?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Poe's law

« previous entry | next entry »
Feb. 6th, 2012 | 01:54 pm
mood: amusedamused

From the "surely-you-can't-be-serious department"... it's probably a well-known fact that birthers are batshit insane, but even I didn't expect them to be THIS insane:

On Friday, February 3, 2012 the death knell of America the Beautiful tolled across the fifty states and around the world. An administrative judge in the state of Georgia rewrote the Constitution and ruled in favor of putative president Barack Hussein Obama declaring him a Natural Born Citizen and eligible to be on their state ballot. Our rule of law is no more. Our Constitution is no more. Obama, Soros, state media, activist judges and all the ‘powers that be’ of a New World Order sealed our fate. The United States is a land of liberty no more.

You'd think that this whiny, hand-wringing concoction of quacking fruitloopery and turgid pomp is the work of an exaggerating parodist, perhaps a writer for The Onion, that nobody could REALLY write this in earnest — but you'd be wrong.

They're serious. And don't call them Shirley.

Link | Leave a comment |

Comments {23}

Schnee

(no subject)

from: schnee
date: Feb. 6th, 2012 07:27 pm (UTC)
Link

Aye — or anyone who's complained about McCain's being born on a military basis in the Panama Canal Zone. Can't have anything to do with the fact McCain's a) white and b) a Republican, I'm sure.

Maybe such people do exist, but I've never seen one. Thinking about it, I also think I've never seen one who said "I actually agree with Obama's politics, but I'm concerned about this nonetheless". Or, in fact, anyone who said "I used to think that Obama wasn't a genuine citizen of the USA, but the documents he provided convinced me otherwise".


Edited at 2012-02-06 07:27 pm (UTC)

Reply | Parent | Thread

Party Rabbit

(no subject)

from: redlemon
date: Feb. 6th, 2012 10:02 pm (UTC)
Link

There was one other US president that had his citizenship questioned, way back in the late 1800's. I forget which president, but before Obama, he was the only one.

Reply | Parent | Thread

Schnee

(no subject)

from: schnee
date: Feb. 6th, 2012 10:28 pm (UTC)
Link

Wikipedia suggests it was Chester A. Arthur. Interesting, I didn't know it'd ever come up before.

Of course, my own feelings about the matter are that the "natural-born citizen" clause should be abolished entirely; if someone's a citizen, it shouldn't matter whether they're "natural-born" or not; the clause may have had its uses once (although I'd argue that the fact that no similar requirement exists for any other office undermines that), but these days, it's just a relic. Equal rights for all citizens. ;)

Reply | Parent | Thread

Heretic!

(no subject)

from: shereth
date: Feb. 7th, 2012 05:21 pm (UTC)
Link

FWIW : http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/11/us/politics/11mccain.html

Reply | Parent | Thread

Schnee

(no subject)

from: schnee
date: Feb. 7th, 2012 06:00 pm (UTC)
Link

Oh, very interesting. The legal analysis seems sound, actually, although I agree with Chin that it is preposterous that such technicalities could make a difference (in fact, I think that these days, the whole "natural-born" requirement should be abolished and every citizen treated equally), and with Spiro's assessment that it won't make a difference one way or another.

Reply | Parent | Thread