One of the weirder things about “Birthers”

is their claim that Barack Obama is not an American citizen. Actually, it seems like their main claim at times. But Arnold Schwarzenegger is an American citizen. He can’t be President because he isn’t a natural born citizen. The Birthers seem to confuse the two.

But even here, I wonder if they’ve thought this through (obviously they haven’t, but I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt). Let’s say that Obama was born in Kenya and not Hawaii, just for argument’s sake. Don’t they still say that his mom is Stanley Ann Dunham? If that’s the case, then he’s an American citizen.

I know this because my daughter’s an American citizen. She actually has a little in common with Obama. One of her parents is American and her other parent is not. Despite having a foreign parent, she was born an American citizen. Also note this–to test the Birthers’ argument–she was not born in the United States. Her birth certificate shows that she was born in Scotland. And yet she is still an American citizen by birth.

The courts have not tested what it means to be a “natural born citizen” as the constitution demands the President to be, but if you ask me, my daughter seems like a natural born citizen. She was born, naturally, a citizen of the United States of America. She has a passport and travels as an American citizen. She was not “naturalized” since she was a citizen at birth. Is there another type of citizen than a natural born or a naturalized citizen? If there is, then I suppose my daughter might be that, and perhaps Obama is that too. But the term, to my mind, does not exist. And yet it is not like my daughter and the hypothetical Obama are the only two people in this situation. There are thousands of them, perhaps millions. I’m going to say they are natural born citizens until this other term emerges.

So even if the birthers were not crazy, which they are, they might not even have a case. Barack Obama was born to an American citizen, of this there seems no controversy. If that is the case, then he was born a citizen of the United States, naturally. But if the Teabaggers want to keep this fake controversy up rather than focus their attention on actual matters, that’s their prerogative.

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4 Responses to “One of the weirder things about “Birthers””

  1. Montana Says:

    To all the Birthers, prove it, Oh thats right you can’t, just more of your unsubstantiated rumors you keep writing on your hands to help you keep up. You are just another Palin, just like “W”, just like Quayle, just like Reagan. I love you guys. Keep plucking that chicken.

  2. Vietnam Vet Says:

    This would all go away if only he would –one –show his long form birth certificate. two — why has he spent near two million dollars to keep it a secret? three– why is he hiding his school records and passport? Every other president has had to produce these documents. Why is Obama the exception ?

    • ivangoddard Says:

      Seriously? I don’t think it would all go away. 1: He did show his long form birth certificate on the exact day you wrote this comment. 2: Has he? And it’s not a secret anymore. 3: Harvard Law School said he graduated magna cum laude. How is that hiding his school records? And it’s news to me that every other president has had to produce these documents. Did Bush produce them? Or did someone just find them and produce them?

      In short, it won’t go away. People will believe what they want to believe. I’d be curious to know if you believe that the long form birth certificate (which, by the way, no other president has ever had to produce, contra your comments) is enough for you to dismiss any of the claims that he’s not a natural born citizen.

  3. ivangoddard Says:

    Oh, and Vietnam Vet: Did you even read my post? My whole argument was that his long form birth certificate is irrelevant to whether he is a Natural Born Citizen since the first Congress of the United States of America declared that a Natural Born Citizen was someone who was born to an American Citizen. So unless there is someone crazier than you or Trump who is arguing that Obama’s mother was not an American citizen then your whole program to deligitimate the President is ignorant horseshit.

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