Birthers Asking the Wrong Question

By Yul

The goofiest states today are:

Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Maine, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Texas.

Georgia just joined the list, and Montana dropped off.

What do they have in common? Pending legislation that questions Obama’s citizenship and insists he prove it before he can be on their 2012 presidential ballots. (Montana’s bill didn’t pass.)

Hawaii’s governor issued a statement in 2008 saying state law prohibits releasing people’s original birth certificates to lookie-loos, but that she has seen it and swears it’s real.

Reporters also uncovered the published birth announcement that appeared in 2 Honolulu newspapers. Do the birthers think the papers were in cahoots in 1961 to fake Obama’s citizenship in case he ever decided to run for president?

The citizens of these 10 states should be outraged that their state representatives are wasting time on such pointless nonsense. If someone’s convinced Obama’s not a U.S. citizen and he’s on the ballot in 2012, the solution is quick and simple — DON’T VOTE FOR HIM.

Hawaii has provided all the proof any sane person should need that Obama was born there, so the real question for the birthers is…

Is Hawaii really a state?

I bet the majority of birthers think there’s something in the Constitution saying the “United” states must be contiguous (which there isn’t). And they probably can’t name the ocean Hawaii sits in.

Since the birthers are about as rational as Charlie Sheen, let’s lead them to their next “logical” conclusion…

If Hawaii isn’t a state, then neither is Alaska.

That means Sarah Palin can’t run for president because she doesn’t meet the residency requirement, which is in the Constitution, right here…

Article II, Section 1, Clause 5: Qualifications for office

No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Palin was born in Idaho, but her family moved to Alaska when she was a few months old. She went to college, ironically, in Hawaii, and in Idaho, but her total time living in the “real” U.S. (even if you include Hawaii) doesn’t add up to 14 years.

So, birthers, your presidential qualifications outrage needs to go back to the drawing board.


6 Responses to Birthers Asking the Wrong Question

  1. adele says:

    Good to see that you’re up to posting, Yul. When I look at the list of goofy states, I have to say that Connecticut surprises me — the others don’t. But I figured Connecticut was too much Eastern liberal establishment to go for the birther s#*t. Indiana, on the other hand, was no surprise at all. It was at the heart of the great Ku Klux Klan revival of the 1920’s.

  2. catsworking says:

    Adele, I was surprised to see Maine on the list, too.

    If ever there were an issue that the taxpayers of NO state should pay a PENNY for any public servant to waste a minute on, Obama’s birthplace is it.

  3. Suzanne says:

    Yul, this is your finest post to date. Even though I’m sick of hearing about the “birthers,” I thoroughly enjoyed your hysterical column. Now if you can convince The Washington Post, The New York Times, and The Richmond Times-Dispatch (:)) to reprint this article, no one will ever mention President Obama’s (or Sarah Palin’s) birthplace again. Yul gets extra treats today!

  4. catsworking says:

    Suzanne, I get extra treats EVERY day (if I look pathetic enough).

    I think every time some idiot starts blathering about Obama’s citizenship, he should be cut off at the knees with, “Why would 2 Hawaiian papers print a birth announcement of some random baby born in Kenya when he wasn’t going to be famous for another 40 years?”

    Of course, that’s logic, and we all know the people who believe this crazy stuff have no use for logic.

  5. MorganLF says:

    Points well made, however if Todd Palin has his way Alaska will secede and be a Nation unto itself.

    He was (is?)a member of the AIP, the Alaska Independence Party a radical, right-wing, gun toting movement with the intent of breaking up the Federal Union.

    BTW, didn’t Mrs. Palin videotape a message for this group’s convention a while back? No matter, the stoopids as you say are wasting a vast amount of taxpayer dollars pursuing a non-issue, that Yul properly points out can be addressed at the ballot box.

  6. catsworking says:

    Morgan, it would be poetic justice if Todd and his wacko friends gained some traction on secession just in time to render Sarah ineligible to run for president. Given her boundless ambition, it’s a fine point you KNOW neither she nor he have ever considered.

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