For over two years, Americans have raised a simple and valid question. Where is president Obama's birth certificate and why does he refuse to produce it. Now, it looks as if that question may finally gain some traction as a result of Donald Trump.
I've got my birth certificate, where President Barack Obama's?
Donald Trump now sees himself as something of a patron saint for the birthers – and he's even released his own birth certificate as he steps up criticism of the president.
Seeking to pump more energy into the birther movement and quirky chase for the White House, Trump on Monday provided a copy of his birth certificate to the conservative website Newsmax – which has played a leading role in trumpeting birther mythology.
And in an interview on Fox News, Trump cast himself as something akin to the rebel leader of the birther movement.
“Now, this guy either has a birth certificate or he doesn’t,” Trump said. “And I didn't think this was such a big deal, but I will tell you, it’s turning out to be a very big deal because people now are calling me from all over saying, please don't give up on this issue."
I remember the 2004 election cycle. Back when John Kerry's military record was called into question. That came to be known as the 'Swift Boat' controversy. John E. O'Neill, Jerome R. Corsi wrote a best selling book titled 'Unfit for Command,' that chronicled Kerry's military career and the eye witness testimony of those who served with Kerry and later came forward to recount how Kerry had falsified his Viet Nam service record. The book and the ground swell of Americans who questioned Kerry's record, ultimately denied him the white house and the presidency.
At the same time the media was ignoring John Kerry, Dan Rather and others in mainstream media were zeroing in on George Bush's Viet Nam military record and ultimately fabricating documents concerning his reserve status, in an attempt to falsify the record in order to justify their own ends. In the end, the manipulations and falsifications costs Dan Rather his prestigious anchor seat at CBS and it cost the network of Walter Chronkite their own journalistic prestige, which they have yet to recover.
Fast forward four years to the 2008 election cycle. Valid questions were raised concerning Barack Obama's birth place and his legal authority to run for and hold the office of the presidency in the face of constitutional requirements of birth.
A number of people have subsequently challenged Barack Obama's qualifications to be president pursuant to his alleged birth certificate and the constitutional requirements that spell out a candidates required natural born US citizen status. It's a simple question really. All that the president needs to do, is to produce his birth certificate. Either that, or direct those interested to where it presently or can be obtained and authorize its release.
Since the controversy first appeared, Obama and his handlers have literally spent millions of dollars in legal fees seeking to keep his birth records from the public eye and scrutiny. The present White House counsel has been the lead element in keeping the president's birth certificate away from public scrutiny.
These efforts to keep the document suppressed have included the collusion of numerous media outlets and networks, all of which have been solicited to produce the provided and now renowned 'copy of live birth' from the state of Hawaii, purporting to represent an official record of Obama's birth.
Both those responsible for disseminating the certificate of live birth document from Hawaii and those in the media who grabbed it and waved it madly as if they had finally been handed the smoking gun know, that this is not the evidentiary "fait accompli" that they would like everyone to believe it is.
Perhaps now that the celebrity Donald Trump has entered into the fray, we might move closer toward a real resolution of the truth of the matter. In our celebrity driven society, perhaps this was the impetus needed to finally reach the truth and generate the public interest to call for it. Perhaps Donald Trump can cause the media to pull their heads out of the sand to ask the question and demand the evidence that they should have required of this man over two years ago.
In the mean time, several states are drafting and (some)have already drafted and passed legislation requiring those seeking the presidency, to prove their eligibility for the office, via production of their birth certificates. Perhaps that will finally put the controversy to rest in the 2012 election, but it will do little to resolve the fact that in all probability, America has been being governed by an alien interloper for the entire term of his presidency.