My final thought on the birther issue

A lot of you have asked if I’ve gotten any more emails. Below the fold, a compilation of emails that have come in. But above the fold, my final word.Based on the facts, it is very clear that President Obama is our lawfully elected President and the Office of President of the United States of America requires that though we may disagree with him and oppose him, we recognize and respect his position as President — a position entrusted to him by 69,456,897 voting Americans, or 52.9% of the popular vote.

As early at 1350, the British Parliament approved statutes recognizing the rule of jus sanguinis, under which citizens may pass their citizenship by descent to their children at birth, regardless of place. Similarly, in the its first naturalization statute, Congress declared that ‘the children of citizens of the United States, that may be born beyond the sea, or out of the limits of the United States, shall be considered as natural born citizens.’ 1 Stat. 104 (1790) . . . . Notwithstanding the Supreme Court’s discussion in Wong Kim Ark (1898), a majority of commentators today argue that the Presidential Eligibility Clause incorporates both the common-law and English statutory principles, and that therefore, Michigan Governor George Romney, who was born to American parents outside of the United States, was eligible to seek the Presidency in 1968.

Meese, Edward, Heritage Guide to the Constitution, p. 190 (2005).Even were the American public to fall under the belief that Barack Obama was born in a foreign country and 49 years ago his associates fabricated a narrative, a birth record, and placed birth announcements in both the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin on August 4, 1961, to ensure that 49 years later he could become President of the United States, it is undisputed that Barack Obama’s mother is and has always been an American citizen. Therefore Barack Obama is and has always been an American citizen.The leaps of logic and reason to arrive at such a conspiracy are unbefitting the credibility of anyone and not worthy of further discussion. Notwithstanding the same, no American should ever sanction what would amount to a judicial coup — the removal of the President of the United States after 52.9% of the American public instructed their Electoral College representatives to place their votes for him. The time to even be willing to entertain these issues from those who claim a conspiracy has long past.A conservative movement worthy of leading this nation must be willing to cast aside those who, for whatever reason, cannot and will not be persuaded that the President is our legitimately, constitutionally elected President. And now, a final sampling from the mailbag. My personal favorite is the last one: From: Linda Carlson
Subject: Banning Free Speech
Date: February 14, 2010 9:27:09 AM EST
To: [email protected]

Shame on you. It’s clear now that you do not support our US Constitution any longer.

I’m a long time lurker and reader at your website, but no longer.

Right or wrong…birthers or truthers….ALL should have the ability to speak their views freely…and not be banned by a site that appears to be leaning towards a government more like those in communist nations…where if the speech is not agreeable, they are censored.

Shame on you.

Linda Carlson
Mtn. Home, AR.

———- From: Arnie
Subject: gawwd are you dumb
Date: February 14, 2010 8:26:12 AM EST
To: [email protected]

first of all, to be president, the person must be more than a citizen. he must be a naturla born citizen.do you even know what that means, you idiot? it means, born on american, to two parents, both of whomare citizens at the time, without being citizens to another country.
even if he was born in hawaii, that does not make him a natural born american.
would this be good enough for a law suit. the governor confirms he was born in hawaii.
she does not even say they have a birth certificate. where are the documents.
———- From: Jimmy Simpson
Subject: You are an Idiot
Date: February 14, 2010 6:11:51 AM EST
To: [email protected]

You are an idiot to equate “birthers” with “Truthers”. Good luck taking a sh*t on some of your loyal viewers. I will do whatever I can to help your website drop off the map. ———- From: John Krider
Subject: Follow the Constitution
Date: February 13, 2010 8:27:03 PM EST
To: [email protected]

To Whom it may Concern

Myself and a lot of other conservative Americans are really getting fed up with the coward’s in the media that will not stand up for the , constitution, liberty, freedom, and our American way of life. It all comes down to having a, marxist usurper in the whitehouse, one that cannot produce a birth certificate or any other credential that would make him eligible for the office. If you or your staff would have done even the most remote type of ivestigation, you would have found this buffoon to be a fraud just like the rest of us have. Did you know that he has,#1. Spent almost 2 million dollars on legal fees to hid his birth certificate and college documents.#2. Address on fake Hawaiian birth turns out to be a garage attached to a house.#3. 4 Supreme Court Cases came to conclusion that “Natural Born Citizen” is by , both parents must be citizens of the U.S. and born on U.S. soil, Obama’s dad was Kenyan with British citizenship.#4. Information is coming to light that Obama never went to Columbia University,#5. What passport did he use to enter Pakistan.#6. Did he attend college as a foreign student, is that why he won’t release the paperwork.

