I always thought the “birther” situation was silly. Really silly. Perhaps some of its adherents are racists but certainly not all of them.
Donald Trump had spent time talking about the issue and I thought it would hurt him if he ever ran for President. And it could have done so.
Here’s what I would have said:
I do agree that President Obama was born in the United States – in Hawai’i – and in fact even if he were born in Kenya, he would be eligible to be President based on his birth mother being a US citizen. (I know I’d get comments on this but I did write a law journal article on this very subject!)
But what we will do if I am elected President is we will get a bill introduced in Congress that will, using the power Congress has in Article V of the Fourteenth Amendment, ensure that all children born of a US citizen or permanent resident parent serving in the US armed forces abroad will be eligible to run for President. I would call it the Military Brat Presidential Dreamer Act. I seek to honor the service of their parent(s) and we will make sure no son or daughter of military parent(s) feels any doubt that they are fully in the American family.
That would have fixed the media (especially with all those vets there) and would ensure Trump gets a hearing from a group that might be somewhat skeptical – military brats – of which I am one.
It’s not too late to do it!
While you are at it, Mr. Trump, do this wonderful idea I read at Breitbart!