The continuing hysteria about President-Elect Barack Obama’s birth certificate has surfaced in Montgomery County in very disturbing ways. Comments to a news story about the Illinois Gov. Blagojevich have leaked over to include this subject. With all the evidence which has been presented on the matter, it defies logic that people are still clinging to these specious claims.
Hawaii birth certificates are not public records, as they are in other states. The Hawaiian Health Dept. Director and Registrar of Vital Statistics have verified that the health department holds Obama’s original birth certificate. Furthermore, they have verified that he was born in Hawaii, and is a natural born US citizen. Lastly, Hawaii state law bars release of a certified copy of a birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest in it.
This should silence all these calls for Mr. Obama to produce his original birth certificate. He can’t, because he, like every other US citizen, does not have their original birth certificate. That document is an official record filed with their state’s office of vital statistics. Tennessee is no different. You can request a copy, certified or non-certified, but the original birth certificate is filed with the state.
As a certified copy was presented and rejected by naysayers, I doubt any further effort will be taken by Mr. Obama in this regard. Facts were presented and rejected by supposedly logical minds.
There is simply no satisfying some disgruntled people. This is tragic. Some of these same people also doubt Senator McCain’s citizenship. They claim since he was born in Panama, he is not a US citizen. Fact: He was born in the Panama Canal Zone, which was a US territory at the time, and thus was US soil. John McCain is a US citizen, natural born and qualified to hold public office, including the presidency. Same as President-Elect Barack Obama. Why hasn’t the major media outlets resolved this false crisis? They know the facts and could dispel this feeding frenzy in short work.
It is time to end this lunacy. There are serious issues confronting our nation. Our failing economy, crumbling infrastructure, health care system, education system, social security stability, battling terrorism, the development of alternative energy and fuels, the continuing housing mortgage failure crisis, and rising unemployment are all worthy of our combined attention. Let’s focus our attention on these matters and be about making our nation once again respected, resilient and prosperous. “Stop the Madness!”