Fox News correspondent, Bret Baier, joins an increasing roster of errant-minded media mainstreamers who have assigned an incorrect and biased definition of Natural Born citizenship in a desperate attempt to uphold transient political values and profiteering for a few over constitutional sovereignty and legal protection for many.
By Dan Crosby
of the DAILY PEN
NEW YORK, NY – Fox News’ Bret Baier is the latest pundit to miss the presidential eligibility mark when writing in his Fox website blog, The Daily Bret, he attempted to incorrectly equate a “citizen by birth” with a “natural born citizen”.
Baier writes, “Many legal analysts and scholars agree with this take-- and until the Supreme Court weighs in.. this is how the law is interpreted: The Constitution requires that the president be a "natural born citizen," but does not define the term. That job is left to federal law, in 8 U.S. Code, Section 1401. All the law requires is that the mother be an American citizen who has lived in the U.S. for five years or more, at least two of those years after the age of 14. If the mother fits those criteria, the child is a U.S. citizen at birth, regardless of the father's nationality.
The law lists several categories of people who are considered American citizens at birth. There are the people born inside the United States; no question there. There are the people who are born outside the United States to parents who are both citizens, provided one of them has lived in the U.S. for any period of time. There are the people who are born outside the United States to one parent who is a U.S. citizen and the other who is a U.S. national (that is, from an outlying possession of the U.S.), provided the citizen parent has lived in the United States or its possessions for at least one year prior to the birth of the child. And then there are the people who are born outside the United States to one parent who is a U.S. citizen and the other who is an alien, provided the citizen parent lived in the United States or its possessions for at least five years, two of them after the age of 14.
They're all natural born U.S. citizens…”
Unfortunately, Baier is wrong and misguided. Those he defines here are not Natural born citizens. A natural born U.S. citizen is one born in the United States, specifically defined as a geographic location held under the constitutional protection of the U.S., to two U.S. citizen parents, conditions which are well defined by the tenets of natural law and national identity.
“Again, this is another example of a politically-minded individual desperately seeking an extralegal mooring upon which to anchor their opinion about Obama’s eligibility. Unfortunately for Baier, that mooring is not found there,” says TDP Editor, Pen Johannson.
The commonly understood meaning of the terms in effect within the societies adjacent to the writing of the U.S. Constitution, which were understood by the framers of the Constitution to be facts of natural law, assigned natural born U.S. citizenship status based on laws of nature, not laws of man. Therefore, Baier’s attribution that Natural Born citizenship can be conferred by such a law is simply wrong. Natural born citizenship cannot be endowed by a law of man, it can only be agreed with or rejected with consequences.
It appears Baier is rejecting the constitution, not agreeing with it.
Baier’s maligned attempts to erroneously equate a “U.S. Citizen at birth” with a “Natural Born citizen” as the requirement to be president are flagrant and stunning given his network’s silence on the issue over the past 5 years. However, it appears the possibility of Florida Republican senator, Marco Rubio being considered as likely Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s Vice Presidential pick has suddenly invigorated Fox’s interest in the eligibility issue.
Marco Rubio, like Obama, is not eligible to serve as the Vice President or President, despite Baier’s efforts to prop up Rubio’s and Obama’s failed eligibility status.
Also playing havoc behind the mainstream media blackout is that if Rubio is picked as Romney’s running mate, it will most likely seal a victory in the 2012 election for Barack Obama because a full 15 percent of the Republican electorate, those who have vehemently held that Obama is not eligible, will not vote for a Romney/Rubio ticket for the same reasons.
Rubio, like Obama, was not born to two U.S. citizen parents, which is one of the conditions of being afforded Natural citizenship status and, therefore, presidential eligibility. Neither Obama nor Rubio are eligible to hold the office of President or Vice President.
Unfortunately, when Baier says, “…Many legal analysts and scholars agree…” he fails to indentify these mysterious individuals.
However, the opposite is true. Legal analysts with a liberal bent do not agree with constitutional law experts that a natural born U.S. citizen is an individual born in the U.S. to two U.S. citizen parents, as defined in fact by the unassailable tenets of natural law commonly understood by the founders because it would mean that Obama is, indeed, not eligible. Now that Rubio must be measured under the same metrics, the Obotic horde is suddenly interested in the traditional definition.
“Unfortunately, aside from the mysterious identity of these so-called legal analysts and scholars, Baier in is error, as are many who serve the rank value of empty political debate in today’s media,” says Johannson.
“Whereas Fox News has assumed what many might characterize as a diametric opposition to those who support the political substance and ideology of Barack Obama, it has become obvious that the network has become nothing more than a foul side of the same ineligibility abetment coin,” he continued.
“Regardless of either side of that coin you might prefer, Republican or Democrat, the coin is still counterfeit. Flip it all you want, Baier is only validating what we already suspect about Fox. Failure to question Obama’s fraudulent presidency is the same as abetting his crimes of forgery of evidence to support the lie.”
Fox News is owned by shareholders which include Saudi Prince, Alwaleed bin Talal, as well the Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp group, all of whom are heavily invested in viewership drawn on political debate and investments in political power related to Obama’s policies.
The value of Fox News has long since been defined upon a default premise that Obama’s presidency and, therefore, his policies are assumed legitimate despite mountains of evidence to the contrary. Fox correspondents, including Baier, are persistently reminded not to undermine the political value of Obama’s presidency, even though the evidence offered to support the legitimacy of that presidency has been shown by law enforcement investigations to be forged and contextually deficient.
Baier writes, “The brouhaha over President Obama's birth certificate -- has revealed a widespread ignorance of some of the basics of American citizenship. The Constitution, of course, requires that a president be a "natural born citizen," but the Founding Fathers did not define the term, and it appears few people know what it means.
