Republicans Propose Creating a New Federal Office of Birtherism

Michigan Republican Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra has proposed the creation of new federal office staffed by the FBI and CIA that would check presidential candidates’ birth certificates.

According to the Detroit Free Press,

At a tea party gathering in Lapeer earlier this month, U.S. Senate candidate Pete Hoekstra said he’d like to create a federal office in Washington that would verify that presidential candidates meet the minimum requirements to hold the office.

“This is not brain surgery. It should be an FBI person, maybe a CIA person,” said Hoekstra, a former Republican congressman from Holland, during the meeting in response to a question from the audience about Obama’s citizenship. “If you want to run for president, you’ve got to go with the proper documentation and get it certified that you meet the qualifications to be the President of the United States.”

You may remember the name Pete Hoekstra from the incredibly racist local ad that he ran during the Super Bowl. The attack ad was so xenophobic and racist that it backfired and actually gave his incumbent Sen. Debbie Stabenow a double digit lead. The ad was so bad that according to a PPP poll it made 45% of respondents less likely to vote for him.

It is nice to see that Hoekstra learned absolutely nothing from his Super Bowl ad and is doubling down on the racism, but the bigger point is that the Republican Party has been so infected with birtherism that they are willing to institutionalize racism within our government.

Let me see if I have this straight, Republicans are anti-big government except when they want to expand the size of government by creating a new federal office in order to check Obama’s birth certificate? That is freedom loving small government conservatism in action. Hoestra’s comments are a symptom of a larger disease within the Republican Party.

From the party that spied on you and destroyed your liberties with the Patriot Act, comes a new office to check presidential candidate’s birth certificates. Hoekstra’s idea proves that there is no limit to how low Republicans will go in order to court the anti-Obama racist vote.

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14 Replies to “Republicans Propose Creating a New Federal Office of Birtherism”

  1. It’s unfortunate that this comes up in the “birther” context, but honestly I’m surprised a verification system wasn’t already in place. It seems that if the Constitution requires that you be 35 years old, 14 years a resident, and a natural-born citizen, there would be a way to confirm all three criteria as part of ballot access procedures.

  2. The verification process already exists. A candidate has to verify and meet residency requirements when they file to be on a primary ballot.

  3. The FBI or the CIA? Does anyone really believe that there wasn’t a phalanx of right wing lawyers and investigators looking for ANYthing that would stick to the wall? Any potential candidate has to affirm their qualifications and you can bet your last red nickel that any opposing candidate is going to look for any credable evidence to disqualify their opponents. The birthers can be summed up easily: brain dead.

  4. It is okay, Birtherism will be the GOP’s waterloo. Independents and moderates and even Democrats don’t want batshit crazy.

  5. Most Republicans love “big government” when it means militarizing the current government to protect their current states of white generational entitlements and privilege.

    So of course creating extra bureaucracy with voter ID laws, birther programs, increasing homeland security’s grip on citizen’s privacy, bailing out the banking system with tax dollars, increasing corporate welfare, privatizing natural resources, increasing and maintaining our dependence on oil and coal, protecting big pharma via the DEA, etc.., removing journalistic standards from mass media, oppressing dark-skinned people and women’s rights, protecting non-competitive industry giants, and everything and anything else that falls into those things that protect the Ivy League establishment and their children, are perfectly fine.

    Otherwise they’re just talking out of their a$$es as usual to fool some poor white blue collar schlep by pandering to his/her fears and pressing Christian-related emotional buttons.

  6. OMG Lapeer is my home town! I lived there for over 50 years! How pathetic

    I think the government already does certification. We note Herr Bush never mumbled anything about this, Cheney never said a word, the entire Bush Whitewhouse never said there was doubt.

    The birthers stand alone with the bigots

  7. This sort of thing could turn into what they have in Iran, where, to get on the ballot at all, you have to satisfy a board of ayatollahs that you’re religious enough and right-wing enough.

  8. I wish they’d do it, so we can move on to passing jobs bi-

    AHAHAHAhahaha. Oh, who am I kidding. Then birtherism would proceed into an fbi cia conspiracy, to boot.

    Oh, America. The Jerry Springer Show of the world.

  9. So let me get this straight. The guy in the picture thinks that the President is made out of cloth? Or is he trying to draw the President’s attention to mixed-thread fabrics?

  10. Henry Hyde was my Congressman. Shiva – why do you think we are who we are? We’ve LIVED this stuff! You either eat it up or flee like the wind. We did the latter.

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