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WND Wants Roberts to Refuse to Swear In Obama

Craige McMillan, a columnist for the Worldnutdaily, writes an open letter to Chief Justice John Roberts demanding that he refuse to administer the oath of office to President Obama because he’s a Muslim communist Kenyan illegal alien, or some such bullshit. And he threatens impeachment if Roberts refuses — and maybe even a new Nuremberg trial.

Your own oath of office, sworn before God and the American people, requires you to uphold the Constitution. (If not you, then who?) If you now administer the oath of office for the presidency to a man who by his own admission fails to meet the natural born citizen requirement imposed by that Constitution, you have violated your own oath of office and are rightly subject to impeachment by any House of Representatives, at any time, now or in the future.

If you choose the easy course of ignoring our Constitution, it does not change the fact that Mr. Obama is barred by that same Constitution from acting as president. I am sure that if you turn your judicial mind to the ramifications of this fraud, both foreign and domestic, you will understand that the harm you will have done insures your impeachment and eternal dishonor at some point down the road: If not this House of Representatives, then the next, or the next, or the next.

These things do not end well. One need only look to the aftermath of World War II and the Nuremberg Trials to see what awaits.

They’re kinda cute when they get all delusional, aren’t they?

Comments

  1. says

    Barack Obama has “admitted” that his father was a Kenyan national. Most birther wingnuts insist that “natural born citizen” means having both mother and father as U.S. citizens, although the Constitution says nothing of the sort.

  2. Mr Ed says

    Before he enter on the Execution of his Office, he shall take the following Oath or
    Affirmation:
    “I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of
    the United States, and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the
    Constitution of the United States.”

    Did I miss the part where the chief justice has to swear in the President? I know LBJ wasn’t.

    Love democracy, hate activist judges unless that’s how you can get what you want

  3. cottonnero says

    eamick: I think it’s that Obama has acknowledged that his father was not born in the US. Craige is following the birther line of thought that ‘natural born’ means born of two US-born parents. Which means Jefferson, Jackson, Buchanan, Arthur, Wilson, and Hoover were all ineligible for the Presidency, but who’s counting?

    I find it interesting that the thesis of the article requires the author to feel that he knows the Constitution better than the Chief Justice of the United States does. I wonder if that gave him pause, even for a second.

  4. John Hinkle says

    I guess if you’re going to go birther, you might as well go full nuthouse and throw in a Godwin.

  5. slc1 says

    Re Zeno @ #4

    In fact, the term “natural born citizen” is nowhere defined in the Constitution. AFAIK, the only guidance provided is in the 14th Amendment:

    All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

    The implication is that anyone born in the US has birthright citizenship and is hence, a natural born citizen. The amusing part of this is that Donald Trump, who has threatened on several occasions to run for president, would be ineligible if citizenship of both parents was a requirement as his mother was not a citizen when he was born. Like Obama’s father, she was a British citizen.

  6. raven says

    Well at least he is honest.

    WND really seriously hates…democracy.

    You never know who the US people will elect, but you know you will probably dislike them.

  7. raven says

    These things do not end well. One need only look to the aftermath of World War II and the Nuremberg Trials to see what awaits.

    Looks like he is making a death threat here.

    A lot of those convicted at Nuremberg were executed by hanging.

    And that is why they are called fundie death cult xians.

  8. dugglebogey says

    I’m fairly certain that if Obama had been born in Des Moines Iowa, these people would still put up the exact same objections, because of the color of his skin.

    Birther = Racist.

    No person with a skin pigment darker than Ted Nugent could possibly be a “Real American” American.

  9. raven says

    Nuremberg Trial – Fun Facts and Information
    (link removed to evade spam filter.)

    Twelve were hanged, eight received prison terms ranging from ten years to life and …. Nuremberg had many associations with the Nazi movement so it was a …

    22 Nazis tried.
    19 convicted.
    12 hung
    One committed suicide before he could be hung, Goering IIRC.

    A better question for Craige McMillan. How many people are in prison for threatening to kill federal judges? It’s more than one for sure. One of them is Vox Day’s father.

  10. Doug Little says

    So the electoral college gambit failed and this is the next plan? Sounds somewhat familiar, are we watching an old Road Runner cartoon, with Wile E. Coyote moving to the next hair brained scheme?

  11. slc1 says

    Re raven @ #13

    Did they ever identify any of the looneys who threatened to kill John Jones III after the Dover verdict?

  12. reasonbe says

    The depth and breadth of *shamelessness* on the part of WND astounds me. er, i mean depresses me. Both.

