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The idiocy of the ‘birthers’

Nathan ZoschkeLast October, I volunteered for several local campaigns, knocking on doors and making phone calls to registered voters.

My volunteerism consisted of asking survey questions and recording responses, the vast majority of which were mundane and unmemorable monosyllabic “yes” and “no” grunts.

One phone call, however, I remember quite well.

Usually the question, “Which party do you most affiliate yourself with?” prompted the reply of “Democrat,” “Republican” or “Independent.”

But that wasn’t the case with one elderly woman I called.

“You know, I’ve been a Democrat all my life, but not after Obama,” the woman said in a raspy voice.

“He’s a disgrace to our country,” the lady continued in belligerent ignorance. “He’s not even a U.S. citizen. He’s a Muslim. He was born in Africa, lied about his birth certificate and I think he should be impeached and tried in the highest court of the land.”

Instead of reading the scripted response and asking the next question, I hung up.

I had a hard time believing she was serious, but I guess I don’t listen to Michael Savage or other nutty talk radio hosts frequently enough to realize how absurd some people actually are.

Each president has had his harsh critics and conspiracy theories. To say the so-called “birthers” are exclusive to the conservative right ignores the 9/11 conspiracy theorists and Michael Moore types on the extreme left, but the birthers are a special case.

There are more of them, they’re more outspoken and their motivation is pure racism.

An April 2010 poll by the Washington Post found only 68 percent of respondents correctly identified Hawaii as the birthplace of Barack Obama. Three percent believed he was born in Kenya. Four percent believed he was born elsewhere in Africa. Seven percent believed he was born elsewhere outside the U.S., and a shocking 19 percent were “unsure.”

It is astounding such ignorance exists two years after Obama made a copy of his birth certificate available to the public in June 2008, viewable at www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html .

Hawaii officials have, time and time again since the birther movement birthed itself in 2008, stated Barack Obama’s birth certificate exists and is legitimate.

But that wasn’t enough to cut the umbilical cord that feeds crackpot conspiracies like the birther movement.

This January, Rush Limbaugh called on Obama, once again, to release his birth certificate, this time the official one housed by the Hawaii Department of Health’s Vital Records division.

And he may be getting his way.

Current Hawaii laws limit public disclosure of vital records, although a recently-proposed bill will allow anyone to obtain a copy of Obama’s birth certificate for $100.

The birther movement is now in its terrible twos, and the Hawaii bill is likely to do nothing to quiet the birthers’ temper tantrum.

Moreover, I believe the proposed bill is an outrage. Obama should not be expected to release his birth certificate multiple times to dispel a group of fringe morons who clearly will deny the authenticity of the official Hawaii birth certificate the same way they denied the authenticity of the copy Obama released in 2008.

Other presidents have had their share of criticism. But to my knowledge, none has dealt with the same type of idiotic, dehumanizing criticism as Obama.

I am not a fervent Obama supporter, nor do I align myself with many of his policies, but I believe he deserves to be treated fairly, and with respect, regardless of one’s political convictions.

nzoschke@unews.com

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  1. I really enjoyed reading this article. It reminds me, once again, of the unremitting and universal inclination of the left to defend Obama’s arrogant refusal to release his personal information or bona fides with wide-ranging character assassination as play #1 in what appears to be a one-play playbook.

    I am amazed at your ability to string so many words together without sharing any useful information at all. I assume you are aware that the President has never released his original, long-form birth certificate. Neither hospital in Hawaii has claimed his birth there, and Kapiolani (where Obama has claimed to have been born) has denied having any record of the event. It’s a legitimate question that deserves an answer.

    Aside from that, you appear to be either manifestly ignorant of, or cavalierly unconcerned with, both the Constitutional requirements that presidents be NATURAL BORN CITIZENS and Obama’s own personal history as detailed in his book, Dream of My (Communist) Father. According to Obama’s own narrative, he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro, a citizen of Indonesia, and moved to Indonesia as a child, where he attended school. Under international adoption law, set by treaty (the Geneva Convention), children adopted by a citizen of a country different from the country of the child’s birth, become natural-born citizens of the adopted parent’s country and (this is important, so pay attention) relinquish and surrender citizenship in the country of their birth. Indonesian law at the time also required Indonesian citizenship for students.

