Well, W.C. Fields once said, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then quit. There’s no point in being a damn fool about it.”
The Illinois State Board of Elections tried to make this choice for one Birther, Michael Jackson, by chunking out his eligibility suit before he could make a complete “damn fool” of himself, telling him in effect, that his complaint was Off The Wall, and You Can’t Win. Jackson, however, didn’t Get It, and is not Happy, obviously feeling that he is Gone Too Soon. Rather than Ease On Down The Road, he wants One More Chance on A Brand New Day figuring This Time Around things will be different. I guess that’s only Human Nature.
Anyway, Jackson Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin’ and the Breaking News is that Jackson filed an Ethics Complaint against the Board. He accuses the Board, among other things, of spoiliating his evidence, and he figures the documents Got To Be There, and if not, Why??? If they did lose them, the Board could be in a Jam. If you need a link to all the various pleadings, This Is It:
Whatever Happens, it should be a Thriller.
Tee Hee! Tee Hee!
Note 1: OK, in case you didn’t get it, all the bolded terms are songs performed by Michael Jackson. I didn’t mean to take it that far, but you know how I am and I Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough and I figure We’re Almost There.
Note 2: In his Complaint, Jackson utilized the ridiculous Minor v. Happersett Birther argument, that the following paragraph fully resolves the natural born citizenship status of children born within the United States of alien parents. Which requires one to ignore the part I have bolded. As I have asked before, “What part of not resolving the doubts don’t you understand???”:
The Constitution does not, in words, say who shall be natural-born citizens. Resort must be had elsewhere to ascertain that. At common-law, with the nomenclature of which the framers of the Constitution were familiar, it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners. Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first. For the purposes of this case it is not necessary to solve these doubts. It is sufficient for everything we have now to consider that all children born of citizen parents within the jurisdiction are themselves citizens.
Jackson also argues that Ankeny v. Governor is all dicta and does not apply.
Predictably, the Hearing Examiner determined this to be an “incorrect Legal Interpretation of what constitutes a natural born citizen“, and that the Hawaiian birth certificate establishes Obama is a natural born citizen. The documents can all be found at the link above.
All in all, the typical Birther nonsense except that in the Ethics Complaint, Jackson complains of intimidation. (Apparently McGruffage understands the above bolded sentences about “not resolving the doubts.”:
In addition to these complaints, I strongly submit that Chairman McGuffage used intimidation to cause fear in pursuing my statutory right to file an appeal to the Circuit Court with threatened sanctions and as a person of little financial resources, were made afraid and harmed in becoming financially dependent upon others if such said sanctions were imposed upon me. Such intimidation and tone is evident by just reading the transcript:
CHAIRMAN McGUFFAGE: “No. No. This matter is — it’s a birther objection.These types of objections are not relevant under state statute and we don’t need to hear anymore about this. In fact, we’re getting sick and tired of having these objections filed every couple of years,and they have no basis in fact or law. If such an objection was brought before a court of law, there would be sanctions imposed. Okay. So I don’t see any reason to hear any testimony from the objector.
I suggest Mr. Jackson take W. C. Fields advice and quit now. Courts have better things to do than provide background scenery for narcissistic Birther drama kings.
Note 3. Some occasional music to accompany this Internet Article. My favorite version of Billie Jean, by Big Daddy: