The Issue is Eligibility, not Race

A LACK OF TRANSPARENCY FROM DAY ONE

Dear Editor:

Here’s my letter to a reporter who plays the race card because he lacks facts to make any substantive argument on the eligibility controversy.

Leonard: 

Why do you think Obama hired lawyers to hide all his records AFTER campaigning on transparency?!!– including his original birth certificate?  In 2008, every major “mainstream” newspaper raised relentless questions about Senator McCain’s ‘natural born’ status and most of the media were too ignorant of the law to know that having two US citizen parents makes one “natural born.”  So I would consider it a classic case of reverse racism to hound the Caucasian candidate– to the point where he produced his hospital birth record while ignoring the 1/2 Caucasian candidate’s “natural born” qualification. Would you agree?

Don’t you think that the essence of racism is treating two candidates differently because of the skin color of one?  Isn’t that exactly what Martin Luther King Jr. meant in advocating for a color-blind society?  The liberal media started the “birther” craze- your media colleagues WERE the “original birthers”– but we johnny-come-latelys didn’t resort to sliming them as white-haters or anti-veteran because they questioned McCain’s status.

Second, the race card has worn a bit thin- it doesn’t work on me, maybe because I spent a good bit of my professional career promoting democratic governance in Africa and actually observed Angola’s first historic elections in 1992– many of my friends there were subsequently killed in the bloody aftermath of the failed U.N. elections.  I have a lot of respect for African leaders because many of them deeply appreciate representative government having lived with totalitarianism, authoritarianism and the legacy of colonialism.  Which is why it is appalling to me that you and your media cohorts completely ignored (and therefore disrespected and insulted) prominent Kenyans who declared Obama born in Kenya– including a Cabinet Minister with a track record of fighting corruption– James Orengo– and Dr. Khalwale who mentioned Obama repatriating himself to Kenya– and surely you know that Obama declared Kenya his home country when he was visiting there in 2006 (caught on tape)?  Would you call a country home that you hadn’t been born in– or lived in?  Did you hear Ambassador Ogego on WRIF Detroit radio after the November 2008 elections mentioning that Obama’s birthplace there is well known? Are all the Africans lying, Leonard (including Sarah Obama)?  Did the African newspapers who claimed Obama was born in Kenya– lie too?

Do you know why the Obama camp gave out two different hospital names- do you care?  Do you know why Obama’s certificate # is higher than the Nordyke twins, born a day later than he was- do you even care?  Do you think all these irregularities can be attributed to racism?- is Democrat Philip Berg a racist- or my father-in-law– who filed the lawsuit for Berg in federal court- also a registered Democrat?  Are the Hillary supporters who email me– all racists too?- is there any angst on your part that she might have been deprived of being the first “historic” figure by a possibly ineligible candidate?  Is former Hawaii senior elections clerk Tim Adams a racist? (who supported Hillary)- and said his Hawaii supervisors in his elections office couldn’t find a hospital birth record for Obama in 2008?

The racist charge can just as easily be thrown back at you– for blindly taking the word of the 1/2 Caucasian (who broke the law when he illegally used cocaine which is why my trust level for him is low) over the all-African Kenyans, and I might add that there’s no trust left for liberal  journalists either, because the Establishment media widely mis-characterized the online Certification of Live Birth (notably missing a hospital name and birth doctor) as an original birth certificate– I couldn’t find a single reporter who could provide those 2 data points for the past 2 years– yet now you rush to accept the latest online birth record- unquestioningly– as legitimate. Why was it withheld to begin with?– and Obama even let a decorated Army officer (he’s been called a racist too, Leonard- despite being in an inter-racial marriage) go to jail who simply asked for proof that he was “natural born.”  Was the Obama birth record released last month not ready 6 months ago to spare this officer a prison sentence?– and why do you think GOV Abercrombie hunted for something else to release and came up empty-handed in December?  The problem with you journalists is you don’t even want to ask these basic and obvious questions– why is that?  There wasn’t a single FACT in your article, Leonard- it was simply a rant– journalist standards in this country apparently are on par these days with Xinhua and Granma.

