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PART 3 – WHAT’S NEXT FOR BIRTHERS
by William Lolli, ©2011
(Mar. 28, 2011) — In Part 1 of Those Darn Birthers I examined why the Birthers are so despised. In Part 2, I touched on the many reasons why Birthers refuse to give up their quest for the truth. In Part 3 we look at the current state of the Birther Movement and what is next.
So what are the Birthers up to? Well, the scale of involvement and participation is quite wide: At the grass roots there are active Tea Party members who continually call, write, and confront their local congressmen on the issue. At the celebrity level you have moguls like Donald Trump asking “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”
Volunteer researchers continue to help litigation and FOIA efforts to unlock the secrets of Obama’s past. Birther activists are working with pro-eligibility-validation state legislators in 11 states crafting laws that require Article 2, Section 1 eligibility-enforcement before a 2012 candidate can get on a ballot. And some professional investigators are cracking the wall of linkage between the missing long-form birth certificate, a study of infant deaths in 1961, Obama’s late-1970s Selective Service registration and his acquisition of a Connecticut social security number.
Lucas Smith’s affidavit and Kenyan Birth Certificate continues to circulate the internet and be sent to every member of Congress with requests for an investigation. Congressman Issa’s office is constantly asked why he hasn’t subpoenaed the Hawaiian long-form Birth Certificate to put an end to the controversy.
Many volunteers continue to barrage other congressional offices with demands that Lt. Colonel Lakin’s trial outcome be revisited. Birthers are now involved with local and state watch-dog groups, keeping a close eye on each state’s Secretary of States’ offices to prevent foreign nationals from running in local elections and to lobby for Voter ID legislation. Because of these efforts, more attention is paid to the integrity of voter registration now more than ever before–and the expansion of involvement by other groups into this segment is growing.
The Left, however, is not standing still. They have realized that they have lost the argument about Obama’s privacy, his non-disclosure and his promise for transparency in government.
To counter this, they assert a non sequitur: In a recent discussion on the topic with an Organizing for America Left-leaning liberal he told me, “Well, it doesn’t matter. Those Birthers wouldn’t believe it, even if you had the birth certificate in your hand.”
This is a clue as to the next step in the Obama ‘make-Birthers-into-kooks’ strategy: The coming 2012 election-cycle, public presentation of a “long-form Birth Certificate” which will be denied any forensic validation by competent independent authority.
Will it work? Will the American people be fooled again by a 3 Card Monte Switcheroo?
Not if the Birther Movement starts now in adopting a forensic-validation mantra to state officials and a proof-requirement built into the election code.
The only problem is time is growing short– and 2012 is right around the corner.
William Lolli is a regular columnist for SanDiego.com, which chose not to publish his series on the “Birthers” but granted permission for them to be published at The Post & Email. His bio can be found here.
Update, March 29, 2011: Mr. Lolli reported the following:
SanDiego.com management has agreed to move forward with a “debate” on the birther issue. They submitted a list of positional questions to me and I responded [word count limitations were imposed]. Next they will send my opponent’s position to me and allow me a rebuttal.