Okay...the latest flap in the whole birther controversy is simultaneously predictable and irritatingly unsettling.
For those not in the know, "birther" is a pejorative term used for those who question our current presidents place of birth, based on hearsay, various statements (even by Obama and co.), and the apparent lack of a valid birth certificate proving his natural citizenship.
Critics (birthers) rightly note that if he is not a natural citizen, then he is holding his current office illegally. This is correct, and no reasonable or legal argument can be made. Objectors scoff and roll their eyes, leveling various arguments which do nothing to answer the question with anything other than "we don't care".
Oddly enough, many of Obamas political opponents (us villainous rascally conservatives) have taken to this point of view...as if it has become passe to question something so gauche as a candidates legal eligibility to serve. I could expect this kind of snotty hubris from those on the left...after all, they are for the most part functionally retarded when it comes to matters of fairness and decency. But to see conservatives squirm at the thought of potentially committing this apparent faux pas, well, that almost makes me throw up in my mouth a little bit, if you know what I mean.
But now the next phase of the drama unfolds. The recently minted liberal Governor of Hawaii (Obamas alleged birthplace) supposedly set about to debunk the whole birther movement by obtaining the very documents in question. The results of his quest? A certificate of live birth, but no birth certificate...and no, they are not the same thing. The former acknowledges the existence of a child and a claim of birthplace and circumstances. The latter documents the actual event signed by an authoritative witness, the delivering physician.
So in the end...still no proof of Barry's birthplace. And the game goes on.
Here's my take, one which may or may not have been articulated somewhere else long ago: A candidate for elected office must be required to demonstrate proof of natural citizenship, period. I thought that this was the case. I mean, hell, I have had to give my birth certificate as proof several times over in the course of my life, particularly when I entered the military. So are you telling me that an 18 year old potential grunt has to go through the trouble, but the candidate for the most powerful office on the planet does not?
Somehow, I don't think that is the case. What I do think is that comrade Obama slipped through that cracks, and that those involved or responsible for verification turned a blind eye to this requirement, deeming it something better suited for us mere plebs. In other words, he got a pass from the beginning. Now I could be wrong, and maybe it was no more than a serious oversight. Either way, this step was skipped over, hence our ongoing controversy.
The reason I think this is the case is simple: If he had the required documents, he would have delivered them in response to these charges long ago. Sure, in his arrogance he may have elected to prolong things for the purpose of making his critics look all that more foolish (and I wouldn't fault him for it either), but any way you slice it, by now he would have given up the goods, if he had them. The only other reasonable alternative would be that he continues to withhold them as a matter of principle in opposition to his political adversaries. The problem here is that a) he still is in defiance of the legal requirement to prove natural citizenship (which I assume is elsewhere more clearly spelled out than in Article II, Section I of the Constitution), and b) we all know that President Sweet Baby Barry, like most liberals, finds real principles quite malleable in the face of political heat...there's just no way he would have stuck to his guns, particularly on an issue like this.
Now I am not going to pretend I am heavily steeped in all of the ins and outs that have developed throughout the history of this controversy, but it seems simple to me; put up the goods if you got them, and put this thing to rest. This way the entire thing comes to something of a close at least, perhaps lingering on a bit further with questions of why this issue had not been satisfied from the very beginning. But then it dies.
Now if you don't have the goods, which appears to be the case, then there are questions to be asked and answered. Whether he is a natural citizen or not, failure to produce the proper evidence should have disqualified him from the very start...period. All else is hearsay, and a "certificate of live birth" does not seem to cut the mustard, for reasons that should be obvious to reasonable folk.
But here's my question, and maybe my more knowledgeable brethren (...and, er, sistren ?) can help me out here. His mother was a natural citizen, was she not? Now maybe I'm missing something. My daughter was born to an American father and a Canadian mother, in Canada. But at birth she was a Canadian and American citizen (although I had to file the report to obtain the documentation). So if Barry's Mama was a yank, then he too is a yank. In fact, reasonable evidence could be given by producing her birth certificate, along with the previously mentioned certificate of live birth to prove maternity, could it not?
Either way, this issue should be resolved definitively. It is a legitimate thing to ask for proof of citizenship, especially for elected office. Otherwise, we need to be done with the practice for all forms of employment (something I would think foolish). Again, if he's got the goods, let's put this to rest. If he cannot provide the goods (adequate legal proof of natural citizenship), then he is holding office illegally, or so it would seem. In this event, no matter what the truth may be, he needs be purged from his current digs, and perhaps seek his further fame and fortune in a return to community organizing or something.
I might not be jumping headlong into that birther mosh pit, but in the end I have heard no compelling evidence to support the notion that we ought snub this off. Verification is the responsible thing for all parties involved, right? There is a legal requirement to be met here, and the burden is upon Brother Barry. Give it up, my man.
Waiting humbly to be educated further...