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Beyond Birtherdom

The “Birthers” are back. In truth, they never left. Perhaps you thought, even hoped, that they were finally relegated to shouting form the sidelines about birth certificates. Well, you were wrong.

  • Orly Taizt won a minor victory when a Georgia judge denied an Obama administration motion to have her challenges to the president’s eligibility for the ballot thrown out.
  • Republicans in Pennsylvania are challenging Obama’s eligibility to appear on the ballot there.
  • Former attorney to “D.C. Madam” Deborah Jean Palfrey,  Montgomery Blair Sibley (currently disbarred), is running for president, and has filed his own birther lawsuit.
  • Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio may have problems his own, but tomorrow he’s due to announce the results of a birther investigation he performed as a “favor” to President Obama.

Some forms of mental illness just don’t get better. Birtherism is one of them, and birthers have taken it “to the next level.”

Here’s one for the “It Would Be Funny, If It Wasn’t Real.” And, no this is not from The Onion.

An Alaska birther has file a complaint alleging that Barack Obama is not elligible to be on the ballot there because he is not a U.S. citizen. Barack Obama is not a U.S. citizen because he’s black.

A new lawsuit filed by an Alaska man aims to remove President Barack Obama from the state’s ballot, arguing that Obama is not a “natural born citizen” because he is African-American.

The complaint, filed last week by Juneau resident Gordon Warren Epperly, reads:

As stated above, for an Individual to be a candidate for the office of president of the United States, the candidate must meet the qualifications set forth in the United States Constitution and one of those qualifications is that the Candidate shall be a “natural born citizen” of the United States. As Barack Hussein Obama II is of the “mulatto” race, his status of citizenship is founded upon the Fourteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. Before the [purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment, the race of “Negro” or “mulatto” had no standing to be citizens of the United States under the United States Constitution.”

While many have posited that the “birther” movement, whose followers believe that Obama was born in Kenya and is therefore ineligible for the presidency, has racist overtones, this is perhaps the most blatant attempt by a member of the birther fold to remove Obama from office strictly because of his race.

Well, I’ll give him credit for finally coming out and saying it where others won’t.

For the record, I told you so.

This is not your country. Nor is it mine. That we were born here, along with our forebears hardly matters. This has been the message of the Tea Party since its incorporation — and of conservatism itself for more than a generation — to anyone who doesn’t fit their demographic, in terms of race, religion, politics, etc.

By this guy’s definition, I’m not a U.S. citizen either. But that’s not what made me do a double-take. It’s the reference to the “[purported] ratification of the Fourteenth Amendment.”

Huh? Wait a minute. “Purported” ratification?

Just so we’re clear, here’s section 1 of 14th amendment.

Section 1. 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. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

There’s more. Section 1 seems to be this birther’s focus, for the most part. What I didn’t know is that there’s a whole right-wing school of thought that the 14th amendment is unconstitutional, and was never properly ratified.

The HuffPo piece notes that, among other things the 14th amendment overturned the Dred Scott ruling, which stated that slaves and their descendants were not elligible for citizenship. Of course there’s also a conservative school of thought that Dred Scott was properly decided.

Left to their own devices, this is where they go. If they could turn back time, conservatives would reconsider my citizenship and yours. After all, given the the GOP’s demographics and the rest of country’s demographic trends, it may be their last best hope to “keep America white.”

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