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03:31 PM on 04/22/2010
Gee, I wonder if they would still be asking for a birth certificate if Obama was white.
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cyndeewi
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05:20 PM on 04/23/2010
No one has ever asked for a President's birth certificate before. The FBI and CIA researched Obama's and all pass president's past. No one can just walk up and become president without a through and complete background check. They go all the way back. The presidents are given lots of confidential information. Do you think for one minute that the people (whom are all white) would share that stuff with Obama if he was not legal. Wake up Arizona!!
04:24 PM on 04/28/2010
Agreed. This whole birther movement harkens back to slavery times when a freed black man had to carry papers to prove his freedom or be taken back into slavery. In addition, the cruel jokes and cartoons popping up on the Internet (and now especially on Facebook) levied "in fun" at the POTUS and FLOTUS during the election campaign and after are also throwbacks to a time in the not too distant past when it was acceptable to ridicule and demean blacks as a form of entertainment, in the media, and as a normal part of the social fabric of everday life in America.
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silkphoenix
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11:48 AM on 04/22/2010
Arizona is turning into another Idaho. First, the immigration law now this. Don't the Arizona House has more important issues to take care of for their state?
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WYO PROUD
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05:58 AM on 04/22/2010
So if Obama is not allowed on even one states ballot, can we have a treason trial for Bush & co?

I mean wouldn't allowing a Kenyan to be elected President of the United States on their watch during a time of war and terrorism constitute treason on their part?

That kind of incompetance would have to be treason wouldn't it?
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kjstjohn
12:15 PM on 04/23/2010
Um no.
05:11 PM on 04/24/2010
I kind of think when our leaders flat out lie about war, killing of our young soldiers, illegal wiretapping, and the myriad of other misdeeds perpetrated by these miscreants (the previous administration) they committed flagrant misuse of any constitutional powers they may have thought they had. And they misappropriated the funds towards these abuses. They were not acting in accordance with the Constitution as far as I can tell. Yes, they should indeed be tried, especially the one that sounds like Darth Vader.
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fishnetdiver
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02:48 AM on 04/22/2010
Congratulations Arizona...you've just trumped South Carolina as 'Wackiest State in the Union'!
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02:17 AM on 04/22/2010
Find me one African American who cares about this. Just one. One black man or woman who thinks Obama is not qualified to be President of this country because he won't 'prove' (He already has) that he was born in Hawai'i.

Birther = Racist
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WYO PROUD
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12:52 AM on 04/22/2010
So he'll show them his B.C.

Then he WILL be allowed on the ballot.

I wonder how much the tax payers and Tea partier cry babies will be paying for this in AZ?

Bunch of uneducated biggots I tell ya!

I hope they pass this in all RED states so they can fork out the tex money on this waste of time.
12:50 PM on 04/21/2010
Ok, Game On! I hereby call on liberals in California, Florida, New York, New Jersey to pass laws in their states requiring that presidential candidates take and pass the Foreign Service Officer Test (http://www.careers.state.gov/officer/employment.html) in order to get on the ballot.

This will ensure that we never get a Bush or a Palin on the ballot in those states again preventing the idiots from taking over the country.

Bring it!
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07:02 PM on 04/21/2010
Sadly, you miss the point. It's only a game to the birther crowd who willingly undermine your country for cheap and nasty political points.
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ShinjiIkari
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06:07 PM on 04/23/2010
Peace, brother.

Then Constitution only requires that the POTUS have been born in America at least 35 years earlier. The Foreign Service Officer Test isn't a Constitutional requirement; neither is a birth certificate. There are other ways to establish one's citizenship, all of which could pass Constitutional muster.

The birthers have only concocted this campaign as just another verse in the same old song: "If You're White You're Right, If You're Black Get Back." Just another shameful example of Mr. Hyde taking over Dr. Jekyll, as it were.
12:45 PM on 04/21/2010
I'm a native Arizonan...................................

and hell ya the government, legislation, and SPECIFICALLY our governor are a bunch of loons... TOTAL and ABSOLUTE EMBARRASSMENT!

