Can we finally put this pretend issue to rest?
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Out of all the absurd allegations about President-Elect Obama, perhaps none is as much of a complete waste of time as the supposed "question" about his being a natural born citizen, which the Constitution requires to be President. Notice that the Constitution does not say anything about the father of a presidential candidate being a British subject as being something that disqualifies someone from serving as president. Nor does the fact of having been born in Hawaii disqualify someone, in spite of the apparent misunderstanding (who knew?) about Hawaii being an actual state. In addition, the insinuations of there being something wrong with the President-Elect's birth certificate have been thoroughly examined by many different people and have been determined to have no merit.
And today, the Supreme Court weighed in:
WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court has turned down an emergency appeal from a New Jersey man who says President-elect Barack Obama is ineligible to be president because he was a British subject at birth. The court did not comment on its order Monday rejecting the call by Leo Donofrio of East Brunswick, N.J., to intervene in the presidential election.
So can we please put this pseudo-issue to rest now and stop wasting the time of courts all across the country with frivolous lawsuits about pretend complaints brought by people who have no actual standing to bring them before a court? Well...apparently not. There is still a pending appeal brought by Philip Berg of Pennsylvania over the authenticity of the President-Elect's birth certificate. Sigh.
At least in Mr. Berg's case, we can't chalk his motives up to being sore grapes over the lost election. You see, according to Mr. Berg, John McCain wasn't a natural-born citizen, due to being born on a military base and thus, he wasn't eligible to serve as president either.