Arizona is no doubt the center of the birther issue in the United States. For the past six months, the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Posse has been conducting an investigation into Barack Obama’s birth certificate and Selective Service card. While the national media has turned a deaf ear on the March 1 announcement of the Posse’s findings, the state’s media has been listening and so have the people of Arizona.
Last week, the Morrison Institute for Public Policy at Arizona State University released their latest poll which indicated that 60% of those polled support a birther bill that would require all candidates to prove that they meet the eligibility requirements for the office they are seeking. Not surprising, 76% of Republicans polled said they favor a birther law and 58% of Democrats were against the measure.
Democrats are against having to prove eligibility and they are against voter id. They seem to be afraid of trying to win elections legally and support any measure that allows for voter corruption and fraud.
However measures are being taken in Arizona that will help candidate fraud. State Rep Carl Seel has been pushing his birther bill since last year. This Wednesday, House Bill 2480 was approved by the Arizona Senate Government Reform Committee. The birther bill would require anyone running for President or Vice President of the United States to have their political party file an affidavit with the Arizona Secretary of State’s office declaring the candidates meet all office eligibility requirements. The bill also states that the requirements for President include that the candidate be a natural born citizen of the US.
Again, to no surprise, Republicans voted for the bill and Democrats voted against it. The committee consists of four Republicans and two Democrats and the vote was 4-2 in favor of the bill.
The one complaint I have on the new birther bill is that it only requires the Democratic Party to file an affidavit with the state certifying that Barack Obama meets all of the eligibility requirements. Who in the Democratic Party would be willing to stand up and say that Obama does not meet those requirements? If they support voter and candidate fraud, what makes anyone believe that they wouldn’t lie on the affidavit for Obama? It would be the same as asking one criminal to stand up for another.
Seel’s earlier version of the bill would have required the Arizona Secretary of State to personally verify the natural born citizenship requirement has been met, but that was removed from the current version that passed the House and is now being considered in the state Senate.
I personally believe that every state’s Secretary of State be required to ascertain that everyone running for political office in their state meet the eligibility requirements and not just accept a statement from the political party saying so.
I do know that in the case of Maricopa County, the final approval of a candidate’s eligibility rests with the County Sheriff, which just happens to be Joe Arpaio. Maricopa County encompasses the city of Phoenix and surrounding communities, eight of which have populations of over 100,000. There are nearly 4 million people in Maricopa County, so Arpaio’s decision of whether or not to allow Obama on the ballot could make a significant impact on the November general election.
Clearly, the people of Arizona are watching the Cold Case Posse investigation of Obama’s eligibility and have indicated that the majority of them want proof. The Arizona legislature is acting on those demands and so is Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett. As Secretary of State, he is requesting verification of Obama’s birth documents from Hawaiian officials. He has stated that if he does not receive the documentation requested, that Barack Obama’s name will not appear on any ballot within the state of Arizona come November. Bennett issued the following written statement,
“Because of the importance and profile of the president’s case, and at the request of many constituents, I have gone the extra step of asking the state of Hawaii to verify the facts contained in his birth certificate. Hawaii is bound by their own statutes to provide such verifications to other state officials in their official duties.
“With all due respect, the [Arpaio] investigation has not proven anything other than raised probable cause that the birth certificate posted on the White House website ‘may be’ a forgery. The next lawful step would be for the sheriff’s office to turn their findings over to the county attorney for prosecution. Evidence would be brought on both sides and a judge should issue a decision.
“Whether or not that happens, if Hawaii can’t or won’t provide verification of the president’s birth certificate, I will not put his name on the ballot.”
“I can tell from the tone and language of your letters that the only acceptable outcome for you is that his name not be on the ballot, period. That may be what happens, but under my watch, it won’t happen based on opinions, petitions, probability or pledges to support or oppose me in the 2014 governor’s race. My oath of office is to uphold the Constitution and laws of our state and country, and I’m going to do that by following the law.”
Now all eyes are looking forward to Sheriff Joe’s June press conference where he has promised to reveal more damaging evidence against the Obama and his documentation presented to the American people to try to prove his eligibility. They will also be watching to see if Hawaii cooperates with Bennett’s request, especially since Hawaii has passed legislation barring compliance with any requests for Obama’s documentation.
If you ask me, the best case scenario would be for Hawaii to refuse Bennett’s request and force Bennett to keep Obama’s name off the November ballot. Additionally, I agree that Arpaio needs to work with the Maricopa County Attorney and file charges against Obama for the forgery and fraud he is perpetrating against the people of Maricopa County and the rest of the US.