Donald Trump, a potential presidential candidate in 2012, has boldly asked the question the political and media elite refuse to ask: “Where’s the birth certificate?”

As a result, more people are discovering the controversy over Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility every day. Therefore, it’s a good time for a refresher course or primer on what this issue is all about.

First of all, it is an irrefutable fact, despite what you might hear and read from other sources, that Obama has never released his birth certificate to the press or the American people. In fact, he has steadfastly refused to do so.

The only document Obama has offered to suggest he is a natural-born citizen actually contradicts that suggestion. But, even worse, that document, the certification of live birth, the short-form certificate, is insufficient for purposes far less significant than establishing the constitutional eligibility for the presidency. For instance, try getting a passport with one. Try qualifying for Little League with one. Try getting a driver’s license with one in most states. This is a digital document, subject to fraud, easy to obtain in Hawaii without a birth actually taking place, and the state of Hawaii has never even asserted that the document the Obama campaign released was an official Hawaiian document.

There is one other piece of so-called “evidence” cited by Obama acolytes: much-to-do-about-nothing newspaper birth announcements. Since those birth announcements would be triggered automatically by the Hawaii health department with the acceptance of an application for a certification of live birth, they are totally irrelevant insofar as corroborating evidence. They only indicate that someone in Hawaii applied for a certification of live birth, a document Hawaii handed out to people with no evidence of an actual birth having taken place.

For the life of me, I have no idea why this is so hard for some people to understand – people like Bill O’Reilly. It’s not about Obama’s parents or grandparents trying to position him as a presidential candidate in the future, as some scoff. There are lots of reasons parents and grandparents try to establish American citizenship and birthrights for their children beside setting them up for the presidency. I’m shocked that we have so many gullible people in the media. It’s appalling, and all those who have aided Obama in his cover-up will regret it someday.

Someday soon.

Those who ridicule and mock people like me who attempt to hold elected officials accountable to the law and the will of the people are defending the indefensible. The indefensible position is in suggesting that Obama should NOT release a simple, innocent document the America people clearly want to see and have a right to see when it is the very basis for determining whether he is constitutionally eligible to be president of the United States.

There is simply no evidence that Obama is constitutionally eligible for office – at least not on the table, not for public view. The very first piece of evidence we would inspect to make such a determination is the one document Obama refuses to release – the long-form birth certificate.

We’re just supposed to believe what he says – take it or leave it. I don’t accept at face value anything Obama says. The story he told in his ghost-written autobiography just doesn’t stand up to scrutiny.

We have another problem with Obama with regard to the transparency he so frequently pledged as a candidate. He has steadfastly refused to release school documents, college records, health reports, travel and passport records and so on. Remember all the fuss about George W. Bush’s National Guard records? For heaven’s sake, we have nothing from Obama. Nothing!

Why are we playing pretend with Obama? He should have to answer questions and provide documentation just like any other president or presidential candidate.

When did we go on the honor system with matters as important as who becomes president?

This issue is going to continue to dog Obama right through 2012. He cannot run away from this. In May we will be publishing a book by Jerome Corsi called “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” that will lay out the case for Obama’s ineligibility more clearly and comprehensively than it has ever been laid out before. You can help ensure this book gets the audience it deserves by helping us get the word out. At least a dozen states are working on legislation that will require presidential candidates in 2012 to prove constitutional eligibility. One of the potential Republican candidates in 2012 is already talking about the issue and demanding to see Obama’s birth certificate. The vise is closing in on Obama. There’s no escaping it. He will have to deal with it forthrightly or stand no chance of re-election.

Now you are completely up to speed. You know more than even Bill O’Reilly. Congratulations on passing “Eligibility 101.”

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