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May 2, 2011

Of Birthers and Certers

Michael Kurtianyk

So, at long last, President Barack Obama has released his birth certificate. Now will the “birthers” and “certers” please shut up?


Of course, they don’t. They can’t. They won’t.


It’s always something with wackadoodles like Donald Trump and his clan. As President Obama said:


“We've got some enormous challenges out there. There are a lot of folks out there who are still looking for work. Everybody is still suffering under high gas prices. We're going to have to make a series of very difficult decisions about how we invest in our future but also get a hold of our deficit and our debt….


But we're not going to be able to do it if we are distracted. We're not going to be able to do it if we spend time vilifying each other. We're not going to be able to do it if we just make stuff up and pretend that facts are not facts. We're not going to be able to solve our problems if we get distracted by sideshows and carnival barkers.”


Amen! It is exactly the “carnival barkers” (I call them “wackadoodles”) that won’t let this go. Don’t they have anything better to do?


Of course, they don’t. They can’t. They won’t.


It only took a few hours for the website The Smoking Gun to start espousing the reactionary response. Among the ridiculous questions:


Why, if Obama was born on August 4, 1961, was the “Date Accepted by Local Reg.” four days later on August 8, 1961?


Gee, maybe because President Obama’s date of birth was a Friday, and the acceptance date didn’t occur until the following Tuesday?


David A. Sinclair, the doctor who purportedly signed the document, died nearly eight years ago at age 81. So, he is conveniently unavailable to answer questions about Obama’s reported birth.


Why add the word “conveniently?” Is that necessary? He died, conveniently, well before President Obama ran for the office he now holds. Also, why write “purportedly?” Check your own birth certificate. Who “purportedly” signed off on your birth certificate? Is that person dead also? How “convenient!”


The wackadoodles will not let this go. They can’t. They won’t.


In my copy of the Constitution (Article 2, Section 1), it states:


No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.


Let’s discuss John McCain. Was he born in the United States? Many say no. Mr. McCain was born in the Panama Canal Zone in 1936. Is the Panama Canal Zone in the United States, as my copy of the Constitution (Article 2, Section 1) states? Really?


Try not to come back with Title 8 of the U.S. Code, Section 1401, or 1403. Neither passes the test of what as my copy of the Constitution (Article 2, Section 1) states explicitly.


By the way, who “purportedly” signed off on Mr. McCain’s birth certificate? Is that person dead also? How “convenient!”


Let’s move on, all you sideshow enthusiasts and carnival barkers, and work with the administration on solving the real issues, like the budget deficit, jobs creation, and ending military involvement around the world.


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