A Conservative Perspective on the Birthers

A key aspect of being a conservative in modern America is to believe that the role of judges is to interpret a law as it was intended to be understood by the people who wrote and passed the law. That's why conservatives object to Roe v. Wade -- because there is absolutely nothing to indicate that the people who wrote and ratified the Constitution understood it to contain an unwritten "right to privacy", much less that the Constitution renders legal an act commonly viewed as heinous. Keeping that in mind, the whole Birther controversy is somewhat moot. The Framers required that the President be born in America in order to avoid the risk of foreign influence. In discussing the rationale behind the Constitution's criteria for the President, Alexander Hamilton said: Nothing was more to be desired than that every practicable obstacle should be opposed to cabal, intrigue, and corruption. These most deadly adversaries of republican government might naturally have been expected to make their...(Read Full Post)