Birthergasm: Hawaii Governor Admits There is No Record of Obama’s American Birth? (Update: Reporter Takes It Back)
[Guest post by Aaron Worthing; if you have tips, please send them here.]
Update: The reporter takes it back. So clearly they got to him, right? Right? (Note, for those who have trouble getting jokes or whom are just in the smear business, that was a joke.)
The original post follows in its original form.
I still don’t buy birtherism, but you can bet they are going to be hooping it up over this:
Now, bluntly, I don’t know who this radio host is. But this is what the youtuber says on it:
Abercrombie Admits There Are No Obama Birth Records In Hawaii. Neil Abercombie, new Govenor of Hawaii, has admitted to his close friend Mike Evans, a reporter, that there are no records of Obama’s birth in Hawaii.
Clip is from the morning show on KQRS-FM from 1/20/2011.
I will note something else. Yes, you have to be a natural born citizen. And yes, I think as a matter of correct process Presidential candidates should have to prove it. Like a lot of lawyers, I follow the maxim of “trust but verify.” But then again, we haven’t required it of any president before, so it strikes me as sounding dangerously political to apply this rule for the first time in decades (if ever), now. So I would like to see a rule that whoever is the next president has to prove his (or her) status as a natural born citizen.
But proof doesn’t have to be a birth certificate. It can be any credible evidence that satisfies the burden of proof (which I would tend to assume is preponderance of the evidence). The idea that you have to have a birth certificate strikes me as similar to the myth that you have to have the dead body to prove murder (and worse, the myth that this is what habeas corpus is all about).* Obviously having that kind of evidence helps, but it is not the case that if there is a fire and your birth certificate is destroyed, that you are suddenly ineligible to be President.
And that is assuming the governor even said such a thing. And of course it might be hard for Governor Abercrombie to even dispute this claim, given that Hawaii law doesn’t allow a person to reveal a person’s birth certificate without their consent.
Anyway, I suggest it is time to clear this up. So let me make a suggestion. If you would like I will take time away from my lovely city and make the ultimate sacrifice and weather the conditions in Obama’s (alleged) home state and investigate the matter.
I am willing to do this for you if you help pay for the trip. And room and board. And plenty of suntan lotion, for me and my wife. I know, I know, it is a Christ-like sacrifice. So okay, I am passing the plate around for your donations…
Wait, um, a nickel and pocket lint? That is all you are giving me? Do you want to know the truth or not?
* I say that about habeas corpus recognizing that much in our media positively misinforms people about the law. For instance, a few years back in the movie The Player, there was a running joke about a movie called Habeas Corpus, involving this false premise that the law requires the state to produce the body before they can charge you with murder. The actual meaning of the term is that it is a form of judicial review of confinement, broadly written. That means if the state or federal government holds you prisoner, the court can use this process to review whether you are being lawfully held or not. Its means literally “you have the body”—meaning the (living) body of the prisoner.
And that is only the tip of the iceberg. Don’t even get me started with the drooling stupidity of Double Jeopardy.
Exit question: I haven’t watched the new Hawaii 5-0 but on that show, is Grace Park, a Korean, supposed to be a native Hawaiian or something? Not that I really get hung up on ethnicity matching in acting roles (like personally I didn’t care when Sean Connery was cast as a Russian Sub Captain), but you get the creepy feeling that they assumed we would think she actually was Native Hawaiian.
Hat tip: Eric Johnson.
[Posted and authored by Aaron Worthing.]