Donald Trump has announced that he may be running for President of The United States of America. I find it hard to conceive of  a well-known non -politician who some consider a potentially serious contender for the Republican nomination who is more singularly unqualified for that office.

“The Donald”, to use one sobriquet, has an ego the size of Alaska but real accomplishments the size of Rhode Island. Take his three times in bankruptcy Atlantic City casinos. You’d think a multibillionaire could afford to pay his bills. But each time he’s restructured his debt with these casinos there’s been a bunch of creditors getting screwed.

I mean aren’t casinos the beneficiaries of “the house advantage”? Goodness, you’d think with all the money I personally have lost on my trips to the Trump Taj Mahal, that the company would be fiscally healthy. I mean on each of those four trips I lost hundreds, I’m telling you, hundreds of dollars!

But it’s one thing for a potential Presidential candidate to bloviate about fixes for the budget or whether to establish a No-Fly Zone over Libya and to be as utterly clueless as Trump. After all, I’ve heavily criticized Obama on the Libyan affair and other of his policies myself.

It is quite another thing to give credence to the Birther movement that claims Obama was not born in this country and thus was and is  ineligible to be President. Trump has been pounding on this issue for most of the past month. Just look at all the Google hits on the topic.

He looks at the term “Birthers” as being derisive and a pejorative beacuse it makes those people seem stupid or ignorant. Donald. THEY ARE BOTH STUPID AND IGNORANT! And since you believe the same crap they do that makes you a “Birther” and you are also stupid and ignorant.

Trump claims that his MBA degree from the Wharton School demonstrates his intelligence. I say if his birther stance is indicative of his smarts, and he still managed to get through Wharton, then the accrediting board for that school really needs to take a hard look at reevaluationg that  accreditation.

Politifact, the truth checking non partisan project of the St. Petersburg Times, has conducted much research into various allegations of the Birthers ranging from the birth certificate Obama has produced and posted on the internet is not authentic, to saying Obama has admitted to being a foreign born Muslim, to saying that Obama has spent over $2,000,000 to prevent the truth about his Kenyan birth from coming to light to….well the list goes on. This link will provide access to these claims and the veracity thereof. I’ll spoil the ending for you. The Birthers are shown to be folls every time., another respected independent non-partisan truth seeking group within the Annenburg Public Policy Center at the University of Pennsylvania has also examined these loopy theories and found them wanting.

Please note that both these sources look at many political issues and advise as to whether there is truth to the statements, stories and emails making the rounds about a particular topic. Politifact even has a category for the most egregious lies called “Pants on Fire.” Both sources have not hesitated to declare untrue   statements made by Obama. Politifact even has a scorecard of Obama’s campaign promises and rates them as kept, broken, etc.

Now, granting the extreme possibility that Obama was born in Kenya, which I dispute with every ounce of my being, but let’s suppose he was. There is no argument made by anyone that Obama’s mother was a natural born American citizen, though his father most assuredly was Kenyan born and bred. SO WHAT!

8 USC Section 1401 (the United States Code, i.e. federal law) sets forth:

The following shall be nationals and citizens of the United States at birth:

(g) a person born outside the geographical limits of the United States and its outlying possessions of parents one of whom is an alien, and the other a citizen of the United States who, prior to the birth of such person, was physically present in the United States or its outlying possessions for a period or periods totaling not less than five years, at least two of which were after attaining the age of fourteen years…

So that would mean Barack Hussein Obama, though born in Kenya to an American mother and alien (to the U.S.) father, would be a natural born citizen. See in whole:

Obama’s 2008 opponent, John McCain, was notably born in Panama where his father was stationed in the Navy. Other subdivisions of this same U.S. Code section provide he is also a natural born citizen.

(Why no one ever brings this law up in the Birther “debate” is beyond me)

It is one thing to be a self-important, multiple marrying, know-it-all, gas bag braggart. Trump, unfortunately is not the only one of those around. In fact he has competition from other potential seekers of the Republican nomination. Those are excusable traits insofar as most politicians exhibit at least some of them.

Being a Birther in the face of all evidence that screams that President Obama is a natural born American citizen under the Constitution and under the law is not excusable. That exhibits a level of stupidity and ignorance that is unacceptable from anyone but especially so from one who wants to be President.

So Donald Trump is either incredibly stupid and ignorant, belying all his asserted accomplishments, or he is blatantly pandering to the lowest common denominator of irrational, conspiracy spewing racists existing in this country.

No matter which, Donald Trump………SHUT THE FUCK UP!!

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