Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Adoptees & the "Birther" movement

I wrote this letter to the editor in reply to an Op/Ed piece in the Chicago Tribune about the "birthers" movement. They"birthers" are the kooks who think President Obama cannot be president because he doesn’t have a “proper birth certificate.”

Don’t worry, all you vigilant “birthers.” I can assure you that President Obama’s credentials are as good as gold. Here’s why. He has a United States of America passport.

We adoptees are intimately acquainted with getting a passport. Our original birth certificates were ordered impounded and sealed in perpetuity on the day our adoption was finalized. So we don’t have the ordinary means of proving our birth when applying for a passport.

I guarantee one and all that if President Obama did not have an acceptable, genuine, 100% authentic original birth certificate – any ordinary worker at any passport office in our country (including Hawaii) would have caught up with him years ago. The feds just don’t give out passports to anyone who asks. You do it their way, or you stay home.

I am an adoptee and a survivor of “Sorry! Bad Birth Certificate – No Passport for You” experience, and let me tell you, it’s not a pretty story.

I was denied a passport in 1993 because the old Certificate of Birth that had been handed down to me by my adoptive parents wasn’t sufficient. It didn’t say where I was born.

So I set out on a 2-week odyssey to somehow adequately prove my place of birth. The feds gave me choices. First choice was to produce an Adoption Decree, which ironically, is one of the documents that is impounded and sealed forever upon adoption. That left me with three other choices and these were only to get a black-cover, temporary, 1-year passport. In order to get this, I would have to produce a family bible, school records, or I could produce someone who had witnessed my birth. Being adopted, these choices were not really swell options for me.

With 3 days to go, the state of Illinois came to my rescue. They did whatever it is they do that enabled them to issue me an Amended Birth Certificate. This is a document for adoptees. It’s a mish-mosh of information mostly attesting that I am the biological child of my adoptive parents. But it was my golden ticket for a passport. I was born in Chicago, Illinois, says my Amended Birth Certificate. And that was good enough for the passport office.

So President Obama, just renew your passport every 10 years and you’ll be fine. And birthers, why don’t you just give up already and go away!


Anonymous said...

Great response, Bastard Grannie!!!!!

Birthers need to regroup and find a cause worth fighting. Maybe there are bastards in their OWN family that they could fight for open records for?

Marley Greiner said...

I doubt in birthers are bastard friendly. Adoption saves us from the abortion mill which they hate as muuch as their hate Obama. I've brought up obcs several times on forums where birthers are whining away their mornings. Bastards, it seems, are just Obama dupes and sleepers.

I don't remember this kind of carrying on when George Romney was make a presidential bid, though the question did come up.

MSS said...

Superlative, Granny. The U.S. passport argument makes perfect sense. Pity it's not out there more. Thanks.

Mary Lynn Fuller said...

It would have been nice if your letter had been published in the Chicago Tribune. But it does seem difficult to get a newspaper editor to publish letters that could be helpful with educating the public about adopted adults not having access to their original birth certificate.

BUT you tried and that is one thing that all of us need to continue to do!