I would like to shake the hands of 21 Republican members of the Georgia House of Representatives and thank them personally. They have apparently shown wisdom and bravery by refusing to join an effort that is guaranteed to make this state a laughingstock. (It could also be that they just weren’t asked to join the cool kids’ club, I don’t know. But for the moment, I prefer to believe it was a conscious decision on their part.)
Unfortunately, the remaining
94 93 House Republicans (and one very lost Democrat) have lost their minds, backbone or both. They have signed on as co-sponsors to House Bill 401, a bill that purports to require that all candidates for U.S. president and vice president prove their citizenship before being allowed to appear on the Georgia ballot. And since the 94 co-sponsors comprise a clear majority of the 180-member House, the bill has a good chance of passing unless House leadership intervenes.
As the bill states:
The bill also makes it a crime for any Georgia presidential elector “to cast his or her electoral college vote for a candidate who is not approved by the Secretary of State as having submitted adequate evidence of eligibility. Any person who violates this Code section shall upon conviction be guilty of a misdemeanor of a high and aggravated nature.”
Ladies and gentlemen, this is just nuts.
UPDATE: The chief sponsor of the bill, state Rep. Mark Hatfield, says he’s not a birther, he’s a “constitutionalist.”
Baloney. Here’s what the 14th Amendment says:
“All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States….”
States do not have the power to decide who is and is not a citizen, born or naturalized. A true “constitutionalist” would know that.
– Jay Bookman