The press went after GW Bush over his National Guard records (and Dan Rather paid a rather big price for his role in that) and the Bush DUI record was dropped on the eve of the 2000 election– the press seemed to think it had a legitimate role in exposing that record- and I agree! What I disagree about is a double standard for Republicans v. Democrats.  All we ask is that you do your job- fairly and objectively- to a professional standard.  We deserve the truth- if Obama was born in Kenya– he is not eligible to serve as he would have been born a British subject- why do you think he sealed ALL his records- AFTER pledging transparency?– if you think I’m wrong— then you should be delighted to tap the final nail in the birther coffin– by calling publicly for an impartial forensics test.  If I’m wrong and the document passes a bona fide forensics exam- I’ll spring for the best stone crab dinner you can buy in Miami– want to accept my offer?

Sincerely,
Margaret Hemenway

28 Responses to "The Issue is Eligibility, not Race"

  1. Jack   Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 11:52 AM

    kailuagirl;

    Could you please provide a link or source where Trump;

    “essentially validated [and took credit for] BHO’s latest certificate of live birth.”

    Taking “credit for” is one thing and “validating” is another!

    Thanks!

  2. AuntieMadder   Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    Hey! That’s me! I posted that comment at ORYR. I’ve wondered since I first read those Kenyan Parliament meeting minutes at least a year ago what Mr. Musyoka’s mysterious statement was about and, specifically, if it was about Barky’s birth records as I suspected when I first read it. There’s nothing in those meeting minutes preceding or following that statement that clarifies it. Mr. Deputy Speaker immediately changed the subject, putting the meeting back on track. Why didn’t Mr. Deputy Speaker ask Mr. Musyoka to clarify? Was it because he knew that not everyone in the Parliament meeting was aware that there was something to be sorted out and that they didn’t need to know, either? Or was he simply incurious about this off-topic mention and so he simply put the meeting back on track?

  3. tom   Friday, May 13, 2011 at 1:23 AM

    This person continues repeatedly posting this nonsense; don’t know why
    Stanley Ann Dunham graduated from High School in the State of Washington right on schedule/just when she should have in the year 1960

  4. Drew   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    “…… “Madlyn” could very well have been written by a cooperative registrar.”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    http://barackryphal.blogspot.com/2011/04/provenance-of-blaine-birth-certificate.html

    When you study the evidence at the above link, you’ll see how the “Blaine document”, with the Madlyn signature, was created from another ‘blanked-out’ birth certificate image.

    The redacted image was online as early as July 2009.. The Blaine document appeared online on October 19, 2009.

  5. kailuagirl   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 1:47 PM

    Related development: Trump, including his tail, surfaced…and along the line of more pure BS with the “co-opted” corrupted in all matters involving USURPER USA, essentially validated [and took credit for] BHO’s latest certificate of live birth.

    There is not one in the government-military-media conglomerate…not one…that can be counted upon or trusted. Not one.

  6. Bob1943   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    This post from http://www.obamareleaseyourrecords.com is interesting:

    NATIONAL ASSEMBLY (Kenyan Parliament)
    OFFICIAL REPORT
    Wednesday, 5th November, 2008
    (pgs 3277-3278)

    The Vice-President and Minister for
    Home Affairs (Mr. Musyoka):

    Thank you, Mr. Deputy Speaker, Sir. I am just about to conclude. The point I am making is very important. There are many of us who hold the view that there is now a real possibility of a more peaceful world where multi-lateralism, as opposed to unilateralism, will guide the conduct of international relations under President Barrack Obama. We congratulate Senator John McCain for being graceful and I think we are rightfully in a party mood. We are not the only country in the world. There are parties in Paris, London and even in a place called Obama in Japan. I think we have a right to celebrate. As we do, as you said from the Chair, this is a sovereign country. We know we can learn a lot. To be able to support that blood relation, I think we owe it to ourselves to make sure that we have a peaceful country as Kenyans; a country that will uphold the true principles of the rule of law, democracy and tolerance between ourselves.

    AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR,. SENATOR BARACK OBAMA CALLED ME AT MIDNIGHT AND TOLD ME: MR. VICE PRESIDENT, COULD YOU MAKE SURE YOU SORT OUT THIS PROBLEM?” I WANT TO ASSURE HIM THAT THE PROBLEM HAS SINCE BEEN SORTED OUT.

    (Several hon. Members stood up)

    Mr. Deputy Speaker: You are all out of
    order!

