Obama and the Matter of Trust
Ronald Reagan was fond of saying: "Trust, but verify."
President Obama told us he released his official long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011. Can we trust him, and should we verify?
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his "Cold Case Posse" attempted to answer that question, with the intended goal of verifying the authenticity of the certificate presented by the White House to the public.
At the March 1 press conference, Sheriff Arpaio concluded that there is "probable cause" to believe that the document is a "computer-generated forgery." Additionally, the sheriff stated: "I do not believe that it is a scan of an original 1961 paper document, as represented by the White House when the long-form birth certificate was made public." The Sheriff's Office released a formal report of its "preliminary findings" and indicated that its investigation is continuing.
Most of the reporters' questions at the end of the press conference were statements in defense of Obama, and the subsequent coverage by major news outlets asserted that rumors about the president's birth certificate were "debunked" and "discredited," but gave no details of the debunking or discrediting. >>>
To paraphrase another favorite Reagan quotation: "It isn't so much that the mainstream media are ignorant. It's just that they know so many things that aren't so." >>>
As I closed my last column reporting on the posse's findings, this situation is indeed a matter of trust and verification. >>>
According to Zullo (lead investigator): "I could not come to [Sheriff Arpaio] and say [Obama] cleared a background to be an employee of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office. There's just too much missing information." Really, even if we were told that Obama passed the security clearance of the State Department (which also recognizes the potential security implications of dual citizenship), he doesn't work for them. He works for us. Even those who didn't vote for him.
Sheriff Arpaio admitted he doesn't know where to present his findings, but he insists they cannot be ignored. Imagine if you found a piece of evidence that would rock the establishment to its core. Where would you take it? Who would believe you? Are there any more Bob Woodwards or Carl Bernsteins out there?
There may be no one left to trust anymore -- except We the People.
"The two enemies of the people are criminals and government. So let us tie the second down with the chains of the Constitution so that the second will not become the legal version of the first."
-- Thomas Jefferson.