    Additionally, Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981, where he was able to gain entry into a Muslim nation, ruled by military junta, that, as a matter of policy, refused admittance to Americans. So, what kind of passport was Obama traveling on, I wonder? Don’t bother answering, as it would probably require an actual, real-live journalist to find out the answer.

    Throw in the fact that, according to records, Obama’s mama started classes in Seattle, 1000+ miles away from Hawaii, 10 days after giving birth to him, and you quickly get into the realm of political thrillers. But I’m sure you’ll never trouble yourself with looking to any of that, because those of us who want nothing more to know who exactly the hell is running this country, and whether this rule is constitutional, are just racist hatemongers, and we should be comfortable to keep our heads in the sand with the you and the rest of the lobotomized lemmings.

  2. Ok… I’ll spot you the Birth Certificate if you will give me one or more of the following: (Note, other Presidents, both Republican and Democrat have been required to produce these and similar records.)

    1) Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barack Sr.) and mother (Stanley Ann Dunham) — not found, not released
    2) Obama’s baptism records — sealed
    3) Obama’s adoption records — sealed
    4) Records of Obama’s and his mother’s repatriation as US citizens on return from Indonesia — not found, not released
    5) Name change (Barry Soetero to Barack Hussein Obama) records — not found, not released
    6) Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) — not released
    7) Punahou School financial aid or school records — not released
    8) Occidental College financial aid records — not released. (These records were, however, subpoenaed but Obama lawyers succeeded in quashing the subpoena in court. No other Occidental records have been released.)
    9) Columbia College records — not released
    10) Columbia senior thesis — not released
    11) Harvard Law School records (not mentioned below, but not released)
    12) Obama’s law client list — sealed
    13) Obama’s files from career as an Illinois State Senator — sealed
    14) Obama’s record with Illinois State Bar Association — sealed
    15) Obama’s medical records — not released
    16) Obama’s passport records — not released

  3. Obama is keeping the best available evidence secret. Let’s just add suppression of evidence to the other charges of election fraud, campaign finance violations and filing fraudulent documents in all 50 states.

    No matter what you might think there is no escaping that AKA Obama is not practicing the virtue of full disclosure.

    The entire reason there is a professional field known as forensic document examination is that a great deal can be told from examination of the original document itself. Much, much less can be told by looking at a photocopy of a document and very little, if anything at all, can be told from looking at a digital image that purports to be an image of an original document. Too much opportunity for adulteration, no opportunity to examine the paper, the ink, any impressions made on the paper, etc. These online arguments discussing images (especially photographic images) are like people studying animals by examining scat.

    Forensic document examiner Sandra Ramsey Lines,

    http://www.asqde.org/SRLines/SandraRLines.htm

    a Former Federal Examiner with a long history of expert testimony in state and federal courts, has testified in an affidavit that states, in part:

    “I can state with certainty that the COLB presented on the internet by the various groups, which include the “Daily Kos,” the Obama Campaign, “Factcheck.org” and others cannot be relied upon as genuine. Software such as Adobe Photoshop can produce complete images or alter images that appear to be genuine; therefore, any image offered on the internet cannot be relied upon as being a copy of the authentic document.” Sandra Ramsey Lines summary is also posted at U. S. Law Blog.

    Excerpted from:
    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2009/04/aka-obama-fans-all-together-now-say-omg.html

    Who Certified AKA Obama as “Natural Born”?
    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2009/11/this-from-obama-file-one-of-best.html

  4. The birthers have a plan to end Barack Obama’s presidency

    http://motherjones.com/

    Yes, they have a plan—and it may not be crazy

    — By David Corn

    “Can Obama run and win without getting on all 50 state ballots? I don’t think so.”

    The birthers have a plan to end Barack Obama’s presidency—and in Arizona, they’re making progress

  5. It is inappropriate to include Obama’s missing history including his birth certificate in an article about conspiracy theories. The facts, not theories, of the issue are clear and uncontested.

    Obama is keeping the best available evidence secret. That is established fact, not theory. Let’s just add suppression of evidence to the other charges of election fraud, campaign finance violations and filing fraudulent documents in all 50 states.

    No matter what you might think there is no escaping that AKA Obama is not practicing the virtue of full disclosure.

