It seems like the GOP in Arizona is desperate to keep Obama from winning the state. Today the Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett announced that the birthplace of President Obama would have to be determined before he would be put onto the states ballot in November.
If he happen to have lost that long-form birth certificate he produced last year, he can always just use his circumcision form. Well actually, no that is not true. THAT law was eventually vetoed by the governor earlier this year – so that option doesn’t exist.
Is it not time to completely vote the GOP out of existence?
Excerpt from MSNBC.com – May 18, 2012
Just when it seemed Arizona Republicans couldn’t go much further, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett (R) is now questioning President Obama’s citizenship and isn’t sure whether to allow the president onto the 2012 ballot.
Bennett’s comments came in an interview late Thursday with conservative radio talk show host Mike Broomhead on Phoenix station KFYI.
Bennett said he was following the lead of the state’s eccentric Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a fellow Republican who ordered an investigation into the president’s birth certificate last year and concluded the document released by the White House is a forgery. Bennett said he is now trying to get verification from state officials in Hawaii that the certificate is authentic.
In doing so, Bennett caved to a fringe group of activists and writers who believe in a conspiracy theory that just never seems to die no matter how much proof they get.
After denying being a Birther, Bennett said, “I believe the president was born in Hawaii — or at least I hope he was. But my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking.”
Excerpt from MotherJones.com - April 15, 2011
Thinking of running for president, but can’t find a copy of your long-form birth certificate? No problem, say Arizona GOPers. Just be prepared to provide a description of your penis.
The state’s birther bill, which had until recently been sidelined, cruised through the state Senate on a 20-to-9 party line vote Wednesday and was passed by the state House late Thursday. It’s now awaiting the signature of Arizona’s Republican Governor Jan Brewer. The bill, resurrected late last month with some minor changes, requires presidential candidates to provide a valid long-form birth certificate before they can appear on the ballot in Arizona. Because not all states even produce such records anymore, the bill allows prospective candidates to provide any two of the following documents in lieu of a long-form birth certificate: an “early census record,” a signed post-partum medical record, a hospital birth record (also known as a certificate of live birth), or a baptismal or circumcision certificate.
That’s right: Arizona Republicans want you to provide proof that you’ve been circumcised; it makes the “boxers and briefs” question look downright prudish. But a warning for overzealous candidates: As the Phoenix New Times helpfully notes, “Pulling out your penis in front of election officials, however, will not prove citizenship—and, in the worst case scenario, could get [you] labeled a sex offender.” Rules to live by.
Excerpt from DailyKos.com
This is beyond merely stupid: It’s breath-taking.
By this logic anyone who’s circumcised “is” an American citizen, and can, therefore, run for president, but anyone from a state that does not issue a long-form birth certificate — a state such as Hawaii, for example — somehow is not.
Oh — and apparently if you can prove that you were baptized a Christian, you’re in like Flynn. Obviously a carefully reasoned and thought-out piece of -shit- legislation.
Why do these idiots still have the power to legislate, again? Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Anyone?