Once again I find myself in the somewhat unenviable position of reminding fellow conservatives that we need to stick to our strength — which is… the truth.
The economy is awful — and everyone knows it. Conservatives should be pointing that out.
Stick to the many things that Obama and the Democrats have done wrong for the past three years since he was elected, and that they are still doing wrong. That would be my advice.
But no, there are still some who are caught up in sensational claims that can’t survive scrutiny, and in wishful thinking.
On Friday, WorldNetDaily published an article about Laurie Roth, a lesser-known but nationally syndicated talk show host who’s running for President. Dr. Roth (according to her web site, she has a PhD in counseling) is also a “birther.” She claims in a November 2nd press release officially announcing her candidacy:
“Obama is ineligible to be President. He has presented a verified forgery of his long form birth certificate on April 27th 2011.”
This isn’t the first time that Dr. Roth has made the “verified forgery” or “proven forgery” claim. It is unfortunate that she is continuing to repeat it — and all the more so because she quite specifically ought to know better.
Nearly two months ago, after reading an article that Laurie Roth had written, I personally emailed her — not once, but twice, warning her that the proof-of-forgery claims don’t stand up under examination. I also let her know that I had the hard analysis to back that statement up.
Neither Roth nor anybody associated with her ever replied to either message.
By the way, as far as I’m concerned, if Laurie Roth isn’t personally on top of things enough to judge the quality of some fairly major claims accurately for herself, and if she — for whatever reason — can’t be bothered with the actual truth before repeating extremely dubious allegations in a press release announcing her candidacy for President of the United States, then she really should not be running for that particular office. We don’t need candidates for President who can’t discern between truth and fiction, and who ignore those who try to point out the difference.
In a moment I’m going to share the content of my emails to Laurie Roth. But first, we should be clear as to where things stand regarding the forgery allegations.
More than 2 months ago, I published the results of an extensive investigation which carefully analyzed every significant aspect I could find anywhere of claims that Barack Obama’s birth certificate was a fraud. I investigated more than 30 different anomalies, issues and questions. The goal was to find out whether any of them contained real substance.
I further conducted my own independent examination of the few testable areas I could think of not covered by others.
And in EVERY area investigated, despite many different claims of “absolute proof” of fraud, I found no good evidence to back up the claim that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery. ALL of the supposed “proofs,” when examined carefully and accurately, collapsed.
Now as I stated in the resulting book, we never actually needed dozens of different “proofs” that Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery. All we ever needed was one good one. That’s all.
But even though I examined literally every known claim, not one of them produced that single good piece of evidence that would actually hold up under scrutiny.
The failure of every single proof-of-forgery claim doesn’t necessarily prove that the birth certificate is authentic. But it DOES show that we really don’t have good evidence that should lead us to think otherwise.
We should also note that the mere fact that we have dozens of claims of fraud is no indication either of any actual fraud. That’s a fallacy. All that the number of allegations really demonstrates is the determination of people to find something that might stick.
The sterling example of someone with a high number of allegations is Dr. Jerome Corsi, author of “Where’s the Birth Certificate? The Case that Barack Obama is not Eligible to be President.”
In my own book, I documented that Dr. Corsi (mostly using WorldNetDaily as his megaphone, but also on the radio and in his personal public speaking) has publicly promoted at least 23 different claims of evidence (and in many cases, of outright “proof”) that the birth certificate is a fraud. A few of these have been his own theories. Most of them have been theories produced by others, which he has then written about at WorldNetDaily.
And I noted that EVERY SINGLE ONE of these 23 claims falls apart when looked at carefully and honestly.
Not only that, I SHOWED — I DEMONSTRATED — in each and every case, exactly WHERE the failure was.
Now when an author gets it wrong, not just once or twice, but 23 times in a row, that’s a pretty good indication that he or she probably isn’t a good source of reliable information.
If we’re to be even-handed, of course, my own claims ought to be tested as well. And I’ve put those forth for public scrutiny, as widely as I’ve been able to. I’ve stated that if anyone can show where I am in error regarding any of my analysis or conclusions, I will publicly correct such error.
So far, in the more than two months since the book was published, NOT A SINGLE WORD of the 221-page analysis has been shown to be factually inaccurate in any way.
Paul Irey, who had loudly proclaimed (with help from WorldNetDaily) that different fonts are present in the document and that these different fonts “prove” forgery, was initially eager to debate me on the issue… until I challenged him to do so in a nationwide forum… and until he actually read the relevant section of my book.
And as soon as he did, he promptly backed down.
