Dr. Orly Taitz, the Russian-born dentist and lawyer who leads the “birther” conspiracy movement which alleges that President Barack Obama was not born in the U.S. and is thus not our legitimate president, has become a candidate for California Secretary of State.
Organizations such as the nonpartisan Factcheck.org, sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation (whose founder, Walter Annenberg, was a well-known political conservative and good friend of Republican President Ronald Reagan), have thoroughly examined President Obama’s birth certificate and birth records, which reflect that Barack Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, and have concluded that they are unquestionably legitimate. Hawaii became a U.S. state in 1959.
Indeed, in order to subscribe to Orly Taitz’s birther conspiracy, one would have to believe not only that the birth certificate that Factcheck.org officials examined is fake, but that Obama’s grandparents, among others, hatched the conspiracy in 1961, when they published Barack Obama’s birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper. Apparently, four years before the Voting Rights Act, two years before Rev. Martin Luther King gave his “I have a dream” speech in Washington, D.C., four years before King led the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama to fight for black civil rights, at a time when Jim Crow segregation and brutal institutionalized discrimination against black people reigned in the U.S., Obama’s relatives figured that their son would one day be President, and thus began this grand conspiracy. Here is video of an interview in which Taitz attempts to explain how this could be the case.
Meanwhile, the duties of the California Secretary of State include official record keeping, being the custodian of public archives, administering California’s election laws, and affixing the Great Seal to public documents requiring the signature of California’s Governor, among others. It remains to be seen how Orly Taitz is qualified or plans to perform these duties, or what policies for California, if any, she supports. Taitz’s website only talks about President Obama. When it comes to her actual duties for California, Taitz’s website merely states that the site is “under construction.”
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