Perhaps you’ve heard of the surprising resurgence of interest in Barack Obama’s place of birth.
Maybe someone who spends copious hours investigating forged documents can help me, but I don’t see how there can be any confusion over the subject of where Barack Obama was born.
What is truly confusing about this ordeal is how people like Alan Keyes can think that even if Obama were from Kenya that it would make sense to force him out of office on these grounds.
Invalidating the prior election is a pretty big deal considering the effort that election workers, the staffers of the two candidates and the voters put forth thinking that they were having an impact on the government. With that in mind, there would have to be some significant gains from removing Obama from office to make up for the losses that would be incurred in the form of: 1) Having a president who was not elected by the public; and 2) Further disillusionment with politics in the population and a drop in future voter participation.
The position of Keyes and the other “birthers” would be more understandable if the “natural-born” clause of Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution served a useful purpose. The anti-Obama websites that I’ve visited suggest that the rationale for the clause is one of preventing the ascension to the presidency of someone with allegiances to foreign powers.
But exactly what security do they believe is compromised by having non-natives, even those with long-standing citizenship, accede to the presidency? John Dean, former legal counsellor to Richard Nixon, wrote a good column a few years ago detailing the problems created by the clause, one of which being that it prevents “security threats” such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madeline Albright, Henry Kissinger and Michigan’s current governor Jennifer Granholm from becoming president because of their place of birth.
Granted, you may not like any of the people I mentioned but it’s hard to see how their country of birth contributed to how good (or bad) they’ve been as public servants compared to their natural-born peers.
I say it’s time for the natural-born clause to go and that, not Obama’s birth certificate, should be the issue that Dobbs, Limbaugh et al. get fired up over.