Aug. 4, 1961, is, for many, a day that will live in infamy – even in these dark days of Joe Biden. It's Barack Obama's birthday – or so we believe.
At the height of its notoriety, it attracted controversy with as many as 50% of the nation and caused the book, "Where's the Birth Certificate?" by Jerome Corsi, a writer at WND and WND Books, to become a No. 1 bestseller.
Obama, himself, had raised questions about his birthplace when it was fashionable – as in his literary bio (below, right) from 1991 to 2007 in which his place of birth was Kenya. Coincidentally, 2007 was the year he began his presidential aspirations. I raise the moot question once again to play angel's advocate.
It ended, for all intents and purposes, in 2011 – the third year of his presidency – when he publicly released his "long-form birth certificate." Why did he take so long? Did he do it to set up a controversy or end one? Or to make us forget about it?
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Today, it's as though we never had a debate. We don't even recall what the debate was about. Let me remind you: It was about who is constitutionally eligible to become president of the United States and vice president of the United States.
I don't remember much of a debate taking place around whether Kamala Harris was eligible in 2020 when she was on the presidential ballot. Her mother was born in India and her father in Jamaica. That issue was part of the debate involving Obama – there was a serious constitutional question of who confers birthright citizenship. In Obama's case, some contended that his mother conferred it since his father was born in Kenya. The founders were strict enough to think seriously about these matters – until Obama seriously confused the question and made it toxic to even discuss.
So we've lost that debate by default. And look what the Democrats have gained. Today we don't even recall what we were debating.
Now, conveniently, the next debate is surely coming with so many illegal aliens invading the country – as many as 10 million to arrive by 2024. Those people are disenfranchised, you say? Ask Democrats. Non-citizens are already voting in many Democratic states.
See how slippery the slope has become. It always begins like this – with the Democratic Party.
It was never really about the birth certificate, anyway. As we have found out over the years, they are unreliable in most states, notably in Hawaii. There are two problems with them – even when we are talking about an original. I contend that no one has seen Obama's original. All we have seen is a copy – probably even Obama. An original is something wholly other. It was once one of the most personal documents we owned. Not so much in the age of digital everything and the iPhone.
We did an enormous amount of work on Obama. Others did too. I'm afraid it all ended without any serious resolution or conclusion.
Think of all the plans that were made earnestly. They continued right through the opening of 2011 state legislative sessions. A headline on a Politico story read: "Birther debate alive across U.S."
That story read, in part: "The opening of 2011 state legislative sessions has been accompanied by a spate of birther-related bills, the clearest indication yet that the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's place of birth will continue to simmer throughout his reelection campaign."
"Lawmakers in at least 10 states have introduced bills requiring presidential candidates to provide some form of proof that they are natural-born citizens, a ballot qualification rule designed to address widespread rumors on the right that Obama was not born in the United States," it began. "The notion that Obama does not meet constitutional qualifications to be president has dogged him since the early stages of the 2008 race, despite his campaign's posting online his certificate of live birth in the state of Hawaii."
Back then, the rumors were the loudest because the newly elected Hawaii Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, a friend of Obama's parents, promised to investigate the issue and finally put to rest rumors that he was born in Kenya or Indonesia. Abercrombie later backtracked, first saying he couldn't locate the birth certificate, and later blaming the state's privacy laws.
But what has happened to our election system? Don't we have laws to protect the United States?
Apparently not. In 2008, John McCain was asked to show his original birth certificate. Obama was not.
Election-law attorneys promised that if state laws are passed, they may be able to kick presidential candidates off the ballot for not complying.
Cleta Mitchell, a conservative election lawyer, was quoted as saying, "States have had latitude historically to require filing fees, signatures on petitions and other ministerial procedures – and providing a birth certificate verifying a person's constitutional qualifications of age and citizenship seems perfectly reasonable."
But the states couldn't agree on much in 2011. They agree on even less today.
Today, the Justice Department disagrees whether they think Biden should be investigated for taking bribes or whether Donald Trump should face at least four major felony indictments while seeking reelection. And today the Republicans are sure that Joe Biden didn't really get 81 million votes in the 2020 election. Meanwhile, the Democrats think Trump shouldn't be allowed to run ever again – even if it takes locking him up for 400 years to prevent it.
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