March 2, 2011
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After hearing about a bill in the Georgia Legislature to require citizenship proof for a presidential candidate (which we all know is an effort to keep Obama off the 2012 ballot), I had to scratch my head. What’s with these people?? Do they not realize how dumb they come off? Anyway, soon after, I heard someone call into a radio show and ask a question that shuts the entire Birther argument down: if Obama’s mom was an American citizen, doesn’t that make Obama an American citizen?”
Game. Set. Match. If she was a citizen, it doesn’t matter WHERE she gave birth. He’s a citizen.
Anyway, since Google is my friend, I did a little looking and came across what is (in addition to the info above) the ultimate “shut up, Birthers!” argument. Never mind that they can’t prove their own argument (notice they always ask Obama for proof instead of offering up their own proof). The article lays out every main argument by birthers– then shoots them down one by one:
Based on this working understanding of U.S. citizenship, three things have become obvious to me:
1. Those promoting the Birther fiction don’t have the first clue about almost anything having to do with how American citizenship really works.
2. Given that Dr. Orly Taitz (one of the main poo-stirrers spinning the fan in this fracas) is herself both an immigrant and a licensed member of the California bar, she should presumably know this stuff cold. But the national case that she’s built almost entirely on spurious legal fictions is one of incompetence.
3. The Google’s been around for over a decade now, but nobody on the right seems to have figured out how to use it yet. You can find confirmation for most of what I’m about to tell you in about 0.86 seconds, assuming you can type and spell and think well enough to concoct a basic search string. Apparently, nobody in Birtherland has that level of skill.
Link: Firing Back on the Birthers: Where’s Their Evidence?
December 7, 2010
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Last night, the President announced a compromise on tax rate cut extensions and unemployment benefits. He threw in a few other pieces (including a Social Securit
Image by Barack Obama via Flickr
y rate cut) and implored his party to come on board.
It seems he’s not getting the love.
Members of the right are furious. For them, its not enough to get the desired tax rate cut extensions and an extension of unemployment benefits. In their eyes, Obama has sold out for agreeing to extend the tax rate cuts for “millionaires and billionaires.” Add that to how he increased troops in Afghanistan and hasn’t closed Guantanamo Bay yet, and he has some liberals apoplectic. Searching Google for “liberals furious with Obama” brings up a ton of links that popped up in less than 24 hours, all at various levels of ticked off-ness and disbelief. Comments range from “fight harder” to “Obama got rolled” to “Obama caved so hard it scared the bats!” (the last one from the Huffington Post). It will be interesting to see the intraparty fight that will follow in the coming days.