Steyn: Don’t end Obama’s presidency on the birther ‘rinky-dink technicality’

Many anti-birther movement crusaders insist the controversy over Barack Obama’s birthplace is motivated by nothing but a deep-seated hatred for the president. These so-called “birthers,” they say, want to have Obama removed from office at any cost.

However, Mark Steyn, a conservative columnist and substitute host for Rush Limbaugh’s Thursday show, argues using the birther argument to attempt to end Obama’s presidency is the wrong way to go. You want it to end after his policies are discredited, Steyn argues.

“One reason why I don’t want to get into, don’t particularly — never got excited about the birther business – I don’t want this president discredited and kicked out on a technicality,” Steyn said. “This isn’t like when Snoop Dogg found himself up on that murder rap and got acquitted on a technicality. I don’t want this president to be convicted on technical grounds. I don’t want this presidency to end on the technicality of whether he was born in Hawaii, or whether he was born in Mombasa, or whether he was born on the planet Krypton. I want these ideas to die – the ideas to which he got elected, because these ideas are killing your country.”

Steyn explained the worldview Obama holds isn’t foreign because it is prevalent among the academic elites in the United States.

“And in that sense, Obama is not a foreigner,” Steyn said. “He’s like millions and millions of the Americans he’s lived among in Hyde Park – Chicago, at Harvard, at Columbia, at Occidental. These are the people who take these ideas about economic growth, the inequities of American foreign policy – they’re all entirely normal. This is the swamp in which he’s been marinated his entire life.”


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Thus, to defeat these ideas and not have them resurface, it is best to defeat Obama politically as opposed to defeating him on a technical issue over whether or not he is qualified to be president.

“And what’s embarrassing about it is not that it’s entirely foreign to the United States, but that it’s so normal to a huge swathes of American elites,” he added. “All the views Obama holds are entirely normal to huge swathes of the American elites. Those ideas have to be discredited. It’s not enough to end his presidency simply on some rinky-dink technicality like where the guy happened to be born. That’s my view on the thing.”

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  • David Farrar

    Fiat justitia ruat caelum

    It has now become apparent Barack Obama has been lying about his place of his birth since day one. He was not born in a hospital. In fact, from the records published thus far, nobody can authoritatively state where or when Barack Obama, the President of the United States, was born.

    As a result, all of Barack Obama’s signatures can now be legally called into question. It is imperative that Congress immediately start impeachment proceedings so that the authority and integrity of the office of the Presidency of the United States is protected at all times.


    ex animo

  • Realist4U

    What does the Constitution say Mark? Are we supposed to cherrypick the parts of the Constitution we want to uphold? I believe this President has done more impeachable acts than all the former Presidents put together.

  • JeanWTPUSA

    I could have bet anything that the timing was right for Obama to release his Birth Certificate. Which, by the way, is already being picked apart by the Birthers. See video here. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pt7oi2qfxlY&feature=player_embedded#at=126

    But for me and many others I have spoken to over the years, the questions regarding Obama’s “eligibility” had more to do with the fact that Obama does not meet the “Natural Born Citizen” standard of Article II of the Constitution, then what hospital he was born at in Hawaii.

    If you listen to the MSM, you’ll hear the term “citizen” and “Natural Born Citizen” used interchangeably. What they fail to realize or talk about is that to be NBC=you have to be born on US Soil to PARENTS (plural) who are US Citizens. Birthers have suspected that Obama was NOT a NBC all along. And, now with the release of the long-form, know for sure, that Obama does not meet the NBC requirements to be POTUS. You can read this great synopsis on NBC here. http://federalistblog.us/2008/11/natural-born_citizen_defined.html
    or here, http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/04/14/how-could-obama-not-be-a-u-s-citizen-if-his-mother-was-an-american/ or here http://naturalborncitizen.wordpress.com/

    But it’s not just the kookie, right wing-fringe that are questioning Obama’s bonafides. Trump may have moved the BC issue into the MSM, but others, like Notre Dame Law Professor Emeritus, Charles Rice has also questioned Obama’s eligiblity or lack thereof. http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/02/notre-dame-professor-charles-rice.html

