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Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 year banking career, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, and other major industry publications. The American Bankers Association (ABA) published Barnewall’s Profitable Private Banking: the Complete Blueprint, in 1987. She taught private banking at Colorado University for the ABA and trained private bankers in Singapore.

Sunday, April 10, 2011


By Marilyn M. Barnewall
April 10, 2011

Can you imagine what will happen to this nation if Barack Hussein Obama is re-elected President in 2012? Don’t think because he’s not at the top of the conservative Hit Parade that it’s impossible for him to win in 2012, because he could.

Republican legislators around the country can prevent it – but are sitting on their hands. Why?

According to Wikipedia, after the 2010 elections, 30 States have Republican-dominated legislatures. After Obama’s nomination at the 2008 Democrat National Convention in Denver, there was evidence of manipulation of the statements signed – notarized statements claiming he was qualified – but no proof of qualification was provided to validate those claims. The Denver Post ran a series of articles on the irregularities. Nothing was done to correct what appear to be intended errors.

One problem conservatives have is assuming because they wouldn’t doctor a document to make an untrue statement to promote an illegal act, others won’t either. It should be obvious by now that liberal progressives will say and do whatever it takes to achieve their ends. They are believers in the philosophy that the end justifies the means.

My recent articles have been about the ways in which American Patriots can do something other than inform themselves about problems we, as a nation, face. Being informed is step one. Doing something is step two. I’ve said that any steps taken must unify us as a nation and must be lawful. We don’t want to resort to the “bring the system down to change the system” socialist strategy. That’s a great way, through weaknesses inherent in any system, of opening the door to a government takeover by power brokers… the Soros kind.

The best way to ensure Barak Hussein Obama/Soetoro doesn’t get re-elected is to keep him off the 2012 ballot. If it’s against the law for him to be on the ballot in several states, Democrats will be hesitant to nominate him. That’s the simplest, easiest and least risky way to prevent another four years of Obama. Frankly, as I look at the economy, I’m worried about getting through the summer without a total financial fall off the cliff. I pray our financial system lasts until 2012.

How do we keep Obama off the ballot?

In states where Republicans dominate the legislature, pass a law requiring that all candidates who run for state or national office provide proof of their eligibility to hold that office. If it is unlawful for Obama’s name to appear on the ballot in several states because proof of qualification to be President is not provided, it would be very difficult to win a national election. Force him to provide that damnable Birth Certificate to get on the ballot in your state.

As I recall, a few States put some form of this legislation in Committee to “study it.” That’s a little like volunteer work (worthy though it is): It takes time and is often forgotten. It’s time for step two: Action. Get those proposed Bills out of Committee and put them before the legislature! What are you waiting for? Another four years of Obama disaster?

Could it possibly be that easy?

I’ve asked myself how such a law might be challenged and how the courts would decide. One question makes me think it would be difficult legislation to reverse. How could a State Supreme Court or the Supreme Court of the United States deny citizens the right to uphold both State and Federal laws that define requirements to run for political office? If such a law was overturned, it would set a precedent that suggests no law is valid… that no laws on the books are enforceable. Though that appears to be more truth than fiction as fewer and fewer people follow a moral code of ethics or think they can choose at will the laws they will obey, it’s a different matter for judges to write into law that which violates law.

What are the qualifications to become President of the United States?

Age and Citizenship requirements - US Constitution, Article II, Section 1

“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 office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty-five years, and been fourteen years a resident within the United States.”

And thus the “Birth Certificate” issue becomes important.

A great many Americans have questioned the validity of Obama’s citizenship. Most readers know the numerous points on this issue: “My grandson was born in a Kenyan hospital” and “There is a difference in ‘Certificate of Live Birth’ and ‘Birth Certificate’.” Etcetera and many more etceteras follow. In Hawaii, a Certificate of Live Birth can’t even be used as proof of age to get a driving license. The issue didn’t really become hot until Donald Trump decided he might run for President and began talking about the questions surrounding Obama’s qualifications. He has talked about the Birth Certificate, about the two million dollars spent to avoid providing one ¬ and suddenly the mainstream media couldn’t ignore it any longer.

If Donald Trump never becomes President of the United States, by bringing this issue to the forefront (where it should have been years ago) he has served his nation well. We owe him thanks.

