Friday, May 18, 2012

Arizona, why do we let you be a state?

Ken Bennett, Arizona Secretary of State, you are full of crap. I am calling you out on it right here, right now. I sincerely hope that the voters in your state are making their voices heard, too.

He is making vague rumbles about how he might be required to keep the President off the ballot for the general November election.

"I'm not a birther. I believe the president was born in Hawaii -- or at least I hope he was," Bennett told Broomhead. "But my responsibility as secretary of state is to make sure that the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballot have met the qualifications for the office they are seeking."

He claims he is distressed because Hawaii has not responded to his request for verification of the document that has been verified over and over. He doesn't understand why the state that has already issued proclamations and responded to document requests won't respond this once more. Apparently he missed the part where the state of Hawaii had to pass a law allowing state officials to ignore requests for the President's birth certificate. And apparently he missed seeing certified copies of both the short and long-form birth certificates.

The reality is that there is no possibility that this guy keeps the President off the ballot come November. It would be an outrageous abuse of power if he did. And it would be a huge slap in the face to the state of Hawaii to say that a certified copy of an official state record (not to mention verbal assurances by the highest ranking state officials) is insufficient proof of the record's validity.

Mr. Bennett himself would be furious if any other state refused to recognize an official, certified record from the state of Arizona. Chaos would ensue if every state started requiring something extra from their sister states beyond a certified copy or a verbal assurance. Honestly, if everyone could insist on something more than a certified copy of a short-form of whatever vital record states keep, state business would grind to a halt. As a Secretary of State charged with maintaining lots of his states records, Mr. Bennett knows all of this perfectly well and knows that the original certified copy of the short-form birth certificate that was first released by the Obama campaign back in 2008 was all the legal proof anyone had any need of. Which is precisely why he won't ultimately go through with his bogus threats to keep Obama off the ballot. So why is he even pretending?


BellsforStacy said...

No idea about the legality of keeping him off the ballot. But the WH has ticked off Arizona several times so it's little wonder they'd do this to him in an election year. His actions have consequences. Not that I think the Sec State can do as he threatened.

My problem is ... Obama's publisher's as late as 2007 where saying he was born in Kenya. Which is why this is all coming up again this week.

So he's born in Hawaii, but to sell books he says he's born in Kenya? What's up with that?

S said...

His actions have consequences? Seriously? As if he's the first president who has ever ticked off high-ranking officials in a state? And wouldn't it be just as fair to say that Jan Brewer ticked off the WH? The Sec. of State simply will not keep him off the ballot as he knows perfectly well, so this is all ridiculous posturing.

As for that silly promotional booklet, I'm sorry but I just can't get that worked up about a 30 year-old wannabe writer with Daddy abandonment issues claiming Daddy's country as his home country.

It's just infuriating that so many people would reject a certified document from the state of Hawaii.

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