Off the Cliff

by TFN

The bizarre (and long discredited) claims that President Obama isn’t a U.S. citizen keep coming from the far right. So is Texas-based Vision America, a religious-right organization headed by Rick Scarborough in Lufkin, now jumping off the crazy cliff? Seems that way.

In an e-mail — signed by Scarborough — to supporters today, the organization charges that the president is trying to keep the truth from the American people:

To date, though numerous requests have been made, the President has not provided proof of his citizenship. The Constitutionality of the current President of the United States is brought into question, and this simply cannot remain unchallenged.

Obama has spent between almost $1 million in legal fees in an effort to keep his birth certificate and school records private, which is unheard of in the history of the United States presidency. Last year, after much intense pressure to do so, Obama finally released his Certification of Live Birth in Hawaii. This differs from a Certificate of Live Birth in that it is shorter and does not list any names of hospitals, doctors or any signatures.

Hawaiian government agencies do not even recognize the Certification of Live Birth as poof of an individual’s birth in Hawaii! They require additional verification before it is accepted as an official document.

All of this could be cleared up by Obama simply producing a certified copy of his birth certificate. I guess transparency has its limits.

Actually, it could be cleared up if political extremists stopped lying. As we noted, claims that President Obama isn’t a natural-born U.S. citizen were long ago debunked after exhaustive investigation.

Of course, Scarborough isn’t alone in his absurd skepticism about President Obama’s citizenship. Last year Texas State Board of Education member Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, wrote that then-candidate Obama had failed to prove that he was a “natural born citizen” of the United States. (White Pride World Wide) has devoted an entire forum to the topic. And a Google search for “Is Obama a citizen?” turned up 297,000 hits, many directing readers to far-right sites with bloggers, commentators and others frothing at the mouth over the issue.

It’s as if folks on the far right have collectively decided to jump off a cliff together. Yet not only are some of these folks seen as respected religious “leaders,” some even manage to get elected to public office — even to the State Board of Education.