Meanwhile, WorldNetDaily has studiously avoided publicly acknowledging that my analysis even exists — even though they were among the very first to receive a copy (at CEO Joseph Farah’s request) — and even though the book has been significantly mentioned in the comments section of some of their articles.
Interestingly, though, they seem to have stopped making direct claims that the document is forged, preferring instead to quote others (such as Laurie Roth) whenever others make statements that it is.
Which brings us back to our Presidential candidate Roth. I will share below the full text of my two emails to her.
What do we do when vast numbers of conservatives are led astray (whether deliberately or not) by our own trusted conservative news sources?
You stated in your article yesterday in Canada Free Press, “Most also know by now that on April 27th, 2011, Obama presented a proven forgery of a long form birth certificate to the media and nation.”
I am a conservative with 20 years experience in the computer field. I also have 10 years past experience working with a non-profit interdenominational Christian organization. I have conducted a careful 3-month investigation into all of the claims regarding Mr. Obama’s long form birth certificate, including those made by Doug Vogt (and referenced by you) and by all of the other experts promoted by WorldNetDaily. I also conducted my own independent examination of the PDF file and other documents released to the public.
I found that Mr. Vogt and the others are all completely wrong — that there is in fact no good evidence of forgery. That doesn’t prove the document is genuine, but it does demonstrate that the claims of evidence that the birth certificate is forged are without basis.
I have also explained, clearly and in detail, why all of the numerous allegations of forgery fail. It has taken me 211 pages [note: that should be 221 pages; 211 was an earlier page count] and 72 illustrations to explain all of the results of my research, but that explanation is now available and published.
In order to understand the credibility of my analysis and exactly why Doug Vogt, Karl Denninger, Paul Irey, Mara Zebest and all of the other WorldNetDaily-promoted experts are wrong about the birth certificate, you need to read and understand the results of this investigation, or have someone honest, reasonably intelligent, and capable of setting aside emotional attachment to the results read and summarize it for you.
With your permission I would therefore like to send you a copy so that you can personally examine and understand the evidence for yourself. Just let me know whether you would prefer an electronic or paperback copy of the resulting book.
In doing the investigation and communicating the results, I am upholding the following:
1) The Constitution and the rule of law. If Obama is truly ineligible, then he needs to be removed from office. If there exists no good evidence that he is occupying the White House illegally, he still needs to be removed from office — but by using the Constitutional means of the 2012 election.
2) Careful thinking. We quickly get ourselves into trouble when we fail to think clearly and carefully enough.
3) The truth. I believe that the truth is a core conservative value, and when we fail to tell the truth, even when it’s inconvenient, we do more harm to our conservative causes in the long run than any short-term gains we might achieve.
As a result of the way that unfounded and invalid claims have been repeated across America, literally millions of conservatives now believe that our system has grossly failed us, when in fact the truth is very different.
Dr. Roth, I look forward to talking with you more about the issue. Please feel free to contact me by email or by phone.
Author, Is Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate a Fraud? A Computer Guy Examines the Evidence for Forgery
[phone number redacted]
Then, after having some initial conversation with Paul Irey (and frankly hoping at that point that a large-audience debate with him would take place), I wrote Laurie Roth a second email just a few days later:
Last week you cited Doug Vogt and referred to Barack Obama’s birth certificate as a proven forgery. Mr. Vogt and WorldNetDaily have widely promoted this idea. I believe otherwise.
I spent 3 months carefully examining the birth certificate for evidence of forgery, and concluded that in spite of claims to the contrary, there is no good evidence of fraud. I have also published my results for all to see.
Mr. Paul Irey, another of WorldNetDaily’s experts, has challenged me to debate the issue, and I replied that I would be willing to debate him before a good-sized audience of people who haven’t already made up their minds.
If you think it would make for good radio, I would be willing to debate either Paul Irey or Doug Vogt on your radio show as to what the evidence says regarding whether the birth certificate is a forgery.
I have 20 years’ experience in the computer field, including writing software for the US government and private industry, graphics, networking, and hardware. I am politically conservative, have voted for Republicans and maybe one or two Libertarians for the past 30 years, and as far as I can recall, have never voted for a Democrat.
I believe in promoting the Constitution, clear thinking, and the truth. And the truth is that we simply don’t have good evidence of fraud.
You can reach me by return email, or at [phone number].
I have had people point out to me that facts and reality really aren’t that relevant for some folks when it comes to this issue. Yes, I know that’s the case. And of course, it’s hardly unheard of for people running for office to say dubious or untrue things.
Still, Laurie Roth would do better, in my opinion, to find out, and then stick to, the truth.
Update: I’ve now emailed Dr. Roth a third time, inviting her to respond to this article.