May 1, 2011

The Inevitable (and Unenviable) Birth-Certificate Post

Hatched by Dafydd

I'm sure I said this before, but I'm not going to bother looking it up.

I have no idea whether Barack H. Obama was born in the United States. Nor do I know whether, assuming for sake of argument that he was born abroad, he would still be a native-born American.

But I do know this: The question is entirely moot.

No federal court in the entire United States will ever, ever, ever attempt to remove Obama from the office of President of the United States, simply because he was not a "natural born Citizen." Even in the unlikely event that some court found that President B.O. was naturalized, the fact that he was elected President would cause the courts to hold, as a matter of expediency, that to remove him from office themselves would (a) violate the separation of powers, and (b) negate democracy and disenfranchise every voter in the country.

So it's simply never going to happen.

Nor can we use it in November, 2012, even if his non-native-bornness were proven by some means; to voters, it would sound every bit as technical as the doomed Democratic effort in 2008 to boot John McCain off the ballot because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone.

The likely response of a serious GOP effort to eject the sitting President from the ballot on such a technicality would be to reelect Obama in a landslide; the American meme of "fair play" would swamp any pedantic doubts about the loyalty of a man who was, at the very least, raised nearly his entire life in the United States, saving only four years spent in English-language schools in Indonesia.

Barack Obama's problem is not that he is an immigrant -- he isn't, and that's not necessarily a "problem," in any event -- but that he is a radical and a Progressivist who flies perilously close to Marxism. His nationality is completely irrelevant, because the Obamacle considers himself a Citizen of the World, beyond all national borders, beyond Left and Right, beyond good and evil. He imagines himself the Nietzschean √úbermensch: an "evolved" man who is not limited by either constituional checks and balances or bourgeoisie morality.

Let's fight him on those grounds, and on grounds of fundamental incompetence, rather than relying upon infantile and futile Birtherism. Right or wrong, the argument is worse than useless.

Hatched by Dafydd on this day, May 1, 2011, at the time of 3:46 AM

Comments

The following hissed in response by: Zelsdorf2

Except for the fact he fails to meet the qualification to be President. He is not a natural born citizen as intended by the founders. His father was a British Citizen. We are either a nation of laws or not. I guess affirmative action trumps law.

The above hissed in response by: Zelsdorf2 [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 3, 2011 2:10 PM

The following hissed in response by: Zelsdorf2

Except for the fact he fails to meet the qualification to be President. He is not a natural born citizen as intended by the founders. His father was a British Citizen. We are either a nation of laws or not. I guess affirmative action trumps law.

The above hissed in response by: Zelsdorf2 [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 3, 2011 2:10 PM

The following hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh

Zelsdorf2:

All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside.

The first words of the Fourteenth Amendment... which you should know, if you read the Big Lizards entry "Let's Read the Constitution Day! - verse 21".

Barack H. Obama was born in the state of Hawaii; thus he is a natural-born citizen. He was born in 1961, thus he is more than 35 years old.

Therefore, he meets all the requirements to run for and serve as President of the United States.

It's time to hang up those gloves, Slugger. Not only is there no "there" there, there never was; no federal court in the land would ever have tried to remove Obama from office on the grounds of his supposed (and now completely debunked) "non-natural-born American" status.

No president has ever been removed or even ordered removed by any federal court in the United States. It has never happened; and it never will happen.

So stop horsing around, looking for that "magic bullet" that will somehow remove Obama from la Casa Blanca without going through the laborious process of actually defeating him at the polls, democratically. Just put on your manly gown, gird your loins, and pull up your socks: The only way left is the only way that ever existed... persuade enough Independents to switch back to the GOP to vote President B.O. out of office!

You have no other option, Zelsdorf. Period.

Dafydd

The above hissed in response by: Dafydd ab Hugh [TypeKey Profile Page] at May 4, 2011 3:49 AM

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