Just hours after I posted “Check Your Facts. Check Your Sources.” The White House released Obama’s long form birth certificate, in a move to finally lay to rest the troublesome question of the President’s birth. Most irksome to me was the President’s superior air. Obama has always assumed a posture of being above this controversy. He has acted like an imperious monarch, not answerable to his subjects, rather than a public servant accountable to free citizens. Of course these days, with all the hoopla of the British royal marriage, it seems as if many Americans like the idea of being subject to a monarch. I don’t. It’s un-American. We fought the Revolutionary War to secure our freedom from the institution of any ruling class.
In the United States, the President is a citizen who wields his authority as a public trust. This does not place him above the rest of the us. It makes him accountable to us. But Obama has acted and continues to act as if to question him is to insult him. Obama acts as if such questions are beneath him. For two and a half years he wouldn’t dignify the request for proof of his “natural born” citizenship, but instead, denigrated the character of anyone audacious enough to ask the question. Now, because Donald Trump created renewed interest in the birth certificate question, Obama has come out of hiding. But as the leader of a free nation, his arrogant bearing is totally inappropriate.
His announcement was dismissive, saying, “We do not have time for this kind of silliness.” Silliness? Is it really silly to expect our elected officials to provide legal proof of their birth? Is it silly to ask that a specific requirement of the Constitution be met? Is proof of citizenship silly? If so, then why are birth certificates required for marriage, job applications, admission to schools, for passports or registering to vote? Obama characterized this whole issue as an irrelevant “distraction”, categorizing it with “sideshows”, likening those who have raised the issue to “carnival barkers”. His own words reveal his own character. He acts as if his is a position of unquestionable superiority, consistent with any two-bit dictator but out of place in our constitutional republic.
We have come to a crossroad in our history as a free nation. We must decide if we want to stay free. Do we want leaders who are not responsive to us, not answerable to us, as if they are adults but the rest of us are dependent children? Do we want leaders who tell us they know better than we do and who treat dissent with distain? Do we want leaders who call you a silly clown if you ask questions they don’t want to answer? America is supposed to champion free and open debate. We the People are supposed to let our will be known to our elected officials. They are supposed to represent the consent of the governed. Obama’s leadership puts the kibosh on all that.
Do you really want such a condescending, posturing leader who disrespects opponents, choosing to color them as mindless buffoons rather than engaging them in open, honest, timely exchanges? What kind of credibility does this man have when he does his best to conceal his records? Now that he’s in campaign mode for re-election, he has come out with this long form birth certificate. He definitely wants your vote. But is Honest Barack now willing to release his other records? It may take a long time to doctor up all those documents, too. I don’t believe the man. I don’t trust the man. He is leading us into deep ruination. He needs to be stopped. Don’t drink his Kool-aid.