Roger’s Rules

A technical knock-out?

God, the architect Mies van der Rohe is supposed to have said, is in the details. If some of his critics are correct, one detail that Barack Obama seems to have neglected is to prove that he is a natural-born citizen of the United States. Is this important? You betcha. According to Article II, Section on of the Constitution, there are 3 requirements to be president:

1) A candidate must be at least 35 years old;

2) He (or she) must have lived in the United States for at least 14 years;

3) He (or she) must be a natural-born citizen of the United States (or have been a citizen at the time of the adoption of the Constitution, a qualification that even John McCain, venerable though he is, fails to meet).

On August 21, 2008, a Philadelphia lawyer named Philip J. Berg, a lifelong Democrat, filed a lawsuit against Obama, claiming that he was ineligible for the Presidency because he was not a natural-born citizen and demanding that he produce birth documents that prove otherwise. Apparently, Obama has yet to respond.

Team Obama runs a pretty slick machine. I can hardly believe that they would overlook a technical detail that would fatally derail Obama’s candidacy. Why, then, are they not forthcoming with the requisite documents? This video, in which Mr. Berg lays out the case against Obama, will surely be a spur to action. Everyone eligible to vote should watch the video: I have no independent verification of its claims. But a lot rests on the answers to the charges it brings. I report. You decide!

Update: The AP says it’s all hooey. Maybe so. They also note that there is a lawsuit–that would be Mr. Berg’s–is pending.