“Baier has been brainwashed by Fox’s need to serve its viewers’ pervasive lust for political conflict and, therefore, he upholds a dissonant tenet which commands that in order for their media content to hold the attention that ignorant audience and, therefore, the profitability of the Fox business model, Fox News must uphold the appearance of “not questioning” Obama’s eligibility while simultaneously supporting its viewers’ reality.” says Johannson.
“It’s about maintaining a balanced conflict with its competitors for Fox. That cannot be done if Obama is allowed to be legally convicted as a fraud in the eyes of Fox viewers. Fox simply does not have the infrastructure and mechanisms to deal with such an apocalyptic revelation after everything it has invested in its own representation and endorsement of a legitimate political process under Obama.”
Johannson explains that admitting Obama is a fraud removes Fox’s daily line up of scholarly political opinions and lauded guests who serve as counter-fodder to MSNBC and CNN. An Obama eligibility void threatens the solvency of their viewership because the economic and political destruction wrought by the truth of Obama’s illegitimacy in the domain of media consciousness is simply not survivable to a scripted mill-run like Fox.
“If they allow Obama to be proven to be the ineligible fraud that he actually is, it means that no political opinion is worthy because legal justice destroys the ability to opine. What kind of programs will Fox broadcast on election night if Obama is declared ineligible? Think about it. The numbers would mean nothing. The Electoral College is rendered meaningless. If Obama is ineligible to Fox News, Baier has nothing to talk about because Obama’s politics and policies are no longer relevant versus his opponents at that point. They are void. He is void…and so is the mainstream media dynamic built on conflict and division.”
As evidence that Fox News has actively promoted a media blackout of the eligibility issue with regard to Obama, Fox News has never aired any full length report or segment fully addressing the scope of Obama’s presidential ineligibility. Moreover, the so-called, “Fair and Balanced” network has failed in its duty to even question the evidence of forgery and fraud discovered by a constitutionally empowered law enforcement investigation undertaken by Maricopa County Sheriff, Joe Arpaio.
However, it now appears Fox is taking notice. Baier wrote:
“I posted this quickly as a response to all of the emails I was receiving about Senator Marco Rubio and whether he is a "Natural Born Citizen (the same emails comment about Gov. Bobby Jindal). I noted in the blog- there is a lot of dispute about the legal term and what the Founding Fathers truly meant...Bottom line... this is obviously getting a lot of attention.. so, we think we should do a full piece on the show about it.. and maybe have a panel of constitutional scholars... and legal experts to discuss this. There is obviously a lot of confusion.. uncertainty and misinformation out there about this topic. And as I wrote in the blog.. there is vigorous legal debate about the term... so we need to talk about it... and we'll continue to report all sides.
Unfortunately for Mr. Baier, the actual “bottom line” is this: Marco Rubio is not eligible to hold the office of Vice President or President. There is nothing to debate. If he participates in an election as candidate for either office, he is in violation of the law.
“That also includes people who are born in Puerto Rico and people who were born in states before they became states. Born in Hawaii in 1950, a decade before statehood? You're a natural born U.S. citizen.”
Wrong again. Baier fails to uphold the maximum requirements demanded by the Constitution. Unless those born in Hawaii are born under the jurisdiction of the laws of the U.S. to two U.S. parents, they are not natural born citizens no matter when they are born.
Baier then erroneously declares, “That is how legal experts interpret the "natural born" requirement.. and how you get that status is actually pretty open. Until the Supreme Court weighs in on this issue (and there are no plans that we know of that that will happen)... -- to your emails... Senator Marco Rubio and Governor Bobby Jindal are both eligible to run and become Vice President or President.”
“Again, like so many misled people on this subject, Baier is desperately holding to a minimalist’s standard when assigning Obama’s citizenship qualifications to be president. Natural born citizenship is the fundamentally exceptional requirement to be president. Failure to acknowledge this is aversive to the founders’ intentions and collusive with eligibility fraudulence in our government,” Johannson responded.
“In doing so, Baier reveals that he fails to understand that American citizens of the 1700s did not provide a remedial definition of the term ‘natural born citizen’ for us here in 2012 because they could not even consider it possible that the society they created under the divine providence of natural law, could have declined to such a debased state of intellectual and moral ineptitude, as we have, that we might actually be confused about what a natural born citizen is,” says Johannson,
“For the founders, providing such a definition would have been like defining the rules of long division for Albert Einstein. They would have seen it as a waste of ink and paper space to define a Natural born citizen because everyone already knows what a natural born citizen is!”
Johannson says that there exists a clear definition of what it is to be a Natural born citizen.
“Baier, like his media colleagues just refuse to look at the source because that source convicts their shallow standards, which are rejected wholly by our founders. Baier has proven that willful dissonance on this subject is more easily accepted than the psychological pain of admitting he is simply wrong and that he has been deceived by Obama.”
He says, “…the law requires is that the mother be an American citizen who has lived in the U.S. for five years or more, at least two of those years after the age of 14. If the mother fits those criteria, the child is a U.S. citizen at birth, regardless of the father's nationality.
The law cited by Baier does not address natural born citizenship nor does it address the citizenship requirement as it applies to Article II.
“The law cited by Baier is explicitly intended and created for the assignment of citizenship status of individuals not born under the natural laws of national identity. In this case, slaves had previously been forbidden to become citizens because of their African roots. This law remedied this new class of citizenry with a provision of citizenship after the Emancipation Proclamation. The idea that this law, which was added the Constitution more than 100 years after its ratification, presents a definition of the citizenship requirements to become President of the U.S. is absolutely ridiculous.”