Somehow, I ended up making a comment a couple of weeks ago at a web site called govtslaves.info, correcting some factual error in an article. Yesterday there was a reply:
DOC3’s remark is similar to ones I see frequently, expressing a belief that somehow Obama’s presidency can not only be ended, but erased. They just want it to all go away. “Magic bullet” is the phrase used by historian Jesse Walker to describe one of the three main motivations for the birther movement:
Wishing for a magic bullet. This is the most obvious motivation: the search for a bolt of lightning that would end Obama’s career without the pain of political persuasion.
Walker, Jesse (2013-08-20). The United States of Paranoia: A Conspiracy Theory (p. 316). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
Any US presidential election involving Barack Obama is in the past, and Obama won despite the birthers. Birthers are, however, the ultimate denialists. Their belief in the Magic reset button requires them to deny two things about the law:
The first is what the Constitution says about how the qualifications of US Presidents are determined. The 20th Amendment to the US Constitution details the process through which the election of our presidents is certified by Congress. It makes it clear that the Congress is the arbiter of the qualifications for President of the United States. Congress has decided that Obama is eligible twice. The Constitution does not provide a means for them to un-certify the election. Obama could be removed from office through impeachment, but impeachment is not retroactive.
The second is a legal principle called “the de facto officer doctrine.” I have written fully on that topic before. See my article “What’s done is done? the de facto officer doctrine.” Even if Obama were someone found to be ineligible, whatever he did in office stands.
No amount of magical thinking is going to undo the Obama presidency.