I am ashamed of our legislation and the mockery they are making of "real" government. We have an immagration problem, human/drug trafficking problem, our public service funding lacks funding and our schools lack funding.. (We are educating future morons!)... AND THE LEGISLATION PRIORITY IS ON A GD BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!!!??? We are the home of 13 major "HATE" groups and OUR LEGISLATION PRIORITY IS ON A GD BIRTH CERTIFICATE!!??!!

A TOTAL and ABSOLUTE EMBARRASSMENT!
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Xavier Velasquez
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06:29 PM on 04/21/2010
As another native of my beloved Arizona, I couldn't have said it better myself.

To the rest of the country: I'm so embarrassed by all of this bullshit and I'm really sorry. I promise we aren't all backwards bigots and thugs out here.
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fishnetdiver
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03:05 AM on 04/22/2010
I just finished watching Sen. Ash on AC360 and you could literally see the craaazee oozing out of his pores...I feel for you Arizona.

...and on that note I'd like to apologize on behalf of my home state of Arkansas for unleashing Blanche Lincoln upon America. No one deserved that...
09:02 AM on 04/21/2010
It seems to me that if a candidate were foreign born the CIA, NSA, State Dept, Secret Service or the FBI would notice. Thankfully we have loons in tinfoil hats to protect us when the best security services in the world fail.
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Clay Dunn-Roberts
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07:11 AM on 04/21/2010
Haha, it's not racism. It just happens when a black man becomes president!
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09:04 AM on 04/21/2010
I was about to post the same thing. They are of course, right. It IS the highest office and so there should be no doubt that the candidates meet the requirements.
It is of course just a coincidence that it only became an issue when the first black man with a real chance of winning entered the frame.
By the by, wasn't there actually some real concern as to whether McCain was qualified under the rules? Wasn't he born overseas and NOT on diplomatic turf? I don't recall any birther getting their knickers in a twist over his legitimacy.
05:33 PM on 04/21/2010
That's because McCain produced his birth certificate without question.

For those of you that think of this as a racial ploy I ask you this.

If judging one by the color of their skin is racist/prejudice what does that make people who call President Obama "black'?
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jsehgal
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04:23 AM on 04/21/2010
This too shall 'fly over'.
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applebutter
03:59 AM on 04/21/2010
What is going on in Arizona?! Their legislature is made up of looney tune birther bigots.

Ugly stuff.
12:35 PM on 04/21/2010
I'm a native Arizonan...................................

and hell ya the government, legislation, and SPECIFICALLY our governor are a bunch of loons... TOTAL and ABSOLUTE EMBARRASSMENT!
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rosiebond007
02:58 AM on 04/21/2010
This is a picture of the AZ State Legislature at its very worst and dumbest.

Do they not think that Joe Biden and any of Obama's campaign folks would have gone along with Obama if he was not able to prove that he was a US Citizen?

Who do they think Obama is?

Well I have the answer - the Republican/Mormon AZ Legislature cannot stand the fact that Obama won the Election and that he is black. The fact that he is smart, super intelligent, highly regarded overseas, extremely diplomatic and an expert at debate has irritated them even more. He keeps showing them up as being really greedy, easily bribed, uncaring for the American people (un--patriotic you could say), arrogant people who will go to any lengths to keep their cushy seats.

AZ needs to boot these people out of their jobs come November or the state will slip down lower on the state scale - almost at the bottom as it is thanks to these incompetents.
Jesterband
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02:33 AM on 04/21/2010
One has to wonder if the proof already shown is going to be good enough, or are they going to force Hawaii to ignore their own state laws and release the original document?
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09:06 AM on 04/21/2010
Wasn't this already thrown out when that whacky estate agent / dentist / lawyer lady brought a case to court ?
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Mister C
12:33 AM on 04/21/2010
All I can say is OMG.....I guess if they can't straight out be r@cists this is the only for them to proceed.