Matt C. Abbott
Obama 'birthgate' ain't goin' nowhere
By Matt C. Abbott
July 29, 2009

For the past several weeks, I've been deluged with e-mails — most from the same person — about the Obama "birthgate" controversy. To be honest, I've paid very little attention to them. Why? Because the chance of Obama losing his office due to this supposed scandal is less than me winning a $200 million lottery jackpot. It's just not going to happen.

Now, any regular reader of this column knows I'm no fan of Obama. Far from it. But let's face it: The only way Obama is going to lose his office is if voters — especially the numerous asleep-at-the-wheel Catholics — choose another candidate in 2012. Those who are putting their time and energy into "birthgate" are, dare I say, spinning their wheels.

All that said, an orthodox Catholic friend of mine, for whom I have a great deal of respect (not the same person alluded to in the first paragraph), sent out the following e-letter which I've decided to reprint here (slightly edited):

    'August 4 is Barack Obama's birthday. The truth behind Obama's place of natural birth is being seriously questioned in several pending legal suits and court cases. I have joined a nationwide effort to reach the attorneys general of each state requesting them to investigate whether Barack Obama has committed perjury by knowingly filing false nomination papers, claiming to be constitutionally eligible to run for, and serve as, President of the United States.

    'Frankly, the evidence that Barack Hussein Obama was born in Africa — not Hawaii as he claims — and, therefore, cannot serve as the President of the United States, is compelling.

    • First, Mr. Obama's refusal to release his birth certificate. If he has nothing to hide, what does he gain by refusing to allow the public to see the birth certificate?

    • Second, the contention by Barack Obama's half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, that Mr. Obama was born in a particular Hawaiian hospital, only to claim that it was in a different hospital several years later. And, most recently, Barack Hussein Obama has contradicted himself, in writing, regarding the name of the hospital where he claims to have been born.

    • Third, a taped phone conversation with Mr. Obama's step-grandmother in Kenya, who claims that she was present at his birth... in what is now called Kenya!

    • Fourth, the 'birth certificate' posted on the Obama campaign Web site and other liberal Web sites. Since Barack Obama was born in 1961, long before laser printers and office computers, his original birth certificate would be typewritten ... unlike the laser-printed 'copy' purported to be genuine.

    'The evidence demands that Barack Obama answer why he has been hiding the truth from the American people about his eligibility to run for, and serve as, president! Even though he was sworn in on January 20, 2009, Barack Obama is not legally the President of the United States, unless he can prove that he is a 'natural born citizen.'

    'What's more, every action taken by him while he occupies the White House may be invalid. If he cannot legally be president, every law passed by Congress will be null and void, as the Constitution clearly requires that all laws be signed by the president... and, without a legally elected and sworn in president in office, that becomes an impossibility!

    'I have prepared an appeal format which you can fill out and fax to Lisa Madigan...or please feel free to write your own appeal. Thank you for supporting this effort. It's time for the truth to be known.'

Well, do as you please, but I'm afraid Obama "birthgate" ain't goin' nowhere.

Bravo to James Finnegan of Barrington, Ill., one of the most dedicated pro-lifers I know, for his recent letter to the editor in the Daily Herald:

    'As one of the people to bring the 'Face the Truth Tour' on abortion to Illinois, I respond to the 'Graphic protests generate complaints' column in the Daily Herald.

    'Our efforts are 100 percent educational, not protests. Graphic yes, because the truth about abortion is graphic. The child whose life is ended in a violent action has no voice. We are that voice. We are not interested in winning any popularity contest, but rather show what the media will never show, the true face of abortion. What it does to the child, and the often misled mother. History has shown that for holocausts and injustices to end, the people must first see what occurs.

    'This was our 10th year of 24 stops across Illinois; from Chicago to Barrington to Joliet and over 240 stops in between. Many thank us, but far more important are the lives saved from people who tell us 'your pictures have made us decide not to go through with the abortion we had planned.'

    'Phyllis and I have been blessed with 27 grandchildren. All from the age of reason have seen the same pictures we show on our tour. The Pro Life message will not harm children. They see the truth that some adults do not; that the smallest and weakest among us have less value and can be discarded. They know that it is a baby, and realize that it is wrong to kill the baby.

    'Many children participate on our tour. Better a child temporarily upset than a baby die. When the killing stops, I will be happy to go home and watch the Cubs/Sox or the local football game. Until then I am grateful to be the voice of the most persecuted in our society, with an unspeakable crime, the innocent and defenseless child.'

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Matt C. Abbott

Matt C. Abbott is a Catholic commentator with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communication, media and theatre from Northeastern Illinois University. He also has an Associate in Applied Science degree in business management from Triton College. Abbott has been interviewed on MSNBC, Bill Martinez Live, WOSU Radio in Ohio, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's 'Unsolved' podcast, WLS-TV (ABC) in Chicago, WMTV (NBC) and WISC-TV (CBS) in Madison, Wis., and has been quoted in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, and other media outlets. In 2005 and 2006, he was among the first writers to expose former cardinal Theodore McCarrick's abuse of power with and sexual harassment of seminarians. He can be reached at

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