Sorry if I bore you with a non-EMS, political post. I’m really not doing much of anything on the ambulance these days.
So I spent a shift with a political clown today. One of those “fringe” guys that seem to be so prevalent these days.
“Obama isn’t even a legitimate president because he isn’t a natural born citizen.1”
“Oh, so you don’t think he was born in Hawaii?”
“Dude, it doesn’t matter, his father was born in Kenya, so that means he isn’t a ‘natural-born citizen.’”
I was dumbfounded. I really can’t believe there are people out there who have such a difficult time grasping simple definitions. I am certainly not much a fan of our current president, but I would never argue that he was an illegitimate president.
Who did Obama run against in the 2008 primaries? The Clintons2. Well, there was also the rest of the field: Gov. Richardson, Rep. Kucinich, Senators Gravel, Dodd, Edwards, and Biden, but most importantly, Senator Clinton, and the “Clinton Machine.”
Seriously, if Obama isn’t a natural-born citizen, or if he was ineligible for the presidency, does a rational person really believe Bill Clinton would have allowed him to run against, much less defeat his wife?
Not that lunatics are rational.
Not to mention the utter chaos that would be created if Obama was not eligible to be president, but became president anyhow. How many laws, appointments, nominations, etc… would be completely nullified?
You should see the smoke coming from their ears when they hear that Governor Romney isn’t a natural-born citizen under their definition, either. Yeah, Mitt Romney’s father was born in Mexico, so he would fail a similar smell test.
I am very ready for this to be over with.3
1. Since I wanted to be a lawyer, I will use the Black’s Law Dictionary definition of “Natural Born Citizen” which is ‘A person born within the jursidiction of a natural government.’
2.Yes, I am aware that the “birther” conspiracy actually began with the democrats when Clinton supporter Phillip Berg filed a lawsuit in 2008. See: Berg v. Obama
3. I could go on and on an on and on about how out of touch these fringe people are, but really, what’s the point? Is it November 7th yet?