Sarah and the “Birthers”
Sarah Palin stepped in — and then out — of the question of ‘where was Barack Obama born’ during an interview on a Conservative talk show: “The Rusty Humphries Show”. What she said was:
“I think the public, rightfully, is still making it an issue. I think it’s a fair question, just like I think past associations and past voting records — all of that is fair game”
Right away the media and many Bloggers jumped on the issue and accused her of being a birther, forcing her, later that day, to clarify that, ‘while she may have said she supports others questioning the president about his citizenship, she herself has not raised such questions’. As far as I know, that’s true — she has never made an issue out of it — and I hope it never side-tracks her.
It’s pretty clear, in Article II, Section 1, the U.S. Constitution it specifies that:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
The problem (granted, at this stage the issue is all but moot) is that many people feel, among other things, that President Obama has not produced the documentation that proves that he was born in the United States; on the othe hand, many people claim that he has proved it conclusively. For anyone who want’s to read a good summary of the claims and counter claims, check out: Snopes.com on this issue.
My personal opinion is that if the birthers claims are true they will not be provable for many years after Obama has been ‘extracated’ from the presidency — if indeed they are ever provable. Then there is the ‘why bother” factor. The Obama White House and the Liberal Mobs headed by Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reed are in the process of attempting to do terrible damage to the free market in the United States and if the free market dies, the United States is essentially dead. That is a much, much larger and much more immediate issue than trying to prove that the “Capo di tutti capi” of the aforementioned Liberal Mob should not be where he is, doing what he is already doing.
As for Sarah Palin, I can’t see where acknowledging that ‘the public has every right to make Obama’s birth circumstances an issue because it’s a fair question’ will do any damage to her politically as long as she diplomatically handles the next few months of media questions on the issue.
Someday, Sarah Palin will be an excellent President, she’s charismatic, she uses common sense and she is a font of rock-solid Conservative values. I don’t believe 2012 will be her year, but I have to admit I’d love to see it happen; at any rate, you can be sure that between now and 2012 she will be a dominant force in the Republican party.