It seems to be a birther media frenzy of late, fueled by the latest Donald “zombie birther” Trump remarks. Now everything “birther” is all the rage — from Sheriff Joe Arpaio to Michigan candidate for the U. S. Senate Pete Hoekstra.
Politico.com reports Hoekstra has proposed a federal commission to check presidential candidates’ eligibility. Acknowledging that it’s likely to grow from this humble start he suggested:
an FBI person, maybe a CIA person and one person managing those two people, and just if you want to run for president, you’ve got to go with the right, proper documentation and go to that person and get it certified that you meet the qualifications to be president of the United States.
Nothing to do with President Obama, Hoekstra told CNN. Putting that obvious lie aside, is this a good idea?
Certainly we don’t want 50 states individually coming up with possibly conflicting determinations of eligibility. However, what if the Federal office were headed by Joe Arpaio (or someone equally nutty from the left)? I personally think the crucible of a national presidential election is more than sufficient to vet a candidate, and if there are any lingering doubts after the election, Congress has the power to step in. Nothing would satisfy the birthers, so why bother?
The real problem the birthers have is that Barack Obama got elected. If the birthers don’t like that, the only way they are going to have anything different is to defeat him in the next election fair and square.