It’s okay to be a birther as long as you’re talking about Ted Cruz or some other Republican. If you’re talking about Obama, then you’re a racist right-wing extremist conspiracy nutcase. Here’s a bit of trivia for our liberal brethren. Can you identify which campaign’s supporters sent out this email back in 2008?
“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth… Obama carries multiple citizenships and is ineligible to run for President of the United States. United States Constitution, Article II, Section 1.”
Probably McCain’s, right? Maybe Sarah Palin wrote it. I mean, obviously it was a “tea-bagger.”
Actually, it wasn’t anyone on the right. They were Hillary Clinton’s supporters.
If you recall, it was Philip Berg, a former Pennsylvania deputy attorney general and a staunch Hillary Clinton supporter, who filed a lawsuit claiming that Obama was ineligible based on his dubious origins. The Clinton campaign was the biggest group of “birthers” there were.
But somehow, all the negative press fell on conservatives. And Donald Trump. Think it’ll be an issue for Hillary Clinton this time around? Of course not. The media’s not going to bring it up. She’s on the right team, so she’ll be mostly protected by the press.
It was politically incorrect for anyone to talk about Obama’s birth certificate. (Well, unless you were associated with the Hillary Clinton campaign.) If you did bring it up, you were ridiculed just as someone would be for questioning the moon landing.
“Cruz, like a couple of presidential candidates before him, faces a potential hurdle to running for president in that it’s not 100 percent clear that he’s a ‘natural-born citizen,’ as the Constitution requires presidents to be,” Blake writes in a [Washington Post] article entitled: “Everything you need to know about the Ted Cruz ‘birther’ movement.”
Blake even notes that “Legal scholars generally agree that Cruz meets the [natural born citizen] requirement,” while hedging that it “remains somewhat untested in the courts” and saying the issue is “not 100 percent clear.”
He also goes out of the way to explain why the Cruz birther movement is nothing like the widely-ridiculed Obama birther movement. “Questions about Cruz’s eligibility have everything to do with interpretation of the law,” he says, “the questions about Obama’s eligibility had everything to do with a dispute over the underlying facts — more specifically, conspiracy theories about whether the president was actually born in the United States…”
It doesn’t matter whether Cruz is ineligible or not. We’re not a nation that respects the law and the Constitution anymore. Politicians, judges, cops, presidents, etc. twist the law for their own gain. If Cruz were to become a threat to the Democrats during the next presidential election, they’ll bring up the question of his eligibility, not because they’ll all of a sudden have a respect for the word of the law, but because they’ll want to beat Cruz.