Mike Corthell

Mike Corthell
Editor & Publisher at Fryeburg Free Press MEDIA

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

The American Birth Certificate


One thing you won’t find in the National Archives, though I think you should, is a copy of the birth certificate of the man claiming to be the first black president – Barack Hussein Obama. Don’t you think that’s strange?

Wednesday Americans will celebrate the birth of this nation.
We know where that birth took place – Philadelphia. We know who the parents were – we call them our “Founding Fathers.”
We know there were many witnesses and lots of documentation.


We know the building in which this birth took place – Independence Hall. It’s still there, a celebrated historical marker for visitors over the last 236 years.
We know how much pain and sacrifice was involved with the birth of the nation and its aftermath.
We know all this with certainty, in part, because there is a birth certificate for the nation drafted July 4, 1776, that has been well-preserved and observed ever since. That birth certificate, of course, is known as the Declaration of Independence.
By the way, that document is not a computer-generated abbreviation. All the copies of the Declaration of Independence I have ever seen have been actual facsimiles. No one would expect a historically significant document to be chopped up, with names of key players removed, signatures excised and key details omitted.
Neither is there any question about its authenticity. It has never been hidden from public view. You can view the actual document in the National Archives – not a computer image on the White House website.
One thing you won’t find in the National Archives, though I think you should, is a copy of the birth certificate of the man claiming to be the first black president – Barack Hussein Obama.
Don’t you think that’s strange?
Don’t you think there’s a place for it in the National Archives, especially given the history of this nation and its conflicts over race and slavery?
Don’t you think it would be great if all Americans could go view the actual birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama just like tens of thousands will be viewing the nation’s birth certificate in Washington this week?
If not the National Archives, wouldn’t you expect the hospital in which this historic birth took place to be proudly displaying whatever historical evidence it might have for the birth?
Am I stretching a point?
I don’t think so.
I believe documents are important.
They are important for two reasons – to establish facts and for historical purposes.
If documents weren’t important, the government wouldn’t collect them.
If documents weren’t important, government wouldn’t demand that we produce them to prove who we are and that we are who we say we are.
If documents aren’t important, why, then, are tens of thousands of people visiting the National Archives this week to get a glimpse of the venerated Declaration of Independence – America’s birth certificate?
If documents aren’t important, why do we spend millions of dollars a year preserving them in the National Archives?
If documents aren’t important, why do we spend millions of dollars a year ensuring that they can be inspected by the public?
On the other hand, Barack Hussein Obama has spent millions concealing documents about his life – from birth certificates and school records to health and travel records.
Do you get where I’m going here?
As we prepare for Independence Day, the nation’s birthday, a day marked by fireworks, flags, patriotic speeches, parades and reflections about a document that gives it all legitimacy and purpose, I can’t help contrast our past traditions with our present attitudes.
We obviously have a different attitude about historical documents today than we once did.
We obviously have a different attitude about the meaning and gravity of the Constitution and what it says about the eligibility of presidents.
Why all the secrecy?
I can only imagine some are afraid of what they might find.
Barack Obama himself said it best: “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide.”
Think about that, this week, as you wave your flags, enjoy your fireworks, listen to speeches and revel in principles and ideals that have made America great since its birthday – since that birth certificate was signed by all those brave men who risked their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor on the dream that we could govern ourselves under the rule of law.
Thank goodness America has a birth certificate – one the whole nation, including generations to come, can read and view and study and admire. It gives a legitimacy to our history and to who we are today. It leaves no doubt about from where we come.

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