With all that is going on in the world it is hard to really pick a subject to discuss. Whether it's the nearly 50 year conspiracy to get any black man elected people apparently picked an Indonesian or Kenyan or whatever flavor of the week country Obama is now from or the ongoing natural disaster in Japan. Then there is the near shut down of the federal government that would have seen Congressmen still being paid for no work but our military personnel not getting paid for the dangers they put themselves through on a minute-to-minute basis.
It really is astounding how the birther conspiracy still has any legs to stand on anymore. Let us forget for a minute that the certificate of live birth that Hawaii released at the request of Obama during the 2008 election is the exact same certificate they release for everyone is the law. A person born in Hawaii can personally go see their birth certificate but when they request a copy they get the digitized copy that so many have tried to claim is a fake. Let us brush that aside for a minute. To claim that in 1961 that there was this grand conspiracy already in place to get him elected, that in order to hide the fact that he was not born in this country they faked his birth in Hawaii and even placed two false birth announcements in two different papers. This birther conspiracy is greater than Area 51 and the Kennedy Assassination combined.
I will say one more thing since this fringe birther group apparently has members on this website ... It actually amazes me that a lot of these people are states' righters (in other words they believe that state law always trumps federal law), except for in this case where they demand that President Obama break Hawaii state law and have his birth certificate released for all to see.
Having said that at least one Republican possibly running for President, Mitt Romney, has already come out on the side of Obama and this is why. Under the United States Constitution and and later a 1795 law passed by Congress a person born to a US Citizen, no matter where they are born, is a US Citizen. The Constitution states that a "natural born citizen" shall be eligible for President. Had the founders explicitly meant that the person had to be born on American soil they would have no doubt stated that. The 1795 law states that "the children of citizens of the United States born out of the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, shall be considered as citizens of the United States." In 1934, a new law was passed that made children born to female American citizens outside the United States, citizens as well.
So no matter how you look at it Obama is fully eligible to be president. Sorry.
Japan, meanwhile, continues to get bombarded with aftershocks. Aftershocks measuring in the upper 6 and 7 categories. Not to mention that a volcano in southern Japan has been awoken from it's slumber and is now erupting. On top of that the nuclear crisis in Japan has now been put at a 7. That is the same level that Chernobyl was at after it's fatal meltdown. One really has to wonder just how safe nuclear power plants are, when Japan's were considered the safest in the world. Add to that scientists now believe the supervolcano that resides under Yellowstone National Park to be march larger than previously thought.
Finally, there was the last minute maneuvering of both parties to (for now) avoid a federal shutdown. Polls have shown that people give more credit to Obama for avoiding the shutdown than the Congressional Republicans. Polls also show that overall they do not favor the Republicans plans to balance the budget. The real story that came out of the near shut down that was hardly even talked about is that the House attempted to pass a bill that would have suspended Congress's pay when and if the shutdown occurred. The bill failed. The fact that any Congressman voted against this bill truly shows just how out of touch Congress is with the rest of the country. All this was going on while there was apparently no effort what-so-ever to make sure our military continued getting paid if the federal government shut down. To me that is just completely shameful.
Looking at the current field of potential Republican candidates for President has to make Democrats extremely happy. None of them have good favorable ratings and most of them have pushed so far to the right that even if they were to win the Republican nomination they would be so far out of the mainstream of the majority of voters in this country the election would not even be close. Hillary Clinton has already announced that she will not be returning as Secretary of State if Obama is re-elected, so this is fueling the fire that she is already considering a run for the Democratic nomination in 2012.
On a more personal note, you may have noticed over the last month a lack of postings on my part. I am coming to the close of another semester of classes, so my time has been filled with writing a 20 page paper about The Andy Griffith Show and preparing a presentation on the English government in the 40-50 years before the American Revolution. Sleep has been at a premium for me as has time for anything other than school or work.