I can publicly state at this time that I consider the two big claims of “birtherism” — first, that Barack Obama was born somewhere other than Hawaii, and secondly, that it takes two citizen parents to make a “natural born citizen” — to be disproven.
For a detailed summary of my conclusions regarding these and related issues, see my “Bottom Line Conclusions” Post.
That post also contains references to a variety of other resources. The book that this site was created to support, to my own understanding, is almost comprehensive in demonstrating that there’s nothing to the forgery theories. My comments at this page over at “Squeeky Fromm’s” blog address a couple of other points brought up by Arpaio’s posse which they claim prove their points. They do not.
I also commend Mr. Frank Arduini’s work, and “NBC”s work, on the forgery claims issue.
The second issue is the false claim that two citizen parents are required to make a natural born citizen. Quite a bit about that — not all that I know, but quite a bit — can be found in this public debate with Mario Apuzzo.
Mr. Apuzzo did not fare well in this debate.
There is additional information on the meaning of “natural born citizen” in other posts here at my own blog.
Kevin Davidson’s blog, ObamaConspiracy.org, is always a good source for the latest factual debunking of nonsense from the propagandists. I’ve stated before, and will state here again, that I while I don’t see eye to eye with Mr. Davidson’s politics, I have never yet, even once, found him to make a statement that was untruthful or unjustified. In fact, over time I’ve found a few of his criticisms of birther theories to be milder that I myself would put them! As a person, I have a good deal of respect for Mr. Davidson, as I do for certain other individuals I have encountered in this issue.
Last night I sent an email to most of the apparent “leaders” of the “birther movement,” advising them of the conclusions that I’ve reached after nearly a year of honestly investigating the theories. Again, those conclusions are available for anybody to read at my “bottom line conclusions” post.
These people that I emailed included Orly Taitz, Dean Haskins, Charles Kerchner, Mario Apuzzo, Sharon Rondeau, Lawrence Sellin, Sam Sewell, Carl Swensson, David Farrar, Helen Tansey, Paul Irey and a bunch of other people. I included not just “leaders,” but also quite a few other folks who I thought were likely interested in the issue. I have also separately corresponded with Mark Gillar a bit on the issue.
What the “birthers” do with the facts, I will leave up to them. I am not particularly optimistic that they will pay any attention whatsoever to the facts. They haven’t so far, with the exception, at least, of Mr. Paul Irey. Mr. Irey continues his quest to prove that there is forgery in the fonts. I cannot agree with him, but he has been a cordial correspondent, and I wish him well. Mr. Irey has had the integrity to admit when he was wrong, and I respect him for that. While Mr. Irey may be mistaken, that’s not the mark of a propagandist.
What I expect of many of Mr. Irey’s fellow birthers that many of them will continue to push false propaganda. Some of them are undoubtedly well aware that it’s all nonsense. Some will extract some personal benefit from the fraud that they are perpetrating on the public.
They will succeed in convincing a few other gullible, eager to believe folks. And to some small extent, they will likely succeed in corrupting and damaging our Republic. To some small extent, they will succeed in corrupting the truth, trampling on our Constitution, and dishonoring the Founding Fathers that they profess to respect.
As for myself, I am at a crossroads. I could continue to publish the truth and debunk new lies as they arise (as they surely will). That is what I would prefer to do.
I dislike the fact that falsehoods are being spread across America in the name of the “truth.”
I dislike the fact that public understanding of our Constitution is being corrupted in the name of “upholding” that same Constitution.
I dislike the fact that some who call themselves “Patriots” (usually with a capital “P”) are twisting the words of our Founding Fathers and past historical leaders, including great men (such as John Bingham and Lyman Trumbull) who stood at the forefront of controversy to rid our land of the evil of slavery.
In spite of what they may call themselves, I do not consider these people to be “patriots.” If they were, they would not publicly misrepresent the words of our Founding Fathers. If they had any interest in the truth, they would diligently search history to make sure that what they were presenting to the public was the truth, before ever presenting it.
While some may be acting in ignorance, I have no doubt that many of these people are not “patriots” at all. They are instead self-serving liars. Their falsehoods are apparent to anybody who bothers to research their claims in any depth.
Unfortunately, the group of people who research claims in depth does not include most of their gullible audience.
While I would prefer to continue to write on this subject — and even to speak on it — I have my family, my wife and six children, to think of. Being involved in this issue has proven costly to us, due to the many hours I have spent over the past year.
