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PART 2 – WHY THEY WON’T GO AWAY
by William Lolli, ©2011
(Mar. 23, 2011) — In Part 1 of Those Darn Birthers I examined why the Birthers are so despised by those who have a great deal to lose if they are right; that is, if Obama is not a natural born Citizen and therefore not eligible to hold the office of president.
In this segment I give a glance into the Birther Movement and what makes them so tenacious.
Birthers are an odd lot and some are a bit kooky. The press has used this to its advantage by making public figures of the oddest members, while silencing the more reasoned voices by denying them any mass-media attention. Consequently, the Birthers you see on TV are not representative of the 450,000 that possess a variety of Constitutional concerns.
The deeper, more resolved Birther does not care if Obama is white or black, Christian or Muslim. You will never hear a threat of violence from their lips or the use of a personal or racially-charged invective.
What you will hear, if you ever talk to one, is a deep-seated concern for the integrity of the Constitution and our civil rights.
You will hear a heart-wrenching appeal for the freedom of now-jailed US Army Lt. Colonel Lakin, whose only crime is that he asked his chain of command to validate the authority of the president as commander-in-chief.
You will hear all about the history of our country and what the Founding Fathers believed was a natural born Citizen; of how Article II, Section 1 was a defense against a sitting president having a foreign encumbrance or dual-allegiance to another power.
You will hear a debate between those who interpret the 14th Amendment to mean there is such a thing as Naturalized-Citizen-At-Birth, or that a natural born Citizen can only be born of two citizen parents, or you may hear from those who advocate the notion that only a paternal-connection can transfer the “natural born” status.
But in all of this, you will hear the cry for governmental responsibility: The demand that our representatives live up to their oaths of office to uphold the Supreme Law of the land. And the demand that, for the sake of the nation now and for future generations, Obama prove his natural born status, as required by the Constitution—the very document he swore to uphold, so help him God.
Birthers are lawyers and veterans, active and retired military, housewives and teachers, students and doctors, Republicans and Democrats. I have met Birthers from all walks of life. They are as diverse as the American people, and they love this country with the purest love—because they don’t care if they are laughed at, mocked or spit upon for their beliefs.
And they won’t quit until they know the truth.
William Lolli is a regular columnist for SanDiego.com, which chose not to publish his series on the “Birthers” but granted permission for them to be published at The Post & Email. His bio can be found here.