Saturday, June 20, 2009

Is Obama Transparency Americans Can Believe In?

Sergeant of Marines Timothy Joseph Harrington contributed this writing


by Colonel Bob Pappas, USMC, Retired

Little did I realize that when I wrote an open letter to Shepard Smith of Fox News that it would generate the enormity of feedback that it has. Thank you, and thank God that there are people who are still awake.

Many have expressed well founded disappointment and outrage at "Shep." Although was, and remain interested in applying pressure on him, it was not and is not my only purpose to exact an apology for his childish backhand. Rather, it was to build a fire and motivate him and Fox News to actually conduct a serious Fair and Balanced, in-depth investigation regarding Obama's eligibility to hold the office of President. A major part of that is to apply pressure for Obama to release all of his personal records, including applications for various educational programs, applications for passports, financial records, medical records, scholastic transcripts, written papers, adoption records, naturalization records, birth records, hospital records, travel and etc.

Those who have served in uniform have a special interest in the eligibility issue given legitimate questions that range from transparency that Obama summarily trashed from day one, to the validity of his assertion that he was born in Hawaii. Any patriotic American, especially those from Missouri, want him put it to rest factually, without gamesmanship and political spin.

Unlike most politicians, those who served or serve in the Armed Forces today have a special connection to the issue given their sworn allegiance to the Constitution, submission to the authority of the Commander-in-Chief and the obligation to risk ones life at the Commander-in-Chief's command, in the vital interests of the United States.

The posted birth certificate is a problem although that is not all. I acknowledge that at first blush I accepted it without question. However, after learning that Philip Berg, a democrat and supporter of Hillary Clinton planned to bring suit in Federal Court that was impetus for me to look at the issue dispassionately. It was then that I discovered legitimate questions that have not been answered and issues that had not been put to
rest; that is, other than the Shepard Smith "baseball bat" approach.

Much has been written, so it is not my purpose here to conduct another review. It is evident to anyone with any knowledge of the subject that Obama, the real source of the problem and the one who could immediately put the matter to rest, refuses to do so. Unfortunately, that singular fact raises the "B.arbra S.treisand" flag and heightens the tension about the legitimacy of his and his Administration's Federal oath of office. Like he did to the fly, he should put the eligibility issue to rest quickly, and that could be done with the release of all his personal data.

Unfortunately, as long as the Federal Judiciary, that branch of government that comprises the bulwark against tyranny, refuses to act on the "establish justice" provision of the Preamble to the Constitution and address the matter, it will at the least, fester. Substantive questions should be directed, in writing, to the Public Information Officer, Supreme Court of the United States, Washington, DC 20543.

For those who have asked for an email address for Shepard Smith of Fox News, it is: If you should elect to email "Shep," you may want to consider sending a copy to Executive Vice President, Corporate Communications, Brian Lewis at I urge all communications to center on the facts as far as we know them in a professional and even handed manner. Is Obama transparency we can believe in? Not so far.

Semper Fidelis

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