    If you really want to look at this issue critically, you have to ask yourself, “Why did Congress go out of its way to vet McCain (who by the way I believe was also ineligible), but NOT Obama?” Remember Senate Resolution 511 that Obama co-sponsored and signed? If not, read this.http://hesnotmypresident.wordpress.com/2009/08/30/natural-born-citizen-chapter-11-congressional-duties/

    So in brief, this is what “I” believe or MY TAKE on the latest events.
    Jerome Corsi is coming out with a new book, Where’s The Birth Certificate this May. Currently, it is number one on Amazon.com http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2011/04/jerome-corsis-book-wheres-birth.html.

    Trump is a left-leaning Democratic supporter as evidenced in his political contributions and past statements regarding his preference for Socialized Medicine and the like. I believe Trump is a “wolf in sheep’s clothing” who is working in tandem with George Soros and the Obama Administration. It’s all a show. It has too be. Why? The timing on this was too perfect. The BC was released to make Trump the front runner in the GOP. Trump will never get the GOP nomination and will run as an independent. He will split the vote and Obama will get re-elected. Its really so simple a theory that I have a hard time wondering why Conservatives who are supporting Trump don’t understand his true motives.

    The timing on the BC release is perfect, because it also discredits Jeromi Corsi’s research and it will, most certainly downplay an important advertising campaign that will be soon hitting the airwaves regarding Obama’s eligibility http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=279357#ixzz1Hu0hsqNg. In addition, despite the fact that some journalists are still in relentless pursuit of the truth http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=98546, the Dems are now targeting constituents in EVERY states to make certain that states drop their “birther bills.” Why? Under many “birther bills” Citizens would have “standing” to challenge any records provided by the candidates in court. Can you say a Forensic evaluation of BHO’s BC? In addition, some states are including language that would require presidential candidates to provide proof of his/her parents US Citizenship to verify their NBC status/eligibility under Article II. This would be a “fatal” blow to Obama. See the Democratic Gov’s Fundraising letter here. http://www.thepostemail.com/2011/04/24/the-democratic-governors-association-fundraises-off-republican-birther-bills/

    However, with the release of the BC, it should be very interesting to see how this all plays out. Will the conversation shift to the Natural Born Citizenship requirement? It should be a fun ride. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.

  • libertyatstake

    Steyn’s right on the birther thing. No legs toward impeachment there. But, do not take impeachment completely off the table for constitutional abuses committed while in office. We were awful close to a constitutional crisis when BHO was essentially in contempt of Judge Vinson all those weeks. It won’t be the last time we see something like that from this administration.

    “Because the Only Good Progressive is a Failed Progressive”

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jasmine-Clark/1785223171 Jasmine Clark

    nice to know that he thinks the constitution is nothing but a technicality.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jim-Lutz/23329351 Jim Lutz

    This useful idiot Steyn apparently doesn’t realize what he’s doing. Although he says he’s on the side of the protestors, he’s really helping the culprits by helping to define this as a technicality. Risk of a man in the office of the President of the United States who intends to harm the country is not a technicality. That’s why this is in the Constitution in the first place.

    I do agree that this can’t be seen as Obama getting kicked out on a technicality. That would make this look like a racism issue. What Steyn could be doing is pointing out how significant an issue it is: a man with the power of the President of the United States in office to harm the United States. Instead, he’s reinforcing the “technicality” aspect, making this futile, even as described in his own argument.

    Also, I agree that it’s politically better having Obama’s policies discredited. Even if the policies hadn’t been discredited time after time through history, the past two years have discredited them once again. Look at his approval polls; he’s been discredited. In face, there’s enough evidence to even prove that not only is Obama a risk to national security, but that he has acted time and time again with an intent to harm the United States and aid our enemies. Even if he’s a natural born citizen, he should be tried for Treason as defined in the Constitution.