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Tough week for birthers … I mean racists

By Tim Barnum|News Editor
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Posted 7/28/09

Neil Abercrombie, Congressman for Hawaii’s First District, put forth an interesting resolution this week in Congress.

Actually, it shouldn’t have been interesting at all. It was simply a resolution recognizing the 50th year Hawaii has been a part of the United States of America. Oh, and by the way, he also had the resolution saying Hawaii was the birthplace to President Barack Obama.

No biggie, unless of course you are one of the nut jobs who refuses to accept that Obama was born in the U.S. You know, the group of people affectionately dubbed as “birthers” who are demanding that Obama’s birth certificate be made public (it already has, not too mention two copies of his birth announcements that ran in a couple of Hawaiian newspapers were presented and the Supreme Court has already dismissed the issue), and who refuse to accept him as a legitimate president until, I don’t know, I guess until they can get in a time machine and travel back to the year Obama was born and see him actually come out of his mother’s womb in an American hospital.

Opposing Obama’s policies is fine. If you don’t like him as a person, that’s fine too.

Those are both totally common things that happen with all presidents.

But who was the last president who, over six months after taking office, still had his birthplace questioned this much?

None? Hmmmm… So what is it about Obama that these people are so upset about?

Oh I know! It’s because he’s a Democrat!!

Wait a second, we’ve had plenty of democrats in office. Nix that.

Maybe it’s because he was so aggressive in pushing for a stimulus package.

But, didn’t a stimulus plan pass under Bush as well in 2008 when people got a little extra on their tax returns?

A-ha! It’s the whole abortion issue! No way someone born on American soil can be pro-choice right?

Well, that just sounds stupid if I say it out loud, since the country is pretty much split on this issue.

So what could it be? Am I getting hot here?

Okay, enough games. I know the reason the people are so adamant in their theory that Obama must have been born outside of the U.S.

It’s because he’s black.

Yup, this white man just pulled the race card.

So where do these birthers, or as I call them, racist conspiracy theorists, go from here? Surely these select few can coerce their elected officials to deny this resolution so that their theory can continue to stand up!

WRONG! The resolution passed unanimously.

Even your elected officials think you people are nuts.

Congratulations.

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Good column. I think the Obama birth debate has gone on way too long, and it's getting ridiculous. And I agree with you that a lot of it has to do with his race, which is sad. Of course, a lot of it still is likely because he is a Democrat.

Since the Bush-Gore election, our country has been very divided along the party lines, and the battle has become very personal. You must remember that many people wanted Bush impeached during his presidency — it had more to do with the fact that they hated him and the Republicans than it did with his policy and the decisions he had made.

I find it so funny that the Democratic Party is so surprised that the Republicans are acting the way they are now that a Democrat is in office. Um, it's the same way the Democrats acted for eight years with Bush in office. Truth be told, they're all a bunch of immature babies, who, if they could put aside their petty differences and actually discuss some policy, might actually be able to get something accomplished.

Yeah right.

Those of us who don't side with a specific party, who fall in the middle somewhere, can see this ridiculousness that is our government. But those with blinders on either on the far right or the far left don't.

I like Obama. I think the guy is hilarious. He has a great personality, and that is a major reason why he was elected, since he was against McCain who had so little personality, it would have to be measured in negatives, and who everyone saw as Bush III, whether or not that was true. Anyway, Obama's great. He's a good speaker, and he's a great person to have as the face of this country.

His policies, on the other hand, leave a lot to be desired. He has good intentions, I do believe that. However, I don't understand how all of the spending he is planning on doing to implement these policies are going to be good for the country, when it is already severely in debt. I think national health care will be a disaster, as is just about any other government-run program.

The stimulus package was a joke. Give money to government to help stimulate the economy. What could possibly go wrong? What, the governments receiving money from the stimulus package aren't spending it the way they were supposed to? They're not spending it on projects that will create long-term jobs? They aren't spending it on projects that will have a long-term effect? Really? Who could have seen that one coming?

Stevie Wonder could have seen it coming. Come on.

I'm not saying that the Republicans have a better idea. I'm not saying their policy is the solution. I'm just saying that I don't think Obama's is either. In the end, will he have been bad for the country? Hard to say, it's only been six months. Was Bush bad for the country? In ways, yes. But I think the way he handled September 11, that early in his term, was great. I don't think Gore would have handled it the same way. Have we had another attack like that since 2001? Nope.

Those are my two concerns as an American citizen — safety, and being able to survive financially. Bush provided the safety. That's one.

The jury's still out on Obama.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Report this

You sir, are an idiot!! But won't hold it against you because it is a free country,for now!!You can swoon over a racist President if, you choose.But I will protect the Right of anyone to say their piece.Stop your whining.He is a racist.Israel knows his a racist.Him and Arminadidajead have an understanding-racist!! He is a Community Organizer that is trying to turn our Country into his or Saul Alinsky's version of what their idea of America should be. Have a good day!!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Report this

You're insane libertyordeath! What has Obama done to prove he's a racist? Give me specifics...

So far from what I see you're one of the loony birthers and you are neck-deep into the conspiracy theories. Way to be dude! YOu're a shining example of what's wrong with this country. Ignorance, stubbornness, and completely uncreative.

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 | Report this

In his case what does it matter if he wasn't born in Hawaii?

According to Article 1 Section 2 of the constitution..."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."

According to the State Department, a child born overseas to only one U.S. citizen parent is a natural citizen if.." A child born abroad to one U.S. citizen parent and one alien parent acquires U.S. citizenship at birth under Section 301(g) INA provided the citizen parent was physically present in the U.S. for the time period required by the law applicable at the time of the child's birth. (For birth on or after November 14, 1986, a period of five years physical presence, two after the age of fourteen is required. For birth between December 24, 1952 and November 13, 1986, a period of ten years, five after the age of fourteen are required for physical presence in the U.S. to transmit U.S. citizenship to the child."

Which means, because Obama's mother would fit the criteria laid out by the state department, he would still be a natural boarn citizen if he was born over seas.

Thursday, July 30, 2009 | Report this

Tim; Your article was interesting until you started name calling. That shows a lack of class. LYou undoubtly had poor upbringing your parents faile or you went to a low calss college. I hope your artcles in the future are written with a sense of responsibility. Note are you from Pinconning? I would expect lack of character in that case.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009 | Report this

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