In Obama birth certificate mania, the devil is in the details ( and in the changing culture of America). With all the talk which has been fanning flames of near-hysteria regarding Obama being a usurper, because he must have been born in Kenya, and thus inelligible for the office of US President, I have finally found a voice of reason, and this voice speaks from among the overthrowers: It is Warner Todd Huston of the blog, Stop the ACLU, and he is replying to Michael Gaynor as per Huston's original post, "Jefferson and Obama's Birth Certificate".
Huston says correctly that the will of the people in so sweeping a victory as Barack Obama had on November 4, 2008, will surely have supremacy over those who are such sticklers for the Constitution that it becomes a collective "suicide pact". He also holds to the view that rather than trying to cover up a Kenyan birth, President Obama is more likely an illegitimate child whose mother married to cover up the fact. This would mean he in all likelihood was American born, and born of an American father, and would lend a sort of Cinderella-at-the-ball charm to him, which people would probably love him the more for.
I think those who would continue to thrust the constitution at the issue would be viewed by the vast majority as "bowing to the letter of the law, and violating the heart of it. " The same would hold true if rumors were to somehow be verified that he is the illegitimate biological son of Malcolm X - indeed, pictures show a stunning and eerie similarity, and certainly his mother was sympathetic to the black revolutionary cause. This too would seem to many as "ordained", "divine justice", etc. and he would be the more popular for it. In today's culture illegitimacy does not carry the stigma it once did. Many are having children without bothering to marry. This is not good, but it is a fact that many would relate to Obama. Single parent households, fatherless children, the entire vagabond exitence of the post-Boomer generation : All part and parcel of the postmodern U.S.
No, I am afraid the right will see that there is no getting rid of him this way. And to make a martyr of him. . . well, I will not allow my thoughts to go toward the Lincoln and JFK scenarios. Heaven protect him.
Mr. Huston says: " If we are to apply . . . stark black and white logic to the Constitution there would never have been. . . a legitimate reason to attack slavery. . . " . . . "In fact Jefferson himself obviated the constitution several times when in office. . . [as did] Lincoln, FDR, Wilson. . . "
and further he adds: "The state of education on WHY the foreign born should not be president is so deficient in this country at this time that the argument would more likely result in the Constitution being change to acommodate Obama than in the issue getting him kicked to the curb. "
This is true and indicative of the global and multicultural times in which we live. In this age of the Europeanized America whose frontiers are now everywhere and nowhere, and in which the regionalism of the founding fathers now seems a quaint and vanished dream, who even understands national loyalty anymore? The colleges and universities have indoctrinated all with "new global order" and "the ethics of multicultural society".
Four Tennessee legislators have recently joined the litigation which demands to see Obama's cerificate of live birth.