When the fake Kenyan birth certificate surfaced a week ago, it looked odd. Within hours, problems surfaced, the most humorous was the certificate number 47,044 (Obama was 47 years old and the 44th president). Then when the real birth certificate from South Australia from which the fake one was modeled came to light, the jig was officially up.
One is reminded of the 1924 movie “The Man that Would not Die” as the birthers turned on the innocent Australian bystander, declaring that it was his certificate that was the fake.
Many problems with the Kenyan “certificate” have come to light; however, in the literal minded world of the birthers, one looks for that one image, that one memorable blow, that will finally drive a stake through the heart of this hoax. I hope I have found it.
The fake document was dated 1964. In the upper left corner of the certificate is the cost charged for the document, 7 shillings 6 pence. But what was the actual Kenyan currency in 1964, and if I were to tell you, what would be a memorable way to drive the point home? And the answer came to me, so obvious to an erstwhile stamp collector like myself!
It is this Republic of Kenya postage stamp issued in 1964 valued at 30 CENTS! That’s right. Kenya has the decimal currency system. (Scott’s catalogs are available at most any public library for you to easily verify for yourself.)
Let me take another couple of hammer blows into the heart of the fake birth certificate. One might wonder if perhaps an old form was used or somehow the 1961 price was on the form. No joy in Birfistan. Since the 1920’s it was always pounds, shillings and cents, as shown by this stamp from the 1950’s and later shillings and cents.
There have been so many frustrating episodes where the Obama denialists have found some way to cover their eyes, and cover their ears, and uncover their mouths to say the most outrageous things. But what I have learned from long experience is that there are points where the belief system finally breaks. There are proofs that simply cannot be wriggled out of. This is one.
The fake Kenyan certificates says pence, and there warn’t no damned pence in Kenya, not ever. Now get mad at the people who lied to you.