TOPEKA, Kan. - Just when you think birthers in Kansas cannot sink any lower, a new low appears on the horizon of crazy.
Joe Montgomery of Manhattan wanted to have President Obama's name removed from the November Kansas ballot because Obama's father was born in Kenya. Did you know that President Chester A. Arthur (1829-1886) had a foreign born father, too?
Vice President Chester A. Arthur (R) became the 21st president of the United States after President James Garfield was killed in 1881 by a disappointed office seeker.
President Arthur's father was born in Ireland while his mother was from Vermont. The father was naturalized as an American citizen fourteen years after the birth of Arthur. At the time, a few democrats raised objections about Arthur's citizenship,(there was a rumor he was really born in Canada,too) but he managed to lead the nation without being hounded endlessly by birthers.
The term "natural-born citizen" as a requirement for the presidency, is a phrase not without controversy. However, in ruling after ruling, the standard interpretation is that the person running for president must be born on American soil. Therefore, the term "natural born citizen" applies to the person seeking the office, and not one's parents.
A prominent case often cited in this matter is Lynch v. Clarke which actually had to do with a case before the court involving an inheritance dispute regarding the heirs of Julia Lynch.
Lynch was born in New York to parents who were British citizens and the three left for England and never returned to America. However,the Court ruled: "that by the law of the United States, every person born within the dominions and allegiance of the United States, whatever the situation of the parents, is a natural born citizen."
Thus, clearly the defining circumstances or guiding rule in establishing who is a natural is born citizen under the U.S. Constitution, and eligible for the presidency, is based upon where that person was born and NOT based upon the parent's birthplace. Thus, just because Obama's father was Kenyan, does not cancel Obama's status as a natural born citizen.
Using subterfuge and legalistic maneuvering to remove a president who is the wrong color, wrong religion and wrong everything to a small segment of the population is the real goal of the birthers. This fringe group of Americans have been grasping at anything they can concoct to discredit and keep the Obama Administration on the defense and weaken his presidency.
It is disgraceful that the partisan official occupying the office of Kansas Secretary of State would even consider such a complaint before the State Objections Board. As reported by Brent Wistrom in the Wichita Eagle, Kris Kobach stated, "...it was incumbent upon the board to do its job thoroughly and not make a snap decision, especially in a case of this magnitude."
Snap decision? This witch hunt by the birthers against the president has been tossed about since he became the nominee in 2008. No decent, fair minded official would deem such a complaint worthy of consideration. The president has provided multiple times his long form Hawaiian birth certificate to the press and to state officials. Nothing will satisfy the birthers that Obama is anything but a foreigner and by foreigner we mean a Muslim.
As for Mr. Montgomery, he must have known that bringing up this issue would not be greeted with cheers. You don't get a medal for supporting something ridiculous. It is bad enough that we have citizens who do not understand their own constitution but the real shock, the real disgrace, is that the State Objections Board did not quietly inform Mr. Montgomery that there were no merits to such a complaint.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach has lost all credibility to serve the people of Kansas when his entire career has been one of self-promotion and crafting laws to suppress voting in America. The Secretary of State office should be the most nonpartisan office in Kansas and yet Kris Kobach has managed to turn it into GOP Central.
Perhaps I can float my own crazy conspiracy theory and surmise that this was all a trial balloon by the Kansas GOP to see if the birther scheme could be raised yet again, and spread to important swing states to throw the Obama election off their game and divert attention to his "Muslim roots."
Frankly, with the clowns running Kansas, I wouldn't care if Obama was born on Jupiter and his godfather was Zeus.