Even the most listened to radio talk show host in the country was in trouble with his listeners this week for having rejected the Birth Certificate issue for more than three years. One of Rush Limbaugh’s callers pointed out that had he or Glenn Beck taken this issue up before the election, the American people might not have had to suffer through these years of an incompetent and socialist governing style.

Angela, a caller from Missouri: "The fact of the matter is that his citizenship has been a suspicious issue from the very beginning and not one high Republican or you has ever really tried to nail him on this issue, and if it does turn out that he is not a true citizen, then I think all of you should hang your heads in shame because of all the destruction our country has had to suffer ever since he was elected, in spite of being the fraud that we know he probably really is."

Rush countered by pointing out that half of the country voted for “the guy.” He talked about the media hype and the tricks played to garner votes for Obama. Rush suggested that today it’s 2011 and said ”we are living in the midst of this guy destroying the economy and going back and talking about a birth certificate right now is not the most effective way of stopping this guy.” Rush went on to tell Angela that he doesn’t deal with what-ifs. “If,” he said, “is for children. And we’ve got certain things that are the reality of the day that have to be dealt with, pure and simple, and that’s where I am on this. No more and no less. There’s no magic wand that can get Obama unelected.”

Though I agree with Angela that had anyone taken this issue public before the election, Obama would likely have not been elected, Rush is right, too. He’s right when he points out that if Obama was disqualified from holding office after more than two years of serving in office, it would cause chaos to “wipe clean” every law, every bill paid, everything that has been done by this administration… decisions involving our military would be put at question, for example. Afghanistan and Libya would try to hire John Edwards to sue the U.S. because the American people didn’t vet a Presidential candidate well enough and he became an illegal President who gave military commands that killed a lot of people and did billions of dollars worth of damage to their countries. Rush is right. It would be a mess. Think it through.

But it won’t create a mess to keep Obama off of the 2012 ballot by making him prove that he either is or is not qualified to hold the office of President of the United States. Our State legislators can do that with the simple law mentioned above. In fact, Rush made my point for me when he said: “The focus needs to be on making sure he's not reelected.”

The Constitution very clearly says that to be President of the United States a person must be at least 35 years of age. There is only one document that proves someone’s real age: A Birth Certificate. Not a Certificate of Live Birth; a Birth Certificate. A state law requiring all candidates to prove their qualifications to run for office and requiring a Birth Certificate as proof of age would solve that problem nicely.

Many Tea Party members are tired of just being educated about the problems. Many are tired of being asked to contribute to groups that do little or nothing. This is a perfect project for people who truly want to help their nation. It costs little or nothing to write a letter to your State Representative or Senator and demand legislation that prevents questions about candidate qualification from ever occurring. It takes little time to drive to your elected officials’ local offices and do a little lobbying. This is an easy issue to explain. There are no complex legal insights required.

All you have to say is: “I want you to introduce legislation (or support existing legislation) that requires all candidates for all political offices to prove they are qualified to hold the office they seek. All political offices have certain requirements. Make sure everyone who runs for office in this State proves he or she is qualified to hold that office!”

If you’re really creative, you will call your local Secretary of State and find out what the qualifications are to hold various elected positions within your State. You will arm yourself with knowledge and you will use it to win a major victory.

It’s peaceful, lawful – and very American to beat them at their own game.

© 2011 Marilyn M. Barnewall - All Rights Reserved


Marilyn MacGruder Barnewall began her career in 1956 as a journalist with the Wyoming Eagle in Cheyenne. During her 20 years (plus) as a banker and bank consultant, she wrote extensively for The American Banker, Bank Marketing Magazine, Trust Marketing Magazine, was U.S. Consulting Editor for Private Banker International (London/Dublin), and other major banking industry publications. She has written seven non-fiction books about banking and taught private banking at Colorado University for the American Bankers Association. She has authored seven banking books, one dog book, and two works of fiction (about banking, of course). She has served on numerous Boards in her community.

Barnewall is the former editor of The National Peace Officers Magazine and as a journalist has written guest editorials for the Denver Post, Rocky Mountain News and Newsweek, among others. On the Internet, she has written for News With Views, World Net Daily, Canada Free Press, Christian Business Daily, Business Reform, and others. She has been quoted in Time, Forbes, Wall Street Journal and other national and international publications. She can be found in Who's Who in America, Who's Who of American Women, Who's Who in Finance and Business, and Who's Who in the World.

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