    Pages 19-20 of Attorney Mario Apuzzo’s scrbd document:
    http://www.scribd.com/doc/30307908/Member-of-Kenyan-National-Assembly-on-5-Nov-2008-calls-Obama-Son-of-Their-Soil-See-Pg-3275

    May 10, 2011 8:56 PM

    Could the “problem” the Kenyan Paliament was ask by Barry to take care, which they did, have been related to the Mombasa hospital break-in where records were stolen?

    Part of letter from Kenya’s Emmanuel Kisombe when asked if Obama may have been born in Kenya:

    “Kisombe noted that the Kenyan government’s inability to find Obama birth records was not conclusive, because “the information we in the ministry have is that some documents have been removed by unknown persons at unknown dates or are missing from birth registry records thus denting the prospects of uncovering the facts of this matter.”

    Emmanuel Kisombe, is the permanent secretary in the Ministry for Immigration and Registration of Persons, he wrote a letter in July 2008 in reply to a letter from the U.S. ambassador in Nairobi that raised the possibility with Kenyan officials that Obama was born in their country.

    More of Kisombie’s letter:

    This tampering, if confirmed, constitutes a serious offense that is punishable by law and it behooves your office to track down the culprits and bring them to justice. My officers have been instructed to fully cooperate as the Kenya Police Criminal Investigation Department performs this task.

    Read more: Kenya investigated Obama ‘African birth’ http://www.wnd.com/?pageId=297273#ixzz1MA38fK9n

    Perhaps the break-end to remove Obam’s birth records was the solution to the “problem” Obama called about at midnight?

    Again, Barry has a problem that was “sorted out’:

    “AT THE BEGINNING OF THIS YEAR,. SENATOR BARACK OBAMA CALLED ME AT MIDNIGHT AND TOLD ME: MR. VICE PRESIDENT, COULD YOU MAKE SURE YOU SORT OUT THIS PROBLEM?” I WANT TO ASSURE HIM THAT THE PROBLEM HAS SINCE BEEN SORTED OUT.

  7. Vic   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:26 PM

    No,..not for that reason, then we won’t be any different than the uneducated were electing Obama. We vote for someone for substance, trust and reliability….that’s it.

    The people who voted obama in, because he has black skin, are superficial racial appeasers.

  8. Bob1943   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Harry,

    I agree..and the “granny” BC as you call it came and went in record time. I have been closely following Barry’s ineligibility for years now, and that one came and went without me ever hearing anything about it. It was “debunked” way to quickly IMO….

  9. Vic   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 12:24 PM

    Yeah…give them a little of their own medicine.

  10. Redd   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 11:10 AM

    If CNN doesn’t like herman cain, they are obviously racist.

  11. Bob1943   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    I agree, and it should not be that hard to find a yearbook or to otherwise verify her graduation date.

  12. Harry H   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 10:32 AM

    Right on, William. Absolutist statements based on narrow views (as with blinders on, a la buggy-pulling horses) have been used to mistakenly discount both the Lucas Smith Kenyan birth certificate and the “Madlyn” granny birth certificate. It is perfectly legitimate for the Kenyan bc to read “Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya,” and “Madlyn” could very well have been written by a cooperative registrar.

  13. Redd   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    I believe stanley ann, born november 1942 would be “class of 1960”. I know someone born december 1941 and class of 1959.

  14. Lori   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 9:00 AM

    I think the tea partiers and birthers should rally behind Herman Cain for 2012. What the heck would CNN have to say about it????

  15. William1   Thursday, May 12, 2011 at 8:47 AM

    12thGenerationAMERICAN says:,

    “Obama’s father was born in “Kenya, East Africa”. This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963…”
    ____________________________________________

    Like you, I too have researched this topic matter as a concern. However, Kenya was named “Kenya” by the British in 1897, after the highest mountain within that Country. It has since been called Kenya even on the Atlas maps. Therefore I dismissed that it was never called or named Kenya until after 1963, as that simply is not what I have found during my research.

    You also mention that “On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is ” Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital…”

    While I compared that to the Nordyke twins Long Form, it too states Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital on their Birth Certificates. If we take the Nordyke twins Long Form BC as being the Baseline Entitlement and correct, then this would not be an anomaly.

    While there are indeed many outright fraudulent and proven manipulation on the what the White House released – with more to come soon – Kenya and the name of the Hospital do not appear to be inconsistent nor incorrect.

