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Zealots and bigots

Published on -9/19/2012, 9:49 AM

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It has taken me a couple of days to think this through and it continues to irritate me. Reading the statement from Kris Kobach about his delay to OK President Barack Obama being on the Kansas ballot because while his official birth certificate is available online -- that it still lacks some other form that would verify it as authentic or some such nonsense.

He was elected and sworn in as president; he is the sitting U.S. president, and to pretend there is additional paperwork needed in order to place him on the ballot is worse than just playing politics. I doubt I have that paper proving my birth certificate is authentic and would guarantee my 96-year-old mother does not. Does our Kansas secretary of state? Will that form be required before people can vote?

I thought the secretary of state was the upholder of laws and from childhood I remember being taught "innocent until proven guilty" was a basic concept of our legal system. In Kobach's case, it seems to be the opposite, all are guilty until they can prove their innocence.

As to Don Desbien and his ilk, how is President Obama not a "native-born" citizen? His mother was a Kansan, she gave birth to her son, by my understanding that makes him a U.S. citizen.

If having a parent who is not or at one time was not a U.S. citizens means the offspring are not citizens, then no descendent of a slave can be a citizen, no Irish (or other) immigrants descendents' can be citizens, and such people as Sen. Daniel Inouye should never have been allowed to run for office -- much less serve.

I understand getting into an argument with zealots and bigots tends to be an exercise in futility but is there no way to respond to these stupid accusations and statement?

Too many people read this trash and believe it, just as there are people who believe prayer in school is not allowed.

Mike Leas

Hays

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