To The Daily Sun,
"Got any good answers for these questions...? "...Leftist..." "This is fun — debunking the Kool-Aid crowd." was the diatribe from Mr. Steven Earle concerning the citizenship of President Barack Obama and other supercilious topics that I had not referenced, as I had focused on the imaginary non-citizenship conspiracy.
First of all, contrary to being "leftist," I am right-handed! In an earlier missive, I had reasoned that since Pennsylvania Senior Judge Dan Pelegrini had declared that Senator Rafael Theodore Cruz was an U.S. citizen due to his mother's U.S. citizenship, one could surmise that our president was a U.S. citizen due to his birth in Hawaii and his mother's U.S. citizenship. Deductive logic! Of course, Mr. Earle's retort was "... just because one judge says so doesn't mean it's so."
Then again, when President Obama took the "unprecedented step" of releasing his birth certificate in 2011, presidential candidate Donald Trump (tax records, anyone!) stated, "An extremely credible source has called my office and told me that Barack Obama's birth certificate is a fraud."
Naysayers (proof not needed) joined the bandwagon. The naysayers then demanded the President's Occidental College (and) Columbia University transcripts (for whatever the reason they could conjure up). Why not Donald Trump's transcripts? Occidental College is in a cooperative program with Columbia University where "exceptional" students could transfer after their sophomore year (now it's after the junior year) so as to continue their undergraduate experience in legal education/law (as did President Obama). There is also an elaborate display in Occidental's Media Resource Center concerning President's Obama's two years at the college as well as an available pamphlet "Obama at Occidental: A Self-Guided Tour."
My son recently graduated from Occidental College, so I have had the opportunity to visit the campus. And I have the informative pamphlet. Of course, naysayers may say that the college ... whatever the reason they would still conjure up.
I guess I have no "good answers" to address this citizenship conundrum, but will have to defer to presidential candidate Donald Trump's quote of Sept. 16, to provide good answers: "President Obama was born in the United States." And Jericho's walls came a'tumbling down.
Judge Pelegrini's "one judge" ruling is apparently validated by Mr. Trump, and the "extremely credible source" proved, uh, not credible. Who was this source? Hmm, memories of Watergate's Deep Throat. But, then again, to paraphrase "...just because Donald Trump says so doesn't mean it's so."
This is not "fun," Stevie. It's pathetic that the naysayers had continued to abet this non-citizenship paranoia for over five years. (Pathetic google video site: "Unfiltered voices from Donald Trump's rallies" — is this where the naysayers are at?) No apologies expected. And I don't intend to join your "bash book group" with "name-calling, smears, and slanders" as I occupy my time with more constructive worthwhile endeavors.
Frank M. Weeks
Gilmanton Iron Works.
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