In spite of allegations to the contrary, I don’t get paid for my publication of the truth; except for book sales, which are not at all what they would likely be if I were instead publishing sensationalist untruths.
I’ve thought of actually going out and attempting to raise funds to allow for further participation. The birthers have recently announced a fund-raising drive to raise $10,000 to pay Herb Titus alone a “consultation fee” for his endorsement.
Incidentally, I also emailed Herb Titus a few days ago, mentioning the debate with Mario Apuzzo and advising him of the historical and legal falsity of the two-citizen-parent claims. He has not returned my email. We’ll see what Mr. Titus does with that information, given that someone’s proposing to pay him $10,000 to promote the bogus claims.
Obviously, there’s some real money in birtherism. To put it bluntly, there are quite a few suckers out there who obviously don’t mind being fleeced to keep spreading the sensational falsehoods.
If there are any wealthy donors out there who would like to contribute to publication of the actual truth, please contact me. I have thought of doing a video on the meaning of “natural born citizen.” I’ve thought of writing a book on the subject. But such projects involve spending much more of my time on the issue; and it is time that I can no longer afford to donate.
By the way, a word to any potential such donors: a fairly sizable donation to any Presidential campaign this year isn’t going to actually get you much in the way of overall impact. The loser in the 2008 Presidential campaign, who spent about half as much as the winner, raised around $384,000,000.
So even if you were to contribute a whopping $50,000 to a Presidential campaign this season (which you could only do somehow indirectly), your contribution would only be around one one hundredth of one percent.
Man, what I could do on clarifying the truth in this particular issue with even a portion of that.
If there are therefore any wealthy donors interested in this issue, do let me know. I thought of trying to raise some funds myself, and even started writing a post to that effect, but based on my past experience, I don’t know that there’s much financial support for promotion of the truth. Do feel free to prove me wrong.
Aside from all of that, I didn’t get into this particular issue to become a fund-raiser.
All of that being the case, I am now proposing to invest the bulk of my time into other ventures. I consider my best work on this issue to be complete.
I did what I understood many people, last year, were wanting somebody to do: I conducted a careful, thorough and honest investigation of the forgery claims and published the results. And over the past few months, I have also done a thorough enough review of the natural born citizen claims to be able (along with ehancock, a reader of this blog) to debate its major remaining proponent, Mario Apuzzo.
As a result of that debate, Mr. Apuzzo was driven by the facts presented back to the comfort and safety of his blog.
I am told that Sheriff Arpaio had another public event today. I’ve checked for news on it, but haven’t found any details. In that sense, now might not be the best time to step away from the birther arena. I am sure that Arpaio will have announced something “new,” whether it really is or not. It would be nice to stick around for the almost certain debunking of that. However, if past history is any guide, any new allegations are likely to be debunked within days; and there are others who are also capable of doing that. Kevin Davidson seems particularly adept at separating truth from hooey. I compliment him on his skill in that regard.
I am also sure that some idiot will step forward to say that I must have been afraid of what Arpaio would announce. That’s simply not true. The plain fact is, my wife asked me this evening if I would stop spending so much time on the issue. I had been thinking about doing so for some time, but I wanted to wrap things up properly. By posting my overall conclusions, demonstrating that Mario Apuzzo couldn’t stand up in a real debate, and presenting my conclusions to the birthers, I consider that I’ve pretty well done what I wanted to do.
I really don’t doubt that there will always be new allegations, new lies to debunk.
None of these are at all likely to change the statement I made at the beginning of this post: Birtherism, as far as I am concerned, is disproven.
I would like to thank those who have been so kind and appreciative of my efforts on this issue. And I would like to thank others who are promoting the truth. People in particular who come to mind that I have not mentioned so far include “Reality Check,” “Squeeky Fromm,” and ehancock.
I would like to wish all of you the best.
[Note, just in case anybody is wondering: Despite the date, this is absolutely not an “April Fool’s” post. Its appearance for readers at the end of March/ beginning of April is simply coincidental. It’s just when I happened to write it.
In fact, I originally hit the “post” button on the evening of March 31st; but I’ve made a few further late-night revisions that took me past midnight into April 1. Because of the date, I decided to “unpublish” it until the 2nd; but then a pingback that posted at ballot-access.org made it available to some readers who might run across it there. Because of that, I’ve decided to go ahead and leave it as officially published.]