conspiracy theories

The state of Arizona is on the front lines in our “battle” against illegal immigration and Mexican drug cartels. Battle is in scare quotes for the simple reason that Washington, under Bush and Obama, lacks the will to protect our borders. Hence there is no battle, only the usual pious words that have no effect.

Arizona, home to Barry Goldwater and what used to be a bastion of the independent West, has a bill waiting for the governor’s signature and another pending in the legislature that, according to the hostile NPR,

would authorize law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of people they stop [this one awaits Gov. Brewer’s signature], the state’s House has approved a bill that would require all presidential candidates to prove they were born in the U.S. by producing their birth certificates.

Sloppy writing by an obviously hostile reporter, but, hey, that’s what our tax dollars go to support.

Arizona is nothing if not politically incorrect. They actually want their peace officers to check to see if people have committed a crime? Oh, that’s right. In liberal quarters, including NPR, illegal immigration isn’t a crime, exactly. Presumably, if our illegal immigrants were white skinheads, as opposed to brown druggies, there’d be a hue and cry from the drawing rooms of San Francisco to the upper West side of Manhattan, calls for the Army and Marines to hunt down these threats to our peace and tranquility.

Then there’s the “birther” nonsense. On both sides, I might add. It’s politically incorrect to even suggest that Obama ought not be president because he is constitutionally ineligible, by virtue of Section 1, Clause 5 of the Constitution:

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

On the other hand, where is Obama’s birth certificate? Surely he can produce one, and put to rest this nonsense.

The argument that Arizona shouldn’t even ask is unpersuasive. Look, if Michelle Obama can, with a “slip” of the tongue refer to Obama’s homeland as Kenya, shouldn’t he be the one who wants to set the record straight? I don’t think that Obama is foreign-born, but I also haven’t seen proof the contrary: a much-Xeroxed “certificate of live birth” from the state of Hawaii is also unpersuasive.

Look, I’m older than Obama, but I recently needed to get a legal copy of my birth certificate. So, I wrote the the New York City registrar, and, for a small fee, got a copy that is legally the same as the original, meaning a signed and sealed copy. Surely Obama could do the same? Couldn’t he?


5 thoughts on “conspiracy theories

  1. Obama has produced his birth certificate. In fact, he is the only US president to have shown his birth certificate. He posted and showed the physical copies to both FactCheck and Politifact the Certification of Live Birth, which is now the official birth certificate of Hawaii, and the facts on it–that he was born in Hawaii in 1961–were twice confirmed by the officials in Hawaii. Hawaii does not allow a birth certificate to be issued that says on it “born in Hawaii” unless there was proof that the child was born in Hawaii.

  2. Still, no sealed and signed birth certificate. Gov Lingle stated that the state of Hawaii would not release a sealed and signed certificate to anyone who did not have a “tangible” interest in it.

    Given the nonsense swirling around this topic, might it not be evident that all Americans have a “tangible” interest in such proof?

  3. You said: “Still, no sealed and signed birth certificate. Gov Lingle stated that the state of Hawaii would not release a sealed and signed certificate to anyone who did not have a “tangible” interest in it.”

    Obama’s posted birth certificate, the Certification of Live Birth, has the signature and the seal. They are on the back, where they are supposed to be.

    When Governor Lingle said that they would not release the birth certificate to someone who is not on the list she was referring to the Certification of Live Birth. That is the ONLY birth certificate that Hawaii releases to anyone (

    Obama has posted that birth certificate, and the officials in Hawaii have said twice that the facts on it are confirmed by the original document.

    Here is a picture of the Certification ( You can see the signature and the seal in photos two and three.

    Obama’s mother did not have a passport in 1961, so she could not have gone to Kenya. Obama’s Kenyan grandmother never said that he was born in Kenya. She said that he was born in Hawaii.

  4. Pingback: Sealed « sic semper tyrannis

    • Yes it was FactCheck. Do you think that it forged the document? It does not have the competence to forge a document. It simply photographed it. The image you see is a photograph of the physical copy of the Certification of Live Birth that the Obama campaign showed to FactCheck.

      No official has said anything about the FactCheck image being forged.

      So, it is a copy of the Obama Certification, and it shows the raised seal on the back.

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