Birthers have clamored for a Congressional investigation of Barack Obama’s birth certificate, but birthers are a minority. Most people, the non-conspiracy minded folks, don’t have doubts about who is legitimately President of the United States, whether they like the choice or not. Birther theories don’t stand up to scrutiny. Anyone who cares can find out all the information necessary to make a decision without subpoenas and testimony.
I think that Congress, instead of bowing to the nut cases, should rather investigate the very real birther phenomenon. There are things that no one knows about the birthers. Congress should find out who’s funding it, whether it poses a danger to national security, and what can be done to prevent loss of productivity and family disintegration by similar movements in the future. Is it a confidence racket? Were laws violated? Is legislation needed to tighten up the rules for tax-exempt organizations that run political smear campaigns? Does the IRS need more money for investigators? These are legitimate Congressional concerns.
Some might argue that Congress has a long list of more important issues to deal with: the debt limit, continuing government operational funding, advice on executive branch judicial appointments and immigration reform; however, as a minority1 in Congress has these important issues bottled up, they might as well investigate birthers.
1While Republicans are a majority in the House of Representatives, obstructionists are not. Moderate Republicans plus Democrats in the House make the real majority and they would work on these more important issues if given the chance by the House leadership. In the Senate, the minority Republican party blocks legislation through filibuster.