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Legal Eagle Obama Supporters Working to Amend the Natural Born Citizen Requirement

November 29, 2008

Is there a connection to be found between Barack Obama (who by the way has yet to prove to the citizens of the United States his eligibility to be President of the United States under “The Natural Born Citizenship Requirement” by releasing his vault birth certificate) and the paper “AMENDING THE NATURAL BORN CITIZEN REQUIREMENT: GLOBALIZATION AS THE IMPETUS AND THE OBSTACLE”?

I report, you decide.

“If the facts do not support the theory, Destroy the facts!”
– Patriot Brigade Talk Radio Network

While digging my way through the Internet last night, I came across the following paper, written by SARAH P. HERLIHY.
It’s title


caught my eye, and had to read it…
I had to ask myself, what would drive any American to want to change a clause in a document that is the very foundation of our government?
So, I kept digging, and found that
Sarah P. Herlihy is employed by Kirkland & Ellis LLP


Note, Amending the Natural Born Citizen Requirement: Globalization as the Impetus and the Obstacle, 81 Chi.-Kent L. Rev. 275 (2006)

Noting that this law firm is based in Chicago, the light bulb was shining a little brighter.

Upon looking at the firm, and the partners, I found that Bruce I. Ettelson, P.C., is:

Member of finance committees of U.S. Senators Barack Obama and Richard Durbin.
(towards bottom of the page)

In addition, Jack S. Levin, P.C. also of Kirkland & Ellis LLP

December 2002 was presented the ” Illinois Venture Capital Association’s lifetime achievement award for service to the private equity/venture capital community” presented by Sen. Barack Obama

So it sure looks like Obama’s people have looked into the matter of “Natural born” as far back as early 2006. What is even more disturbing is that it would appear that they are following the thought of :

“If the facts do not support the theory, Destroy the facts!”

Here is the introduction to the paper… It looks like a road map for Obama’s defense lawyers…And a precursor to a Socialist world.


The natural born citizen requirement in Article II of the United States Constitution has been called the “stupidest provision” in the Constitution, The natural born citizen requirement in Article II of the United States Constitution has been called the “stupidest provision” in the Constitution,1 “undecidedly un American,”2 “blatantly discriminatory,”3 and the “Constitution’s worst provision.”4 Since Arnold Schwarzenegger’s victory in the California gubernatorial recall election of 2003, commentators and policy-makers have once again started to discuss whether Article II of the United States Constitution should be amended to render naturalized citizens eligible for the presidency.5 Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution defines the eligibility requirements for an individual to become president.

Article II provides:

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Of-fice who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.6

Although these sixty-two words are far from extraordinary, the natural born citizen provision is controversial because it prevents over 12.8 million Americans from being eligible for the presidency.

In addition to Governor Schwarzenegger, the natural born citizen clause prohibits many other prominent Americans from becoming president, including Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, Labor Secretary Elaine Chao and over 700 Medal of Honor Winners.10 Even though many of these individuals have served in high political positions or fought in a war on behalf of America, they are not able to become president simply because they were not born in the United States.

The natural born citizen clause of the United States Constitution should be repealed for numerous reasons. Limiting presidential eligibility to natural born citizens discriminates against naturalized citizens, is out-dated and undemocratic, and incorrectly assumes that birthplace is a proxy for loyalty. The increased globalization of the world continues to make each of these reasons more persuasive. As the world becomes smaller and cultures become more similar through globalization, the natural born citizen clause has increasingly become out of place in the American legal system. However, even though globalization strengthens the case for a Constitutional amendment, many Americans argue against abolishing the requirement. In a recent USA Today/CNN/Gallup Poll taken November 19–21, 2004, only 31% of the respondents favored a constitutional amendment to abolish the natural born citizen requirement while 67% opposed such an amendment.12 Although some of the reasons for maintaining the natural born citizen requirement are rational, many of the reasons are based primarily on emotion. Therefore, although globalization is one impetus that should drive Americans to rely on reason and amend the Constitution, this paper argues that common perceptions about globalization ironically will convince Americans to rely on emotion and oppose a Constitutional amendment.

Part one of this paper provides a brief history and overview of the natural born citizen requirement.

Part two discusses the rational reasons for abolishing this requirement and describes why the increase in globalization makes abolishing the natural born citizen requirement more necessary than ever.

Part three presents the arguments against allowing naturalized citizens to be eligible for the presidency and identifies common beliefs about glob-alization that will cause Americans to rely on emotion and oppose a Constitutional amendment.

Excerpt of full doc.,(download in entirety here)

Obama aside. The implications of doing away with the Constitutional Amendment requiring “natural born citizenship” are disturbing to say the least. Imagine the type of stealth candidate who could worm his way into the White House. America could be brought to her knees. That is if Obama does not accomplish that himself during his reign.

Additional “Kirkland & Ellis Obama connections

Kirkland & Ellis Celebrates Equip for Equality’s 20th Anniversary

On October 7, 2005, Kirkland & Ellis LLP helped Equip for Equality celebrate its 20th anniversary as a not-for-profit organization advancing the civil rights of Illinois children and adults with disabilities. Equip for Equality’s 20th anniversary celebration occurred at the Renaissance Hotel in downtown Chicago and featured a keynote address delivered in person by United States Senator Barack Obama and a videotaped personal message from Mayor Daley. As a key underwriter of this event, Kirkland & Ellis joined political and civic leaders as well as fellow lawyers to help the charity celebrate two decades of achievement. Kirkland partner Seth Traxler serves on Equip for Equality’s board of directors and he co-chaired the 20th anniversary event.

