‘Birther’ bill is an embarrassment to Georgians, Republicans

I don’t normally make a big deal out of loopy legislation that has just one sponsor, or maybe a couple of them. I figure that such bills are bound for a quick dead end, and that paying attention to their sponsors only encourages them.

But when there are 94 signers on a loopy bill — as is the case with the “birther” bill in the General Assembly — it’s time to speak up. And HB 401, the so-called Presidential Eligibility Assurance Act, is a farce.

The “birther” movement is a fringe movement everywhere — except, evidently, in the Georgia House Republican caucus. Although there are opinion polls that suggest “birtherism” has become more widespread, I agree with my colleague Jay Bookman that such poll results are more reflective of tribal loyalty than of a genuine belief that Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii (or that Hawaii is not in fact one of the United States).

The popular appeal of wild conspiracies — birtherism, 9/11 trutherism, Trig Palin trutherism, etc. — is a hallmark of our age. But is it too much to ask of our legislators that they not try to enshrine such conspiracies in state law?

– By Kyle Wingfield

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arnold

March 2nd, 2011
5:17 am

I think this is the first time I agree with you. :-)

Joel Edge

March 2nd, 2011
6:14 am

Normally, Kyle, I would agree with you. These days, if a Democrat tells me the sun is up and it’s 12 noon, I’ll go check.

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Sean Smith

March 2nd, 2011
6:41 am

Have you ever typed the words “I agree with Jay Bookman” before?

Where are the jobs???

Drifter

March 2nd, 2011
6:45 am

So stupidity is a hallmark of our age? I sure hope not. It does provide a great litmus test though. I’ll never vote for anyone who voted for this legislation.

jt

March 2nd, 2011
7:04 am

“. And HB 401, the so-called Presidential Eligibility Assurance Act, is a farce.”

I don’t see what the big deal is.
The Act should also include a mandatory urinanylsis.
All Federal officials should be subjected to these tests.

Khalid Al-Mansour

March 2nd, 2011
7:21 am

In keeping with the M.O. of liberals, I’ll assume you didn’t read the bill. Really Kyle, it’s not that scary. Just put on your pink sweater, stand at the m,irror, take a deep breath, and say to yourself, “I’m good enough, I’m smart enough, and doggonit people like me!”

http://www1.legis.ga.gov/legis/2007_08/fulltext/hb401.htm

ByteMe

March 2nd, 2011
7:29 am

But is it too much to ask of our legislators that they not try to enshrine such conspiracies in state law?

Apparently, it is too much to ask.

David

March 2nd, 2011
7:33 am

My Rep. Elena Parent sure didn’t vote for this nonsense.

Oh My Goodness

March 2nd, 2011
7:36 am

As King Roy so aptly said, “How can we bring jobs to Georgia when the rest of the nation is laughing at us?”

Blue Man on a Red Island

March 2nd, 2011
7:38 am

@jt – Urinalysis for all government workers? Is that more “small government” staying out of our private lives you strict Constitutionalists supposedly believe in?

Del

March 2nd, 2011
7:38 am

I don’t see how this can be called a ‘loopy bill”. Take Obama out of the discourse and examine it from the perspective of our country today. Today, we have not only out of control illegal immigration but some in government who seemingly encourage it. We have terrorist threats from jihadists both from outside as well as inside. While up until now it would seem impossible for someone who was brought into this country illegally to somehow get through the system with forged birth documents, today that’s not so far fetched. What’s wrong with states insisting on proper documentation to put candidates for national election on their ballot.

Toby

March 2nd, 2011
7:39 am

Speachless. People start finding commen ground and no telling where it will take us.

Matt

March 2nd, 2011
7:40 am

This is so stupid. What a waste of our tax dollars!! The republicans are out of control and doing the most stupid things I have ever seen. I really can’t see voting for another republican ever again.

Race to the Bottom

March 2nd, 2011
7:45 am

10% unemployment, sagging home values, closing industries…..Good time to waste effort considering a backwards bill that does absolutely nothing to help the people of Georgia. It is clear that party agenda is a higher priority than the peoples’ business.

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
7:46 am

Kyle, you’re an embarassment to real conservatives. Typical RINO shill selling out for the mainstream media. Sad.

Fletch

March 2nd, 2011
7:49 am

Del – “What’s wrong with states insisting on proper documentation to put candidates for national election on their ballot.”

