From the day Barack Obama announced his candidacy for President of the United States the 'birther' movement questioned his eligibility, claiming he's wasn't a natural born citizen. The'birthers', are dedicated to the renewal of constitutional government, starting with insuring that the President and Commander in Chief is a natural born citizen.Â They reject the legitimacy of the United States citizenship of President Barack Obama or his eligibility to be President of the United States.
Some allege that Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and that his birth certificate is a forgery. Others claim that Obama is a citizen of Indonesia, or that because he had dual citizenship at birth (British and American), he is not a natural born citizen of the United States, which is a requirement to be President of the United States under Article Two of the United States Constitution.
Most Americans view these as conspiracy theories like those claiming the President is a Muslim, Fascist, Socialist or Mason.Â Most of these conspiracy theories have been disproved but the 'birther' question has repeatedly dogged the President.Â Many feel it's another attempt at removing a duly elected Democratic President from office.Â Others feel that Obama is being held to a higher standard than former presidents.Â Some even believe is smacks of racism as Obama is the first African American President of the United States of America.
The question of Mr. Obama's citizenship may be finally answered.Â Hawaii governor Neil Abercrombie has said that discrediting anti-Obama 'birthers' is a top priority.Â Abercrombie, who knew Obama's parents, is determined to torpedo the conspiracy theory.Â Underlying his effort may be a desire to dispel the view that Hawaiians aren't Americans in the same way as mainlanders.
"What bothers me is that some people who should know better are trying to use this for political reasons," said Abercrombie, 72.Â "Maybe I'm the only one in the country that could look you right in the eye right now and tell you, "I was here when that baby was born." Abercrombie, a native of Buffalo, N.Y., arrived in 1959 to study sociology at the University of Hawaii. As a teaching assistant, he met and befriended Obama's father, a native of Kenya.
Hawaii birth certificates aren't public record. Only family members can request copies.Â On June 13, 2008, Obama's campaign released a copy of his birth certificate.Â Although it looked authentic many still questioned whether if was a forgery.Â Â If this document was forged, a U.S. senator and his presidential campaign perpetrated a massive fraud. They did it with conspiring officials at the Hawaii Department of Health, the Cook County (Ill.) Bureau of Vital Statistics, the Illinois Secretary of State's office, the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois and many other government agencies.
Although there's not been any evidence that the President is not a natural born citizen, many in the 'birther' movement still believe Mr. Obama committed what can only be called the biggest fraud in American history and maybe in the history of the entire world.Â Could it possibly be that the leader of the free world, the President and Commander in Chief is not a natural born citizen?Â
What's your opinion?Â Will this finally put the 'birther' issue to rest?Â Or will no amount of evidence change your belief that President Obama may have pulled off the biggest fraud in American history?Â One can only hope that Hawaii, Gov. Neil Abercrombie finally puts this issue to rest.
Earlier this month,Â Army doctor Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama's citizenship and eligibility to be commander in chief was sentenced to six months in a military prison and dismissal from the Army.
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