Donald Trump and the Birth Certificate
Yes, that birth certificate. Donald Trump, the oft-married casino tycoon, is considering a run for the presidency, and he wants to see President Obama's birth certificate. The real one, the so-called long form, not just the certification of live birth, which is not the same thing. With his celebrity status, Donald Trump demanding to see the certificate will force the Obama handlers to tie themselves in knots, again, loudly and publicly, to say that it's none of our business.
I am so tired of otherwise conservative talk show hosts lambasting birthers as knuckle-draggers, idiots, neanderthals. I'm thinking particularly of Michael Medved and Hugh Hewitt, Ivy League lawyers whom I otherwise admire. All of the birthers I know are at the right end of the IQ bell curve. The request is perfectly reasonable. Why do these subtle legal minds have difficulty reading Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution? "No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President." Could not be plainer to me. I think that's what the legal scholars are wont to call black-letter law. Why should that clause be passé, infra dig., just way too far outside the mainstream in these oh-so-postmodern times?