    In 1961, the Public Health Services, U. S Department of Health, Education and Welfare, National Center for Health Statistics, National Vital Statistics Division published the “Vital Statistics of the United States

    Here is a blank copy of the Standard Certificate of Live Birth used by all states including Hawaii., This is the information being hidden by Obama.

    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2009/07/blank-birth-certificate-form-aka-obama.html

    Plus read the article that is included with the blank copy.

    Here is what a real Hawaiian Birth Certificate looks like:
    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2010/02/obama-faces-fellow-hawaiian-with-real.html

    If you are not suspicious of a man who hides his history I have a bridge in the desert I want to sell you.

    If you are unwilling to call for an investigation of a man who attempts to sell you a bridge in the desert I have some beach front property in Florida at the intersection of I75 and Florida # 29 that I want you to buy.

    If you place a down payment on a contract for the bridge in the desert and the beach front property in the swamp I would conclude that you voted for Obama

    Do you really think AKA Obama would have won the election if all the things he is hiding were made known?

    Do you really think AKA Obama will be able to finish his first term if all the things he is hiding are made known?

    The only conspiracy is the media and the obots who suppress the revelation of AKA Obama’s history
    Obama “I have nothing to hide but I’m hiding it.”
    http://thesteadydrip.blogspot.com/2009/04/aka-obama-fans-all-together-now-say-omg.html

  6. It’s always entertaining when a mere child tries to tell those far superior to him in age, experience, education and intellect that they are idiots/ignorant/stupid/etc. Libertards of any age but especially the young pups like this one rarely have the data or the intelligence to support their name calling, obfuscations, smoke screens, charges of racism, etc. Recognizing our right to free speech, the University should be ashamed to call this uneducated ‘gentleman’ a student.

    Rather that spouting leftist lies, students should be inquisitive enough to keep an open mind until they’ve collected and evaluated all the relevant facts; something this student has clearly failed to do.

    Let’s cut to the chase. The arguments all boil down to the same question: “What is the definition of ‘natural born citizen”? The definition supported by numerous SCOTUS judges, the author of the 14th Amendment and deVatel in his famous compilation The Law of Nations is:

    A person is natural born if s/he is born on the soil
    of parents who are citizens.

    Obama’s father was not a U.S. citizen. He was, however, a British subject which subjectivity passed automatically to the children per British law. Dual allegiance and a non-citizen father – double jeopardy.

  7. Email from “Whitehouse Insider” to reporter:

    “Can’t respond much at this time. Too busy with all of the chaos coming at us these days. May be out of work soon! Crazy stuff. Simply urge you to lay off the birther angle at this time. Strongly urge. To proceed is at your own peril. Please take warning seriously. This is not a small town cop shop situation here. Let someone else try and make name on this one.
    Don’t blame you as it was me who brought up subject last time. Since then heard repeated rumors/confirmations of attempted “purge” coming down the pike. WH/media going on the offensive bigtime on issue. Has already started as you probably know. Talking very specific, very confrontational, very scary stuff here. Don’t wish to drag you into that. Much bigger fish are circling this. They can survive what could be coming. Not sure about me. Let the big players handle this now. This thing will either break out big or disappear. Apologize for past doubt/ridicule. There is something there. 100% certain of it. God help us.
    Respond more in 1-2 weeks. Have much better grasp of situation at that time. Too crazy right now. -Deleted- was as shocking a moment in career. WH and union thugs are kicking our ass and now this. Never seen anything like it. People who thought -deleted- were tough have no idea. This is whole other level. Too old for this. Too dumb for this. Or both.

    http://habledash.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1063:white-house-insider-obamas-birth-certificate-is-serious-issue-proceed-with-caution&catid=45:the-nook&Itemid=59

  8. Barack Obama a/k/a Barry Soetoro was born a subject to the crown of her majesty the Queen of England.

    Regardless of place of birth, Barry was born with foreign citizenship, inherited from his foreign father. His own campaign web site and fact check admit this.

    Figththesmears:
    [quote] When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children. [end quote]
    http://fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate.html

    factcheck:
    [quote] In other words, at the time of his birth, Barack Obama Jr. was both a U.S. citizen (by virtue of being born in Hawaii)* and a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or the UKC) by virtue of being born to a father who was a citizen of the UKC. [/end quote]
    http://www.factcheck.org/askfactcheck/does_barack_obama_have_kenyan_citizenship.html

    The Constitution requires Senators and Reps to be “citizens.” The Constitution requires the President to be a “natural born citizen.”

