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.

Michael A. Rea is a resident of Winchester.

(24) comments

Nychuck

Typical liberal commie site. You couldn’t wait to rip my post down about the usurpers forged documents. The truth bothers you.

Do you look at your children directly in the eye and lie to them if they were to ask you about Obama, or whatever his name is credentials?

Disgraceful!

Nychuck

The so called birth certificate has never been authenticated by a certified forensic document examiner nor has any official ever testified under oath in a court of law attesting to its authenticity.

It has numerous anomalies. The Selective Service Registration form is the same. Contains numerous anomalies.

Spock Here

Here is the pefect example of why we are still talking about this, because of freaks like you who continue to rant about it.

Nychuck

I don’t know if your rant is directed at me but I’ll show you in the next paragraph how I expose people like you.

You don’t think the documents are forged. Then publish here the name of one, just one certified forensic document examiner who will authenticate the so-called birth certificate. The moment I see the name, i’ll Make payment arrangements with the examiner. Is that easy enough for you to understand?

I know you’ll publish nothing. Period. The reason why is there isn’t an examiner in this entire country who would do so. But there is one fully credentialed who clearly stated that it’s a forgery. His name is Reed Hayes. Google it.

pabtm

I honestly don't understand why we're still talking about this.

It was never necessary for me to believe that Obama was born in Kenya for me to have opposed his policies on philosophical and practical grounds, so I never paid attention to "birtherism."

And now, he's not president anymore, so... why is this still a thing?

CRT

Because some racist idiots won't let it go.

Conservative

Oh yeah, it's about his skin color. Grow up. Color doesn't matter.

Rattler

Spock why are you so obsessed with spelling and grammar?? Just because some of us choose not to spell check and do not really care about grammar as long as you understand the point that is being made. Ive noticed sometimes that is the best you have and never answer questions put foward. This doesn't make us deplorables or ignorant. All i can say...MAGA

Spock Here

Good lord, what on earth are you talking about? If it's the misspelling of Obama's first name, that was a quote....just fyi Babblespeak is not my expertise

CRT

Birthers, and their king, Trump, are idiots. These same people believe Hillary Clinton operates a child sex ring out of the basement of a DC pizza parlor...that has no basement.

JohnGalt

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Philip_J._Berg
Philip J. Berg a democrat that supported Hillary. He actually brought suits against Obama stating he was born in Kenya. If you take the time to read his wiki you will see he is no Conservative. I guess he can be your hero.

CRT

Wiki is your source??? They don't even let middle schoolers use Wiki to write papers. Even so, I stand by my claim that Birthers are idiots. Remember when Trump said his investigators in Hawaii had information that would prove Obama wasn't born in Hawaii? He said it would be yooge!

JohnGalt

See Google can be your friend, search his name. Accepted there are birthers on both sides of the issue. I will include another site from a simple search of his name, as I know you hate anything that opposes your small view and possibly your limited intelligence. https://www.phillymag.com/news/2015/08/18/obama-birther-philip-berg-uberx/ this mentions how he is a democrat and lifelong NAACP member.

Conservative

And we stand by our facts that Hillary supporters are complete fools.

CRT

From Politico: In fact, birtherism, as it’s been called, reportedly began with innuendo by serial Illinois political candidate Andy Martin, who painted Obama as a closet Muslim in 2004. That spiraled into a concerted effort by conspiracy theorists to raise doubts about Obama’s birthplace and religion — and essentially paint him as un-American.

Martin, who briefly launched a little-noticed presidential campaign last year, has disavowed the movement he’s often credited with starting, though he still foments similarly discredited doubts about Obama’s religion.

pabtm

Also from Politico (see "Birtherism: Where it all began", 4/22/2011):

"...as Obama marched toward the presidency, a new suggestion emerged: That he was not eligible to serve.

"That theory first emerged in the spring of 2008, as **Clinton supporters** circulated an anonymous email questioning Obama’s citizenship." [Emphasis mine]

So, according to this article, while small-time Illinois candidate Andy Martin started the rumor that Obama was a "crypto Muslim," the "born in Kenya" theory first came to widespread attention when Clinton supporters started forwarding "birther" emails.

But I repeat -- why does it matter anymore? Obama served eight years and is gone from the world stage... why do we need to keep distracting ourselves with this?

Spock Here

Why does it matter anymore? It should not. It never should have "mattered." But it's not been dropped, as the author of this letter maintains. I am glad President Obama rose above the fray. Yes, he is off the world stage, so is Hillary but people still yap about her. Distractions from the disaster in chief we find ourselves with

Conservative

Funny how Spock and CRT resort to "Why does it matter now" and "It's in the past" when it's proven time and time again how misinformed and biased they are. Comrades, Happy St. Patrick's Day!![whistling]

Spock Here

@ Conservative, If I read you correctly you mis represented CRT and my posts. We were answering the question posed "why does it matter anymore." Oh, another reason it still matters apparently, check the new rantings above..talk about presidential harassment.....

Conservative

Because when he was a member of Congress, everyone referred to him as Kenyan born, and he never corrected that.

Spock Here

Everyone?? I'm guessing he should have had a massive twitter tantrum to dispute the allegations, but he was not a snowflake and took the "presidential harassment"

''However, the Associated Press made no such reference; the identification of Barack Obama as “Kenyan-born” was added to the Sunday Standard‘s version of the AP story by someone else (who misspelled the politician’s given name as “Barrack” in the process) and is apparently unique to that publication. The full text of the “Jack Ryan Abandons Senate Bid” article as originally issued by the Associated Press is retrievable from the LexisNexis archive of global news sources, and it contains no reference (in the lead-in or elsewhere) to Barack Obama’

CRT

In case you haven't notice, Conservative is either woefully ignorant or a liar.

Spock Here

A combination of both

Conservative

Sticks and stones, comrade.

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