I find the straw man analogy useful in analyzing Obama’s defense, in fact, extremely clarifying. In the last post you were introduced to Obama’s legal defense, the straw man, who has no standing; is not injured any more than anyone else; and is a disgruntled voter who should talk with Congress or vote. This straw man doesn’t have to talk about the Constitution because he is too busy trying to stand.
There are two other aspects of this straw man defense that will draw my attention in the next few days.
- The first is the “political question“…a tool used by the Courts and readily by Obama’s defense team to relegate the Constitution to a vote by the public–i.e., majority mob rule, aka ‘democracy’.
The lower court did not want to address the Constitutional question–so used this ploy to dismiss the case and unwittingly gave Obama’s legal team another sack of straw to stuff into their case. The political question is wrapped up in the standing argument, and the defense is desperate to make it stick. But remember the timing of the Kerchner case…when it was filed, it was not a ‘done deal’ that Obama was pResident, he still had to prove himself. So it is quite impossible to say, ‘the election is over, get over this eligibility thing’, rather than have the guts to put up a decent response to Kerchner’s facts. (Note to self: never hire the Justice Department or its lawyer to protect me or my rights.)
- The second is the unstated threat or fear that there will be riots and a ‘revolution’ if a court declares Obama ineligible, or even chooses to hear the case. I believe this is another ‘straw’ argument.
Fear is a powerful motivator, but, have you ever asked yourself what is behind this? My theory, greatly assisted by Helen of the T-Room, is that the whole concern about riots has a racist undertone. The argument is something like ‘he is the first black pResident (:roll:), if you remove him the country will erupt in race riots’. This conveys an extremely low view of black people, in my view, like they are too stupid to know that a violation of the Constitution is unacceptable. How about the reaction when all of America finds out that a huge fraud was perpetuated on them? Why is the fear of civil unrest just about black people?
Both of these subjects require additional research, and I am on the road for the next few days, trying to make my way back to Wyoming during a spring snow storm… 😯