A couple of stories appeared in the news this weekend.
The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) published a commentary by senior editor Joe Hallett titled The only substance you’ll get out of the major parties is mud in which he said:
At a recent Darke County Republican Party dinner, two warm-up speakers made “birther” jokes questioning whether Obama was born in the United States and, thus, legally eligible to be president. When his turn came to speak, [Republican Senate candidate Rob] Portman rightly ignored the comments.
Democrats pounced, claiming that Portman’s silence was a tacit admission that he supported the widely discredited birther theory. On Thursday, I received an e-mail from the Democrats breathlessly proclaiming: “Day 5 of Portman Birther Controversy.”
From the Prescott, Arizona Daily Courier comes an article titled: Backing birther bills and signs of diversity. The article samples opinion from local officials on the bill before the Arizona legislature to require future presidential candidates to prove their qualifications with a birth certificate. In a related article, the Courier reported:
Northern Arizona University political science professor Fred Solop described “birthers” as a small fringe group of extremists and said the Arizona lawmakers supporting their cause are walking a political tightrope.
A comment was left by a reader under the name Another Bird that I thought was extremely well written, so much so that I am copying it here.
Those who believe the president hasn’t provided his birth certificate should just check with the state that he claimed he was born in. It is that state that would verify if his birth certificate is authentic or not. Honestly, it isn’t that complicated. In this case Hawaii, as with any other state, would be greatly appreciated.
However, after being inundated with inquires the State of Hawaii has made a press release confirming that Obama was born in that state. Hawaii had to make a second press release.
A reasonable person, an adult, would have accepted that the president has produced a birth certificate and that he was born in Hawaii.
Instead there are adults who are more interested in conspiracy theories that accepting the facts.
– They refuse to acknowledge that America does recognize dual citizenship.
– They try to argue that a certification and certificate means are different.
– They refuse to accept that a person born in America is an American citizen.
– They argue that a document that states a person was born in specific place is only given to people who are born elsewhere.
– They refuse to recognize current American laws on various topics, from women’s rights to citizenship.
– They are willing to accept forged documents where no government agency accepts it as authentic, while refusing to accept one document when the issuing agency authenticates the information on it.
– They argue that states have no rights in verifying a person’s citizenship.
– They act as though they are the gatekeepers to protecting the Constitution, but have shown ignorance to American law.
… And the list goes on.
It would be interesting if a future political born in Arizona ran for president and Arizona Department of Health Services inundated phone calls doubting their birth records. Now, that would be childish.
All birthers have are their conspiracy theory where nothing in law or common sense supports it. What will this bill do? Nothing. Absolutely nothing, other than pander to birthers. Honestly, this bill will not stop Barack Obama from running for president. It will incense birthers as they will for them to accept that Obama is a natural-born citizen.