Greeley Gazette editorial
Last week a local Greeley resident whose family has longstanding ties to the community was convicted of disobeying orders after trying unsuccessfully for over a year to get satisfactory answers to a simple question. Then attacked in a Greeley Tribune editorial as if Lakin were a two-headed monster; not a right-leaning local boy…did we mention right-leaning?
The question is one that every citizen should have the right to have answered, but especially members of our armed forces who place themselves in harm’s way to protect us.
Lt. Col. Lakin was sentenced to discharge from the Army, forfeiture of all pay allowances including retirement and six months confinement at Ft. Leavenworth. At present it remains to be seen if the base commander MGen Horst will reduce or commute his sentence.
Critics of Lakin say his conviction settles once and for all questions regarding the President’s eligibility. No less than Maureen Dowd, columnist for the New York Times, officially pronounced the issue dead based on the guilty plea. The sad reality of the case is that while Lakin suffers confinement, the issue is still unresolved by either side, thanks to the judge’s ruling.
When Judge Dense Lind ruled that Lakin would not be permitted discovery of documents or witnesses regarding Obama’s eligibility, she ensured the issue would remain unsettled. Many, including Lakin’s attorney, have said that her ruling was correct insomuch as it is irrelevant that Lakin did disobey orders. However, saying they are irrelevant to those charges is not the same as ruling that Obama is in fact eligible.
The vast multitudes of lawsuits that have been filed have been dismissed on technical issues such as “standing” claiming the American people have no fundamental right to challenge a sitting President’s status because they are not harmed by his actions. Other rulings have pointed the finger at others regarding the eligibility issue. Courts have ruled it is Congress or the electors responsibility to vet a candidate while Congress has said it is either the courts or individual party’s responsibility. In fact, a Congressional report was released admitting there is currently no requirement for any agency to properly verify the constitutional eligibility of any presidential candidate.
That is a long cry from a definitive ruling on Obama’s eligibility; it is simply passing the buck. Black pastor James Manning, who was present at the trial, said “the American people are wondering why this is still an issue after two years.” He is absolutely correct. The longer it goes on with Obama refusing to release his long form birth certificate featuring the doctor’s signature and hospital where he was born citizens should be suspicious. The former Hawaiian director of Public Health assured us that such a document exists, we at The Gazette would ask to trot that document out then. What? …Silence? Strange.
At that time, only two years after Hawaii became the 50th state, Hawaii allowed foreign born children to have their births registered. Additionally, the state of Hawaii has never verified the authenticity of the several certifications of live birth forms presented by the campaign and circulating on the Internet, a fact that even critics of “birthers” have admitted.
Today, a good man sits in prison for asking a question of his superiors and being rebuffed. It was telling that everyone sitting on the court martial board agreed that it was an important and basic right for military men to have questions answered.
Sadly the issue will never be resolved satisfactorily until one particular branch of government or agency will step up to the plate and take responsibility for this issue. It is a shame because the issue could be resolved so quickly by simply producing a piece of paper. When even a CNN poll (left) reveals that only 42 percent of the American people definitely believe Obama was born in this country we have a serious problem especially when all of the major media including Fox have done everything to say there is no issue.
The timing of the trial which was pushed back more than once to coincide with right before Christmas makes the message loud and clear to the common soldier, Obama’s eligibility is never to be questioned. With a military engaged in multiple wars it is vital they be able to have the utmost confidence in their commander-in-chief. Lakin stated his questions were never answered. If he is going to do time in prison, we believe he at least deserves to have an answer to his question.
Courts ruling that citizens have no right to know if their president is constitutionally qualified is simply treasonous; and citizens can no longer hold our government accountable. Our founding fathers have written this would happen, immediately followed by the country suffering a mortal, self-inflicted wound. “There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide.” — John Adams, 1814.