The sideshow of Obama’s birth certificate

Perhaps you’ve heard of the surprising resurgence of interest in Barack Obama’s place of birth.

Maybe someone who spends copious hours investigating forged documents can help me, but I don’t see how there can be any confusion over the subject of where Barack Obama was born.

What is truly confusing about this ordeal is how people like Alan Keyes can think that even if Obama were from Kenya that it would make sense to force him out of office on these grounds.

Invalidating the prior election is a pretty big deal considering the effort that election workers, the staffers of the two candidates and the voters put forth thinking that they were having an impact on the government. With that in mind, there would have to be some significant gains from removing Obama from office to make up for the losses that would be incurred in the form of: 1) Having a president who was not elected by the public; and 2) Further disillusionment with politics in the population and a drop in future voter participation.

The position of Keyes and the other “birthers” would be more understandable if the “natural-born” clause of Article II, Section 1 of the Constitution served a useful purpose. The anti-Obama websites that I’ve visited suggest that the rationale for the clause is one of preventing the ascension to the presidency of someone with allegiances to foreign powers.

But exactly what security do they believe is compromised by having non-natives, even those with long-standing citizenship, accede to the presidency? John Dean, former legal counsellor to Richard Nixon, wrote a good column a few years ago detailing the problems created by the clause, one of which being that it prevents “security threats” such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Madeline Albright, Henry Kissinger and Michigan’s current governor Jennifer Granholm from becoming president because of their place of birth.

Granted, you may not like any of the people I mentioned but it’s hard to see how their country of birth contributed to how good (or bad) they’ve been as public servants compared to their natural-born peers.

I say it’s time for the natural-born clause to go and that, not Obama’s birth certificate, should be the issue that Dobbs, Limbaugh et al. get fired up over.

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2 Responses to “The sideshow of Obama’s birth certificate”

  1. Jack Says:

    Here’s Obama’s dilemma in a nutshell (READ VERY CAREFULLY AND DIGEST):

    If BHO shows his original long form birth certificate, indeed showing he was born in Hawaii, it will also show his father was American citizen, Frank Marshall Davis, not the Kenyan/British citizen, Barack Obama Sr. While that would allow Barack Jr. to be POTUS eligible as BOTH a “citizen”/“native born citizen” AND an Article 2 “natural born citizen” — that is, born to two American citizens on American soil — it would simultaneously show he is a fraud hiding his real father — an unacceptable political debacle.

    If, on the other hand, BHO keeps hiding his original long form birth certificate — while simply repeating, without showing, he was born in Hawaii — he can still CLAIM BOTH he was born in Hawaii AND his father was the Kenyan/British Barack Obama Sr. This would enable Barack Jr. to claim he’s a “citizen”/“native born citizen” but it would mean (if a federal court would ever get around to declaring and thus far no one has standing to bring the suit) that he’s NOT an Article 2 “natural born citizen” and thus not eligible to be POTUS — a legal/constitutional debacle since all acts under an illegal POTUS are void.

    So it seems, BHO has elected option one until forced to go option two because for now it looks like no federal court will ever find a plaintiff with standing. (Of course, there’s the additional issue of BHO losing American citizen status if/when he became an Indonesian citizen — that is, IF he returned and was naturalized he would be a legal citizen, but would lose both native and natural born status, and, IF he returned and was not naturalized, he would be an illegal immigrant unlawfully in this country — but we’ll leave that for another day.)

  2. Andy Hallman Says:

    Thanks for the comment, Jack.

    The Obama camp released a copy of his birth certificate in June 2008. Why do you not believe this is authentic?

    A website called PolitiFact, which investigates these kinds of claims, has what I think are logical explanations for all of the supposed irregularities of the copy of the certificate.

    http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2008/jun/27/obamas-birth-certificate-part-ii/

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