  13. gshelley says

    I suspect it may be referring to claims that he put himself down as Indonesian or some such on his student application, thus admitting he was not American

  14. Nemo says

    After the way Roberts fucked up the oath the first time, Obama really should’ve picked someone else to do it this time.

  15. Nemo says

    @gshelley #18: No need to suspect, McMillan is explicit about his premise in the original article: “Because Obama Sr. lacked American citizenship, Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen”. This of course is rubbish.

  16. raven says

    Did they ever identify any of the looneys who threatened to kill John Jones III after the Dover verdict?

    Not that I know of.

    Nor did they trial any of those that lied for perjury, which was recommended.

    Jones wasn’t in too much danger. He had federal Marshall protection.

  17. Sastra says

    cottonnero #7 wrote:

    I find it interesting that the thesis of the article requires the author to feel that he knows the Constitution better than the Chief Justice of the United States does. I wonder if that gave him pause, even for a second.

    I suspect that, in McMillan’s head, the story is that the Chief Justice knows the facts and is choosing to ignore them. Thus, the intrepid writer is trying to invoke Roberts’ conscience.

    Here’s a fun trick you can try at home: read a wingnut passage and imagine that it’s from a page selected at random from a fictional thriller. Build up a possible narrative and plotline based on this assumption — one that actually fits the passage. Now marvel at the possibility that this may indeed be the world the wingnut Mr. Mitty may be mentally living.

  18. cptdoom says

    @cottonnero –

    Which means Jefferson, Jackson, Buchanan, Arthur, Wilson, and Hoover were all ineligible for the Presidency, but who’s counting?

    Well, to be fair, at least according to how Sr. Catherine Kelley taught us history and government, the requirement for natural-born citizen being President didn’t apply to Jefferson or Jackson – none of the Founding Fathers would have met that requirement, so the Constitution also allows anyone who was already a citizen of the US at the time of the Constitution’s adoption to be President.

  19. eamick says

    I find it interesting that the thesis of the article requires the author to feel that he knows the Constitution better than the Chief Justice of the United States does. I wonder if that gave him pause, even for a second.

    I have little doubt he disagrees with the Affordable Heath Care Act decision, so I’m sure it didn’t bother him in the slightest.

  20. anubisprime says

    I have never seen the questions asked on an American application for student status, but maybe a series of questions might run along the lines of…

    1)Name
    2)Address
    3)Age
    4)Birthplace
    5)Nationality
    6)Ethnic Origin

    In which case it is easy to see that 5) will be answered ..American…& 6) answered Indochinese.
    Neither of which bar Master Obama from becoming the president of the USA!

    The point being that birthers and their ilk cannot comprehend the difference.
    They are not particularly over endowed with IQ…just hatred and bigotry!

  21. says

    Anyone qualified to take an oath is qualified to take the Oath of Office from the President. From the Wikipedia:

    While the Constitution does not mandate that anyone in particular should administer the oath, the oath is typically administered by the Chief Justice, but sometimes by another federal or state judge (George Washington was first sworn in by Robert Livingston, the chancellor of the State of New York in 1789, while Calvin Coolidge was first sworn in by his father, a Justice of the Peace and a Vermont notary public in 1923). By convention, incoming Presidents raise their right hand and place the left on a Bible or other book while taking the oath of office.

    William R. King is the only executive official sworn into office on foreign soil. By special act of Congress, he was allowed to take his oath of the office of the Vice President on March 24, 1853 in Cuba, where he had gone because of his poor health. He died 25 days later.

    From 1789 through 2009, the swearing-in has been administered by 15 Chief Justices, one Associate Justice, three federal judges, two New York state judges, and one notary public. To date the only person to swear in a president who was not a judge was John Calvin Coolidge, Sr., Calvin Coolidge’s father, a notary whose home the then-Vice President was visiting in 1923 when he learned of the death of President Warren G. Harding.

    Sarah T. Hughes is the only woman to administer the oath of office. She was a U.S. District Court judge who swore Lyndon B. Johnson into office on Air Force One after John F. Kennedy’s assassination.

    Not that the wingnuts have any concept of history or the law.

  22. wscott says

    @ slc1 #3: Yes, Roberts refusing to administer the oath would be an empty gesture. But empty gestures are right-wing loons’ weapon of choice. It’s not about getting results – it’s about keeping the base outraged.

  23. baal says

    I hear a certain kind of voice in my head when I read these various insane WND pieces. You can approximate it by putting 3-4 marbles in your mouth and then tucking your chin to your chest. Then speak aloud. I have a hard time taking them seriously.

