A letter appearing in The Star on March 9 raises once again, ad nauseum, the issue of the authenticity of former President Obama’s birth certificate. This quixotic exercise begs once again the question as to why Trump’s supporters are so willfully ignorant or why they revel in their stupidity.
On April 25, 2011 the Director of the Hawaii State Health Department, at the request of President Obama, released two certified copies of his birth certificate proving he was born in Hawaii. The Hawaii State Registar certified the copies. President Obama subsequently released a copy of the same. It can be viewed by anyone at any time on the Internet. It’s there for all to see in all its banality.
The author of the letter in question, Louis H. Knapp, alleges the birth certificate released by former President Obama was redacted and calls for former President Obama to release an “unredacted” version. He does not specify what redactions were made in the certificate released in April 2011.
I, like millions of Americans, have viewed on the Internet the certificate released in 2011 and can discern no redactions. I challenge anyone who is interested, if anyone else could conceivably be interested at this point in time, to examine the document if they have not already done so. Furthermore, I defy anyone else to find any redactions made to the document that can be found on the Internet.
One has to assume that Mr. Knapp has made the effort, however slight that may have been, to examine the same document I have examined. If so, he will have seen the certificate is complete and unredacted. That being the case, in calling for an unredacted version, Mr. Knapp is being disingenuous, is he not?
He also demands that former President Obama release the original birth certificate. The sheer stupidity of this proposal is stunning! How does he propose former President Obama accomplish that task? No state authority is going to provide someone the original document. And, assuming it were possible for him to obtain the original, how would he then effect the dissemination of the same. He could disseminate a copy of the document. But he’s already done that, to the dissatisfaction of the terminally foolish.
Consequently, this would not satisfy the willfully ignorant or the hopelessly stupid. Alternatively, he could hand-carry the original document to each and every one who challenges the authenticity of the copy published in April 2011. Since those who continue to question the authenticity of that birth certificate undoubtedly despise former President Obama, one assumes they would be loath to agree to a face-to-face meeting with former President Obama. It is also safe to assume they would not consent to a meeting out of reluctance to have their fantasies destroyed.
Yes, those who continue to question whether former President Obama is a native-born American, in the face of overwhelming evidence to the contrary have either made a choice to remain defiantly ignorant, or take a perverse pride in being just plain stupid. In this, as in many other ways they emulate Trump.