Thanks to nc1 for pointing out a new article over at Donofrio’s Natural Born Citizen blog, titled: SHAME ON THE STATE DEPARTMENT: The Mario Marroquin Story – How War Veterans and Other Citizens “Born In A House” Are Denied Passports Despite Having Birth Certificates.
It’s an interesting story of a Texas veteran who can’t get a passport because his birth certificate was not accepted by the State Department. Donofrio, as we see in the title to the piece, wants the reader to believe that the vet couldn’t get a passport because he was born in a house instead of a hospital. However, someone familiar with State Department policy who reads the story carefully, will readily see that the problem is not that the vet was born in a house, but that the certificate he tried to use was not issued by any government entity; it was a certificate that the doctor handed to the family, and never filed with the state. It has no raised seal; it has no registrar’s signature. It may be a “birth certificate” but it is not an official one. He had the very same problem as someone trying to use a “hospital souvenir” birth certificate with a passport application.
Donofrio makes a big point that Barack Obama, who has published a “short form” birth certificate, has not proven to the public that he was born in a hospital, and implies that President Obama is being held to a lesser standard of proof than the unfortunate veteran. This is a false comparison. The veteran was denied a passport because he did not submit a government-certified copy of his birth certificate, while Barack Obama published a government-certified copy of his. Obama followed the rules and the veteran did not.
In the article Donofrio wrote:
…I am not a birther either. Readers of this blog know that I believe Obama was born in the United States…
But exactly what is a “birther?” Is it someone who believes Barack Obama was born in Kenya? I feel certain that many who call themselves “birthers” don’t really believe that. The birth certificate issue is for many a political smear, not a dispute over where Barack Obama was born. If Donofrio casts aspersions against President Obama by presenting misleading information relating to his birth certificate, how is he any less a birther than Philip J. Berg, Orly Taitz, Joseph Farah or the folks at the Post & Email blog?
If it talks like a duck…