Have you ever had a curious child ask you broad questions such as â€œWhy is your hair black and mine brown?â€ The obvious thing to do would explain with a rudimentary lesson in genetics. Then the child continues to ask â€œwhy?â€ to every explanation until you have given a college level thesis of human genetics. In the end, there is no pleasing the child until they have exhausted your will and are distracted by another topic.
I would argue that the â€œbirthers,â€ a group of people who question Obamaâ€™s legitimacy as a â€œnatural born citizen,â€ are the children in this analogy, and Obama is the disgruntled, tired, overworked, and yet, still willing adult.
Since 2008, the â€œbirthersâ€ have been arguing Obamaâ€™s natural born citizenship, believing that he was born in Kenya.
In response to repeated document requests from Hawaiiâ€™s Health Department and allegations, with Obamaâ€™s permission, the birth certificate was uploaded to the internet for all the world to see (only the certification â€œno.â€ was blacked out), in 2008. This was still not enough.
Like any conspiracy theorist, reams of internet users have analyzed every pixel of that uploaded image to find any fault or discrepancy to prove that it is a fake. And although they have found what they think is evidence, Hawaii has stated that the scan is legitimate. Even the director of the of Hawaii State Department of Health has come out in saying â€œI, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen.â€
Still, the â€œbirthersâ€ persist. They have gone so far as to forge a Kenyan birth certificate in August 2009, according to Snopes.com.
Even if Obama were to come out and show the public his official birth certificate, both risking identity fraud and potentially making it possible for document request laws to be altered, the â€œbirthersâ€ would most likely question that document as well.
That is, in the end, the problem with all extremists and conspiracy theorists. They are children striving to get to the heart of a matter, which ultimately doesnâ€™t change anything.
No matter what, that childâ€™s hair will stay brown, and Obama is the President of the United States. And as president he has a job to do other than cater to the â€œbirthersâ€™â€ requests.