Born in the U.S.A.

The fundamental fiction is that Obama has refused to release his “real” birth certificate. This is untrue. The document that Obama has made available is the document that Hawaiian authorities issue when they are asked for a birth certificate. There is no secondary document cloaked in darkness, only the state records that are used to generate birth certificates when they are requested.

If one applies for a United States passport, the passport office will demand a birth certificate. It defines this as an official document bearing “your full name, the full name of your parent(s), date and place of birth, sex, date the birth record was filed, and the seal or other certification of the official custodian of such records.” The Hawaiian birth certificate President Obama has produced—the document is formally known as a “certificate of live birth”—bears that information. It has been inspected by reporters, and several state officials have confirmed that the information in permanent state records is identical to that on the president’s birth certificate—which is precisely what one expects, of course, since the state records are used to generate those documents when they are requested. In other words, what President Obama has produced is the “real” birth certificate of myth and lore. The director of Hawaii’s health department and the registrar of records each has personally verified that the information on Obama’s birth certificate is identical to that in the state’s records, the so-called vault copy. Given that fact, we are loath even to engage the fanciful notion that President Obama was born elsewhere, contrary to the information on his birth certificate, but we note for the record that his mother was a native of Kansas, whose residents have been citizens of the United States for a very long time, and whose children are citizens of the United States as well.

via Born in the U.S.A. by The Editors on National Review Online.

What the … ahem.

This line of – shall we call it reasoning? – absurdly begs the question.

Yes, when you request a birth certificate, you get a current document issued, not a historical document.  Of course. Anybody who has requested a copy of their birth certificate knows this. Sheesh.

But … the legitimacy of the information is the very matter in question!  If you suspect somebody of getting a drivers license that has been issued in a false name, it doesn’t settle the matter to say “well, it’s a drivers license, properly issued per normal procedures.” That doesn’t settle the question.

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