Leo “Show Me Your Papers!” Berman To File Obama-Birther Bill

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State Representative Leo Berman plans to file a bill in the next session that would — wait for it — require Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates to prove that they're actual American citizens, and not, you know, Kenyan Muslims secretly trying to implement sharia law here in the United States.

From the Boston Herald, demonstrating yet again that Texas Republicans are making our state a national laughing-stock:

State Rep. Leo Berman this week said he's planning to file several immigration-related bills once Texas lawmakers get back to work in January, including one that requires presidential and vice presidential candidates to prove their citizenship to the Texas secretary of state before their names are added to the ballot.

This is similar to one provision in the immigration law recently approved in Arizona.

“We'll do it,” said Berman, a Republican and a former Arlington, Texas, mayor pro tem. “We'll do it from now on. If he can't prove citizenship … he won't have a place on the Texas ballot.”

Berman wants to see Barack Obama's birth certificate? Is that because he wants so very badly to de-legitimize the first African-American president?  Because having an African-American president is really upsetting to his narrow-minded, racist ideology? Or because he wants to behave like an ignorant embarrassment to his constituents?

Well pull your hood off, Berman, and feast your eyes on this:

Source: FightTheSmears.com

The President actually released his birth certificate, demonstrating that yes, he was born in Hawaii, and yes, Hawaii is one of the United States of America. Further irony: when Obama was born, his father–who immigrated from Kenya–was actually a subject of the British empire, since at the time in 1961 Kenya was still a British colony.

Berman, it seems, is looking for procedural technicalities to try and keep Texas in Republican hands in 2012. He must see the demographic handwriting on the wall and understand that his party's days are numbered. As you may recall from his statements at the recent Rick Perry-Glenn Beck love-fest:

Last weekend, Berman told a crowd in Tyler, Texas, that he believes “Barack Obama is God's punishment on us today, but … we are going to make Obama a one-term president,” according to a report in the Tyler Morning Telegraph.

You stay klassy there, Leo Berman!  


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Katherine Haenschen

Katherine Haenschen is a PhD candidate at the University of Texas, where she studies political participation on digital media. She previously managed successful candidate, issue, voter registration, and GOTV campaigns in Central Texas. She is also a fan of UCONN women's basketball and breakfast tacos.


  1. Stanley made me do it!
    There is so much about this subject we could discuss that I don't know where to begin. First of all I wasn't aware that African was a race. I suppose North American is a race also, following that logic.

    More importantly, yes, I believe we should have a policy in place that shows beyond a shadow of a doubt that a candidate is qualified in every way before even running for office.

    I say the same thing we the people are always told by our governments: “If you don't have anything to hide, why would you object?”

    Tattoo Fade

    • Well, seeing as there is no such thing as race,
      and it has been repudiated as a biologically valid category, that should reveal even more that the labels selected historically and currently were and remain essentially arbitrary.  For example, the use of the term Caucasian dates from over two hundred years ago after a European writer argued that the most attractive people in the world were from the Caucuses, therefore the “best” specimens of the white race were those most closely related.

      As recently as the early 80s, some states still used the category “Mongoloid” on birth certificates for people like me.  I highly doubt anyone still contends that there is such thing as the Mongoloid race.

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