Birther Stampede!

One would think that a court challenge might be the appropriate way to resolve this.

However, the birther movement appears to be based on faith.  Not faith in God or in reason, but a faith in Slogan.  Slogan is a demigod of  chaos that, like a prairie fire excites the sheep and cattle to stampede, sometimes off of the range into an arroyo. – carlos

Birther Bills Pop Up In Numerous States Ahead Of 2012

Has anyone challenged this in court?

ATLANTA — Georgia is the latest state to propose legislation that questions whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S., joining 10 other states who have measures that want more proof before his name is put on the 2012 ballot.


Even though Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, his birth certificate has been made public and courts have rebuffed challenges, the so-called “birther” issue hasn’t gone away.

Georgia Rep. Mark Hatfield, a Republican, said he still doesn’t know if Obama is eligible to serve as president, and 92 of his GOP colleagues and one Democrat support the bill introduced Monday.

“Most people feel it’s an issue to a significant enough portion of our population that it needs to be addressed by the state,” Hatfield said. “It is, in a sense, a response to … the sitting president and his inability or unwillingness to release his original birth certificate.”

So-called “birthers” have contended since 2008 that Obama is ineligible to be president. They argue he was actually born in Kenya, his father’s homeland. They have also not been satisfied with the “Certification of Live Birth” Obama has released, which is a digital document.

Hatfield’s bill would require a certified copy of Obama’s original birth certificate be provided.  University of Georgia political scientist Charles Bullock said the issue was likely more about politics.

“It could be that this individual really does doubt that Barack Obama was born in this country, despite evidence to the contrary,” he said. “There are also people who think we have never sent astronauts to the moon. Or, the legislator may not have any real qualms, but figures this may play very well with his constituency in the district back home.”

A handful of states, including Georgia, have proposed similar bills since Obama was elected, but five more states joined them during the current legislative session.

“This attention to the citizenship of presidential candidates is a fairly new issue that I’m seeing more of this year,” said Jennie Bowser of the National Conference of State Legislatures.

In Georgia, state Rep. Calvin Smyre, an Obama supporter and former president of the National Black Caucus of State Legislators, was exasperated.

“I thought we had gotten that behind us as a nation. I think that’s a step in the wrong direction,” Smyre said.  Top Republican leaders, including former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin and House Majority leader Eric Cantor, have also said Obama’s citizenship is not an issue.

A Georgia House committee was expected to take up the proposal this week, and there’s already enough support to pass that body. The Senate’s approval is less clear.

“It is unfortunate that some people continue to fight the Civil War,” said Senate Minority Leader Brown. “We should learn from history that this kind of behavior is bad for business. It’s bad for the image of the state and at the end of the day, it doesn’t accomplish anything.”

The 10 other states with pending bills include: Arizona, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Connecticut, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee and Maine. The measure has failed this year in Montana.


About carlos

I'm a curious person, of reasonable intellect, "on the beach" (retired) and enjoying my interest in anthropology, language, civil rights, and a few other areas. I've been a hippie/student/aerospace tech writer in the '60s, a witness to the Portuguese revolution in the ‘70s, a defense test engineer and witness to the Guatemalan genocide in the '80s, and a network engineer for an ISP in the '90s. Now I’m a student and commentator until my time is up. I've spent time under the spell of the Mesoamerican pyramids and the sweet sound of the Portuguese language. I've lived in Europe, traveled in Brazil, Central America, Iceland, New Zealand, and other places. My preferred mode of travel is with a backpack and I eat (almost) anything local. Somehow, many of the countries I have been to have had civil unrest (for which I was not responsible). I'm open to correspond with anyone who might share my liberal, humanist interests. I live in San Buenaventura, California.
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2 Responses to Birther Stampede!

  1. Montana says:

    To all the “Chicken Littles” that keep saying that the sky is falling, and the Unites States will fail, never count against the United States of America, we are coming back and you and your phonies are wrong!

    The Birthers just HATE and can’t debate, where is there proof you might asked? Up where the sun don’t shine, HA, HA, show some proof birthers or people will continue to see you as dumb, stupid or racist, maybe all three. Can you blame them?

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