There’s a movement afoot that firmly believes that Barack Obama is not eligible to be President of the United States, because he allegedly was not born in the United States. Despite well documented proof of his birth in Hawaii, confirmed by well respected non-partisan groups like Snopes.com and FactCheck.org, this so-called “birther” movement continues to insist we’ve all been deceived.
There’ve been any number of press releases, speeches, blog posts, and even entire books written about this alleged fraud that has supposedly been perpetrated against the American public. But more interestingly, there have been lawsuits seeking to invalidate his election because of this issue. And on Thursday, the latest one has been dismissed by the presiding judge, just like the previous attempts.
Taken from the CNN.com article in which I discovered this:
In a 30-page ruling, U.S. District Judge David O. Carter of California said his court lacked the jurisdiction to rule on a case intended to unseat a sitting president.
Carter’s ruling said the plaintiffs were trying to persuade him to “disregard the constitutional procedures in place for the removal of a sitting president.”
“The process for removal of a sitting president – removal for any reason – is within the province of Congress, not the courts,” the ruling said.
Carter’s ruling also noted that the plaintiffs “have attacked the judiciary, including every prior court that has dismissed their claim, as unpatriotic and even treasonous for refusing to grant their requests and for adhering to the terms of the Constitution.”
“Respecting the constitutional role and jurisdiction of this court is not unpatriotic,” the ruling said. “Quite the contrary, this court considers commitment to that constitutional role to be the ultimate reflection of patriotism.”
I think it’s sad, personally, that these people are so opposed to Barack Obama (either because of him as a person, or because of his political views) that they cling desperately to ridiculous notions like this. I’ve ranted about something like this in a previous blog entry, in which I blasted an email chain falsely saying Pres. Obama complained about military veterans “whining” about their injuries. It’s a shame opponents have to resort to such ridiculous antics in an attempt to discredit someone.
Like I said then, if your argument can’t stand up on its own without adding lies and deceit, then maybe you should rethink your convictions.