A number of people have written and asked me to weigh in on the ongoing controversy surrounding a Florida Army reservist who has refused to deploy to Afghanistan, arguing that Barack Obama was born overseas and therefore is constitutionally ineligible to serve as president of the United States and cannot issue lawful orders, especially following a report from WorldNetDaily that Maj. Stefan Cook’s deployment orders have since been rescinded.
Some of you will recall that America’s Right was heavily involved last year in the birth certificate debate after I broke the story on the first lawsuit filed against Obama. Eventually, I stopped dealing with the issue, as my access to the court documents stopped after it left the Eastern District of Pennsylvania–where I work during the day–and as the amount of misinformation spread across the Internet reached a fever pitch. Now, with the story of Maj. Cook being brought up in various newspapers and by Fox News Channel’s Sean Hannity, I felt it necessary to weigh in.
From the very beginning, I was more intrigued about the constitutional questions surrounding the candidate than I was convinced of the veracity of the claims, though like many Americans I was not satisfied with the information released about Barack Obama’s background. After all, the liberals had their chance to poke fun at George W. Bush’s college transcript (despite Democrat challenger John Kerry’s grades being decidedly more dismal), so it only made sense that we have the chance to peruse Obama’s records from Occidental College. Not to mention even more basic items surrounding his upbringing.
With these latest questions arising because of Maj. Cook, we should not be too quick to read into the rescission of the deployment orders, lest we place too much weight upon something that could have been done for a number of reasons. Nevertheless, I’ll argue the merits of nearly anything which reminds people that, regardless of the perceived issues surrounding his birth, we really don’t know much about exactly who Barack Obama is. The best insight we have, I’m afraid, can be obtained by looking at the people he puts his own faith in, like the wife who only became proud of her country after her husband’s candidacy began to gain momentum, or the Supreme Court nominee who holds identity politics and “social justice” in higher esteem than the Constitution and the rule of law.
When it comes to the issue of what the mainstream press undoubtedly considers to be Barack Obama’s virgin birth, I share the opinion so concisely and perfectly expressed by Atlas Shrugs’ Pamela Geller: “BO, it’s so simple. Release the vault copy and put this baby to bed. What’s the problem?”
Indeed, whether you view the controversy surrounding Obama’s birth certificate to be undeniable, unassailable fact or a boneheaded, tin foil-heavy conspiracy theory–or anywhere in between–we all can agree that very few such so-called “conspiracy theories” can be resolved as easily as this one. Obama himself wrote about the vault copy of his birth certificate in one of his books. He must have it. Why not settle any questions once and for all. Why not, as Geller says, “put this baby to bed?”
I cannot tell you whether or not the claims asserted by those questioning Obama’s eligibility are true, just like I cannot explain with any confidence the reason behind the rescission of Maj. Cook’s deployment orders. What I can tell you, though, is that the questions surrounding Obama’s birth can be answered a whole lot easier than the lingering questions surrounding the trajectory of rifle fire from the Texas School Book Depository, or the mo’ai of Easter Island, or the inexplicable fame of Kim Kardashian. Given this administration’s aversion to promised transparency, however, I do not expect an answer any time soon.
In the meantime, I stand by what I wrote nearly eleven months ago, on Friday, August 22, 2008, when the news surrounding the first of the eligibility-related suits was heating up, and after I explicitly stated–as I still do now–that I could not attest to veracity of the underlying claims. In fact, after seven months of Barack Obama’s presidency, much of that piece seems more pertinent than ever:
Barack Obama’s actions show a penchant for blaming America first and placing Her needs second. His associations show that no unimaginably awful deed goes unrewarded, that the want for friendship, appeasement and superficial detente overshadows the need for a firm grasp on reality and unapologetic employment of common sense. His aspirations make us believe that we can live our lives blameless for societal and economic ills, and that centuries-old blood feuds can be solved with a handshake and conversation over coffee and a chilled plate of arugula.
John McCain, wrong on so many issues, was 100 percent right on Wednesday when he stated that he never questioned Obama’s patriotism, only his judgment. At a time when the United States faces unprecedented threats from every angle, within and without, at a time when Congressional malfeasance–or, in the case of Pelosi’s House and the energy crisis, nonfeasance–could have disastrous effects for decades to come, sound judgment is of the utmost importance.
For our founding fathers, unflinching patriotism, unassailable public virtue and unflappable judgment were inherent among those who helped to establish the United States of America, whether on the battlefield in Trenton or in Congress in Philadelphia, as those who were citizens “at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution” knew why they were there, what America was about, and why She was so desperately needed.
Regardless of whether he was born in Kenya or in Hawaii, regardless of whether his birth certificate is his half-sister’s or his own, or whether he went by the name of Barack Obama or Barry Soetoro, this self-proclaimed “Citizen of the World” has much to learn about what it truly means to be an American.