I learned from the PBS Frontline documentary, “Secret State of North Korea,” that when someone defects from North Korea, the government imprisons their entire extended family. I, and I think most Americans, would find that behavior reprehensible, outrageous and unacceptable for any civilized country.
Such a sentiment also comes from the Judeo-Christian tradition when scripture says:
In those days they shall no longer say: "’The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and the children’s teeth are set on edge. ‘ But everyone shall die for his own iniquity. Each man who eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be set on edge.
— The Bible (ESV) Jeremiah 31:29-30
And it is found in the United States Constitution in Article III that mentions the curious term “corruption of blood.” Section 3 includes:
The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.
The Wikipedia explains:
Corruption of blood is one of the consequences of attainder. The descendants of an attainted person could not inherit either from the attainted criminal (whose property had been forfeited on conviction) or from their other relatives through the criminal. For example, if a person is executed for a crime leaving innocent children, the property of the criminal is forfeited to the crown and will not pass to the children. If the criminal’s innocent father subsequently dies, his property cannot be inherited by the criminal’s children either: it will be distributed among other family members.
In the United States, a person’s crimes are his own, and do not work, at least legally, against his family. This is not, however, a birther-friendly principle. I have seen comments like the following many times over the past 6 years, for example this from the Free Republic:
What if Hitler had had his way with an underage American girl? Would his son be eligible?
Why is this POS student visa overstaying Indonesian in our country?
And just two days ago this appeared at Birther Report:
Hell Conman, let’s just let ANYONE with foreign born parents run for potus. How about President Bin Laden Jr.? President Adolph Hitler Jr. has a nice ring to it. Wait, here’s a better one…President Saddam Hussein the second! We could even start a squat-and-give-birth program whereby any scumbag roaming the surface of the earth could sneak into the country and drop a future potus! Jackpot! Hallelujah, rejoice! To hell with foreign allegiance, let’s become just another third world shithole and have a terrorist prodigy running our country! Doesn’t get any better than that!
They want to stigmatize a child because of his parent. They want corruption of blood.