Friday, Feb 17, 2006, 10:17 am
The U.S. Constitution prevents Hillary Rodham Clinton -- or any woman -- from serving as President. Contrary to what feminists think, the 19th Amendment did not de-gender our nation's highest office. Article II, Section 1 declares 16 times the President will be a man.
That's right, men only. Women need not apply.
Sexist? Maybe, but that's the law of the land. Don't think it's right? Then change it with a constitutional amendment. Until then, the U.S. Constitution bars women from the Oval Office.
Reverend Rusty Weller is conducting a petition drive to ban Hillary and all other women from gaining ballot access for the top of the ticket.
During his national Talk Show tour, Rev. Rusty explains that the 19th Amendment merely grants women the right to vote and he quotes chapter and verse: "The right of citizens of the United States to vote shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex. Congress shall have the power to enforce this article by appropriate legislation." Nothing in the 19th Amendment neutralizes the gender-specific qualifications for President, so much work must be done before Mrs. Clinton or any woman can constitutionally serve in that role.
“Most constitutional scholars agree our Founding Fathers specifically wrote into the Constitution a male-gendered office called President. Article II, Section 1 begins: ‘The executive power shall be vested in a President of the United States of America. He shall hold his office during the term of four years ...’”, said Rev. Weller.
To view the petition, visit: http://www.ChristianPetitions.com where it clearly shows that gender-specific qualifications for President are different than those for the office of Congressman in Article I, Section 1: "The House of Representatives shall be composed of members chosen every second year ... No person shall be a Representative who shall not have attained the age of 25 years ..." Neither is there any gender specification in the qualifications for Senator found in Article I, Section 2.
Jessica Clark is a writer, editor and researcher, with more than 15 years of experience spanning commercial, educational, independent and public media production. Currently she is the Research Director for American University’s Center for Social Media. She also writes a monthly column for PBS’ MediaShift on new directions in public media. She is the author, with Tracy Van Slyke, of Beyond the Echo Chamber: Reshaping Politics Through Networked Progressive Media (2010, New Press).