Hatfield to Obama: show me the proof!

State Representative Mark Hatfield, who earlier this session sought to impeach Georgia Attorney General Thurbert Baker for failing to defend the state from the attack on Federalism that is ObamaCare, has (as the AJC’s Jim Galloway reports) this afternoon filed legislation that would have future candidates for President of the United States prove their citizenship before being granted permission to be placed on the ballot.

This legislation is similar to legislation pending in Arizona. In particular, as Galloway notes, the legislation reads:

Within 10 days after submitting its list of names of candidates, the state executive committee shall submit to the Secretary of State for each candidate an affidavit by the candidate stating the candidate’s citizenship and age and shall append to the affidavit documents that prove the candidate is a natural born citizen, prove the candidate’s age, and prove that the candidate meets the residency requirements for President of the United States as prescribed in Article II, Section ! of the United States Constitution.

Expect this bill to be refiled next year. That said, it seems rather pointless since the State of Hawaii has already issued official certification of the legitimacy of Obama’s birth certificate, which would count as the “affidavit documents that prove the candidate is a natural born citizen.”


  1. B Balz says:

    Does anyone recall this as fact?

    “Some years ago Rep. Hatfield, well over weeks after voting against a certain Bill to incorporate a certain N. Dekalb city, chose to recast his vote. The ensuing resurrection of the Bill, aided by legislative birds of prey, played out as Gold Dome drama.”

  2. Annie Ethel says:

    We all know it is an effort to get campaign funds and support for each cosigners’ campaign. Each has a constituency that still cares about this, and have people who will support them because of it. Each know there are ‘birthers’ out there who will give them money. The fact that it is a clever move just makes me disappointed in my fellow Georgia voters.

  3. View from Brookhaven says:

    There really needs to be a designated day during the session for the review of all pieces of pointless legislation. It would be rather entertaining, I’m sure, then we can spend the rest of the session on the several hundred more important issues we have.

  4. Pine Knot says:

    I like this move. Similiar legislation is being moved forward in Arizona and Florida. It would also have clarified the Mccain birther issue that the media brought up(Panama). This is nothing but something that shows further proof towards the Constitutional requirements to be President of the US.

  5. kim000 says:

    This birther stuff has nothing to do with Obama showing a birth certificate. Obama will be unable to present any documentation that would satisfy birthers. They cannot now, nor will they ever be able to, accept that Barack Obama lives in The White House, flies on AF1, and retreats at Camp David. It feeds into this idea that Obama is insufficiently American because he doesn’t look like the 43 other men who came before him.

    Since GA GOPers are importing things from AZ, please tell me they aren’t going to also bring that ridiculous AZ immigration bill here too???

    So basically in one week the GOP is alienating black voters and hispanic voters. People, the damage of this nonesense probably won’t be apparent in a Congressional election year. But hopefully the national party knows that it can’t dream of winning The White House again with just white voters.

    • Game Fan says:

      No no no kim
      Sometimes real conservatives have to expend some political capital in order to stand up for the basics. And all these insults actually don’t help your cause either. And there’s no logic in your categorizing everybody. Not to mention the idea of “helpful advice” from someone who’s a likely liberal Democrat who views politics through the race filter.

  6. Tinkerhell says:

    1) Yes this is only happening because of the whole birther issue with BO.
    2) Yes, that is stupid
    3) But #1 &2 asside, why is it a problem to require documentation of meeting the rules set for in the Constitution?

    side note: How is a bill dealing with illegal immigration going to be an issue for hispanic voters? The illegal ones aren’t voting anyway are they?…. Oh yeah. Opps.

  7. hannah says:

    Not sure if I should comment here or on the I.D. for voters story, but here goes.

