Several people have recently commented or written to us about the issue of President Obama’s birth certificate. Dymphna has already had her say in the comments section on one of her posts. This is my two cents’ worth.
Focusing on Barack Hussein Obama’s birth certificate is a major strategic error on the part of American conservatives.
This is not to say that the question itself has no merit. I have seen no proof one way or the other that Mr. Obama was born in the USA. No convincing-looking photostat of a 1961 Hawaiian birth certificate has yet surfaced, so I am reserving judgment on the president’s status as a natural-born citizen.
But concentrating on the issue of the birth certificate is a lose-lose proposition for American conservatives. No matter what the final outcome is, we will be at a disadvantage if the “birthers” succeed in forcing Mr. Obama to prove his status.
If they do, there are two possible outcomes:
1. The “birthers” are wrong: Barack Hussein Obama was born in the USA.
Obviously, this eventuality would be devastating for American conservatives, whether they supported the birth certificate campaign or not. They will be roundly ridiculed and written off as “lunatic fringe” people who deserve no serious voice in American politics.
The net effect will be to move the center of gravity in the Republican Party closer to the squishy middle — i.e. RINO country, the Olympia Snowe wing.
2. The “birthers” are right: Barack Hussein Obama was born outside the USA.
If Mr. Obama is revealed to be ineligible to be President, he will either be impeached and convicted by Congress, or he won’t. If the latter, his power will be greatly enhanced, and the sympathy vote will improve his chances of re-election, which are now dicey at best and getting worse every day. Once again, this would be a significant defeat for conservatives.
On the other hand, if he were convicted and removed from office, not only would we have to endure a Biden presidency (or a Pelosi administration — God help us — if Congress invalidates the entire election), but Mr. Obama would become the Eternal Martyr of the Left. He would be canonized as Saint Barack, a shining champion of the people who was unjustly struck down by vicious hateful racist wingnuts. With the help of the media, Barack Obama’s Socialist legacy would become so entrenched that it would endure for at least another generation.
We have to face up to it: There’s no way to win with the birth certificate issue.
That’s because it’s a sideshow at this late stage. If the issue had any legs, back in the election campaign his Democratic primary opponents could have concentrated on it, or John McCain (who would have had standing) could have forced the issue through the courts.
But no one chose to do that, and the election of Barack Hussein Obama was duly certified by Congress. Even if electoral fraud put him over the top, approximately half of the electorate voted for him.
We have to accept that last November is now a done deal. If we don’t, we will pay dearly for our myopic preoccupation.
And by focusing on the birth certificate, we are creating a distraction from the real issue:
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This is what we have to fight against, regardless of whether Obama was born in Hawaii, or Mombassa, or Riyadh, or on Venus. The imposition of a top-down authoritarian brand of Socialism on the American people is the greatest crisis we have faced since 1945, and that is what should continue to be our focus.
To go a-haring down the leafy lanes after an elusive Barry Soetoro birth certificate is to distract ourselves from the real fight. The diversion of energy weakens us and makes us that much more likely to lose the longer war.
We will continue to expose the Left’s Marxist intentions while we let the Socialist fever run its course. Since Mr. Obama is trying to impose his ideology on a damaged and debt-ridden economy, his tenure as Socialist-in-Chief is likely to be mercifully brief — as long as we do not shift our attention from this reality.
But if we put our arm into the birth certificate tar baby, we will be stuck in the black goo of Socialism for decades to come.
Keep your eye on the main target. It’s not where Barack Hussein Obama was born, but what he is doing.