Kirkland & Ellis quite generous in donations to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign
Open Secrets

BARACK OBAMA (D-IL)Top Contributors
#16 (out of the 20 top contributors)
Kirkland & Ellis $451,655


Jack Levin (see above) IL Kirkland & Ellis
Bundler for Barack Obama, raised at least $50,000 2008

Deneese Walia Levin @LinkedIn

Associate at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Deneese Walia Levin’s Education
University of Chicago Law School
JD, 2000 — 2003

Additional Information
Deneese Walia Levin’s Groups:

Former Students of Barack Obama

Wanted: Barack Hussein Obama’s Birth Certificate [Update 2] – March 5th, 2008
Is Obama’s “Certificate of Live Birth” a Forgery? [Update 3] – June 19, 2008
Obama’s “Fight The Smears” [is] Passing Off A Fraudulent Document As His “Certificate of Live Birth” [Update 3] – June 25th, 2008
The Continuing Saga of Obama’s Forged “Certificate Of Live Birth” [Update 2: 7-13-08] July 5, 2008
Second lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s “natural born” citizenship
Confirmed: Service of legal documents to DNC and Senator Obama
Should America Trust the Analysis of Barack Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth by Fact
AP Photo: School Registration Lists Barack Obama (Barry Soetoro) as a Muslim Indonesian Citizen
Illinois Petition for Investigation of Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate
Confirmed: Service of legal documents to DNC and Senator Obama
Second lawsuit challenging Barack Obama’s “natural born” citizenship
Fox Toledo News airs Berg v. Obama story [Update 3: Berg v.Obama Timeline linkage]
Supreme Court Justice Souter: Obama must present to the Court an authentic birth certificate by Dec 1 [Update: Or maybe not]
Barack Obama:”Show Evidence of U.S. Citizenship or Withdraw”
The Unending Saga of Barack Obama’s FAKE Birth Certificate Controversy
Legal Eagle Obama Supporters Working to Amend the Natural Born Citizen Requirement

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  1. November 29, 2008 11:43 pm

    GREAT post, VelvetHammer! My name for you is Titanium Hammer! I will be linking to this, with proper hat tip to you…

    Kevin Jackson’s last blog post..Abortion for Dummies

  2. November 30, 2008 1:36 pm

    Great find! Though I’m in favor of expanding the requirement to naturalized citizens for reasons posted on my own blog, I’m adamant that Obama prove beyond any question his eligibility for POTUS under the current requirements.

    Chris’s last blog post..Amending the Constitution to eliminate the Natural Born Citizen requirement

  3. November 30, 2008 8:47 pm

    Mail call

    Made Up wrote:
    Wow, you’re linked to fark, now everyone will see how batshit crazy you are.
    Set aside your dreams of relevancy, and let the hair on the back of your neck down.

    Obama is the next president. Deal with it, or drift off further into
    irrelevance. Your shrill mouthing of uneducated legalese is embarrassing, to
    yourself and to the few that would believe your diatribe.

    I wish you could hear how silly you sound when you feign concern for our
    country, just to fill blogspace. Pathetic.

    Whatasa matter did I hurt you widdle Obot fweelings?
    I must of touched a nerve. Bwahahahahahaha
    Good to know. I must be doing my job.
    Seriously how do you breathe with your head shoved up the bowels of hell…OKA O’s…posterior?

    What do Obama supporters and Islamists have in common?
    They are angered when they perceive someone has blasphemed their false prophet.

    😆 😆 😆 😆

    Fark off tool.

  4. Lorna Saltibus permalink
    December 1, 2008 6:45 am

    Maybe just maybe someone in the media will begin to look at this seriously. It just seems too easy to resolve and the fact that this is still NOT resolved really gives me cause to wonder. Conspiracy theory just grows stronger and stronger. This man is dangerous America. Wake Up.

  5. EncompassedRunner permalink
    December 1, 2008 6:57 am

    Now you’re really going to be on the Tyrant-Elect’s bad list. Good job, Hammer.

  6. Ted permalink
    December 3, 2008 5:18 am

    To say that American main stream media has failed to report what is “the story of the century” is an UNDERSTATEMENT. Their cover-up is treasonous. In the event the Supreme Court ultimately determines that Obama cannot be President — not qualifying as an Article II “natural born citizen” — the msm will be the blame for any civil unrest by failing to prepare the American public.

    Watch this —

  7. December 3, 2008 10:47 am

    Thanks all!

    Came across this via Google Alert.

    Hospitals in Hawaii to Obama: You Were Not Born Here!

    Hospital after hospital in Honolulu all have NO RECORD of Obama or mother ever being there. Is this some state secret? Are we to believe that even the hospital that he was born in should remain secret? Why lie to us as if it matters I mean the man did win the Presidential vote? Why the lies and secrecy?

    Barack Obama has as of November 27th 2008 spent over$500,000 U.S. to prevent others from seeing it. Why? Didn’t he already win the vote?

    The “point” is, you do not hide something if you’ve nothing to hide. There would not be any “point” in that.

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