.
Among other issues such as Life and Traditional Marriage, I addressed a concern I had regarding the Constitutional requirement that a President be a “natural born citizen”. This Constitutional issue concerning Barack Obama has been completely ignored by…well, by everyone who has the power to do something about it.
I pointed out how this was an issue for Senator McCain last spring and right or wrong, the Senate unanimously* passed a resolution (SRS 511) declaring Senator McCain was “natural born” partly because he was born to US Citizen parents (PLURAL…both parents were US Citizens at the time of his birth). Yet when questions arose concerning Obama’s “natural born” citizenship, everybody was silent…and still is.
Obama readily admits his father was not a US citizen at his birth. He readily admits he had dual citizenship at birth. How can he be considered a “natural born” citizen (I’m not saying he’s not a US citizen, I’m saying there is serious doubt over him being “natural born”) when both of his parents were not US citizens? There was also grave concern over Obama’s hiding his vault copy of his Birth Certificate. Even with that aside, there is clearly a concern over this Constitutional requirement.
What was Brownlee’s reply? Well, Mr. Obama is our president now, and we need to focus on the issues…that’s where the debate needs to be. WHAT?
When I learned that this man was a Federal Prosecutor and he demonstrated to me this kind of apathy towards defending the Constitution and seeking the truth in the matter, I was appalled. While it seems that this man has a lot of good qualities, I don’t see how on earth anyone can vote for him as our next Attorney General, given his experience as a prosecutor and a military man (which he touts so readily) and his complete lack of concern for the Rule of Law…our US Constitution.
Maybe he was blindsided by my question…I was very calm and informative when I spoke to him. I wanted him to say this was a legitimate concern and that it should be looked into…that the truth should come out concerning this issue. I wanted him to demonstrate that the US Constitution mattered to him. But it seemed like he was trying to be politically correct, and we don’t need anymore “political correctness”. We need people who are willing to stick their necks out and act on principle…not politics.
I haven’t had the chance to speak to Cuccinelli about this yet, but I will before I cast my vote this spring.
*Point of Interest: The Co-Sponsors of this Senate Resolution included both Senator Hillary Clinton and Senator Barack Obama. Hmm. Makes me wonder if there was some political back-scratching here…we declare you Natural Born, you turn a deaf ear to BO’s Natural Born status…deal? Apparently so…because not a single Senator has stuck his/her neck out on this issue as it relates to Barack Obama.
Read US Constitution: Irrelevant Concerning Obama for more on my discovery of this issue.