Last week, Pam Geller -- fabulist, anti-Muslim activist, frequent guest on Fox, and Obama birth certificate conspiracy theorist -- labeled President Obama “a bastard, literally and figuratively.” Geller's Obama Derangement Syndrome is apparently getting worse. Today, she argued in a WorldNetDaily column that Obama is “an illegitimate child” and therefore an “illegitimate president.”
Geller based her column on snippets from the immigration file of Obama's father that suggest Obama's father was not divorced from his first wife when he married Obama's mother. Even though Obama mentions this issue in his book Dreams From My Father, the right-wing media have pretended this is a new revelation and used it as an opportunity to race-bait Obama.
Geller not only built on this theme in her column (at one point suggesting that Obama is either “a spy or traitor” ), but she also revealed her utter ignorance of our Constitution and American history.
Geller wrote: “In 1787, illegitimate children had different rights. There is no way the founders of this great nation intended for an illegitimate child of a foreign bigamist to attain the highest, most powerful position in the new land.”
That's funny. If the Founders had wanted to ban persons born out of wedlock, you would think they would have actually written that into the Constitution. They did not do so, however. Rather the Constitution says:
No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
And, as People for the American Way notes, Obama is clearly eligible to be president under that clause.
But in her zeal to attack Obama, Geller ignored this inconvenient fact and threw the Founders under the bus by assuming that they were all prejudiced against people born out of wedlock. But Geller overlooked one important fact about the Founders: Alexander Hamilton -- a member of the Constitutional Convention, co-author of the Federalist Papers advocating for adoption of the Constitution, and the nation's first Treasury Secretary -- was born out of wedlock.
Perhaps the Founders didn't care about whether a person was born out of wedlock as much as Geller now hopes.
Whatever the case, you can add ignorance of the Constitution and our nation's history to the list of Pam Geller's problems.