    The issue is neither birth certificates or non-citizens voting in U.S. elections. The issue is that segregationists are still casting about for some criterion on the basis of which the population can be categorized in groups and those groups can be arrayed in strata where one or more can feel superior to all others. Citizenship v. non-citizenship is their last best hope for maintaining a stratified society.
    That segregating one segment of a population inevitably means that all other members of the population are segregated as well (think of separating red beans from white and ending up with at least two separate piles), doesn’t bother the proponents of segregation, because what’s important is having strata that are NOT behavior or achievement defined. The segregationists want there to be a natural, heritage based stratification because that’s the only kind that doesn’t require any work.
    The preference for no effort also accounts for the belief that citizenship is a privileged status, willfully ignoring the fact that citizenship is a bundle of obligations (to vote, to hold office, to serve on juries, to provide material support, to draft laws and to enforce them) which, because we are a free country, citizens are not coerced into carrying out. Which may also contribute to the mistaken impression of privilege on the part of people who, for the most part, need to be told what to do, if they’re to do anything socially useful at all.
    Of course, if it makes them feel special not to be coerced to contribute to society, that’s fine. America is a rich nation and obviously able to accommodate a goodly population of freeloaders. Where they become insufferable is when they insist on depriving others of their fair share.
    Oh, and while I’m at it, “taxpayer” is another effort categorize and segregate by the stratifiers, who just can’t come to terms with the idea that all men are to be treated as equals.

    • Game Fan says:

      Like Kim you’re making some critical errors and drinking the Kool-
      Aid, I’m afraid. It’s not at all unreasonable or extreme for average Americans to be expecting a President to meet the basic requirements for the office or for that matter for only qualified Americans to vote. You can spin it how you like but, history shows that one of the biggest contributing factors to racial animosity and balkanization would be the mass influx of immigrants. Heck, if there were enough of them, a mass influx of white folks from Belgium would have the same effect. The inevitable jokes would ensue:
      “How many Belgians does it take to screw in a light bulb”?

  8. Gerald says:


    The problem is that what Obama provided to the FEC is what has always been accepted in the past. They have always accepted the Certificate of Live Birth. That is the problem with most “birthers”: they want people to believe that Obama has either never provided documentation, or that he was allowed to get away with providing less or a different type of documentation. Did Bush provide a COLB? Clinton? Reagan? Carter? The birthers don’t know and don’t care.

    Instead, they want Obama to release his bank vault birth certificate because his certificate of live birth MIGHT be inaccurate, and without providing a shred of evidence that it is, including A) a plausible scenario explaining why Obama’s teenage mother went to Kenya to have a baby in the first place and B) why they decided to perpetrate fraud instead of just having Obama naturalized. The people who say “Obama’s birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser don’t prove anything” presume that there was this plot to make Obama president of the United States dating back to his birth.

    And as another person stated earlier … it won’t satisfy these people. Even if they were to get their hands on his bank vault birth certificate and it says that he was born in America, they would just move onto something else. They would claim that Obama is not “natural born” because his father was a foreign natural. Or they would claim that Obama was disqualified by virtue of being adopted and moving to Indonesia (the “Barry Soetero” crowd). Or they would claim that the birth certificate is a fake. Basically, they have a predetermined belief that Obama is not a natural born citizen because they oppose him politically. In that they are no different from the folks who claim that George W. Bush won the 2000 and the 2004 elections using various voter fraud schemes … the Greg Palast people … folks who honestly think that the voting machines were rigged because the owner of Diebold was Republican. (That those same Diebold machines were used when Democrats won big in 2006 and 2008 … well let’s just not talk about that.)

    The ridiculous thing is that Obama only has to show the same thing that he has his entire life to this point (to enroll is school, to go to college, to get a driver’s license, to go to the doctor, to get a passport, to run for Illinois state senate, U.S. House, and U.S. Senate, and oh yeah president) which is his COLB. Only if these Georgia, Florida and Arizona laws specifically require an original bank vault birth certificate will it actually address the issue that they are claiming to. So they are going to require EVERYONE to give up their original bank vault birth certificate? Yeah right.

  9. slyram says:

    I can say that if Senator McCain were in the White House I wouldn’t trip over the fact that he was born in Panama while his father was serving in the military. Obama has already said he was born on Krypton.

    • Game Fan says:

      “I can say that if Senator McCain were in the White House I wouldn’t trip over the fact that he was born in Panama while his father was serving in the military”.

      I definitely would. And you lightweights can continue with the little insults when you have nothing substantial to offer.

  10. John Konop says:

    This bill is the definition of perversion of priorities! Does he even understand any of the real issues the STATE is facing ie JOBS, EDUCATION, TRANSPORTATION………

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