    William

  16. Pastor emeritus Nathan Bickel   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 10:47 PM

    I do witness some “improvement” on the part of the liberal extremists and their brown nosing, kowtowing media. They are not so apt to outright accuse of “racism” anymore. They have toned down their hate-mongering language and instead accuse those of whom they disagree, with being “birthers” and “conspiracy theorists.” Regardless, they are utterly pathetic………..

  17. Bob1943   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 9:23 PM

    Great summary Elmo, you described exactly what is happening, the definition of natural born Citizen is even being changed by some of those who believe Obama is ineligible, and in the case of this letter, ever after stating in the letter that the parents must be U.S. citizens for the child to be a natural born Citizen. Maybe the writer is trying to say it’s an “or” thing…as in two citizen parents and you can be born anywhere and be a NBC…or no citizen parents, (anchor baby) or one Citizen parent and you must be born on U.S. territory?
    Anyway, it’s “and” not “or” for NBC.

    To repeat myself for the upteenth time, we are in deep do-do.

  18. Jon Carlson   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 8:38 PM

    As Obama is a pureblood Asian nobody is a racist by calling him one of the names for Blacks.

    Easy to eliminate the claim that a Caucasian Stanley Ann Dunham was mommy. She was born November 29, 1942 and that is the only fact of the entire Obama Story. As her birth state Kansas has a cutoff date of August 31 for school attendance, she is Class of 1961 graduating June 1961. The claimed BO birthdate of August 4, 1961 occurred two months later. Get the picture? Another view is conception was November 1960 when Stanley Ann was age 17. Get the picture?

    The Stanley Ann Dunham signature on the latest BO birth certificate clearly is forged according to document examiner Dr. Ron Pollard. Compare to high school writing samples:
    http://www.hoaxofthecentury.com/Annwriting1_files/AnnNote.jpg
    http://www.hoaxofthecentury.com/Annwriting1_files/AnnMax.jpg

    Send the dinner to Chicago.

  19. Texoma   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:41 PM

    And having two parents who were US citizens at the time of your birth is not sufficient to be a natural born citizen. You have to also have been born in the US or on US sovereign territory.

    Panama, not the US, was the sovereign of the Panama
    Canal Zone, which included the US military bases located within its borders, and this evidenced by us paying them rent. McCain was not born on US sovereign territory and hence he is not a natural born citizen. However, he was not born with a foreign allegiance because Panama does not claim children born to foreigners as citizens. If the intent of the Founding Fathers was to have Presidents with no foreign allegiance at birth (which is always the case if you are born in the US to US citizen parents), then McCain could be ruled eligible by the US Supreme Court.

    This issue is not only not about race, but not about politics either. Governor Bobby Jindal, a rising star in the GOP, is not a natural born citizen and should not be nominated for President or VP. He is a fine conservative, and he can serve the cause as Governor (another term), US Senator, or by serving in a cabinet. Jindal was born in the US (Louisiana), but his parents were citizens of India at the time of his birth. Jindal was born with a foreign allegiance and is not eligible to be President or VP.

  20. Texoma   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:20 PM

    Good point about the name of the country not being officially Kenya until 1963, but I believe the name of the hospital on the birth certificates of the Nordyke twins (born within a day of Obama) is also Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital.

  21. ELmo   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Well my friend, get ready for the onslaught. There are a whole bunch of states that are considering what are referred to as “Birther” bills. The laws that I have read, have asked for documentation of: Place and Date of Birth (by submitting a Birth Certificate) and proof of meeting the Constitutions residency requirement. THAT’S IT!! No requirement that the Candidate document Parental Citizenship. You want to know the real kicker!! The majority of “Birther” sites (who should know better) are CLAMORING for these laws to be passed. Once these laws are firmly in place there will be no changing them and Article II Sec I of the Constitution will have been amended without resorting to the Article V process. The Law (by not requiring documentation of Parental Citizenship) will effectively “redefine” the term “Natural Born Citizen” to mean “Native Born Citizen”. Some folks say: “Oh well the SOSs will require the parental citizenship documentation”. I can assure you that if the law doesn’t require that documetation, the SOSs are not going out on a limb to require that it be presented. Others say: ” We can sue in court to make them uphold the Constitution” – Sure that’s worked out well for the 50 or 60 lawsuits (or more) that have been filed on this issue.
    What’s more the states argument will be: “Where were these people when the bills were being filed and the term ‘Natural Born Citizen’ was at stake? The debate has been settled by the law that was passed. If these laws are passed on the state level, it’s Game, Set, and Match for the Classic definition of “Natural Born Citizen” – You can Count on it!! There will be NO second chances on this. This is a case where NO law is preferable to a Flawed Law because it leaves the issue alive. Fight against any law that does NOT require documentation of Parental Citizenship at Candidate’s birth.
    ELmo