Instead of blasting the Birthers, why don’t you spend a few minutes on looking up some facts, their is an old saying, nothing that is hidden will remain hidden, find the truth and it will set you free.———- From: Ellen Williams
Subject: I HAD a lot of respect for you Erickson, —-but
Date: February 14, 2010 9:27:57 AM EST
To: [email protected]

Some facts about myself: 71 years old native born American – actually about 8th generation had ancestors who fought in the Revolutionary War Had ancestors who fought in War of 1812 Had ancestors who fought in War Between the States Had ancestors who fought in Mexican War Never been audited by IRA—–yet Attend church twice on Sunday and often midweek English is my native tongue Have 2 Masters Degrees Have written two booksNOW————— A word of warning FOR YOU, MR. RED STATE:By banning so-called “birthers,” you are telling a great number of Americans like myself, whom you call “nuts and radicals and fringe” that you don’t want “ugh us!!” in your Red State movement. You know what you are? You are just a bonified segment of the country-club Republicans who have sold out American values and your conservative base. YOU and YOUR KIND are why Pelosi and Reid are in charge! I take comfort in the FACT that Joseph McCarthy was once put down as “fringe, radical and nutty.” Seems history has PROVEN him right though. Go ahead and goose step with your three-piece suits. Some of us, not many, but a few CAN STILL THINK FOR OURSELVES. And we won’t sell our soul to be a part of your pathetic Red State. Ellen Williams———- From: Grant Bratrud
Subject: Remove My Email Address
Date: February 14, 2010 8:10:37 AM EST
To: [email protected]

Please remove my email address from your list. In return, I will remove your website from my Favorites.
Good luck on your next gig at MSNBC.
———- From: cadan7
Date: February 14, 2010 4:17:16 AM EST
To: [email protected]

Hi Eric,

I want to start this email by letting you know that I am a conservative and a dedicated fan of RS and view the website daily – I don’t miss a post! I follow you daily and agree with you on nearly everthing you post. I also want to let you know upfront that I am not a “Birfer” or a “Truther”.
With this in mind, however, I am baffled by the the rationality for starting and maintaining a war of words between you and your readers that have reservations about Obama’s citizenship – or the Bush hating “Truthers”. This seems to be a real waste of time and is distracting you and, in turn, your readers from the really important topics needing our attention. Quite frankly, this whole episode is beneath you and your mission. Your latest post titled “The Big Birfer Speaks” is really quite childish and makes you look immature. You may be accurate, but is all of this “word warfare” really worth the time and effort? I mean, the adherants of both these groups are way out there on the fringes, with very few followers and a poor ability to attract additional followers. The average thinking American doesn’t pay them any more attention than they would a misguided 4 year old trying to explain in 4 year old terms how einstein got it all wrong. I think the better response is a kind smile, a pat on the head., and a “have a nice day” vs. engagement in a very public war of words. Why give them the time and attention they don’t deserve? Besides, you are potentially alienating a group of ardhent conservative supporters. Baffling! You have always struck me as a person that is well grounded with a high level of maturity, so it saddens me to see you stoop to this level of attack and counterattack on people who are harmless and well -meaning, although admittedly misguided. I would like to council that this is not something you should continue to do – that you should apologize to the Birfers publicly for being so forceful in your level of critizism and for stooping to such a low point – this is the behavior generally relegated to our Liberal foes. I believe that you can do this without giving ground and confirming the “Birfer’s” position. As a Christian brother, I would ask that you examine yourself to determine if your current attacks are truly being guided from On High. I am praying that you will drop this silly escapade and move on to bigger and better things. We are counceled by The Holy Book: ” Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under your feet, and turn and tear you in pieces”, and “Do not forbid him, for he who is not against us, is for us”. Mathew 7:6, Luke 9:50 . Your Brother in Christ,

———- From: George Miller
Subject: Re: RedState Morning Briefing
Date: February 14, 2010 1:55:19 AM EST
To: [email protected]

Please cancel mailings to me. I have no faith in someone who would attempt to stifle discussions on what may be the biggest political scandal in history– Obama’s illegitimacy. Why would you impede efforts to clarify the situation?

George Miller
———- From: LNSu
Subject: On the Birthers….
Date: February 13, 2010 9:03:23 PM EST
To: [email protected], Erick

Erick I have gotten red state for a while I have really appreciated the insite you have provided, but I will not be receiving any more news from you now.
Why? Not because of “birthers” but for this real reason
“First They Came for the Jews”
By Pastor Niemoller

First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists and I did not speak out because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists and I did not speak out because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.

I wonder who will be left to speak for you?

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.”
– Dwight D. Eisenhower