Commentary: Louisiana being different in wrong way with 'birther bill'


Posted on April 26, 2011 at 6:36 PM

As lawmakers begin their annual session in Baton Rouge, one issue that is sure to draw attention is a bill to require presidential candidates to produce their birth certificates to get on the Louisiana ballot.

In his commentary this week, Eyewitness News political analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos takes aim at the so-called “birther” bill.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News

Louisiana rightfully takes pride in being different. We have our own way of cooking, our own way of partying, even our own way of burying people — above ground.

We like being different.

But sometimes we’re different for the wrong reasons, like our politics.

Here’s the latest example: Some lawmakers — and Gov. Bobby Jindal — are supporting a so-called “birther” bill. Oh, they say it has nothing to do with President Baracka Obama, who, by the way, produced his birth certificate when he ran for president three years ago.

But let’s be honest: the birther movement represents the American political fringe. The debate over the president’s birthplace has been settled. He’s a native-born American.

In fact, leading Republicans, including several who may run against Obama next year, say it’s a distraction.

Last week, the Republican governor of Arizona, Jan Brewer, vetoed a birther bill. She said the birther movement is, quote, “leading our country down a path of destruction.”

So why is Bobby Jindal, a first generation American, and – like President Obama – an ethnic minority — supporting a birther bill?

Sometimes, governor, it’s OK for Louisiana to be just like everybody else. This is one of those times.


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