Sellin wrote recently in a commentary bashing Rove (and rightly so) picked up by Birther Report…
Rove cares little about the Constitution, the rule of law or the country. He is only interested in winning elections because each election he wins increases his power, prestige and the size of his financial portfolio.
Rove is part of the Republican establishment, who long ago decided that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney will be their Presidential candidate in 2012 and Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) will be chosen for the Vice Presidency.
Romney has the mega-money backers and a national campaign organization, key factors in winning any presidential race.
Rubio brings considerable benefits to the ticket because of his strength in the critical state of Florida, by his perceived conservatism and by his ability to swing Hispanic votes to the Republican Party.
So, it is understandable that Rove does not want the American people to know that Marco Rubio is not a natural born citizen and, therefore, is not eligible for the office of Vice President or President.
To that end, Rove has begun to use the same method, “Rules for Radicals” Rule 5 – “ridicule is man’s most potent weapon,” that Barack Obama acquired from radical socialist and community organizer Saul Alinsky.
On Fox News recently, Rove, in an apparent leap of desperation, attacked Texas Governor Rick Perry for responding innocuously to questions regarding Barack Obama’s Constitutional ineligibility for the Presidency. Rove said:
“You associate yourself with a nutty view like that, and you damage yourself,” Rove said. “And I know he went and he’s trying to cultivate — as all of them are — Donald Trump, in order to get his endorsement, but this is not the way to go about doing it, because it starts to marginalize you in the minds of some of the people whom you need in order to get the election.”
“There’s a simple answer,” Rove continued. “Yes, he was born in the United States, yes, he is eligible to serve, and don’t associate yourself with sort of this nutty fringe group.”
Rove did that for two reasons; to undermine Perry’s campaign and to protect Rubio.
He is also trying to destroy Herman Cain’s candidacy because Cain is an outsider, not a member of the Republican establishment and is a potential challenger to Rubio as a candidate for Vice President.
Like Obama, Rove is now apparently mounting his own disinformation effort regarding the Constitutional requirements for the office of President and Vice President.
In response to a viewer’s criticism regarding his Fox News comments, Rove mimics the tactics of Obama supporters by deliberately obscuring the difference between “citizen” and “natural born citizen” and intentionally misinterpreting the binding Supreme Court precedent of Minor vs. Happersett (1875).
“No court has ever held that someone born on US soil to a US mother is anything other than a US citizen. The case you cite (Minor) dealt with the question of whether a woman was entitled to the right to vote, not whether she was a “natural born citizen.” However, the court did (in a over dictum) hold “At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also.”
Mario Apuzzo, Esq. competently explains the misleading tactics used by Obama defenders and ostensibly now also being used by Herr Rove.
“They must and do attack the Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162 (1875) decision on two fronts. First, they argue that the definition of a ‘natural-born citizen’ given by the Court is dicta and therefore not binding precedent. But they are wrong. In Minor, the U.S. Supreme Court had to decide whether Virginia Minor, a woman, was a ‘citizen’ in order to determine whether as a ‘citizen’ she enjoyed a constitutional right to vote under the privileges and immunities clause of Article IV. So the Court reasoned that once she was shown to be a ‘citizen,’ it did not matter that she was a woman, unless Missouri could still disqualify a woman from voting because being a ‘citizen’ did not guarantee any person the right to vote. It does not matter whether the Court chose to say that Minor was a ‘natural born Citizen’ or just a ‘citizen.’ Either way, Virginia Minor would advance to the next step in the analysis which was whether as a ‘citizen’ she had the right to vote which Missouri could not abrogate. The Court chose the ‘natural-born citizen’ path. It thoroughly analyzed and considered what a ‘natural-born citizen’ was and after saying that it is a child born in the country to citizen parents, found that Virginia Minor was a ‘natural-born citizen’ and therefore also a ‘citizen’…”
Rove is not only wrong, but disingenuous. There is no ambiguity. Neither Barack Obama nor Marco Rubio is a natural born citizen and, therefore, they are ineligible for the Presidency or Vice Presidency, respectively.
Col. Sellin, YOU SIR ARE AN OATHKEEPER!