Republicans in Missouri have joined the birther craze. On Thursday morning, House Republicans in the Missouri legislature passed a bill that requires Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates to prove their citizenship before they can get their names on the ballot. Democrats say the bill is a racist shot at President Obama, while Republicans deny the accusations.
According to the St. Louis Post, “the Republican-led House gave initial approval to the so-called “birther bill” on a voice vote. It needs a second vote in the chamber before it can advance to the Senate…The legislation passed after an at-times heated debate that included charges of racism and repeated references to debunked allegations that President Barack Obama was not born in the United States.” GOP Rep. Lyle Rowland, the sponsor of the bill, denies that the bill has anything to do with President Obama, despite the racist demands from members of his party who have demanded and doubted the validity of his birth certificate since he ran for President in 2008. Despite releasing his long form birth certificate last year, many Republicans are still claiming that President Obama isn’t a real American. The birth certificate “would just provide us with the verifying evidence,” Rowland stated. “We’re not requiring a great deal. All we’re wanting is a copy of that for our records.”
The problem with this bill is that it comes under questionable timing. I don’t remember Republicans racing to pass such bills when Ronald Reagan was running for President. Nor did they try such shenanigans when George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush were running for President. Republicans have had decades to write and pass such requirements. Yet, it is only now when an African-American man with a strange sounding name is President that they now feel it’s time to create such laws. These birther bills are obviously racist. Why else would Republicans seek to pass them now?
Republican Rep. Wanda Brown also denies that this bill is steeped in racism. “There’s nothing in this bill that speaks of racism. (Candidates) are supposed to be a citizen of the United States of America … That is part of the law. I’m tired of being called racist.”
If Rep. Brown is so tired of being called a racist, she should stop supporting racist legislation. I’ve lived in Missouri for most of my life, and one thing I can say is that many conservatives in this state ARE racist. I grew up in a small town where African-Americans weren’t really welcome and some of the white kids I grew up around were cheerleaders for the ways of the old Southern Confederacy. One reason why Missourians voted against the Affordable Care Act in 2010 is because conservatives used birtherism to scare the people into thinking President Obama is a foreigner who seeks to bring communism or radical Islam down upon us. I know people who still refer to the President as a Muslim. Hell, Missouri is the home of Rush Limbaugh, one of the most racist conservative voices on radio, and he has made many racist diatribes against the President. House Republicans even plan to enshrine him in the Hall of Famous Missourians. Also, ever wonder why Republicans aren’t thrilled about Mitt Romney? It’s because he’s from the North. You know, the side that freed the slaves. Most Republicans are only truly happy when a Southerner is President. It keeps their dreams of white power alive and well. Seriously, how can any Republican claim that they aren’t racist and yet support legislation that is directly inspired by racism? It boggles the mind.
At any rate, the law wouldn’t go into effect until 2016 and if passed by the Senate and signed by Governor Nixon, would be the first birther bill to become law in the nation. Similar bills have been pushed in Arizona, Florida, Texas, and Oklahoma to no avail. And what do all these states have in common? That’s right. They are all Republican controlled. In other words, the racists are in charge and birtherism will never die as long as they remain in office.