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WHAT IS THE ELIGIBILITY ISSUE ALL ABOUT?
by Jeff Lichter
(Dec. 30, 2010) — Being the recipient of attempted ridicule by being labeled a “birther” has never bothered me. In fact, it was a welcome accusation because knowing that truth was on my side, I always responded that I was “very proud to be a birther.”
But now, it is becoming apparent that this term may be doing us more harm than we thought. Too many people who hear the term think that the place of birth is not only the pre-eminent issue but the only issue. They most likely have never heard the more important term that of a “natural born Citizen.” And even if they have, they most certainly cannot come within a planet or two of providing something close to a constitutional meaning of the term or even how it might differ from just a plain Citizen.
It is my intention here to suggest that those of us who believe Barack Obama is not a natural born Citizen no longer employ the term “birther” or even repeat it, but always substitute the replacement term of either “constitutional natural born birther” or if that is too long then just “natural born birther.” That would hopefully elicit either the silent or spoken question in the minds of others as to what the heck is a natural born birther? We must start defining the issue correctly on our terms and get the message out that the place of birth is not the dominant issue, that even if one is born in the United States that does not necessarily of and by itself make one a natural born Citizen eligible to serve as the President of the United States.
Nomenclature can be very important, and before dismissing this as too trivial, consider how many times the media, all of them including O’Reilly, Beck, Matthews, and Cooper have spit the term birther at us and thereby framed the issue as only a place of birth matter while never using or discussing the constitutional term of natural born citizen. Again just today, Megyn Kelly in about an 8 minute segment on Fox that she framed as a “debate” in regard to Hawaii Governor Abercrombie’s recent statements used the term birther (as did her two guests, both of whom did not debate but agreed on all points) at least ten times but none of them ever spoke of the larger matter of constitutional eligibility by using the term natural born citizen. One of the two guests was the “conservative” Rich Lowry.
Let’s start properly defining the issue on our terms. It starts with what comes out of our own mouths.
HERE IS THE LINK TO ANOTHER DISGUSTING PERFORMANCE BY FOX AND MEGYN KELLY TODAY WITH THE HELP OF RICH LOWRY