Friday, July 31, 2009

More on the Birthers

Mark Joseph has a post up on the Huffington Post (of all places) about the Obama birth certificate controversy which actually makes a great deal of sense:

The only thing weirder than the Birthers are the anti-Birthers, who blame the Birthers for being conspiracy theorists yet actively feed the conspiracy by refusing to call for President Obama to release his birth certificate.

The state official in Hawaii who manages such things has reiterated that there is indeed an original birth certificate on file which would confirm President Obama's having been born in Hawaii and that she has seen it, but state law won't allow her to release it unless the president authorizes it.

So what's the problem here? Release the original and let's be done with this madness.

I realize there are some faith-based Obama supporters who believe without seeing, but the rest of us in the reality-based world are starting to get that strange feeling we got when Mark Sanford tried to convince us that he was away from his family on Father's Day, hiking the Appalachian trail in order to clear his head and write a book.

During the last campaign, John McCain faced similar questions and promptly responded by releasing his original birth certificate. That's how normal people with nothing to hide handle these things.

Most American's aren't Birthers or anti-Birthers, but we are beginning to wonder why the president doesn't put this one to rest once and for all. Every day he allows this circus to continue is another day that he behaves less like the President of the United States facing weird accusations from fringe groups and more like a strange politician flying to Argentina to visit his soul-mate while pretending to be hiking the Appalachians.

As I said, a great deal of sense.

When the issue of Obama's birth certificate first came up there was some speculation that the real birth certificate might have listed Muslim as baby Bamma's religion. However Hawaii does not include a box for "religion" on their birth certificates so it must be something else that the little tin messiah is trying to hide.

What could it be? If we assume that the state official who says that she has seen the actual birth certificate and that it does say that Obama was born in Hawaii is telling the truth then why won't Obama make the "Birthers" look like a pack of barking mad wingnuts by authorizing the release of the document?

What information is included on Hawaii's long form birth certificate which Obama might not want the American people to see? I doubt that the name of the attending physician is something that Obama is desperate to keep secret and we already know the name of his mother.

Could it be that the birth certificate lists another name for "father" besides Barack Obama Sr.?

Could Obama be trying to hid the fact that he is not the son of a noble African Marxist but is just the accidental by-product of a drunken one-night-stand with some black guy his mom met in a bar?

I'm not saying that is what Obama is hiding, but what other kind of information could be listed on his birth certificate that he would be trying to cover up?