Monday, March 28, 2011

Putting the Obama birth certificate issue to bed

Donald Trump caused a bit of a stir on the View recently when he suggested that President Obama put the issue of where he was born to rest by just producing his birth certificate. This sent Whoopie Goldburg into a tizzy, as she suggested that a white candidate would never be asked such a thing. Actually, many white candidates have been asked to produce their birth certificates, including McCain, G.W. Bush and Ronald Reagan. All complied.

It may be unwise of Mr. Trump to get into the issue, because even if a valid birth certificate is never produced, another thing that will never be produced is any conclusive proof that Mr. Obama was not born in the U.S..

It's entirely possible that the Obama team isn't complying with requests because they believe that the people harping on the issue are making themselves sound foolish and they have no desire to put a stop to that.

There is a very simple solution, however. I find it hard to believe that this is not already required, but evidently it is not. Since the law says you must have been born in the United States to run for President, why not just introduce legislation, effective in 2012, that says you must provide a valid birth certificate, or some conclusive proof of the time, date and location of your birth, to register as a candidate for President of the United States? Problem solved. Joke over.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Libya - Can we get on the same page?

Although the President's rhetoric wasn't as strong as some would have liked, I think it's fair to say the military operation recently started in Libya was put together pretty fast. It was only a few weeks from the beginning of the protests to the beginning of cruise missle strikes.

It's true the mission remains unclear. We should come out and say Gadhafi is the target and regime change is the goal. But there is time to make that case and get it done.

I'm discouraged by those on the right, griping about how action should have begun earlier. It reminds me of a "Kids In The Hall" sketch where a restaurant patron wouldn't stop whining that he wanted his check 15 minutes ago. It just smacks of looking for a.reason to oppose the President for the sake of opposing the President. I didn't like it when the Democrats did it to Bush, and it's just as distasteful when Republicans do it to Obama. We've taken on the mission of protecting Libyan civilians. Our representatives need to do what they can to make it successful, not look for opportunities to score points. There will be time for that when the job is done. Yes, helping the President define the job would be part of helping to make it work.

Of course the far left is opposed to any U.S. Military action anywhere. That's par for the course. I don't expect that will ever change.

If you truly believe we should cease and desist in Libya, make that case. If you just don't like the way the operation is being conducted, fix it. Publicly whining sounds like you're routing for failure because it might suit you politically. What could be less American?

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Who is "undisclosing" Wisconsin Senators location?

Since Wisconsin Senators went to Illinois to avoid a vote on their budget, the media has interviewed and filmed them from what they refer to as an "undisclosed location". Why is it undisclosed? Of course they know where they are. ABC just had a photo session with them, again with the undisclosed location bit. Would the press extend such a courtesy to you or I?

I really don't care exactly where they are, but I don't like the display of coziness between the press and politicians in agreeing to keep any information from the audience. Are they reporters or public relations managers?

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Palin and Huckabee Not Running In 2012?

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum both had their FOX News contracts suspended today. The contracts will be terminated if they don't notify the network that they are NOT running for President in 60 days. FOX is concerned about campaign finance issues. Interestingly, Huckabee and Palin were not suspended. I'm sure the network had the same conversation with all of them.

I assume Huckabee and Palin have assured their bosses that they are not running. It makes sense to keep the public guessing though. A potential candidate is a better draw than just a pundit. I'm not surprised that Palin isn't running. She's got a pretty good gig already. Huckabee does too, but he sure sounded like a candidate recently.