In my opinion, Donald Trump's complete embracing of the birthism craziness needs to be enjoyed. It is unusual in politics to see a politician go way out on a limb and then begin to cut the limb out from under him. First of all, it is kind of hard to prove that something exists. As any psychology student has found out, it can be difficult to prove existence. Try to prove that you exist.
Let's understand the basic facts. Barack Obama has claimed that he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii on August 4, 1961. Both major Honolulu papers have his birth announcement.
Now, if you are a genuine conspiracy theorist, it is hard to wrap your mind around how Barack Obama conspired with both Honolulu newspapers back in 1961 to print his birth announcement. Sure, it's possible for something bizarre to have happened, like for him to actually have been born in Kenya or Indonesia. Then how does the announcement get into the Honolulu newspaper?
Barack Obama released the short form of his birth certificate. This, of course, was not sufficient evidence for those who, for any reason, were trying to delegitimize Barack Obama and his presidency. So, after the constant barrage of criticism, the president released his long form, which was certified by the state registrar of Hawaii, Alvin T. Onaka. The State Director of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, has certified that she has personally seen Barack Obama's original birth certificate in that it met all of the standards of the state policies and procedures. Of course, this isn't enough. The problem is that it will never be enough. Sure, Mitt Romney can release his own birth certificate but what is it really prove? For those who want to question reality, there are always questions. Even if they have the actual birth certificate in their hands, they can always say they believe it's a forgery. Sure, they're not experts on forgeries, but they are experts in conspiracy theories. Just as there are those who don't believe that we've ever landed on the moon and those who believe that the Nazis did not kill millions of Jews during World War II, there are always those who will ignore the facts and hold onto their beliefs.
There's nothing wrong with believing in conspiracies. If you believe that the government, the Mafia and Russian operatives got together to kill JFK, you can believe that. The problem is, if you are that devoid of reality, should you be taken seriously when talking about public policy? No. The answer is simply no.
Finally, it is important to note that all presidential election results need to be certified by Congress. The Congress of the United States had the opportunity to say to Barack Obama and the American people that we need proof that you've been born United States. Obviously, Congress thought they had enough proof and certified the 2008 election. The Supreme Court of the United States has had numerous opportunities to take up this question. They have not. This is probably because the notion is too ridiculous to take their time. Yet, Donald Trump continues on this crusade. I think that this crusade says more about Donald Trump than it does about the president and his birth certificate.