Birther Blowback

One of the most frustrating aspects of paying attention to our political process is that it seems politicians and pundits can say anything they want, regardless of how toxic, and rarely if ever fear for the consequences. It is as if words have no meaning other than the momentary political capital the carry at the time they are uttered simply because the speakers seem to have an endless well of rhetoric from which to pull more and more nonsense, nonsense that eclipses past nonsense and has the magical power of causing Americans to forget what was previously said.

I am cautiously optimistic that this seemingly infallible political fact may have just been shown to have a vulnerability with the revelation that the birther movement has turned a couple of prominent Republican rising stars.

The next national election is less than 18 months away, and both rising Republican stars have been touted as potential contenders for either the No. 1 or No. 2 spot on a presidential ticket.

But their eligibility is in doubt since both men’s parents were not U.S. citizens at the time their future political children were born, WND can reveal. That factor is important because the Constitution mandates a presidential candidate to be a “natural-born citizen,” a requirement that has dogged President Barack Obama since the 2008 campaign.

I’m not holding my breath for this one to have much of a long term effect on the Republican party but it is nice to know that one in a while the use of divisive, toxic, racist lies by the Right has consequences other than their winning elections.

2 Responses to “Birther Blowback”

  1. 1) Most Republicans didn’t buy into the twisted notion of what constitutes a natural-born citizen being peddled over at Whirled Nuts Daily, and so we will ignore the discredited Joe Farrah crew. Both of the individuals cited in the article were born in the US to legal resident aliens, and so under the 14th Amendment have birthright citizenship — making them natural-born citizens by any but the most tortured argument.

    2) Obama’s failure to release the birth certificate in 2008 did the nation a great disservice by failing to release the document in 2008 so as to settle the matter in the minds of all but the lunatic fringe.

    • On point #2, requiring the President to release a document that was not required to prove his citizenship was irresponsible. His not responding was not a disservice but rather treating the request with the seriousness it deserved. None.

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