President Barack Obama was born in Hawaii, one of the United States, in 1961. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a United States citizen. Both of these facts confer upon Barack Obama natural born citizenship in these United States, as per the Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution. He is therefore eligible to be President. To quote one of my favorite movies, “these are the facts of the case, and they are undisputed.”
A number of people, though, continue to assert that they “just want to see his birth certificate” to “make sure [Obama]‘s eligible to be President.” These same people conveniently failed to ask for John McCain’s birth certificate, though we know he was born in a foreign country, on land leased by the United States, in the Panama Canal Zone. The immediately racist foundation of this dichotomy, needing to see the brown man’s papers, is fodder for another discussion.
The calculated and coordinated effort by Republican legislators and conservative citizens to write state laws regarding the President’s birth certificate have one purpose only: to keep his reelection campaign legally, politically, and economically distracted as the campaign season begins. They want him walking on marbles. President Bill Clinton, the last Democratic president, spent half of his second term in court, fighting spurious lawsuits and challenges related to his personal conduct. The coordinated attack based in the special prosecutor’s office took it’s toll on both President Clinton and his effectiveness to affect policy.
Governor Jan Brewer of Arizona vetoed the “birther” bill passed by Arizona’s legislature requiring candidates for the presidency of the United States to submit their birth certificate in order to be listed on the state’s ballot. The key here isn’t that she objected to the merits of the bill itself. She simply decried the proof of a lack of foreskin being codified into law. Either way, that ridiculous farce of a bill failed.
Similar bills are being considered in thirteen other states, and Louisiana’s governor, the former “Republican Barack Obama” (politician of non-anglo ethnicity with ties to an immigrant community) Bobby Jindal, has indicated that when the “birther bill” passes the legislature in his state, he’ll sign it.
From Donald Trump’s whorish attempts to wave the birther flag to revive ratings for his television career to Russell Pearce‘s attempt to treat the President of the United States like the Republicans treated the last Democratic President of the United States (they focused on Clinton’s genitals, too) this coordinated strategy is the GOP’s attempt to secure victory in an election they are unable to win on the merits.
And Democrats, whose faith in the process of democracy and belief that “the arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice” need to prepare for the mud slinging, and quick. I’m not arguing that we need to get down and dirty with them. I’m saying that assuming good will of the political opposition in the face of evidence to the contrary is putting a blindfold on while they’re throwing down marbles.
We can’t … the United States can’t afford to be that imbalanced.
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- “Trump, HI Gov. Spar Over Birth Certificate Issue” and related posts (theyeshivaworld.com)
- Romney: ‘I Believe The President Was Born In The United States’ (VIDEO) (alternet.org)
- Bachmann: Obama’s certification of live birth ‘should settle’ birther issue (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)