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The Internets are a great and wonderful invention, giving people who once would be consigned to handing out poorly Xeroxed pamphlets on street corners a tool to waste the time of millions of Americans.
The latest conspiracy theory to be flooding my Inbox is that the Democratic presidential nominee is not actually a natural born U.S. citizen. He was in fact born in Kenya and is therefore precluded from becoming President due to 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”
It goes something like this. Mr. and Mrs. B.H. Obama shack up and head off to Kenya where the stork presents them with little Barry Jr. Knowing that their bouncing baby boy has a shot at becoming President of the United States, the parents lied to the State of Hawaii about his exact birthplace. Then they placed a birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser just to cover their tracks.
Or maybe the story is Barack never got an actual birth certificate and one needed to be faked. Which explains the obvious forgery posted online at Obama’s website. And why his birth records have been sealed in Hawaii.
It gets kind of confusing.
At any rate. One of the players in this act is a certain Andy Martin from Chicago who has filed a petition against the State of Hawaii and Republican governor Linda Lingle – clearly an Obama stooge – to have the records opened.
The rumor is being spread by the same element on the pretty damn far right (and Clinton Democrats) who still believe that Barack Hussein Obama is actually a Muslim because he attended a madrasah in Indonesia. And because his estranged father was a follower of Islam. And because his name kinda sounds funny.
The same stunt was pulled by liberal bloggers against John Sydney McCain III alleging that because he was born on a military base in Panama, he was therefore not a natural born citizen.
In this two-year saga in selecting the next Commander-in-Chief, Americans have been treated to a torrent of twaddle that tested the threads of reality. The bookshelves that resembled a cross in Mike Huckabee’s Christmas ad. Hillary Clinton crying on cue in New Hampshire. John Edward’s haircut. What’s the proper etiquette for wearing flag lapel pins?
Two more weeks.
A Rose By Any Other Middle Name: For those who take offense about daring to mention That One’s middle name, as inevitably happens, I faithfully submit that the name “Sydney” is goofier than that of “Hussein”. Particularly when the “III” suffix is attached.
Conspiracy Within Conspiracies: When theories like this are put out that are crazier than an outhouse rat, one can almost be led to believe that operatives in the campaign are intentionally planting these rumors to muddy the waters. What better way for Obama to hide his alliance with The Visitors, aiding their plot steal mankind's water...