Uhhh….you do realize that the CIA, FBI, DHS, ICE, INTERPOL, and a myriad of other security agencies and protocols can easily establish the legitimacy of ANY person at any time right? There is absolutely no reason that this bill should even exist or be given serious consideration.

Chris

March 2nd, 2011
7:50 am

At least a dozen other states have similar bills in similar stages.

If there is a Constitutional requirement regarding holding the office of President, but no state laws that support evidence that one meets the Constitutional requirement, why bother with the Constititional requirement?

Similarly, in Georgia (or any other state) should young drivers be required to provide a birth certificate to prove that they are sixteen?

By the way, I’m not a birther.

Fletch

March 2nd, 2011
7:51 am

NRBD – “Kyle, you’re an embarassment to real conservatives. Typical RINO shill selling out for the mainstream media. Sad.”

Oh no, a conservative disagreed with the GOP party line, what next, independent thought and careful analysis?

Climb back into your cave, we’ll let you know when it’s safe to come out.

jt

March 2nd, 2011
7:51 am

Blue Man on a Red Island

I merely believe that the federales should not be exempt from the policies that they cause or inflict upon us mundanes. And I am not a strict constitutionalist. You will not find my signature upon that document. I do not need it to know my rights.

Maybe government workers need it spelled out.

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
7:52 am

Hey Fletch, those federal agencies NEVER do their job. We have the right to set up our own criteria as a state.

If anyone doesn’t like this bill, you’re free to move to California or Mass.

Whichever suits your liberal fancy.

I for one am glad to see this bill as it adds an extra layer of protection to citizens who could potentially be harmed by an illegal alien INVADER. Kind of like the worthless idiot who’s in office right now.

Fletch

March 2nd, 2011
7:54 am

NRBD2 -”Whichever suits your liberal fancy.”

Please, tell me how you arrive at the conclusion that I must be a liberal?

the mehlman rings twice

March 2nd, 2011
7:55 am

Shouldn’t you birthers be calling for the impeachment of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for giving the oath of office to an alien President elect?

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
7:55 am

Kyle’s next column: defending the gasoline tax increase.

Blue#w

March 2nd, 2011
7:57 am

Blue man on a red island you are not alone even though sometimes it feel like it.

Solomon

March 2nd, 2011
7:57 am

It is pathetic that they are wasting time on such an issue, Why is this requred for presidential and vice-presidential candidates only. Do you really think someone will be allowed to run for office and not have valid proof of U.S residency? The Georgia Legislature is looking like a bunch of racist baffoons and I am ashamed to live here. It will be struck down by the courts and go nowhere. The birthers really need to concentrate on other more important issues.

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
7:57 am

Please, tell me how you arrive at the conclusion that I must be a liberal?
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Because you’re obviously against this bill, which has zero to do with “birtherism” and everything to do with protecting us as a state.

You also appear to side with the federal government over your own state government.

You may or may not vote Republican, who knows. But John McCain claims to be a Republican also, yet he’s as liberal as Barney Frank.

retired early

March 2nd, 2011
7:58 am

Thank you Kyle for “sticking your head out” in the name of common sense. It is appalling to see GOP “leaders” as in Huckabee, entertain his base before admitting he is wrong. I wish there were some way to persecute those dishonest “talk radio” folks from deliberately spreading lies just to “inflame” their listeners into ridiculous accusations against Obama.
Again, thanks.

Mr_B

March 2nd, 2011
7:58 am

Go Republicans!!!! Saving us all the the dreaded influx of illegimate Presidential candidates swarming to run for our highest office!!!!! Oh, the HORROR………

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
7:59 am

Do you really think someone will be allowed to run for office and not have valid proof of U.S residency?
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Considering that people are allowed to VOTE all the time without vaild proof of US residency, I’ll give this question a hearty YES.

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
7:59 am

I wish there were some way to persecute those dishonest “talk radio” folks from deliberately spreading lies just to “inflame” their listeners into ridiculous accusations against Obama.
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Yes, liberals really do want to “persecute” anyone who speaks out. Censorship and persecution, the liberal way.

El Freeman

March 2nd, 2011
8:00 am

Why is there an uproar from the “left” when someone questions the validity or eligibility of Obama to hold the office of President? Why do Progressives flap about like dying chickens when Americans want to assure this farce does not happen in the future?

THEN WHY?!

March 2nd, 2011
8:02 am

If they are an embarrassment why do you vote them in!? You KNEW they would do stuff like this! I just don’t get it.

