The game is over! Let the new game begin!

I should have been online last night but I wasn't. I went out and saw a play.

And now I'm really, really sorry! Because yesterday was a real milestone (well, sort of...) in the ongoing Birther drama and I missed it until this morning.

Barack Obama has apparently released a copy of his so-called "long form" birth certificate. The Washington Examiner says it's time to put this to rest and get on with the real issues.

The White House's release on Wednesday of Obama's long-form birth certificate -- the archived document with the signature of the physician who attended at his birth -- should settle this matter for good. Obama is doing so much damage to America, especially with his wars on free enterprise and the energy industry, continuing quasi-imperial power grabs, and feckless foreign policy, that the country has no time for debating false conspiracy theories about his origins.

I couldn't agree more, and the only thing that surprises me is the timing. I thought its release would have been dragged out until the late summer shortly before the election. Perhaps Team Obama (which I think instigated and fueled this flap from the start) has been influenced by the release of the WND book. Or perhaps they want to make the Birthers look even more ridiculous, by forcing them to go further out on a limb by denouncing the long form as another forgery, or better yet, switch gears into "it doesn't matter if he was born here as he wasn't a natural born citizen" mode. 

I predict that this conspiracy theory will absolutely not die. There is far too much invested in it.

Wow, no sooner did I say "I predict that this conspiracy theory will absolutely not die" than I learned that my prediction was not a prediction at all, but merely an illustration of my slowness and ignorance. (I might as well "predict" that man will get to the moon.) 

Alex Jones says it is a forgery!

And naturally, WorldNetDaily has joined in the fray, on the one hand claiming the long form is suspicious, and also switching gears to the specious "Vattel" backup argument  -- the "he wasn't natural born anyway" claim. "Now game begins," they say. According to the language in the Constitution as interpreted by WorldNetDaily scholars, a candidate has to be able to show not only birth here, but that both of his parents were United States citizens. (I realize the founders didn't say that, but according to the living breathing WorldNetDaily Constitution, a post-Constitution translation of a Swiss author's treatise means that's what the founders really meant to say. They somehow anticipated the wording of the future translation.) 

Does that mean children of unknown fathers or anonymous sperm donors, are ineligible? What about clones?

And how does WorldNetDaily know that the Kenyan Barack Hussein Obama Sr. was really the president's father? Simply because his mother said so? Has any genetic testing been done?

It would be easy to clear this up.

Obama may say "we do not have time for this kind of silliness" but he knows better.

Let the real silly begin!

MORE: Commenter bernie says that "If the submitted document were a check it would be seized as evidence and that person submitting it would be jailed." The problem with that argument is that it was the State of Hawaii that submitted it -- something Hawaii has the sovereign right to do, as does any state. Might as well argue that if the money our government issues were private checks they would be seized as evidence and the persons submitting them would be jailed.

What I think is happening is a strategic tactic by Obama. With the release of the much-demanded "long form," the Birthers are being forced to decide whether to continue attacking the birth certificate (which some of course will) or abandon that issue and move on to the "Natural Born" argument. And good luck with either.

Considering that there are voters out there (who voted for Obama under the assumption he was born in Hawaii to an American mother and a Kenyan born father), it may be better to deal with the merits of other issues, but it's not up to me. I'm just a blogger.

MOER: The hits keep happening.  "Top 20 Conspiracy Theories That Have Already Sprung Up Around President Obama's Birth Certificate"

posted by Eric on 04.28.11 at 09:22 AM


I have been waiting for someone to comment but it has not happened as yet. So I will tell you this, I opened the submitted document with Adobe Illustrator. If the submitted document were a check it would be seized as evidence and that person submitting it would be jailed.

bernie   ·  April 28, 2011 6:57 PM

"Let the real silly begin!"

Indeed. And I believe it has... (and not just at WingNutDaily). Sorry. Shouldn't have said that - I've been trying to be polite at both sides because of that whole 'civility' thing.

But neither side seems to be at all civil. (And yes, I said NEITHER side.) So, I'm feeling much more free about my tendencies to snark lately.

Kathy Kinsley   ·  April 28, 2011 8:18 PM

Belief always finds evidence to support itself and can easily be immune to any other evidence.

The perfect quote of humanity.

Adam Savage "I reject your reality and substitute my own"

Will   ·  April 28, 2011 10:23 PM

If the World Net Daily crowd is right about the forgery, or in their interpretation of the language of the Constitution, it means Obama is occupying the office and the White House through adverse possession.
What is it they say Eric, possession is 9/10 of the law?
A tempest in a tea pot.

Frank   ·  April 28, 2011 10:51 PM

Bernie, Hawaii is a state and says this is authentic.

If, as is asserted, Hawaii has forged its own records, apparently it is willing to back them. So who should be arrested, and on what basis?

Frank, it is also possession with approval of the voters. People voted for Obama under the assumption he was born in Hawaii, and that his father was Kenyan-born. It is a bit late to assert that because his father was Kenyan born, the voters had no right to vote for him.

But as some say, the 16th Amendment was never ratified so we don't have to pay our taxes.

Eric Scheie   ·  April 28, 2011 11:09 PM

Thank-you all for pointing out errors in my analogy. Yet, the submitted document remains what it is, not a singular paper, rather a product assembled from many parts, like a car.

bernie   ·  April 29, 2011 10:09 AM

I would be utterly unsurprised if Obama's peeps had made an easily found change to the document so they could keep this "issue" alive.
"See? I released it and they still don't accept it. Stupid, racist wingnuts".

Veeshir   ·  April 29, 2011 11:24 AM

Does it take a big man to admit he was wrong? Who knows. But now I am ready to put this to bed. I did more work with Illustrator. What I learned is that Illustrator automaticly layers parts of a document. So I must say that analysis by Illustrator, in this case, proves nothing. In other words, the document is probably legit.

bernie   ·  April 29, 2011 11:25 AM

bernie, you may not be wrong. I've worked with Illustrator for 15 years, still have version 7, and what you found may or may not have been a function of the program. Did Illustrator recognize it as art created by an Adobe program? Are there elements of post script in the document? Or was it placed on the net by means of Acrobat, another Adobe product? Who knows.

What's driving this is the withholding of public documents for no good reason. Why was a family friend in Hawaii unable to get a copy? Why didn't officials there simply say that on request of the President, they were not releasing it?
The only logical conclusion is that there was no document to release.

I believe, and it's only a belief, that after Trump raised the issue and real damage occurred, they had to stop it by making a forgery. But it will never be proved one way or the other. It's a waste of time.

Frank   ·  April 29, 2011 7:36 PM

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