  22. 12thGenerationAMERICAN   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    First of all, the birth certificate that the White House released lists Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961. It also lists Barack Hussein Obama as his father. No big deal, right? At the time of Obama’s birth, it also shows that his father is aged 25 years old, and that Obama’s father was born in “Kenya, East Africa”. This wouldn’t seem like anything of concern, except the fact that Kenya did not even exist until 1963, two whole years after Obama’s birth, and 27 years after his father’s birth. How could have Obama’s father have been born in a country that did not yet exist? Up and until Kenya was formed in 1963, it was known as the “British East Africa Protectorate”. But, this is not the only thing that I found that just does not jive.
    The other item that I looked into was the hospital that Obama was born in. On the birth certificate released by the White House, the listed place of birth is ” Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital”. This cannot be, because the hospital(s) in question in 1961 were called “KauiKeolani Children’s Hospital” and “Kapi’olani Maternity Home”, respectively. The name did not change to Kapi’olani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital until 1978, when these two hospitals merged. How can this particular name of the hospital be on a birth certificate dated 1961 if this name had not yet been applied to it until 1978?
    Go ahead, look it up. I am not talking crazy talk, these are the facts. Like I said, I thought that this was a non-issue until the actual certificate was released. Now that it has been released, of course I had to look into it. I have found these issues, now I know that something is up. If you doubt me, just look at the following resources:
    The hospital part is true, as you can read about the 1978 merger here.
    :
    http://www.kapiolani.org/women-and-children/about-us/default.aspx

    Whom did he payoff now with our TAX Dollars to print this Bogus Certificate??……

  23. Redd   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 5:01 PM

    Wow!! What a tremendous letter, well done!!!!

  24. elspeth   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 4:42 PM

    I have always loved Margaret. She’s on my “those that I admire” list. What a gal!

  25. Bob1943   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Excellent….right up to the last paragraph:

    “We deserve the truth- if Obama was born in Kenya– he is not eligible to serve as he would have been born a British subject- why do you think he sealed ALL his records- AFTER pledging transparency?– if you think I’m wrong— then you should be delighted to tap the final nail in the birther coffin– by calling publicly for an impartial forensics test. If I’m wrong and the document passes a bona fide forensics exam- I’ll spring for the best stone crab dinner you can buy in Miami– want to accept my offer?”

    Has the unofficial, “Official Change” of the Constitutional requirement for presidential eligibility affected even those on our side?

    The letter begins correctly by pointing this out:

    ” In 2008, every major “mainstream” newspaper raised relentless questions about Senator McCain’s ‘natural born’ status and most of the media were too ignorant of the law to know that having two US citizen parents makes one “natural born.”

    But then the letter goes on a born in Kenya path, which while I am still not convinced that isn’t true, doesn’t mention anywhere that Obama isn’t eligible because of what is said at the beginning of the letter…again, from the letter:

    ” In 2008, every major “mainstream” newspaper raised relentless questions about Senator McCain’s ‘natural born’ status and most of the media were too ignorant of the law to know that having two US citizen parents makes one “natural born.” ”

    Why would someone get a “crab dinner” when they lose no matter where Obama was born?

    Obama is not a natural born Citizen as required by the Constitution because his father was never an America citizen, therefore Obama is not eligible to be president.

    I apologize if it’s just me, but there is a “disconnect” with the letter and the requirement for natural born Citizen.

  26. RacerJim   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 4:02 PM

    Not that you will…but if I were you I wouldn’t hold my breath waiting for that reporter to accept your offer. I’ve yet to have anyone, including a couple 20-ish relatives, accept my similar offer. Liberals in general, and Obots in specific, can’t handle the facts/truth.

  27. yo   Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at 3:16 PM

    Leonard Pitts knows why Obama hid his bc.

    And it’s just like the article in IBD by the Notre Dame business professor said.
    When they don’t have anything else, they play the race card.

    Pitts knows they don’t have anything else.

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