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By: Wayne Brown
I suppose you could say that the devil is serving ice water in hell today for it is surely frozen over after the events of yesterday. I was fairly certain that hell would be frozen over by now. Our illustrious President has finally found it within himself to show his real birth certificate; to share it with the American public and put an end to the arguments as to his place of birth. Already I have heard some skepticism as to the validity of this particular certificate. I heard one expert yesterday allude to the fact that he was pretty sure the thing was “all Trumped up!” (It’s joke son, a joke!) Now he has me wondering.
The President was obviously unhappy about the whole event and almost acted like a school boy whose mother had made him apology to all the kids at the school assembly for his behavior. Of course, he attempted turn the table and scolded the press for losing their focus on the more important issues of the country. He indicated that he hoped this put the issue away for he had far more important things to deal with than a birth certificate issue. That said, he quickly rushed to Air Force One and flew off to Chicago to be on the Oprah Show. That was probably followed by a round of golf with the guys from the old neighborhood…right after they finished the monthly business of their Global Socialist Organizational Meeting.
How dare the President scold the press in that manner on this matter? Sure, they needed scolding but not for that failure. The scolding should have been, “why did they let the issue die in the first place.” I cannot imagine how relentless the questioning would have been had the issue been about George Bush and his birth certificate. And all the while, the liberal sect would have been out back fanning the flames to keep the issue in the forefront. But when the tables are reversed, it is just a case of those mean old ugly guys on the right side of the aisle trying to make the President look bad. Let’s get real here, most of the folks in Washington on either side of the aisle likely have so many skeletons in their closet that they cannot afford to cast a jaded eye at anyone else. The only way most of them would ever get into trouble would be to get caught in bed with either a dead woman or a live boy. If the media does not do its job, then it’s a case of “let the public be wary.”
This issue of the birthplace has been out there for over three years now. The President wants to treat it as a non-issue which has nothing to do with anything. Well, it most certainly has a heck of a lot to do with whether or not one is qualified to occupy the office of President of the United States. There are rules to be followed, details to be confirmed and validated concerning each and every person who throws their hat in the ring for that high office. If you cannot stand the scrutiny, stay out of the race.
Frankly, I am appalled that it is an issue. I am appalled that a man can run for the office of President and not prove to anyone that he has satisfactorily met the requirements to be a candidate for the office. I am very concerned that our government does not have practices in place to validate these basics for everyone when they apply as a candidate. If a mistake has indeed been made, then the first level of accountability lies with our government for being so inept in enforcing the rules. The next level of accountability lies with the person who would willingly deceive the American people into believing that he or she was in fact a valid candidate for the office. In that process, if there is so much as inkling that this procedure and accountability was not followed, then the media is accountable to follow the story and report the facts to the American people. Lastly, the American public is accountable to hold everyone else accountable to make sure this process is carried out properly.
The President has had three years to clear the air on this issue with the exact step that he took yesterday. He could have made it disappear within hours of the original question coming up simply by showing that copy of his birth certificate. Instead he chose to withhold, to say that he did not have to prove anything, to claim that the issue was blown out of proportion and there was no reason to suspect any problems. The logic behind that stand is totally evasive to me other than the possibility that the birth certificate is only the smoking gun in the whole line. We can only suspect as he is the only one who really knows.
Why are there so many skeptics on this issue? You don’t have to read too long on the President’s background to see the road signs which point to the smoke rising over the hill. The birth origin and parents are suspect or unknown; there are questions of multiple- citizenship; there are claims that foreign citizenship was used as a basis for college funding, there is a name change which has no documented legal filing; there are connections to drugs and to elements in Pakistan as well as the Middle East. There are lots of friends and associates who are, by their own admission, socialists and communists. I am not saying that any or all of it is true but the picture starts to look pretty ugly especially when the individual involved refuses to come forward with anything such as a simple birth certificate. At that point, that refusal lends credence to the truth of the other details.
Some of you might recall the Watergate Affair which occurred while Richard Nixon was in office. As it turned out, Nixon, as much as he claimed differently, was deeply involved in the strategy that eventually led up to that bungled burglary which blew the lid on the entire mess. For some time, Nixon hid behind the shield of his office claiming that as the President was above suspicion, basically above the law, and did not have to comply with requests from anyone inside or outside our government as to his involvement. The press was relentless in their pursuit. The public was highly skeptical. In the end, as a result of the pressures, Nixon had to relinquish the office and resign in shame. Many say to this day that it was not the crime that got him; it was the attempt to cover it up. Given that premise, give some thought to the current issue.
I am a citizen of the United States of America. I hold that fact in high regard. I expect those who hold their hand up to either serve this country in the military or to serve in elected office to also hold that fact in the highest regard. In doing so, I would expect them to be honorable, truthful, and forthcoming on all information and questions ask of them with regard to that service. If they cannot faithfully discharge those requirements, then they need not apply for the position.
Does it concern me that the President is an admitted drug user? Yes. Does it concern me that the President admittedly flunked out of Occidental University? Yes. Does it concern me that there is no substantive proof of the President’s attendance or graduation from Columbia University as it applies to being a prerequisite for entry into Harvard Law School? Yes. Does it concern me that the President received a law degree from Harvard when he may have not met the requirements to even be in the school? Yes. Does it concern me that the President has a Social Security number issued in Connecticut when he has not been a resident of that state and his only valid tie with that state was a post office box mailing of a tax return which the IRS held in question? Yes. All of these things concern me greatly.
Why? Surely some of you are wondering why I could be concerned with all of the above items. For some of you, all of these items are absurd and you blow them off without the least consideration, so why should I be concerned? I am concerned because if any or all of the above items are true, we have a President sitting in office who has deceived his way into that position almost from the first day that he set foot in the country as an adult. That is the concern. The Office of the President should be above reproach. No one person should hold that office if the American people had to be misled to make it happen. No person should be sustained in that office if they bring dishonor to the Presidency as was the case with Nixon.
I am not saying any of the above is totally or even partially true. I am pointing out that there has been a tremendous amount of foot dragging on the part of the President to simply put to rest the question of the birth certificate; a matter that should have been confirmed resolved by government officials as a function of his qualification for office but apparently was never raised. In that light we should all be concerned and we should all want to get to the truth. This is not about Obama so much as it is about the Office of the President. Every American citizen should hold that office in high esteem and demand the highest of principles from it at all times. To be concerned in that regard is nothing less than what we should all expect from a citizen of the United States of America.
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