Barack Obama announced this week he has accepted a walk-on role on Discovery Channel’s “Mythbusters” program in December to challenge the ancient myth that Greek scientist Archimedes set fire to an invading Roman fleet using sunlight reflected by mirrors.

It’s curious that Obama is so concerned about busting myths from 200 to 250 years before the birth of Jesus when he claims there are contemporary myths about him today that plague his presidency.

He refuses to release his long-form birth certificate even to lay the foundation for establishing his constitutional eligibility for office. He has gone to extraordinary lengths to avoid doing so in various court cases and seems more than willing to allow Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, a distinguished Army surgeon, to go to prison rather than provide the evidence. He has spent millions on legal fees to keep from releasing the same document Sen. John McCain produced to prove his own eligibility as a candidate in 2008.

Meanwhile, according to the latest CNN poll on Obama’s eligibility, 58 percent of Americans have grown skeptical about Obama’s claims to be qualified to hold office under the constitutional requirement.

Is it possible Obama has more evidence that Archimedes didn’t set fire to an invading Roman fleet using sunlight reflected by mirrors than he does about his own personal history?

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Remember, Obama has refused to show Americans his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records and his adoption records.

Or is Obama himself using mirrors and smoke to obscure secrets he knows will undermine his own presidency?

As I mentioned last month, it’s time to raise the stakes on this issue of eligibility, as, virtually every day, another prominent American in politics or media realizes the charade Obama has been carrying on. Obama has, in fact, conceded his ineligibility.

It takes some courage to stand against the tide of media establishment ridicule that suggests this is not a serious issue.

I say it is – and a large majority of Americans agree with me.

Therefore, we’ve got to be on offense – not defense. Obama has had two years to resolve this issue. It’s something he could do easily, if his cover story has merit. But he steadfastly refuses. He stonewalls.

After two years of this nonsense, it’s time to declare him de facto ineligible for office. He has not made the case. He has not been persuasive. As he uses his illegitimate power to move America further and further away from its constitutional moorings, he refuses even to make the case that he derives his powers legitimately from the Constitution.

What could be a more serious matter than that?

I’d say it’s time to conclude that he is ineligible for office. He’s had plenty of time to provide the evidence to clear himself of this charge, this suspicion, this indictment in the form of overwhelming public opinion.

He has failed to answer the charge. He has failed to enter a plea. He has failed to show up for a hearing. Therefore, I no longer afford him the presumption of innocence.

It’s time to recognize what we have serving in the White House today – a pretender, a usurper, an arrogant narcissist who believes it’s beneath him to answer the questions of the public and to demonstrate his worthiness for office.

He’s like the suspect who refuses to come to court for adjudication. Sooner or later, the judge throws him in jail, recognizing that the presumption of innocence only goes so far.

Many in Washington, who are complicit in Obama’s eligibility charade, and the establishment news media, who failed to provide the appropriate journalistic diligence and curiosity to hold Obama accountable, are still wishing, hoping and praying this issue and the public interest in it just fade away.

That isn’t going to happen.

And for those who agree with me, it’s time to ratchet up the pressure.

Let’s just agree that Obama’s indifference to calls from the public for transparency and honesty strongly suggests he has something to hide. Since he is a public servant sworn to uphold the Constitution, it is long past time for him to come clean, lay his cards on the table and prove his eligibility. We’ve given him that opportunity, and he has insulted those of us who now represent an overwhelming majority by political standards. Instead, he dishonestly plays the victim role, pretending he has done everything he can reasonably do to settle the matter.

So, once again, I declare the president ineligible by default. Maybe he can prove I’m wrong. Maybe he can’t. But the people cannot be expected to prove a negative. The burden of proof falls squarely on Obama.

And each day I grow more confident that he can’t make the case.

If he wants to bust some “myths,” why doesn’t he start with one that is purely in his control, one where he can just simply reveal facts and documents he has been purposefully concealing?

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