  24. says

    raven “Jones wasn’t in too much danger. He had federal Marshall protection.”
    No. That wasn’t in the budget. He got Penny Marshall protection.

  25. savagemutt says

    insures your impeachment

    I didn’t know you could get impeachment insurance. That would be handy.

  26. Emu Sam says

    Well, to be fair, at least according to how Sr. Catherine Kelley taught us history and government, the requirement for natural-born citizen being President didn’t apply to Jefferson or Jackson – none of the Founding Fathers would have met that requirement, so the Constitution also allows anyone who was already a citizen of the US at the time of the Constitution’s adoption to be President.

    Don’t you see, that gives Obama the perfect out. All he has to do is fire up the time machine and be there at the adoption. In fact, he probably already did it, but it’s top secret because he doesn’t want anyone to know he’s really a citizen because he’s having so much fun gloating.

  27. jnorris says

    At one time Columbia University’s communication/journalism school did a series of panel discussions on government and constitutional issues with 10 or 12 experts seated on the panel. The moderator would ask questions of different members to fully examine the issue. These were broadcast on PBS.

    I want to see a similar series done with different wingnuts on the panel each week I am sure we can all nominate 4 or 5 as permanent members. PBS could do it as pay-per-view and make a fortune on that circus sideshow.

  28. Rip Steakface says

    The first thing that popped into my head was who swore in Lyndon B. Johnson to the presidency – a (female!) federal judge, who was definitely not Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. If I recall correctly, a lot of the presidential staff, security, and the military was intensely concerned about a coup d’etat being the first phase of a Soviet attack, so LBJ was sworn in as soon as possible to make sure the office of the President was filled (hence why he was sworn in on a plane).

    So yes, if notaries public, federal judges, and non-Chief Justices can swear in Presidents, even if McMillan’s appeal to Roberts was successful (a hilarious notion, especially remembering that Roberts upheld the ACA), it wouldn’t matter, because the president could easily run down to the local courthouse and be sworn in.

  29. hypatiasdaughter says

    The requirements for citizenship have changed from time to time – I guess Congress makes the rules – and the rules at the time of your birth apply.
    My father in law was born in RI to a Canadian father and an American mother. But his parents emigrated to Canada before he was one. At the time he was born, he would have had to live in the US until he was three to claim US citizenship.
    The irony is that after living as a Canadian all his life and serving in the RAF in WWII, he was told that he wasn’t a Canadian citizen when he turned 65 and applied for his benefits. They had to issue some special dispensation or ruling to grant him Canadian citizenship.

  30. says

    Which means Jefferson, Jackson, Buchanan, Arthur, Wilson, and Hoover were all ineligible for the Presidency, but who’s counting?

    Yeah, but they were, you know, not Kenyan.

  31. StevoR, fallible human being says

    @7. cottonnero

    eamick: I think it’s that Obama has acknowledged that his father was not born in the US. Craige is following the birther line of thought that ‘natural born’ means born of two US-born parents. Which means Jefferson, Jackson, Buchanan, Arthur, Wilson, and Hoover were all ineligible for the Presidency, but who’s counting?

    You are, perhaps?

  32. thisisaturingtest says

    @#4, Zeno:

    Most birther wingnuts insist that “natural born citizen” means having both mother and father as U.S. citizens, although the Constitution says nothing of the sort.

    It’s irrelevant unless they can prove (as opposed to simply assert) that Obama was born elswhere than in Hawaii (that, by itself, gives him US citizenship), but…
    Let’s take their logic a little further. Mitt Romney’s paternal grandmother, Anna Amelia (Pratt) Romney, was the daughter of two Germans, Helaman Pratt and Anna Johanna Dorothy Wilcken. Since her parents weren’t natural born citizens, then, by their definition, she could not have been. And if she wasn’t, then, of course, her son, George, also wasn’t. And if he wasn’t, then neither is Mitt. If it doesn’t matter where anyone was born, but only that both parents must have been themselves natural born citizens, then, by their own logic, very few (if any) people would be eligible to be President, since you can trace just about anyone’s family tree back far enough and find someone who came from a different forest.

  33. stace says

    Apparently we are living in some sort of citizenless anarchy, since even native Americans walked over here from Asia.

  34. bradleybetts says

    “If you now administer the oath of office for the presidency to a man who by his own admission fails to meet the natural born citizen requirement imposed by that Constitution”

    Did I miss something? When exactly did Obama admit that?

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