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:
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!