    A natural born citizen can not have multiple allegiances owed from birth.

    Even the modern day state department recognizes the issues with a dual national:

    “Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. citizens may conflict with U.S. law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government efforts to assist citizens abroad. The country where a dual national is located generally has a stronger claim to that person’s allegiance.

    However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries. Either country has the right to enforce its laws, particularly if the person later travels there.”
    http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1753.html

    Barry might be a “citizen”, but he never was a “natural born citizen.”

  9. The simple fact is, if there was any legitimate legal precedent for the intended definition of “natural citizen”, as interjected by the birthers, then well established conservative figures would have filed a credible lawsuit long ago. There is a reason that conservative media outlets shy away from supporting the idea, and when even Ann Coulter says birthers are nuts, (well, you can fill in the blanks)…

    Why would a writer fill up article space refuting birther arguments point by point? Because it would be wasted words, not evidence that someone hasn’t done their homework. Why won’t the President release his birth certificate? Maybe because he has an actual job to do that doesn’t include appeasing conspiracy-theorists, not evidence that he is hiding something.

    But of course, when there is an agenda on the table, when people decide their conclusion first and choose what premises support that conclusion second, facts and evidence become irrelevant.

    • Absolute nonsense. Birthers did not interject the question of the definition of ‘natural BORN citizen’ – the founding fathers did and numerous credible lawsuits have been filed. The fact that they aren’t being heard is evidence in itself that something is amiss.

      No matter how you slice it, Obama is NOT a natural born citizen and is NOT eligible to be the POTUS. If you disagree, present some of those “facts and evidence” you claim.

  10. There have been, indeed, many lawsuits, some even filed before he took office, but guess what? The judges so far have gone along with the Obama lawyers who think we, as citizens of this country, have NO STANDING to require a candidate or person to prove they are eligible. NO STANDING. My. So, are you all going to enjoy this country when the Constitution means nothing? Now, that, to me, would be idiocy.

  11. Q: What’s wrong with Birther jokes?

    A: Birthers don’t think they’re funny and normal people don’t think they’re jokes.

    Q: How do Birthers form a car pool?
    
A: They meet at work.

    Q: What does a Birther have in common with a beer bottle?
    
A: They’re both empty from the neck up.

    Isn’t it a shame how 99.999% of the Birthers give the whole movement a bad name?

    A Liberal walked into a bar and asked the bartender, “Hey, have you heard the latest Birther joke?” The bartender replied coldly, “No. And I’ll have you know I’m Birther.” That’s OK,” said the Liberal. “I’ll talk slowly.”

    Did you hear about the Birther that refused to go to Canada because he couldn’t speak the language?

    Q: How do you drive birthers mad?
    A: Put them in the Oval Office and tell them that the President’s Kenyan birth certificate is in the corner.

    Q: If you’re paddling upstream in a canoe and a wheel falls off, how many pancakes will fit in a doghouse?
    A: Ask a Birfer. That question would make perfect sense to them.

    Q: What skill must be learned for a Scout to earn a Birther Merit Badge?
    
A: The Scout must demonstrate the ability to figuratively tie the United States Constitution into a hangman’s noose.

    Q: What do you call 10 Birthers standing ear to ear?
    A: A wind tunnel.

    Q: Why didn’t the birther want to vacation in Honolulu?
    A: He didn’t want to leave the country.

    Q: Why do birthers pee their pants at large outdoor rallies?
    
A: They’re afraid the porta-potties are FEMA camps.

    Q: How do you tell which is the groom at a Birther wedding?
    A: He’s the guy wearing the CLEAN wifebeater.

    A Birther walks in to a pizza place and orders a pie. The pizza man asks him, “Should I cut it into six pieces or eight?” The Birther answers “Cut it into six; I couldn’t eat eight.”

    Q: What swivels around, moves up and down, and has a sticky top?
    A: Orly’s Taitz’ dental chair.

    Q: What did the Birther girl say while having sex?
    A: Get off me Dad, you’re crushing my smokes!

    Why the derision? BECAUSE THOSE WHO WILL BELIEVE ABSURDITIES CAN COMMIT ATROCITIES.

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