I have very little patience for birthers and the incessant questions about Obama’s birth certificate, to the extent that I long ago devoted a facebook group to it. To me, being American is more than just a piece of paper, and I think Obama represents what it means to be an American, for the most part, and that should be enough. I would not stand for it, and I feel that Obama, let alone any other person choosing to identify themselves with American values, should not be subjected to it.
To me, the controversy over Obama’s birth certificate is nothing more than an outlet for birthers to publicize their rejection of Obama as President. While they are free to feel however they want, questioning his citizenship as an American should be off limits, because I bet that every single one of these birthers would be offended, even outraged, if some stranger were to deny that they were American unless they presented their actual birth certificate. Most people express that level of offense just for being carded for alcohol or tobacco. I know that I am not a supported of everything Obama, but to question his roots without any regard for who he is as an actual person is, to me, the lowest type of prejudice.
People who try to deny another person’s right to call themselves an American, need to take a long hard look at themselves, and ask what makes them more American.