There are many in the press today caricaturing me as a “conspiracy theorist” simply because I, like millions of other Americans, insist on actually seeing proof of Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility.

I’ve never alleged a conspiracy. Obama was given a free pass by an opponent who had his own eligibility issues. Not much of a conspiracy necessary – especially with Obama accountable only to a fawning press and scared-of-their-shadows Republicans.

But “conspiracy theorist” is an easy epithet to hurl.

One good question to ask, the next time you hear someone call me that name, is this: “Just exactly who is Joseph Farah accusing of participating in a conspiracy?”

I’d sure like to know the answer to that question.

I’m simply demanding that Barack Obama live up to his constitutional requirement and produce the evidence that will demonstrate his constitutional eligibility to serve.

The men who wrote that Constitution are long gone, but their words are clear and concise.

All I am doing – and all I have ever done on this issue of constitutional eligibility – is what I would expect every American citizen and especially every member of the press to do: Hold arguably the most powerful politician in the world to accountable to his pledges of “transparency,” honesty, the rule of law, his oath of office and the same standard to which his lackluster, unworthy Republican opponent in the 2008 election was held.

Is that too much to ask?

Does that really make me part of the “fringe” in America in 2010?

I make no apologies for pushing this issue. The more I am criticized, the more I realize I am really getting to Obama and his acolytes.

It’s hardly a “conspiracy theory” to state the obvious: Obama has not proven he is constitutionally eligible. In fact, he has made no effort to do so. All he does is mau-mau about not questioning his citizenship.

If he can’t stand being questioned, he has no business being in public office.

Ironically, some of the same cast of characters who refer to people like me as “conspiracy theorists” weave some pretty wild conspiracy theories of their own.

They suggest, for instance, that Obama is actually behind the demands for his birth certificate. They suggest he likes to hear the question: “Where’s the birth certificate?” They also suggest it’s a distraction from other important issues?

Do you believe that?

Have you ever seen me or my news organization get distracted from coverage of other important issues because of our concern for the integrity of the Constitution?

In fact, I would say the integrity of the Constitution is at the heart of most of my concerns and focus as to what this administration and this Congress are doing – namely exceeding all limits on their legitimate authority.

But what should we expect of politicians who are given a pass on their own constitutional eligibility?

Further, do you believe Obama actually likes these questions? Do you think they are helping his popularity rating? Do you think he can face re-election and win when so many Americans still have deep questions about his own legitimacy, questions that were effectively deep-sixed during his previous run for office against an opponent who was battered and besieged by questions about his own constitutional eligibility?

This eligibility issue is a ticking time bomb for Obama – just as much as his own failed policies are.

What’s alarming to me is not the vehemence with which Obama’s allies defend his concealment of the most basic elements of proof of his eligibility. What’s more alarming and disconcerting is the vehemence of those who failed previously to put Obama to the test.

Wouldn’t you say these people stand to be very embarrassed about their own negligence if the truth proves he’s not what he claims?

I remain absolutely agnostic on the question of whether Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve. I just plain don’t know – and I’m honest enough to say it, over and over again.

But, with 35 years of experience in journalism under my belt, I can also say I am 100 percent certain he’s hiding something – deliberately, aggressively, passionately and, I might add, desperately.

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