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Goldwater
03-01-2009, 10:36 AM
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0209/19450.html


Bill Clinton had the Vince Foster "murder." George W. Bush had 9/11 Truth. And the new administration has brought with it a new culture of conspiracy: The Birthers.

Out of the gaze of the mainstream and even the conservative media is a flourishing culture of advocates, theorists and lawyers, all devoted to proving that Barack Obama isn't eligible to be president of the United States. Viewed as irrelevant by the White House, and as embarrassing by much of the Republican Party, the subculture still thrives from the conservative website WorldNetDaily, which claims that some 300,000 people have signed a petition demanding more information on Obama's birth, to Cullman, Alabama, where Sen. Richard Shelby took a question on the subject at a town hall meeting last week.

linda22003
03-01-2009, 11:05 AM
Their online headquarters is Free Republic. Reading some of the threads on the "birth conspiracy" over there is a trip. :rolleyes:

Goldwater
03-01-2009, 12:42 PM
Their online headquarters is Free Republic. Reading some of the threads on the "birth conspiracy" over there is a trip. :rolleyes:

Basically a less offensive version of "9/11 truth" for conservatives to join in on. Fun for all the irrational hating family!

biccat
03-01-2009, 12:55 PM
Basically a less offensive version of "9/11 truth" for conservatives to join in on. Fun for all the irrational hating family!
Hey, not everyone who is an advocate for a court challenge to Obama's birth are irrational haters.

I am interested purely for the legal thought exercise of who has standing to enforce this provision of the Constitution. While I think Obama is a natural born citizen for purposes of Article II, the question remains as to the authority of this requirement.

Should we let political parties have the last say in who is "qualified" to be President, or should there be a neutral third-party (the court) which can disallow a candidate based on Article II?

District courts have already ruled that individual citizens don't have standing to enforce this provision, and neither to retired members of the military. So who does?