Now that a document has surfaced that appears to be an officially certified Kenyan birth certificate for Barack Obama, what excuse will prevent responsible officials from properly investigating and adjudging his compliance with the Constitution's eligibility requirements? The manipulative media and others who dismiss the demand for an investigation have relied for evidence on a facsimile of a State of Hawaii Certification of Live Birth published on the internet. The document contained no facts that indicate the place of birth; similar Hawaiian COLBs are known to have been issued for births taking place outside the United States; and except he was born on US soil, Obama had no claim to US citizenship at birth because his mother, married to a foreign national, was not of age under the law to transmit citizenship by blood.
Neither I nor anyone else can claim that we are sure that a similar facsimile of a purported Kenyan birth certificate is authentic. However, it specifies the hospital in Kenya where he was born; the date on the apparent certified copy appears to coincide with the time during which it might plausibly have been requested as part of Anne Obama's divorce proceeding against Barack Obama, Sr.(an observation further developed here;) and, as noted in WND's report on the subject it appears identical to other birth documents issued in Kenya at the time. Just as people like me demanded, and continue to demand, that the birth document on file with the State government of Hawaii be opened to scrutiny, so it is essential to seek conclusive verification of the existence (or non-existence) of the original of the purported Kenyan birth document.
Despite a tidal wave of ridicule, mockery, threats and media repression many grassroots Americans have persisted in the common sense demand for an authoritative investigation and decision. Tragically for our country, officials sworn to uphold and defend the Constitution have done nothing to fulfill their oath. Perhaps blind partisanship and the arrogance of power explain the failure to act of Democrats and others who openly or secretly identify with the Obama faction (among the Judiciary for example). But how are we to explain the silence or open complicity of the Republicans in that failure?
The Republican party purports to be the loyal opposition. Presumably, the loyalty in question is to the Constitution, not to any individual, office or Party established or operating under the Constitution. Yet some Republicans in Congress have responded to inquiries from constituents concerned about this issue with language implying that Constitutional requirements may be ignored if that is the will of the majority in any given election. Others, through indolence, ignorance or cowardice, have simply accepted the inadequate evidence and arrogant dismissals of those who speak for or represent the Obama faction.
Does the Republican party actually subscribe to the view that Constitutional provisions can be amended or overturned by simple majority vote in an ordinary election? But the Constitution represents the agreed upon and established rules that confer legitimacy on such elections. If and when an electoral majority simply disregards those requirements, the election has no legitimacy. Such de facto alteration of the Constitution, in disregard of the orderly and rigorous amending process it ordains, represents a breach of the social contract the Constitution articulates- a breach that portends the dissolution of civil society and politics, with all the serious dangers that implies.
To preserve the nation from those dangers, clearly visible and transparent steps must be taken to reassure people that the authority of the U.S. Constitution remains intact as the basis for the government of the United States. If the Republicans continue to remain silent; if they continue to submit to the intimidation of the Obama faction's manipulated media claque; if they continue to allow the perception that the Constitution may be formally and openly disregarded without scrutiny or consequence; they will make clear that they have abandoned both their loyalty to the Constitution and their sworn duty to oppose the forces, foreign or domestic, that seek to overthrow it.
As one body, the Republican representatives in both the House and the Senate must rise to demand that the facts with regard to Obama's Constitutional eligibility for office be investigated, that the resulting evidence be carefully weighed, and that, by a process open to public scrutiny, a fair decision be rendered. I believe that, for the sake of the Constitution which secures the peace and unity of the nation, Americans will accept and abide by the result of such a process. However, without it, no other decisions or actions taken by the U.S. government in these increasingly momentous times will be free of the taint of illegitimacy and coercion.
For the survival of the constitutional Republic, the Republicans should have the courage to live up to their name. If they do not, those who still forlornly cling to the delusion that their Party offers hope to liberty may yet be forced to follow the example of people like me, who now seek to build a truer political vehicle for freedom's hope under the banner of America's Independence.