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“STILL NOT CONVINCED”

(Jun. 8, 2011) — The following letter was published in The Bakersfield Californian on June 1, 2011.

The release of Barack Obama’s alleged long-form birth certificate prompted boasts that it proves he is constitutionally eligible to be president. Yet scores of experts have panned it as a badly done computer-generated forgery.

As Jerome Corsi points out in his newest book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?,” Obama can’t prove that he is even a native-born citizen, let alone a natural-born citizen historically defined as one born on U.S. soil of American citizen parents. Instead, he benefits from the dumbing down of natural-born citizen to mean anyone simply born here.

Strangely, Obama was spared of the Senate hearing in which a resolution, of which he was a co-sponsor, was passed to declare John McCain as eligible for the presidency because his parents were American citizens at the time of his overseas birth.

I say this because the man whom Obama claims to be his father was a Kenyan citizen and British subject at the time of the younger Obama’s birth.

No one, including Obama, denies that this made him a dual citizen at birth. However, the Founding Fathers clearly intended to restrict the presidency to those whose parents owe no allegiance to any foreign power.

Will the media, courts and Congress continue to run interference for the one who once said “The only people who don’t want to disclose the truth are people with something to hide”?

JOEL TORCZON

Bakersfield