On Birthers, Obama, Muslims, and More

I’ve said for a long time now that the fixation on Barack Obama’s birth certificate is a distraction.

I think Barack Obama is a natural born American citizen because his mother was indisputably an American citizen. I think he meets the residency requirements. And I think that Justice Scalia himself would not throw the President out of office now that he has been sworn in.

The issue is moot.

Fixating on it now is wasting time, precious time, when there are other issues on which those with time on their hands can fixate.

Barack Obama not releasing his birth certificate fits a pattern of non-disclosure from the man.

Most notoriously, Barack Obama allowed is campaign to accept foreign donations, a matter that got passing mention from the Washington Post and not much else.

I’d be curious to see how many muslims from Indonesia gave to the man they consider a hometown hero.

Faced with a huge influx of donations over the Internet, the campaign has also chosen not to use basic security measures to prevent potentially illegal or anonymous contributions from flowing into its accounts, aides acknowledged. Instead, the campaign is scrutinizing its books for improper donations after the money has been deposited.

We know, by the way, that the scrutinizing failed.

When asked whether the campaign takes steps to verify whether a donor’s name matches the name on the credit card used to make a payment, Obama’s campaign replied in an e-mail: “Name-matching is not a standard check conducted or made available in the credit card processing industry. We believe Visa and MasterCard do not even have the ability to do this.”

But there is more.

Take this list from a emailer:

Punahou school records
Occidental College records
Columbia University records
Columbia thesis
Harvard Law School records
Harvard Law Review articles
scholarly articles from the University of Chicago
medical records
files from his years as an Illinois state senator
Illinois State Bar Association records
baptism records, if any
adoption records

You and I know that the press would never let a Republican get away with any of that. Look at the scrutiny upon scrutiny the press subjected Sarah Palin to. There are plenty of records out there we could be focusing on — and frankly they are records that could do far more damage to Barack Obama politically.

The presumption will always be that Barack Obama is a citizen, whether or not birthers like it. That’s a fact, however much some may not like it. More troubling, there are those who can be presented with all the facts that are in evidence and still not be convinced. This would be the most elaborate conspiracy ever perpetrated and I don’t buy it.

The energy of those who are fixated on the birth certificate would be far better focused on the list above. Barack Obama is secretive. The most open administration is, in fact, the most closed. Nonetheless, holes can be poked into the administration and into Obama’s record, letting in light.

But please, spare me any more on the birth certificate. What may have been legitimate was, once he was sworn in, rendered moot. And the fixation risks taking activists off the front lines of the fight for freedom down a rabbit hole of distraction.