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Birther Bill: Rep. Lyle Rowland Not Giving Up, Says "Our Country is Getting So Diverse"

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Last year, Missouri's so-called "birther" bill got national attention -- but this legislative session, no one's talking about it. But it's there. It hasn't advanced, but Daily RFT noticed the legislation when we went to chat with its author, Republican Representative Lyle Rowland, who has received more press this year for his bill to block a United Nations agenda.

"It's not about the President," says Rowland, who has once again introduced legislation that would require candidates for president of the United States provide proof of citizenship. "It's about doing what is right for the people of the state of Missouri. Our country is getting so diverse."

Why is there silence around House Bill 41?

It's possible that Republican leadership is not interested in letting the bill move forward or may not want it to get a whole lot of attention this year. In 2012 Rowland successfully moved the proposal through the House. National news outlets wrote about the initial success of the legislation. Though it was sent from the House to the Senate, it didn't get further.

It appears that this year's version, HB 41, had a reading in January.

Speaking with Rowland for a different story last month, we thought we'd ask him why, once again, he is pushing this proposal.

Given all the talk about immigration reform across the country, he says, he worries about groups that may want to work around the constitutional requirement that the president be a citizen.

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"They may try to circumvent that law and try to have their name placed on a presidential ballot," he says. "We have a lot of people that sign documents...and they commit fraud every time that they sign their name.... We need to make sure that what they've signed on that line is the truth."

"We've got a lot of popular people that do not qualify for being our president," he adds. "This is just saying that whoever signs up as a presidential candidate in the state of Missouri...meet the qualifications.... If not, their name will be removed."

Continue for more of our interview and for the full bill.


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JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

The US Constitution has two requirements for president, age and citizenship. Is it so much to ask that a candidate wanting his name to appear on a ballot provide proof he/she is eligible for the office? No one is denying people from writing in the name(s) of candidates who refuse to provide proof. People can still vote for whomever they like. But ought not we at least be sure to follow the highest law of the land - the US Constitution.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

Please, Matt, explain more. Your analysis is fascinating.

Chilidawg
Chilidawg

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"Such certification shall provide verifiable evidence of identity and of proof of status as a natural born citizen of the United States for each nominee and the origins of such evidence. Such evidence shall be in the form of the most complete record of birth available by the controlling legal authority at the time of the nominee's birth."

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Does this idiot realize that a candidate from the state of Missouri would have a difficult time fulfilling this requirement?  


Matt Irwin
Matt Irwin

@daniel, dont be dilusional. You may find "the racist" is just another mirror image of yourself. oh & the designation of using third person imagery doesnt make you sound intelligent in the very least.

Daniel Stout
Daniel Stout

Let me translate the language of the racist. "Our country is getting so diverse." For those unfamiliar with the racist this sounds like a good thing. Like, "how cool that our country is getting so diverse." So, one needs to train them self to understand what is being said here. While not a direct translation, what the racist is saying here is "Let's make sure we never have another black president."

JJ O'Brand
JJ O'Brand

I hope the history books are flat out honest, and show the lunacy that is the tea party... Bunch of half cocked, fucking jokes, except, there's 0 punchline....

rednail64
rednail64

@JamesMadison Obama has a U.S. passport, which validates his citizenship. His presentation of that would be enough.

JamesMadison
JamesMadison topcommenter

@rednail64 , excellent, then have candidate present their passports or birth certificates. Present something to prove they meet the Constitutional requirements. (I'm not too fussy about Naturalization and Natural-born citizens. Constitution requires the latter. Both would have a passport looking the same.) I'm not worried about Obama. The 22nd Amendment keeps him from running for office again. It is the next guy that might not qualify we should not allow on the ballots other than write-ins.


The US Constitution has a big hole in it. No one is mentioned to verify this citizenship. When they count the Electoral College Votes, no one can object because the candidate is 34 or Russian born. The Constitution does not say who decides whether he is qualified. Not even sure the US Supreme Court could be considered as having the legal jurisdiction. Hence, preventing someone from having their name appear on the ballot if they do not meet the requirements is something well within the States' Rights to do.

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