Maybe it’s me, but it sure is hard to keep up with the Tennessee State Legislature’s (R-Birther) representatives. Yesterday I wrote about two Birther Bills, SB 0366, which was withdrawn by Sen. Mae Beavers, and SB 1091, which replaced it.
Now we have SB 1043. Actually Fogbow’s tracker, Welsh Dragon, had this covered, but I let myself be led astray by Sen. Beavers’ bills. Not that this one is any less problematic and it is just as unconstitutional, as Tennessee blogger Sean Braisted at Nashville 21 ably points out.
Braisted was reacting to an article in the Citizen-Times, which interviewed two of the bill’s sponsors:
State Sen. Bill Ketron said he proposed the bill because he thinks President Barack Obama might be hiding the fact that he was born in another country.
“Why can’t he (Obama) come forward and show he is a citizen?” Ketron said Friday, adding that he has read articles stating Obama has spent $2 million from his campaign fund fighting lawsuits to keep from showing his birth certificate.
Ketron and state Rep. Rick Womick, both Murfreesboro Republicans, filed the bill that would attempt to force those running for president to file a sworn affidavit with Tennessee’s secretary of state proving they meet “constitutional residency requirements.”
Ten other states are considering similar legislation. Ketron said when the bill was brought to him for sponsorship, he decided it would give the state of Tennessee a chance to vet the matter and determine if it needed legislation.
But he added that if Obama has spent $2 million protecting his birth certificate from lawsuits, “I would lean on the side of he’s trying to hide something and he’s not a citizen.”
He has “read articles”–too funny. How much would you bet he reads World Net Daily and the Post & Email? If you want to believe the worst about President Obama, you can find somewhere on the Internet to go. But if this is the level of thought and research going into these Birther bills put forward by elected state officials, which they expect to turn into actual law, well, Mayor Bloomberg can sell Tennessee the Brooklyn Bridge tomorrow.
Braisted answers one enduring Birther myth:
Ketron gives, as a reasoning for this legislation, that Obama has spent $2 million to keep from showing his birth certificate. Where does Sen. Ketron get this figure from? Well, nowhere really. Birthers have established this $2 million figure by adding up all the money Barack Obama’s campaign has spent on legal fees since 2008, and attributed that all towards challenges to his citizenship:
The Federal Election Commission shows “Obama for America,” Obama’s 2008 political campaign, has made regular payments totaling $2,877,083.56, or $2.9 million, to Perkins Coie since Jan. 1, 2007 – the month Obama formed a presidential exploratory committee and only weeks before he formally announced his candidacy for president.
Nearly $2 million, or $1,941,381.04, of that sum was paid to Perkins Coie since questions about Obama’s eligibility were raised in June 2008
Suprise! Running a national campaign costs money. Running a national campaign involves a whole host of legal questions and challenges which requires a legal team. To attribute all of this money towards Obama’s legal team writing letters to various courts requesting they throw out challenges, requires the same leap of logic which would possess someone to conclude that a massive government conspiracy exists to hide the fact that a young white American of little means in the 1960s would travel to a third world country to give birth, only to then manage to coordinate a campaign of deception that would give her bi-racial son (born prior to the Civil Rights Act) the chance to become President one day.
Some days I laugh, but other days, it’s all so very sad. I have to keep remembering, though, this is an organized operation of the GOP, running through the states, to destabilize a Democratic administration by delegitimizing, indeed de-Americanizing, a duly elected President of the United States–and I snap right out of it.