Unlimited money to promote unlimited stupidity.
The Minuteman organization, a loose collection of civilians who both advocate for greater border security and watch the boarder themselves, has formed a Political Action Committee. In addition to promoting immigration reform and socially conservative policies, the PAC has added another large plank to their organization; they are birthers.
Their argument, according to WND, is that because President Obama’s father was not American in accordance with the 1875 SCOTUS Minor v. Happersett he can’t be president, which is a chic way to avoid the issue of Obama’s Hawaiian birth indeed.
There exists a conspiracy theory that references the Minor v. Happersett have been scrubbed by illegally altering SCOTUS records and that theory has gained some steam in conservative circles ever since the tactic of arguing Obama’s alleged foreign birth was not well received in courts. The basic argument is that Obama is a naturalized citizen rather than natural born and thus is ineligible for the office. However, not one of the birthers attached to the Minor v. Happersett theory has ever brought up United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898), in which the court ruled that persons born in the U.S. no matter their parentage are Natural Born and could assume the role of the Presidency. There was only one Judge who offered a dissenting opinion, which was based on the idea of foreigners who are citizens of an allied nation and have children inside the U.S. cannot become U.S. citizens if the allied nation has a policy preventing that action. It was the consensus of the majority that the dissenting opinion violated the constitution’s 14th amendment and thus was invalid.
No doubt birthers continue the trend of selective history and cherry picked their cases to validate their pre conceived conspiracy theory. Yet, this appeal to the birther movement should pull a tidy sum of money to the PAC, extensively to support the PAC’s stated goal of informing the citizens of America of Minor v. Happersett despite its irrelevance. At the end of the day the only real change will be that the PAC will have more money regardless and I think that might have been the real goal all along, for who could resist the collection of unlimited money from ignorant but hopeful supporters.