Donald Trump and birth certificate fraud

Mark J. Fitzgibbons
The Obama campaign, the liberal media and even some conservatives are trying to paint Donald Trump as some kind of conspiracy clown for claiming that Barack Obama's Hawaii birth certificate was falsified.

The recent outburst was set off by the exposure that Obama's literary agent identified him as being born in Kenya. Trump parlayed that into more publicity, and the media in turn parlayed that into stories about Trump that enable them to ignore an undeniable literary fraud involving the former president of the Harvard Law Review. So much for HLR's standards for precision and accuracy, eh?

Trump loves the attention and doesn't need anyone's help getting it, but his critics are slackers even if Trump is wrong. Trump's so-called "conspiracy" about birth certificate fraud is well grounded in American law that a five-minute Internet search would uncover.

Birth certificate fraud, it turns out, occurs even when parents don't think their suckling infants might some day need to comply with the Natural Born Citizen Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It's such a common occurrence that it's treated under federal, state and local legal jurisdictions.

Firstly, it is a fact that parents of foreign-born babies may obtain Hawaii birth certificates for their children under Hawaii law, and that Hawaii law admits mistakes are made in their system that may need to be corrected judicially, not administratively.

That's far from convincing that the media's beloved fear monger Obama was born in Kenyan. In fact, there remains a presumption of innocence even for a president known to be loose with the truth. However, the media continues to dazzle us with their blind reverence for Obama, and their contempt for anyone right-of-center who bucks the establishment mindset.

The Inspector General of United States Department of Human Services, for example, issued a 31-page report addressing the problem of birth certificate fraud.

The State of North Carolina has a statute for correcting falsified birth certificates. The City of Portland, Maine issued notice last year about a Department of State regulation prohibiting "offices that can print, create or amend birth certificates from processing passports due to a concern of falsifying birth certificates."

Internationally, the problem may be even bigger. One Filipino government document discusses falsification of birth documents used in the adoption process of an estimated "several hundred thousand Filipinos."

If the media doubts the existence of birth certificate fraud, then who are the clowns and conspiracy nuts? Again, that it exists doesn't prove Trump right; it simply shows what the media are. But we knew that was the case.

Recently of notoriety in the Elizabeth Warren Cherokee Pow-Wow Chow matter, the venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society writes in the context of discussing adoptions, "Genealogical research has never been so popular as it is today, and its practitioners should be ripe for mobilization once they realize the long-term implications of birth-certificate falsification." And, "Falsifying birth records is an important issue that cuts to the heart of genealogical integrity and values."

Now, these observations about the laws and experts acknowledging birth certificate fraud will draw unfavorable comments from birthers and anti-birthers alike. That's OK. I'm just laughing that the Obama campaign, including its members in the media, have so little to run on that they're trying to make an issue of Donald Trump. I suppose Trump is too.

The Obama campaign, the liberal media and even some conservatives are trying to paint Donald Trump as some kind of conspiracy clown for claiming that Barack Obama's Hawaii birth certificate was falsified.

The recent outburst was set off by the exposure that Obama's literary agent identified him as being born in Kenya. Trump parlayed that into more publicity, and the media in turn parlayed that into stories about Trump that enable them to ignore an undeniable literary fraud involving the former president of the Harvard Law Review. So much for HLR's standards for precision and accuracy, eh?

Trump loves the attention and doesn't need anyone's help getting it, but his critics are slackers even if Trump is wrong. Trump's so-called "conspiracy" about birth certificate fraud is well grounded in American law that a five-minute Internet search would uncover.

Birth certificate fraud, it turns out, occurs even when parents don't think their suckling infants might some day need to comply with the Natural Born Citizen Clause of the U.S. Constitution. It's such a common occurrence that it's treated under federal, state and local legal jurisdictions.

Firstly, it is a fact that parents of foreign-born babies may obtain Hawaii birth certificates for their children under Hawaii law, and that Hawaii law admits mistakes are made in their system that may need to be corrected judicially, not administratively.

That's far from convincing that the media's beloved fear monger Obama was born in Kenyan. In fact, there remains a presumption of innocence even for a president known to be loose with the truth. However, the media continues to dazzle us with their blind reverence for Obama, and their contempt for anyone right-of-center who bucks the establishment mindset.

The Inspector General of United States Department of Human Services, for example, issued a 31-page report addressing the problem of birth certificate fraud.

The State of North Carolina has a statute for correcting falsified birth certificates. The City of Portland, Maine issued notice last year about a Department of State regulation prohibiting "offices that can print, create or amend birth certificates from processing passports due to a concern of falsifying birth certificates."

Internationally, the problem may be even bigger. One Filipino government document discusses falsification of birth documents used in the adoption process of an estimated "several hundred thousand Filipinos."

If the media doubts the existence of birth certificate fraud, then who are the clowns and conspiracy nuts? Again, that it exists doesn't prove Trump right; it simply shows what the media are. But we knew that was the case.

Recently of notoriety in the Elizabeth Warren Cherokee Pow-Wow Chow matter, the venerable New England Historic Genealogical Society writes in the context of discussing adoptions, "Genealogical research has never been so popular as it is today, and its practitioners should be ripe for mobilization once they realize the long-term implications of birth-certificate falsification." And, "Falsifying birth records is an important issue that cuts to the heart of genealogical integrity and values."

Now, these observations about the laws and experts acknowledging birth certificate fraud will draw unfavorable comments from birthers and anti-birthers alike. That's OK. I'm just laughing that the Obama campaign, including its members in the media, have so little to run on that they're trying to make an issue of Donald Trump. I suppose Trump is too.