By Jim O’Neill
We the people of the United States, in order to form a more perfect union, establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.
Preamble to the United States Constitution
As military officers, we owe our ultimate loyalty not to superior officers or even to the president, but rather, to the Constitution.”
Lt. Gen. Thomas G. McInerney (USAF Ret.)
“I think many in the military – and many out of the military – question the natural-birth status of Barack Obama.”
Major General Paul E. Vallely (US Army Ret.)
First off – will Congress and/or SCOTUS please get off their collective butts and clearly, emphatically, and unequivocally define exactly what is meant by “Natural Born” from Article II, Section 1, Clause 5 of the US Constitution?
Good God, it is unbelievable that such a vitally important term has not been legally and clearly defined so that there is no question what it means. I realize that the wheels of government move slowly, and I don’t mean to sound impatient, but hey, it’s been over 200 years. Just saying.
Depending on how “Natural Born” is defined (and you can take your pick from several differing interpretations) then Obama was, or was not, legally POTUS – and Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, and Bobby Jindal (to mention a few) can, or cannot, legally become President of the United States. So, this is a very important point, a very big deal.
Personally, I believe that the term “Natural Born” refers to a person born in the United States (or a territory under US jurisdiction) to parents who are both US citizens at the time of the “Natural Born” citizen’s birth. But legal precedents aside (e.g. “Minor v. Happersett” and “United States v. Wong Kim Ark”) the definition of “Natural Born” remains murky – at least in the minds of many. So, Congress, SCOTUS — earn your pay, do your job (finally).
This article is about Terry Lakin, and defining the term “Natural Born” may seem an unwarranted distraction in that context…but Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS is a big part of Terry’s story, so the importance of officially defining “Natural Born” is an apropos issue to discuss. In any event, time to get into the meat of this article.
Although Terry’s story was front page news several years ago, many of our attention spans are less than optimal (mine included), so perhaps a brief refresher on his case is in order. What follows is a short synopsis of what made him so newsworthy.
In 2010 Terry Lakin was a Lieutenant Colonel (LTC) in the US Army when he was sent orders for redeployment to Afghanistan. To make a long story short, LTC Lakin refused to go to Afghanistan because he had serious doubts regarding Obama’s qualifications to be Commander in Chief (sometimes abbreviated as CINC — pronounced “sink”) of the US military.
“My motivation stems from my oath of office to defend and uphold the Constitution, it’s the constitution that needs to be upheld.”
[Sidebar: LTC Lakin’s medals and decorations include the Army Flight Surgeon Badge, Combat Medical Badge, the Bronze Star Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal, the Army Commendation Medal with two Oak Leaf Clusters, the Army Achievement Medal with one Oak Leaf Cluster, the National Defense Service Medal with Bronze Service Star, the Armed Forces Expedition Medal, the Army Reserve Component Achievement Medal, the Army Service Ribbon, the Overseas Service Ribbon sixth award and the NATO service medal. End of Sidebar]
You may recall that on his first full day as CINC Obama enacted Executive Order 13489, which in essence sealed his past history from public scrutiny. The President of the United States does not want “we the people” to know who he is? WTF? At least that was my reaction – and I was hardly alone. Shortly afterwards the so called “birther movement” grew legs and took off running.
Among the many records the Obama camp has refused to release are the marriage license of his father (Barack Sr.) and mother (Stanley Ann Dunham), name-change records (Barry Soetero to Barack Hussein Obama), adoption records, records of his and his mother’s repatriation as U.S. citizens from Indonesia, baptism records, Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) records, Punahou School financial aid or school records, Occidental College financial aid records, Harvard Law School records, Columbia senior thesis, Columbia College records, record with Illinois State Bar Association, files from his terms as an Illinois state senator, his law client list, medical records and passport records.
The reaction of the MSM globalist propaganda machine to the birther movement was immediate, vociferous, and massive. Ridicule (rule #5 of Alinsky’s “Rules for Radicals) and smoke ‘n’ mirrors obfuscation were employed in a firehose stream of denial and derision. I wrote about it at the time:
Let’s pretend for a moment that we’re not all being treated like mentally challenged six-year-olds, and that it’s out on the table that the current POTUS has been blatantly hiding his past from the American electorate. Let’s also pretend that neither the media, nor our judicial system, find it laughably funny when “we the people” insist on knowing the REAL history of the person running America’s economy, military, and domestic/foreign policies. If we pretend all those things, then it makes perfect sense to question Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS….
Adding to LTC Lakin’s concerns was the fact that according to the official narrative, Obama’s father was a Kenyan who was never a US citizen, let alone at the time of the CINC’s birth – which according to the definition of “Natural Born” mentioned above, made Obama constitutionally ineligible to be POTUS. It is also of note that Obama’s long form birth certificate was not released (digital copy only) until after LTC Lakin was court-martialed, found guilty, and sent to prison.
[Sidebar: In order to silence critics of the digital representation of his short form birth certificate, on April 27, 2011 Obama released a digital version of his long form birth certificate. The years long Arpaio/Zullo investigation strongly suggests that Obama’s online long form birth certificate is a forgery. End of Sidebar]
Before going any further, let me state that this article is not about taking sides on the question of Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS, or the particulars of his birth. It is concerned with the grave injustice done to LTC Lakin. I have simply been laying out the historical background surrounding Terry Lakin’s trial and imprisonment in order to provide context.
I am basically pounding two drums (and only two) in this article: (1) that the term “Natural Born” be clearly defined by Congress or the SCOTUS, and (2) that Terry Lakin is an American hero who deserves the “Medal of Freedom” or “Congressional Gold Medal” for his valorous defense of the US Constitution.
LTC Lakin took the stand that he did because of the sort of man that he was, and is – a stalwart American patriot whose love of country, honesty, honor, and belief in the US Constitution should make him an exemplar to every man and woman in uniform. Heck, to every American patriot.
In late 2010 he was found guilty of failing to obey orders and stripped of his rank and benefits. He was sent to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas. He served his time and has been a free man since May of 2011.
Recently a petition was started to “Reinstate Lt. Col. Terry Lakin into the U.S. Army with full rank, pay, benefits and pension immediately.” I received an email from Terry a couple of days ago – the excerpt below should give you a glimpse of the man’s character.
Gary [Wilmott] started the petition. It got out there. I’m not holding my breath that much will come of it. My friend Marco, Charles Kerchner, Erik Rush, Peter Boyles and others have all jumped in to help.
Personally, I’m patient. I think Trump has a lot to do. …I have been blessed by the Lord and am providing for my family and others. I cannot forget that there are so many others still in Leavenworth [whose cases are more urgent].
Given his hitherto unblemished record, undeniable professionalism, unquestioned patriotism, and respect for the US Constitution, LTC Lakin could have, and should have, received much better treatment at the hands of the US Army. The Army’s railroading of LTC Lakin was disgraceful and a stain on their honor. The whole thing stinks of the political intrigues surrounding “The Dreyfus Affair.”
As Terry notes, President Trump no doubt has bigger fish to fry at the moment (and for some time to come one suspects), but, when he finds the time, I believe that an official Presidential pardon for LTC Terry Lakin is in order. I have full faith that President Trump will do the right thing when time allows.