Every time I take a few minutes to peruse FreeRepublic.com, I’m amazed at how these otherwise intelligent-sounding people can fall prey to ignorant conspiracy theories. I suppose it’s a testament to the manner in which rigid political ideology corrupts rational thought.
Today they’re rabbling about the ongoing nutjob campaign trying to make the case that Obama is not eligible for the Presidency because he was born abroad. Of course the actual evidence supporting the contention the Obama was born in Kenya is questionable at best, but once a kernal of paranoia reaches the minds of those with pre-existing agenda, it spreads like an infection that can rarely be cured by an antidote of facts.
One judge who has ruled on a case questioning Obama’s birth certificate decided the complainant relied too much on what he read on the Internet, rather than a little thing our courts like to call “evidence.” The US District Court of Eastern Pennsylvania dismissed the case of Philadelphia lawyer Philip Berg, calling it “frivolous and not worthy of discussion.”
Berg appealed Berg v. Obama to the Supreme Court, but didn’t get any love. However, Justice Clarence Thomas recently did distribute to conference the equally baseless Donofrio v Wells case (already once rejected by Souter) of the New Jersey nutjob suing his Secretary of State to try and stop certification of election results unless Obama can produce enough evidence of his natural born status to satisfy the crazies of his citizenship. This sets the stage for what the Freeper nutjobs view as a “Constitutional crisis.” I doubt SCOTUS justices will view it as such, since there would have to be actual proof that Obama wasn’t a natural born US citizen to spark any kind of crisis.
As I blogged previously, even if it turned out Obama was born in Kenya–something I don’t actually believe to be true–he would still be considered a “natural born” US citizen under Title 8, Section 1401 of the US Code, which is the section of law that fleshes out the legal definition of “natural born” that was not enumerated in the Constitution.
I almost wish the Supreme Court would take up the ridiculous case to put an official conclusive end to the paranoid propaganda of these people. But of course, as the freeper strand makes evident, those who have gotten this silly idea stuck in their head would be little affected by a Court ruling that contradicted their imaginative conspiracy theory. That would just be “proof” that SCOTUS cares more about ensuring a smooth transtion of power, rather than the truth–a viewpoint that sounds hilariously similar to the lefty conspiracies about the 2000 election.