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By Marvin Baker, a new weekly column in The Kenmare News

 

Misleading the American public...

Posted 8/25/15 (Tue)

It just boggles my mind when I hear people talk about Barack Obama not being a U.S. citizen and that he should produce his birth certificate to prove that he is or isn’t an American.

Just where does this nonsense keep coming from? Who is feeding the public this line of hooey?

I’m going to stake my reputation on the fact that indeed, Obama is an American citizen. He was born in Hawaii about a year after Hawaii became the 50th state.

There are people out there who say he is from Kenya, or that he is a terrorist sympathizer. One individual, at a farm meeting in Makoti, demanded that former Sen. Byron Dorgan, also a Democrat, show proof of Obama’s citizenship right then and there.

Folks, I’m not a fan of Obama. I think he is arrogant and his refusal to compromise with Congress is unprofessional.

However, he is an American citizen and has created history in being the first black president in the United States.

OK, so let’s look at this conspiracy theory that must be coming from Rush Limbaugh, FOX News , Bill O’Reilly or some right winger.

Let’s assume that Obama isn’t an American citizen. Let’s assume that he has “friends” within the U.S. government that helped him reach the highest level of office in this nation.

Do you know how many hundreds, perhaps thousands of hoops he had to go through to get into the Oval Office?

No. 1: You have to be a U.S. born citizen to be president of the United States. It's always been that way.

No. 2: There’s a legal process one has to go through to become an employee of the U.S. government.

No. 3: There are checks and balances to provide the assurance that someone isn’t slipping through the cracks.

We, as American voters, could elect Mickey Mouse president, but that doesn’t mean he is going to actually take office.

No. 4: Let’s give the voters a little more credit for who they prefer in the election.

No. 5: You may not like Obama either, but deal with it. He was elected and re-elected and in a democracy like the United States, that’s how it works.

I didn’t like Jimmy Carter. He was on the ballot for president when I became of age to vote. I voted for him after seeing him in a campaign stop in Bismarck. He made a lot of promises that were never carried out.

I didn’t like Jimmy Carter after that, however, I dealt with it until we elected Ronald Reagan. But I didn’t go jump off a bridge just because there was a conspiracy to suggest a peanut farmer shouldn’t be president.

This misinformation about Obama not being a U.S. citizen is pure bunk and whoever is “spreading” that message is foolish and is misleading the American public.

Speaking from experience, I can tell you that when my National Guard unit was mobilized to U.S. Central Command in 2006, all 20 of us spent the better part of two weeks just to get our boots on the ground at CENTCOM.

As an example, we didn’t just get background checks, we filled out lengthy applications (78 pages) that had very obscure questions such as who was your neighbor 10 years ago? Then, the FBI interviewed us to prove we were telling the truth. Then, the FBI invstigated us to make sure we weren’t some kind of imposters from North Dakota trying to infiltrate one of the nation’s most secure fortresses.

All of that was done during the two months we trained at Fort McCoy, Wis. If any of us didn’t pass that test, we were not issued a security clearance and here’s why.

We met and saw high level U.S. military officials on a daily basis. We had access to the CENTCOM building and all its offices. We worked with foreign politicians, news media and military personnel and we passed classified information from the Middle East back to the United States.

We had to go through a lot of channels just to get clearance to be allowed to work in that environment.

And all 20 of us were just regular National Guard Soldiers.

So again, let’s assume Obama isn’t an American. There is no way, shape or form he would have been allowed to pass through that many gates. Someone would have caught the error very quickly.

I say that with confidence because I have a lot of faith in the U.S. government, despite the recent “childish” behavior in the nation’s capitol. I know the process, I’ve been through it.

Whether you like Obama or not isn’t the question here. The question is, who continues misleading the American public?