Sunday, April 17, 2011

Let the Birther Issue Go Away

Stanley Ann Dunham, a brilliant 18 year old Constitutional Law scholar, was lying in labor in a Nairobi (or was it Mombassa?), Kenya hospital. She had a problem. Her gift of prophecy told her that her first born, Barack Hussein Obama, Jr., was destined to become President of the United States, her birthplace.

She had everything planned, but you never know. After giving birth, with barely seconds to spare, Baby Barry’s umbilical cord would be cut. They would race to the airport in a waiting ambulance. A private charter jet (or was it a prop? – we’re not sure) was waiting to fly her non-stop to Honolulu International Airport, and then grab a private ambulance to the Kapi’olani Maternal and Gynecological Hospital.

Presto, Baby Barack would be recognized as a live birth in the United States on August 4, 1961.

Even if you ignore the facts that Ann was not wealthy, did not know Constitutional Law, and that no record exists of the Obama child being born in Kenya, none of this theory has a shed of credulity to it.

I checked our sons’ birth certificates recently. The one we have for our youngest son is not technically a birth certificate, but a certificate of live birth. It was good enough to get him a United States passport.

The certificate of live birth, similar to the Massachusetts certificate for our son, of President Obama is what the birthers are complaining about. Donald Trump, a publicity maven, is riding high on the birther balloon right now, but it will burst soon.

Here are other non-birthright issues that have not been an issue in the past.
Senator Barry Goldwater was the Republican nominee for President in 1964. The Senator was born in Arizona, but the territory of Arizona was not yet a state. About the only charge not leveled at the Senator was that he was not a native-born citizen of the United States.

Republican Governor George Romney unsuccessfully sought the Republican nomination in 1988. The Governor was actually born in Mexico City, which clearly is not in the United States, but his parents were both citizens of the United States.

Questions were raised about Senator John McCain’s qualifications for the Presidency early in the campaign because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone, and not in the United States.

Give it up!

President George W. Bush was the duly elected President in 2000. President Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. is the duly elected President today.

The President was born in Hawaii. The Birther Movement is a sad distraction, right up there with either President George W. Bush or the Israelis blowing up the Twin towers, or Vice President Johnson masterminding the assassination of President Kennedy.

Those of us who thought Senator Obama was unqualified to be President because of his ultra-liberalism, pacifism, lack of leadership qualities, and inexperience have sadly had our views validated. He is the second coming of President Jimmy Carter.

President Obama’s record should be the basis of the 2012 election – not the bogus birther issue.

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