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
8:03 am

Especially considering that this bill doesn’t even mention a specific person.

This isn’t a “birther” bill, and by calling it that, media shills like RINO Wingfield can feel free to blast it.

I’m calling you suckers out at the AJC. This bill doesn’t mention Obama, nor does it say anything about the current presidency.

Kyle your bosses must have bribed you with lunch at Houstons again. SELL OUT.

South Georgia Farmer

March 2nd, 2011
8:04 am

As gasoline prices climb rapidly past $3.30 a gallon, the Legislature is considering a change in the state’s gas taxes that could well push the price even higher

The sly foxes- those state legislators. They create a circus atmosphere – Mr. Obama’s birth certificate – while trying to sneak this one pass us.

Blue#2

March 2nd, 2011
8:05 am

Sorry meant #2 not #w

WAR

March 2nd, 2011
8:05 am

my wife and i really want to support more republican causes. we are independents at best. but i gotta tell you, when they come up with this kind of foolishness, dems and indies dont look so bad.

sharecropper

March 2nd, 2011
8:05 am

This is not an embarrassment to Georgia, or its citizens. This is a state and citizens, for heaven’ sake, that has elected a series of bimbos and bimboettes to the governor’s office, United States Senate (Saxby Chambliss? Get real) and the Congress. (say Newt Gingrich three times and try to keep the image of philandering, fraud and treasury theft out of your mind.) the place cannot be embarrassed, and proves it again and again. And this is from a guy who grew up there. Consider what everybody else must be thinking.

Fletch

March 2nd, 2011
8:06 am

NRBD2 – “Because you’re obviously against this bill, which has zero to do with “birtherism” and everything to do with protecting us as a state.

You also appear to side with the federal government over your own state government.”

Agreeing that this bill is a waste of time, does not make one a liberal. I don’t align myself with either party primarily because they are both equal in terms of rhetoric and blatant lies designed only to keep getting re-elected by the lemmings that continue to fall for their BS. In regard to the federal government vs. state government, neither seems to be capable of doing what’s needed in order to address the REAL problems in this state or in the country as a whole.

The fact that you are so ready to jump in and toe the party line and quickly dismiss or label anyone that disagrees does speak volumes though.

retired early

March 2nd, 2011
8:06 am

Chris

“is there a constitutional requirement….no”.
Your Supreme Court has that requirement…and will challenge the veracity of one’s qualifications for president. Now, do you need any further education on Obama…like he was not “born and raised in Kenya”…or that he is a Christian etc…or would you rather listen to your brilliant “talk radio” personalities to get The “facts.

WAR

March 2nd, 2011
8:06 am

nrbd2
bills typically dont mention a person because if/once it is passed, it only affects said person.

atlnative

March 2nd, 2011
8:06 am

To help fellow Georgians with high employment,skyrocketing gas prices,and home foreclosures,some lawmakers decided to draft a “birther bill”.You guys are real nutjobs.

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
8:07 am

WAR

March 2nd, 2011
8:05 am
my wife and i really want to support more republican causes. we are independents at best. but i gotta tell you, when they come up with this kind of foolishness, dems and indies dont look so bad.
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Did you READ the bill? What don’t you like about it?

Concerned Citizen

March 2nd, 2011
8:08 am

Way to go GA Republicans. Way to promote backwoods ignorance and fear mongering and associate it with GA. Seriously get over the fact that you lost the last Presendital election and let it go. And I’m an independent- I routintely call the Democrats to the carpet for their shortcomings.

NRBD2

March 2nd, 2011
8:09 am

bills typically dont mention a person because if/once it is passed, it only affects said person.
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Fair enough, but if Barry O. is a legal citizen he doesn’t have to worry about it, does he?

Concerned Citizen

March 2nd, 2011
8:09 am

I will also add a grand waste of valuable resources, time and money.

Blue Man on a Red Island

March 2nd, 2011
8:11 am

@JT – Since when is drug testing a federal requirement in private business? Many companies do not test at all.

Maybe I misunderstood you, my point is this, what I do in my free time is no the business of government or the company I work for.

WAR

March 2nd, 2011
8:11 am

making the president a farce makes America a farce. making him irrelevant makes our country irrelevant. stop the stupidity about this birth certificate please.

WAR

March 2nd, 2011
8:15 am

nrbd2
besides a waste of time, money, effort, resources, energy, focus, vision… nothing.

MM

March 2nd, 2011
8:15 am

NRBD2, please leave.