Yes, Virginia, There Is Obama Derangement Syndrome
There are currently 20 lawsuits moving through state courts seeking to block Obama's election on the grounds that he fails to meet the Constitutional requirement that he be a "natural born citizen." One lawsuit seeking an injunction to keep the electoral college from meeting December 15 has now made it all the way to the Supreme Court, and -- in their infinite wisdom -- the august justices will decide whether to hear the case. A vigil of true believers in this cockamamie theory will take place on the steps of the Supreme Court as they breathlessly await the certain rejection of the motion. Blogger Eugene Volokh told the Chicago Tribune that in the last eight years, 782 petitions have been rejected while only 60 have been heard by the full court -- and many of those were not successful.
The Tribune helpfully gives an overview of the nature of these lawsuits:
Among those filing lawsuits is Alan Keyes, who lost to Obama in the 2004 Illinois Senate race. Keyes' suit seeks to halt certification of votes in California. Another suit by a Kentucky man seeks to have a federal judge review Obama's original birth certificate, which Hawaiian officials say is locked in a state vault.
Other suits have been filed by Andy Martin, whose case was dismissed in Hawaii, and by an Ohio man whose case also was dismissed. Five more suits, all later dismissed, were filed in Hawaii by a person who is currently suing the "Peoples Association of Human, Animals Conceived God/s and Religions, John McCain [and] USA Govt." The plaintiff previously sought to sue Wikipedia and "All News Media."
One of the most important pieces of "evidence" used by the conspiracy promoters is that Obama refuses to release his actual birth certificate. They point to the certificate of live birth that was released by the Obama campaign as insufficient proof that he was born in the U.S. Some have gone so far as to claim that it is a forgery. Ed Morrissey points out that Obama would be able to obtain a driver's license, a social security card, and passport using the certificate of live birth. Factcheck.org has validated the certificate which sent the conspiracy nuts into a frenzy because Obama backer and financier George Soros has given money to the parent organization of Factcheck, the Annenberg Public Policy Center. No mention by the loons that Annenberg was a member of Ronald Reagan's "Kitchen Cabinet" of backers in California and that the Annenberg Public Policy Center is one of the most respected educational outfits in the country.
Others have pointed to Obama's trip to Hawaii before the election as a sinister sign that he was buying off Hawaiian officials and making sure the "truth" stayed buried. They posited that his stated reason for going -- to visit his grandmother, who lay near death -- was a subterfuge in order to keep the records buried and besides, he was back on the mainland for more than a week and she was still alive. That meme petered out when Obama's beloved grandmother ended up dying the day before the election.
There are also several wild and crazy theories involving Obama being born in Indonesia, Kenya, or even the old Soviet Union since some claim his mother was a Communist. There is the notion that Obama renounced his U.S. citizenship while in Indonesia or that his father renounced it for him after he was born in Kenya.
All of this frothy mix of conjecture, speculation, wishful thinking, and downright kookiness can be done away with by simply reading the blurb below (courtesy of Hot Air):
The above announcement of Obama's birth appeared in the Honolulu Advertiser in August of 1961. It is, along with the certificate of live birth and the statements by the head of the Hawaiian health department and the Republican governor attesting to the validity of Obama's actual birth certificate (which is under lock and key in Hawaii), proof positive that Obama was born in Hawaii. It was discovered by Lori Starfelt, a Hillary Clinton supporter during the primaries, who was actually looking for proof that Obama was not born here. The date listed is, in fact, Obama's birthday. The information was probably supplied by the hospital where he was born, but even if it was given to the paper by his parents, one need only ask some simple questions to put this matter to rest for the overwhelming majority of thinking people on planet earth.
If you believe the notice is a fake, why would someone back in 1961 seek to "plant" proof that Obama was born in the U.S.? Is it reasonable or even possible to believe that a conspiracy would go back that far? Who could have possibly known 47 years ago that Obama would be running for president and that it was necessary to print a blurb in a local paper that he was born in Hawaii rather than some other country in order to prove that he was a natural born citizen? And if this is, in fact, an actual report of Obama's birth in Hawaii -- as it surely must be -- doesn't that put to rest the entire matter of Obama's eligibility to serve as president of the United States?
Given the virulence of the left's paranoid delusions regarding President Bush these last eight years, there is absolutely no reason to believe that Obama Derangement Syndrome will be any less toxic. That's why the whole birth certificate mess just goes to show that the only true bipartisanship in America today is wild, unreasoning hate for one's political foes.