August 19, 2012
No One Eligible to Run for U.S. President According to Birthers
In my research of the Birther movement for "Why "Birthers" Are Idiots," I've noticed that Birthers have this habit of moving goalposts*......
Obama provides his legally authorized Hawaii birth certificate ---- goalpost now is the long form birth certificate.
Obama provides his long form Hawaii birth certificate --- goalpost now is prove it's real.
Official from the state of Hawaii verify the existence and information on the long form birth certificate --- goalpost now is change the definition of natural born citizen.
For anyone unfamiliar with the legal concept, there are three categories of U.S. citizenship:
But since we still don't have the federal law or Supreme Court case defining natural born citizen as someone with birthright citizenship, the Birthers are free to define it themselves and have they ever......
When I wrote "Why "Birthers" Are Idiots," Birthers had come up with a definition of "natural born citizen" to mean someone who was born here in the US to parents that were both citizens of the US. But as time has gone on, the Birthers, with their moving goalposts, have changed the definition of "natural born citizen" to be stricter and stricter. It's always been a requirement to Birthers that the child be born in the United States. (Thus screwing all the children born outside of the country to military personnel ---- nice reward for serving your country. Thank you, Birthers.) But the requirements for the parents of the child keep getting stricter. At first it was enough for the parents to be citizens, meaning that if an immigrant got naturalized, their children born after the naturalization would be natural born citizens. Then the Birthers changed the definition of "natural born citizen" so the parents couldn't be naturalized citizens ---- the Birther definition of natural born citizen became "a child born in the United States to two parents who were both born in the United States."
Now the Birthers have come up with a definition of natural born citizen that is "a child born in the United States to two parents who are both natural born citizens."
And that is where the Birthers have now screwed everyone. According to that definition, no one in the United States is a natural born citizen. Thus, no one in the United States meets the Constitutional requirements to run for President.
Birthers, being extremists, have the typical extremist tendencies of blindness causing them to ignore any facts they don't like plus poor grasp of logic and can't see this is what they've done. They think, "I was born here. My parents were born here, so I'm a natural born citizen." But by hinging the definition of natural born citizen on requiring the parents be natural born citizens, the Birthers just knocked over the first domino in a chain of dominoes that will inevitably lead back to an immigrant ancestor. And what does that do?
And everyone in the United States has an immigrant in their family history. Even the Native Americans intermarried with colonists, settlers, and slaves.
So Birthers, with their moving goalposts, have finally done it. They've come up with a definition of "natural born citizen" that screws every one of them along with the rest of America. They've finally shifted the goalpost so far that nobody in the United States is a natural born citizen.
* This habit of Birthers to move the goalpost doesn't mean that all Birthers think that the closer goalpost was met. There are Birthers who still think the long form birth certificate is a forgery. While there are Birthers who think the long form birth certificate is genuine, but it doesn't matter because of the "natural born citizen" definition or for some other reason I detailed in "Why "Birthers" Are Idiots."
** U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, U.S. Code, Title 8, Section 1401, Sec. 301 (g), which was amended October 25, 1994 by the Immigration and Nationality Corrections Act (Public Law 103-416) to say "a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years...This proviso shall be applicable to persons born on or after December 24, 1952, to the same extent as if it had become effective in its present form on that date".
Read the original, "Why "Birthers" Are Idiots."
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