Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Why hasn't this been done already?

An Arizona lawmaker has reintroduced a proposal that would require presidential candidates to provide their birth certificates in order to remain on the ballot in the state.

The "birther bill," which state Rep. Judy Burges failed to get through the Arizona legislature last year, has already attracted more than 30 co-sponsors in both chambers. The proposal comes out of a fringe movement that believes President Obama, whose father was from Kenya, did not meet the citizenship requirements to run in 2008.

Though his campaign provided a Certification of Live Birth showing he was born in Hawaii, skeptics have called for the president to release the long-form birth certificate -- one of several documents required under the Arizona proposal.

Under Burges' bill, presidential campaign committees would have to provide an affidavit stating a candidate's citizenship and age. The bill would require along with that "an original long-form birth certificate that includes the date and place of birth, the names of the hospital and the attending physician and signatures of the witnesses in attendance."

Here's what I don't get. If I want to run for senate in the state of Ohio, apparently I don't have to file anything with the secretary of state proving that I'm 30 years old and/or a resident of the state.

Seriously, what keeps a 28 year old Kentuckian from getting on the ballot if there's no requirement otherwise?

I'm not a birther. John McCain was born in Panama. I believe The One was born in Hawai'i. Regardless, the fact that he's a socialist gives me plenty of reason not to vote for the guy.

But if it takes Obama to put in place something that should have been going on anyway. I'm OK with it.


Anonymous said...

There is a very strong likelihood that he was born in Hawaii. The reason he's not making his birth certificate public is that it is standard procedure to list the race of a newborn as the mother's race, even if they are mixed. Obama's birth certificate should read "white" instead of "black", which is obviously a problem for his image.


Anonymous said...

Interesting Jeremy. That totally makes sense. That would explain a lot of things that have puzzled me about this.