RENO, Nev. (KOLO) - Does the language of the Constitution bar Hillary Clinton or any other woman from the presidency? A Reno man says it does and he's gone to court to prove his point.
When the founding fathers--all men--met to draft our constitution, it's unlikely any of them anticipated this issue. Women wouldn't even have the vote for more than another 134 years. They couldn't have imagined a woman running for president.
And that, Douglas Wallace would tell you, is the problem. A retired attorney, he would tell you he takes his oath to protect and defend the constitution against enemies foreign and domestic seriously and literally. Our political establishment, he would argue, doesn't.
"When the political parties slough over things. I consider them to be a domestic enemy," he says.
Simply put, he says the document the fathers drafted contains gender-specific language when it comes to the president. He counts no fewer than 19 masculine references to the president.
"In my opinion the specific language in Article 2 should be complied with and if there's 19 references to the person of the president in the male gender I think we need to comply with it."
And so, he's filed a lawsuit naming Clinton and Nevada Secretary of State Barbara Cegavske, aimed at barring Clinton from the ballot.
He insists he's no anti-feminist, anti-Hillary crank. Hillary Clinton may not be his preferred candidate, but the issue with him is with the 18th century language in the Constitution. He may not agree with it, but it's there and needs updating.
"I think it's trashing the words of the founders to just slush over it and do what we want to do. Admittedly we need to do it, but let's do it the proper way that the Constitution provides for, an amendment."
In fact, he says if the Equal Rights Amendment--which he supported--had been ratified, this would all be settled. It failed, of course, so he says there's a conversation waiting we should have and an issue we should settle.
"I don't know what the outcome will be. I'm just making a very small effort in a small state to open up the issue."
Wallace brought up the issue eight years ago and filed a similar suit, but it became moot when Clinton suspended her candidacy.