I’m sure many of you have heard of the birthers? People who believe that the current president, Barack Obama, is not eligible to be president of the United States? Well I’m not going to go too deeply into debunking the many birther theories and accusations out there as there are many other blogs that already do this. I advise you to check out these blogs I’ve linked below this article for more on birtherism and the misinformation out there surrounding the presidents eligibility. What I will discuss now are two recent birther arguments that I have come across as of recent.
Birthers are notoriously deceptive when it comes to their true positions and beliefs. You will find that many birthers deny that they believe there is some cover up involving the presidents birth certificate (or atleast a deep one). I don’t blame them, it isn’t easy carrying the burden of a 49 year old conspiracy that involves various governments agencies and individuals covering up the presidents real birth. Many birthers insist that it was only Obama and the Whitehouse whom had released those birth certificates and who claim that Obama was born on Hawaiian soil. Everybody else (including the FBI, CIA, Hawaiian officials etc.) are somehow in the dark, or that birthers are not accusing them of anything yet. But given the various statements by Hawaiian officials below, how can you not implicate government officials in some cover up if you think the birth certificates are fraudulent? There have been numerous statements made by Hawaiian officials confirming Obama’s birth. The statement below are but afew of them:
Dr. Alvin Onaka, Hawaii State Registrar, again provided verification of May 31st 2012:
“The information contained in the “certificate of live birth” published at http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2011/ 04/27/president-obamas-long-form-birth-certificate and reviewed by me on the date of this verification, a copy of which is attached to your request, matches the information contained in the original Certificate of Live Birth for Barack Hussein Obama, II on file with the Hawaii State Department of Health”
Here is a statement from Hawaiian officials regarding Obama’s short form birth certificate:
To verify we did indeed have the correct document, we contacted the Hawaii Department of Health, which maintains such records.
“It’s a valid Hawaii state birth certificate,” spokesman Janice Okubo said June 13, 2008
They’re just words,” said spokeswoman Janice Okubo. “That (what was posted on the Internet) is considered a birth certificate from the state of Hawaii.”
“When you request a birth certificate, the one you get looks exactly like the one posted on his site,” she said. “That’s the birth certificate.”
Here are corrosponding emails between the whitehouse and the Hawaii department of health requesting the release of the long form birth certificate:
Here is another official statement from current Hawaiian department of health directory, Fuddy, confirming the long form birth certificate that they released to the whitehouse, and confirming it’s authenticity:
The Hawai„i State Health Department recently complied with a request by President Barack Obama for certified copies of his original Certificate of Live Birth, which is sometimes referred to in the media as a “long form” birth certificate.
So are those statements by Hawaiian officials fake as well? Or are Hawaiian officials mistakenly verifying the wrong birth certificate? We’ll assume they just missed out the fact that there is a birth certificate that supposedly looks different from the one they released? Birthers cannot seem explain away their accusations without implicating government officials into the mix, however they try not to. Fact is, there is just no way you can believe that the birth certificates Obama released were fraudulent, and yet insist that you are not implicating those outside the Whitehouse.
Some birthers have already begun to theorise that Obama’s parents and relatives probably lied about him being born in Hawaii in order to get him benefits through American citizenship, citizenship he would supposedly not receive through being born in Kenya. But why would his mother need to do this if Obama would gain American citizenship through his mother regardless of being born on foreign soil?
On or after May 24, 1934, a child born outside the limits and jurisdiction of the United States, whose father or mother (or both) was a citizen of the United States at the time of the child’s birth, would be considered a United States citizen provided that the U.S. citizen parent had resided in the United States prior to the birth of the child. The previous interpretation of “resided” continued to apply under the 1934 Statute.
Most children born abroad to a U.S. citizen parent(s) acquire U.S. citizenship at birth
Children born abroad to U.S. citizen parents may have a claim to U.S. citizenship. If the parent or parents meet the legal requirements to transmit citizenship to their child
Mind you, I’m not discussing whether Obama would be a natural born citizen in this case, just a citizenship and why it would be illogical for his parents to have lie about his birth on foreign soil for this particular reason. It makes no sense to claim his parents would cover up Barack Obama’s birth if there is no logical reason for them to do so. (How the 18 year old Anne Dunham would have reached Kenya, 7-9 months pregnant, is another story all unto itself).
In anycase if you haven’t familiarized yourself with birtherism, I urge you to check out these websites below. They go rather indepth into the theories out there concerning birtherism, and many of the claims are thoroughly debunked.
Do you notice that the vast majorty of birthers are those rightwing tea partiers? I am yet to come across a birther that doesn’t have a personal issue with Barack Obama. They may exist out there, I just haven’t come across one.