Monday, May 21, 2012
Facts Get In The Way!
Here's what I am going to do for the time being. If I return to YouTube with videos, I will address the controversy surrounding President Barack Obama's political foes obsessing with his birth certificate.
Donald Trump, Orly Taitz, Joseph Farrah, Alex Jones, Bill Cunningham, Dr. Jerome Corsi, Republican legislators and others in the conservative media have been obsessed with the birth certificate.
The claims have been promoted by a number of fringe theorists and political opponents, often referred to as "birthers", some of whom filed unsuccessful lawsuits seeking to disqualify Obama from running for, or being sworn in as President, or to obtain additional proof that he is constitutionally eligible to hold the office of President. Some Republican elected officials have expressed skepticism about Obama's citizenship or have displayed a lack of willingness to acknowledge it.
Republican members of the U.S. Congress and state legislatures have proposed and voted for legislation that would require presidential candidates to provide documentation of their qualifications to be president, including natural-born citizenship. Belief in the conspiracy theories has persisted despite Obama's pre-election release of his official birth certificate from Hawaii in 2008, additional confirmation by the Hawaii Department of Health based on the original documents, and the April 2011 release of a certified copy of Obama's original Certificate of Live Birth (so-called long-form birth certificate).
Other evidence of Obama's Hawaii birth has surfaced such as birth announcements published in August 1961 in two Hawaii newspapers. Polls conducted in 2010 suggested that at least one quarter of adult Americans doubted Obama's U.S. birth, while a May 2011 Gallup poll found that doubts persisted among 13% of Americans and 23% of Republican.
Some Republican legislators have questioned the president's birth certificate. It's a damn shame though, we have people stuck in the abyss of insanity. And why I say insanity, it's because this is the most ridiculous thing for someone to do, even if you have things to prove them wrong. They'll keep rehashing something else to deny or even profit off the controversy.
You need a birth certificate to obtain a U.S. Passport. Barack Obama has to go through the Department of State to obtain a passport! He is not exempt from the travel rules. If you're to travel to Canada, Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean or foreign nations abroad, you have to have a passport.
Barack Obama was born in 1961. The birthers continue to believe that the president was born in Kenya. The Republic of Kenya was established after the leaders of the nation asked Queen Elizabeth II for independence.
I am assuming all members of Congress are American citizens. So if you're going to run for office and you're a member of U.S. Congress, don't you have show all your papers?
A number of Republican legislators have, proposed legislation and constitutional amendments at the state and federal levels to address issues raised by the birth certificate campaigners. Some Republicans are said to "want the issue to go away", seeing it as a distraction. Democratic commentators have criticized the reluctance of some Republicans to distance themselves from the proponents of the conspiracy theories, suggesting that "Republican officials are reluctant to denounce the birthers for fear of alienating an energetic part of their party's base".
But who am I?
In the mind of some, I am the misinformed Black person who worships the ground of Barack Obama! That's according to these lunatics in the conservative movement.