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Identity crisis

Gazette staff March 21st, 2012

While smart people were celebrating Pi Day, The Very Serious People of the Oklahoma Senate approved a measure March 14 requiring presidential candidates to prove they were born in ’merica.

Senate Bill 1569, authored by none other than Sen. Ralph Shortey (he of fetus-food bill notoriety) requires candidates in Oklahoma’s presidential primaries to present the state Election Board with a photo ID and proof that they satisfy all requirements for office.

Cue the “natural-born citizen” arguments.

In a news statement on the bill’s passage, Shortey basically dismissed suggestions that SB 1569 was an effort to capitalize on anti-President Barack Obama sentiment in the state.

“Even in the absence of any controversy, this is a proposal that makes good sense,” Shortey said. “We require people to present ID to board a plane, use credit cards, purchase alcohol and tobacco and even to enter certain buildings.”

Shortey avoided full-on Donald Trump territory, and said his motive was the preservation of the election process.

“As a believer in federalism, I think it is important that states have the ability to fully vet candidates and ensure they satisfy all requirements for eligibility,” said the Oklahoma City Republican.

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03.21.2012 at 09:00 Reply

Makes perfect sense.  

Although I'd bet in another dimension McCain got elected, and this legislation and the whole sad (not remotely racist) birther movement never even happened.

Shortley does realize how pathetic it is that we can tell our children they can be anything they want to be; even president, with the exception of one very BIG caveat?  

Don't be black, or even half black.  You know what, don't be anything other than caucasian.  Unless you WANT people to detract from your governing by levying trite, petty, and unprovable accusations regarding what soil you were born on.

That's a pretty big asterisk!