O... M... G...! Enough Already!
Here we are, four days away from the Electoral College vote, to be held on December 15, 2008, and at this point, it appears the vote will hold no surprises as to the outcome, with President Elect Barack Obama having earned at least 365 electoral votes with only 270 required to obtain the Presidency of the United States. It is not expected that mail in or provisional ballots, that were still being factored into the total vote count, will alter the outcome.
Of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, which casts 3 electoral votes, 27 states are required by state law or pledges to vote for specific candidates.
The official results of the Electoral College vote will be revealed during a joint session of Congress on January 8, 2009.
Click here for a list of specific obligations for each state.
This citizenship challenge thing, that questions his eligibility to serve because it is alleged he is not a United States' citizen, began months ago really, focused on the guy with the perceived 'odd' name and his history, with that history becoming arguably one of the most explored biographies in the history of any American candidate for president.
Ultimately, reared mainly by his White grandparents, his mother's parents, his father, a Black man from Kenya, his upbringing has created a rich tapestry of experience by walking among various cultural influences.
He lived in Hawaii, Indonesia and mainland United States, with all of his life experiences shaping him into the man that has succeeded in winning a hard fought contest to become the 44th President of the United States.
His being African American is worthy of note due to America's legacy of enslaving Americans of African descent, with most believing this occurrence, his election, represents a quantum leap forward for American society.
Okay, he's won the election. But, the lingering shadow of manufactured queries about citizenship have been plaguing Barack Obama since, well, it sure seems like since he first decided to run but, it's been at least ratcheted up since the primaries in the spring of 2008.
A series of lawsuits meant to force a non-issue of citizenship to the fore to disqualify the then Senator, similar to the one filed in California by Gary Kreep, were brought to court at that time and now continue to weave their way through court systems in states all through the United States as President Elect Obama is poised to take office on January 20, 2009. (Click here to read about the ongoing campaign to continue challenging the Obama Presidency.)
Mr. Kreep has named all 55 electors in California as co-defendants in his lawsuit. His intent? According to SignOnSanDiego.com, in relaying the experience of one of the electors, it was revealed:
Early the next morning, when she (the elector) was served court papers before Sunday breakfast, she learned why she was being pursued at such odd hours.
Along with the 54 other California electors, Young has been named in a lawsuit that seeks to bar Secretary of State Debra Bowen from certifying the state's electors “until such documentary proof is produced and verified showing that Senator Obama is a 'natural born' citizen of the United States and does not hold citizenship of Indonesia, Kenya or Great Britain.”
On Monday, December 15, 2008, all 55 electors of California cast their votes for President Elect Obama.
The first citizenship lawsuit to make it to the Supreme Court's attention, brought by Leo Donofrio of New Jersey, at the insistence of Justice Clarence Thomas, with the matter previously being dismissed by fellow Supreme Court Justice David Souter, as the case came up on the docket while he also serves on the Third Circuit Court, was dismissed on Monday, December 8, 2008 without comment.
The majority of the United States Supreme Court's current judges all were nominated by Republican presidents, with all obviously being confirmed to the bench. Bear in mind that this court has been particularly focused on the preservation of the Constitution.
Maybe those who are attempting to keep this issue in the forefront should consider that if one of the most conservative courts in modern history has dismissed a lawsuit without comment, a lawsuit challenge to the citizenship status of President Elect Barack Obama, a lawsuit which at the heart of its argument, had been posed as a constitutional issue, maybe, just maybe, that should be seen as an indicator that there truly IS no 'smoking gun' to be uncovered as relates to this issue.
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