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    The essence of Birtherism isn't even a question of law -- which was certainly addressed with John McCain and George Romney before him, if not directly answered by precedent. The Birthers insist on denying evidence of the President's birth as well as convoluted theories about the nature of citizenship. "Birtherism" is essentially about trying to ostracize the "otherness" of President Obama.

    The intent around the clause requiring a "natural born" citizen for the President was because the Founders were wary of the idea of importing a leader who did not have the allegiance of having grown up in the American culture - and this was more or less a direct swipe at the British Royal family, who were a German royal house that was simultaneously King of Hanover while King of the United Kingdom - although George III was born in England, his father and grandfather were not. The lack of having been brought up in the tradition of English Common law was considered one of the flaws of the rule by the King, and the weakened influence of Parliament and the lack of representation for the American colonies in the same to assert their rights under English common law were seen as inextricably linked.

    So if you want to take a page out of the Tea Party's histrionics and insist on following the Founders' intent, it has to do not really with the actual fact of birth so much as whether the candidate has been imbued with the American idea by their family, culture, and upbringing.  The facts of both Obama's birth and his pretty All-American upbringing (hardworking grandparents from Kansas, striving self-made mother) compared to living overseas for a couple of years in elementary school (something done by hundreds of thousands of military family kids every year, such as John McCain, born in Panama) clearly support the intent, and AFAIK Senator Cruz' bona fides in this area are just as valid. (Who could mistake him for anything but a guy from Texas, anyway?)

    Birtherism is really about aligning yourself with a fundamental unease with Obama because he's black, and looking for a legalistic cover for either conscious or unconscious reasons, depending on how racist you think you actually are.

    Some people are intolerant, and I CAN'T STAND people like that. -- Tom Lehrer

    by TheCrank on Thu Mar 28, 2013 at 05:59:05 AM PDT

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