Flogging A Dead Horse — Arpaio And the Birther Crusade (VIDEO)

Tomorrow at 2.30 PM Mountain Time (4.30 PM on the East coast) Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his “cold case posse” will be hosting a press conference at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department where they present damning evidence that President Obama’s long-form birth certificate is indeed a fake.

Yep, they’re still at it.They even go so far as to challenge anyone to offer 100% absolute proof that Obama is really an American, claiming that no one has managed this so far.

So here’s the deal. Intelligence requires a certain amount of critical thinking, something birthers seem to lack. Some of the arguments made and facts presented in this video, and likely to be presented again during the press conference tomorrow are simply erroneous, and well, stupid.

The video states that “Even the Congressional Research office has thus far been unable to [prove the validity of the President’s eligibility to hold office].” The source of this claim seems to be an internal memo to members of Congress regarding the barrage of claims demanding proof of Obama’s eligibility.

A person skilled in critical thought would investigate these claims. Birthers apparently did not.

The internal memo does not actually say that they have been “unable” to prove the validity of Obama’s eligibility. None whatsoever. It does say that they have not looked into the claims, and that there is no actual evidence to support any claims that Obama is not a natural-born US Citizen, so it will not be investigating those claims.

Indeed, the second paragraph even states that there is no requirement whatsoever for a president to release their birth certificate:

Concerning the production or release of an original birth certificate, it should be noted that there is no federal law, regulation, rule, guideline, or requirement that a candidate for federal office produce his or her original birth certificate, or a certified copy of the record of live birth, to any official of the United States Government, nor is there a requirement for federal candidates to publicly release such personal record or documentation. Furthermore, there is no specific federal agency or office that “vets” candidates for federal office as to qualifications or eligibility prior to election.

Meaning, Obama was not even required in any way to release his long form birth certificate. And yet he did.

The internal memo even addresses birther lawsuits directly, stating:

Several citizen law suits filed in 2008 challenging the eligibility of one or both of the major party candidates for President were dismissed because of the lack of legal “standing” of the plaintiff. Article III, Section 2, of the Constitution provides that jurisdiction of the federal courts extends only to “cases” and “controversies,” and this jurisdictional limitation is interpreted to mean that the litigant bringing a case must have an actual injury which is real or concrete, as opposed to theoretical or hypothetical, and which is also discrete or particularized to that individual or group, rather than overly generalized. The constitutional principles underlying this “standing” requirement – a component of the doctrine of separation of powers – reflect the limited role of the judiciary expressed in the Constitution and recognize the deference to the democratically elected “political” or “representative” branches of the federal government with regard to addressing generalized interests and questions of public policy and constitutional precepts (as opposed to addressing particularized injuries resulting from constitutional violations). The general, societal interests claimed by certain individuals where there are no cognizable particularized injuries, are deemed intended to be addressed by the political process and by the “political” departments of government, rather than in the context of the more limited role assigned to federal courts. Thus, in both a practical and constitutional sense, the general, overall “vetting” of political candidates in the United States is considered a consequence and product of the political process, and within the bailiwick of the political institutions and political branches of government.

Translated, for those of us who blanche at legalese, stop with the birther lawsuits, it isn’t the Supreme Court’s job to validate your truck load of bull.

Furthermore, the term “natural-born citizen” is not actually defined by the Constitution. If you, despite all evidence to the contrary, continue to choose to believe that Hawaii is not a state, or that Obama was secretly born in Kenya. Mitt Romney’s own father was considered eligible to run for President despite being born overseas. The reasoning? Natural-born citizen has been defined time and time again to mean someone who is either born in the United States, or to at least one American parent overseas. In other words, a natural born citizen is a person who has the right to American citizenship by birth. There are no claims that Obama’s mother with her anglophonic name of Ann Dunham was secretly born to the mole people living behind an elderly woman’s stove in Kazakhstan. In the unlikely event that the entire government of Hawaii, aliens, the Illuminati, and muslims are all part of some big conspiracy to take over the world through Obama, without them, he would still be considered eligible to run for president.

So how about we all get over ourselves here for a minute, use those wonderful brains evolution (or God if you’re so inclined) gave us, and accept that maybe there’s no story here other than the insistent and ever-present stupidity of the birther movement.