Arizona isn’t exactly a state where Washington’s status quo is wholly supported.
Just look at the state’s fight over the right to protect its own citizens from a literal invasion of foreigners from south of the border – a fight prompted because the federal government doesn’t want the state to enforce the laws that already exist.
And then there’s the state law that bans the teaching of school courses that promote the overthrow of the United States, another lawsuit target because it prompted the cancellation of some “La Raza” classes.
And don’t forget that Arizona was very close to becoming the first state to impose a requirement on presidential candidates that they document their constitutional eligibility before they are allowed on the state ballot.
But will the question that’s popped up on billboards in dozens of states already, in a move into Arizona, make a difference? Remains to be seen, say officials with the program that posted the newest campaign image along Highway 93 (mile marker 65) near Kingman, Ariz.
Billboard on Highway 93 near Kingman, Ariz.
Just days earlier, a new sign had appeared in Pennsylvania, on Route 61 northbound just before the I-78 intersection at Cabela’s in Hamburg.
Billboard near Cabela’s in Pennsylvania
And if it seems that there are more and more of these appearing, that’s no one’s imagination.
“If it seems like we are posting more billboards than ever, the perception is correct,” said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officers of WND, and the mastermind behind the campaign.
“With a new Congress coming to power and more Americans realizing every day that lingering questions about Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility have not been answered, we are making a concerted effort to step up the pressure. Of course, we need continued financial support for this campaign from the American people to keep it up,” he said.
Surveys a little more than a year ago revealed barely half of those in America were aware of the questions over Obama’s eligibility. But polls as recent as a few weeks ago now show that 6 in 10 Americans doubt Obama’s constitutional eligibility to occupy the Oval Office.
Other recent billboards have been seen in Alabama and Delaware, officials for the campaign confirm, as well as Florida and Georgia. A long list of sites are being developed.
The campaign was started a little more than a year ago after a poll showed barely half of Americans were even aware of questions about Obama’s eligibility.
The result of the sign campaign has been reflected in the poll showing 6 in 10 Americans doubt Obama’s eligibility to be president. The campaign also is credited with helping change America’s mind about the president.
Billboard west of Houston
Polling revealed at the outset of the effort that few Americans knew of the near total lack of historical documentation for the president, from his original long-form birth certificate to his school and college records, health records and even documents from his tenure in public office.
However, it was a CNN poll that showed now a majority of Americans have doubts about Obama’s authority to direct America’s foreign policy, military and domestic agenda. Further, a recent
CBS–New York Times poll showed only 58 percent of Americans even think
Obama was born in the USA.
In the CNN poll, asked, “Do you think Barack Obama was definitely born in the United States, probably born in the United States, probably born in another country, or definitely born in another country?” the responses surprised many.
“Definitely in the U.S.” was the choice of 42 percent, and “probably in the U.S.” 29 percent. But 11 percent said definitely in another country and 16 percent probably in another country.
Previously the sign has appeared in Houston and Dallas. Other postings were in Alabama, Florida, Pennsylvania, California, Tennessee and San Antonio. The question also has been asked in state and federal courts across the land, even in the U.S. Supreme Court.
Copycat signs also have appeared in locations ranging from Oregon to Denver.
The “Where’s The Birth Certificate” question directly challenges Obama’s authority to direct programs such as the government takeover of health care, Wall Street and automobile companies.
New “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” billboard in Dallas
The question pertains to the core issue raised in all of the legal and other challenges to Obama: Was he qualified under the requirements of the U.S. Constitution that the president be a “natural born citizen,” a requirement not imposed on other federal officeholders.
The campaign was launched in 2009, and Farah attributes widespread interest in the great “birth-certificate
controversy” to the billboard campaign that, he believes, rekindled the debate about
Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office. The campaign asks the simple
but unanswered question, “Where’s the birth certificate?”
The Dallas sign was posed on the west side of I-75 visible to traffic on the highway in the area just south of Churchill Way.
San Antonio has also been asked the question by a billboard on Loop 410, near Old Pearsall Road.
And earlier signs were in California, San Antonio, Florida and Tennessee:
Billboard on Long Beach Freeway near Firestone Blvd.
San Antonio billboard
|Billboard in Nashville, Tenn.|
|Billboard near Panama City, Fla.|
The campaign has been sustained by contributions from WND visitors and others who have
discovered it from simply driving past a billboard.
Farah is convinced that it’s working and promises to sustain it if he can continue to get financial help.
“No matter how hard my colleagues try to make the public forget about this issue,
no matter how hard they attempt to ridicule anyone who wants to see the proof, no matter
how much they demean even decorated military officers who take their own oaths seriously,
this issue will not go away. It’s going to be around in 2012. It may even be the defining
issue in 2012,” he said.
Billboard near Navarre, Fla.
Farah says he could not have pulled off the campaign without the support of WND’s readers. The cost of the
billboards has been offset by donations – and Farah says he wants to step up the
campaign because it’s winning.
Billboard near Talledega, Ala.
“I’m quite sure based on our own polls that if those people were asked whether
they would like to see Obama release his birth certificate, more than half the country
would say ‘yes’ – and all the other personal papers he has refused to
disclose,” Farah said.
Farah says the billboards have had a lot to do with changing popular opinion
– even if the media don’t get it.
“People simply shouldn’t have to conjecture about where they think their president
was born,” he says. “It ought to be a matter of public record – and it
clearly is not.”
Aside from the billboard campaign, WND has devoted more
investigative reporting to the issue of eligibility than “all other media outlets
combined,” says Farah.
In addition, the billboard campaign was rejected by three major billboard companies,
all owned by major media outlets – CBS, Clear Channel and Lamar.
Billboard near Bethel, Pa.
“What I need Americans to understand is that this billboard campaign is
working,” said Farah. “There is no shortage of billboards available to us. The only thing there’s a
shortage of is the money to erect them. We need to raise tens of thousands of dollars a
month just to keep them in place.”
“The impact of the billboards is magnified by local television and talk-radio
shows in every market they enter,” explains Farah. “It’s not just the billboard.
It’s the earned media that comes along with it. It’s astounding. We have turned millions
of people around on this issue with the billboards. It’s just that simple.”
In addition to the billboard campaign, Farah has:
- produced a
video-documentary primer on the issue called “A Question of Eligibility”;
- produced a 40-page
special report on the subject;
- manufactured yard and
rally signs to bring attention to the topic;
- pledged to donate at
least $15,000 to any hospital in Hawaii or anywhere else that provides proof Obama was
born there and given you an opportunity to raise the amount;
- created a line of
T-shirts you can wear to appearances by the president to raise visibility of the issue;
- created a fund to which
you can donate to further the kind of investigative reporting into this matter only this
company has performed over the last two years;
- launched a line of
postcards you can use to keep the issue alive;
- distributed thousands of
bumper stickers asking, “Where’s the birth certificate?”;
most notably, gathered more than 500,000 names on a petition demanding any and all
controlling legal authorities in this matter take appropriate action to see the
requirements of the Constitution of the United States are followed;
- gathered another
25,000 names on a second petition attempting to rally state officials to make presidential
candidates prove their eligibility before getting on ballots.
“There are all kinds of things we need to do right now to get our country back on
track, but I can think of nothing more important than for us to see that our Constitution
is observed, followed, adhered to and honored, especially when it comes to such simple,
straightforward matters as the eligibility of the president of the United States,”
says Farah. “Please
help me bring this matter to a head right now.”