Your Black Politics reports:
Just when we thought the ‘birther’ movement and it’s ringleader, Donald Trump, were fading into oblivion, the great state of Georgia proves us wrong.
Judge Michael M. Malihi of the Georgia state Office of State Administrative Hearings ruled that President Barack Obama must meet the requirements set forth in the constitution defining “natural born citizenship.”
“The court finds that defendant is a candidate for federal office who has been certified by the state executive committee of a political party, and therefore must, under Code Section 21-2-5, meet the constitutional and statutory qualifications for holding the office being sought.,” said Malihi in his ruling.
President Obama’s attorney, Michael Jablonski, had his argument that the requirements did not apply to presidential elections summarily dismissed by the judge, who said he did not interpret the law in that way.
“Statutory provisions must be read as they are written, and this court finds that the cases cited by [Obama] are not controlling. When the court construes a constitutional or statutory provision, the ‘first step … is to examine the plain statutory language,” the judge wrote. “Section 21-2-1(a) states that ‘every candidate for federal and state office’ must meet the qualifications for holding that particular office, and this court has seen no case law limiting this provision, nor found any language that contains an exception for the office of president or stating that the provision does not apply to the presidential preference primary.”
Constitutional specialists contend that because “natural born citizen” is not defined in the Constitution, at the time it was written the term would mean that both parents were born in the United States. Barack Obama, Sr. was not born in the United States, so they continue to try to dismiss Obama on that technicality.
An evidence hearing has been scheduled later this month.
Not surprisingly, Malihi reveals in his ruling that, “There are similar challenges to Obama’s 2012 candidacy being raised before state election or other commissions in Tennessee, Arizona and New Hampshire as well.”
A judge in Jefferson County, Alabama has set a hearing for a lawsuit also challenging Obama's citizenship and eligibility to be on the ballot in Alabama in November.
It seems as if the 2012 campaign is picking up just where we left off in 2008.