That quote is by Christopher-Earl Strunk from oral arguments in his lawsuit in New York State court, Strunk v Board of Elections (and a long list of other defendants from John McCain to George Soros). I haven’t read Strunk’s complaint yet, but I gather that he is suing the various defendants in an effort to force a more rigorous determination of the qualifications of candidates for President in the 2012 election. There seems to be more to it than my simple summary, but that’s the focus. Strunk claims that Barack Obama is ineligible to run for President because his father was not a US Citizen. I want to thank commenter “Natural Born Citizen Party” for the link and for providing something to distract me while the pain drugs kicked in for this kidney stone I’m passing. (I’m feeling much better now.)
The Court questioned Strunk at length and I personally found the exchange between him and Judge Arthur M. Schack both entertaining and informative. If you read it, count all the allusions to movies, including one of my personal favorites, The Manchurian Candidate (the one starring Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury), a favorite long before Obama ran for President. The discussion was erudite and I was particularly impressed by Judge Schack’s wide knowledge of history in addition to popular culture.
What interested me most though was the connection between Mr. Strunk’s view of history and that presented in the classical conspiracy theories that I have been studying of late. Mr. Strunk, in true conspiracy theorist style, connects all sorts of disparate information to form a pattern, especially things related to the Catholic Church, the Jesuits, and the fact that various actors in the election were Catholic. The Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) gets a nod (and apparently more than a nod in the complaint). Strunk believes that the presence of ineligible candidates (he thinks McCain, Obama and Calero are ineligible) was no accident but the workings of a conspiracy involving the CFR to disenfranchise voters from being able to vote for an eligible candidate. What Mr. Strunk says is familiar territory for me these days and it’s illuminating to see New World Order conspiracy theories intersect the birther movement.
One interesting assertion by Strunk is that a New York law from 1909 defines a “natural born citizen” as someone both born in the State and with citizen parents. I want to look into that point further. Another assertion is that the New York state delegation to US Constitutional Convention walked out back in 1787 because it was going to allow persons who were not natural born citizens to serve in Congress. The usual historical view is that they walked out because (among other things) every state would have equal representation in the Senate. Strunk gets another historical fact wrong, asserting that John McCain was born in the Republic of Panama rather then in the Canal Zone.
Mr. Strunk has provided an extensive archive of the documents of his cases on the Scribd web site. Before closing, I note that I found anti-Muslim and anti-Catholic generalizations made by him offensive.