Overnight, Hawaii officials settled where Barack H. Obama was born. Or did they? Initial reports do not say what sort of proof Hawaii officials offered to the Arizona Secretary of State. And whatever they were, that is not the only question that Obama eligibility challengers have.
The birth certificate
In one of the earliest reports, The Arizona Republic said that the Hawaii Department of Health had given “information” to the Arizona Secretary of State’s office that “proves Obama’s American birth.” The Republic did not say what information the Hawaiian officials gave to the Arizona SOS. They did quote Hawaii Special Assistant Attorney General Joshua Wisch as saying that Ken Bennett, the Arizona SOS, had satisfied him that he, Bennett, needed the information for “normal State business.”
The Associated Press published its report an hour or so later. But the AP stopped short of saying that the information would satisfy Bennett.
This morning, the Arizona Daily Sun said that Bennett canceled a press conference he earlier planned to hold today. But the Sun article has this key fact: Bennett declined to demand a certified copy of the birth certificate. All that Bennett seems to have is a certification that such a document exists.
Nick Purpura, a New Jersey Tea Party activist, is pressing his own Obama eligibility challenge in a State appellate court. He told CNAV that:
If they don’t get a certified copy, then anything that Hawaii gives them is about as useful as a screen door on a submarine!
In response to the Sun article, Purpura reiterated that the “certification of a document” does not satisfy him. He accused Bennett of cowardice, for not asking for the certified copy, and pointed out:
- All that anyone has, is a PDF file that purports to be an image of a paper document. Not one person has shown that the PDF file truly is such an image.
- That file has many mistakes in spelling, anachronistic terms, and other features that suggest that it is not a valid image.
The other Obama eligibility question
The Hawaii Department of Health could have a birth certificate on file, having information not substantially different from the White House PDF image. Such a document might spell everything correctly on the form and use contemporary terms for the time of issue.
But that still would not solve all the Obama eligibility problems. The reason: Barack H. Obama, Senior, was a British colonial subject.
Nick Purpura made this exact point in his case against the health care reform bill (Purpura v. Sebelius). Last week he and his friend Ted Moran filed a brief for an emergency appeal in New Jersey. They argue two things:
- Without a certified copy of the birth certificate, the New Jersey Department of State has no evidence to show where Obama was born, or even who he is. A mere certification that a birth certificate exists cannot serve. (That is
- A natural born citizen must be born in-country to two parents, both of whom were citizens of the United States at the time of the person’s birth. Either or both parents could be native-born, or naturalized, within the meaning of the Fourteenth Amendment. But they must both be citizens when the child is born.
Barack H. Obama Senior never was a citizen of the United States, nor did he ever ask the United States to naturalize him.
Purpura and Moran devote fifty pages of their sixty-page argument to asserting that no Amendment to the Constitution, nor any Act of Congress, has redefined, or even can redefine, the phrase natural born citizen.
Lord Monckton’s opinion
Christopher, Viscount Monckton of Brenchley also weighed in on the Obama eligibility issue. He is not ready to say that Obama was born in Kenya. He says he cannot tell where he was born.
What disturbs me is that within 24 hours of [the White House PDF file] being posted …. zitty teenagers who understand … computers had exposed what had been done…Somebody has tampered with that. I can’t understand why that was done. What one can say for certain … this is a bogus document. It is a forged document.
Monckton will speak before the Surprise (Arizona) Tea Party on May 28. This event will raise funds to pay the expenses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse.
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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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