When I posted a humorous line as my Facebook status for Easter (“I hear Birthers aren’t celebrating Easter. something about not seeing an authentic copy of his birth certificate…”), I figured my friends and I would share a good laugh and move on. But of course, my friends who are somewhat in line with the Birther movement jumped in, prompting responses from the other side, and away we went. I know I’ve posted about this before, but if Birthers must persist, then so should I. Look at this as an appeal to reason.
Members of what has been labeled the “Birther” movement feel that President Obama was not born in Hawaii, but instead was born in Kenya. They have offered no proof of this. They maintain that he has not sufficiently proven that he was born in the US. No matter what is said or shown, they insist on it. But let’s give the evidence a look-see, shall we?
Birther’s once maintained that Obama’s grandmother said he was born in Kenya. This would be a nail to hang their entire argument on. Even Donald Trump mentioned this in an interview recently. Unfortunately for Trump and Co., the story was debunked. Not true. Didn’t happen.
The biggest Birther argument as to do with Obama’s birth certificate. For presidential election eligibility purposes. Obama submitted what is called in Hawaii (and many other states) a “Certificate of Live Birth.” When a copy was made available for the naysayers, they scoffed. “It can be faked!” they said. But, my favorite opposition lines were “it’s not good enough–we want to see the long form!” and “its not the same as a Birth Certificate!” Both of these arguments leave a lot of pertinent info out, most likely on purpose.
First of all, the Birthers purposefully ignore Hawaii law. In Hawaii, when one requests a copy of their birth certificate, they do NOT get a copy of the original, long form birth certificate. They get the “Certificate of Live Birth.” It is a legal document carrying behind it the weight of the issuing state, and it has the necessary seal of authenticity. Second, government officials in Hawaii have verified that there is an official long form birth certificate on file with the state of Hawaii. Third, while people are saying that a person could simply walk into a hospital with an already-born baby and get a COLB, there is no proof that this is what happened when Obama was born.
Oh, did I forget to mention the dual birth announcements in the news papers right after he was born?
Birthers won’t accept the notion that in order for their version of events to be true, there would need to be a major conspiracy put together, involving a birth in another country, a very long flight to Hawaii, and convincing state officials, a hospital, and the news papers that Obama was born in Hawaii. Who would want to go through that much trouble? And on top of all else, since Obama’s mother was an American citizen, it didn’t matter WHERE he was born! Her US citizenship made HIM a US citizen. Period.
Birthers are being allowed to drive this discussion. The proof is out there that shows that Obama was born in the US. The question is, why isn’t it on the Birthers to provide evidence that he wasn’t? Just like in a court trial, let’s see what they have and let the jury decide.
I suspect the verdict would be unanimous.