Local Editorials

Toss ‘birther’ filing now

The matter’s been to the land’s highest court, where it was soundly rejected.

Officials in Hawaii pulled the August 1961 document from a vault and verified its authenticity.

And yet, the absurd rantings over President Obama’s eligibility to hold the office continue. Once purely the domain of fringe Internet activists, the quest of the “birthers,” as they have become known, is really tired, and should have expired at the Supreme Court level. Limbaugh and Beck diatribes notwithstanding, this country has so many actual, non-fiction challenges to overcome.

The “birth” issue is a non-issue – worth not a dime of McHenry County taxpayers’ money. Yet Sharon Meroni – aka blogger Chalice Jackson of Patriot’s Heart Media Network Inc. of Fox River Grove – has guaranteed that taxpayers will lose at least a few dollars over this bizarre, Obama-hating element’s quest.

Meroni filed last week an “emergency petition for redress before the McHenry County Grand Jury.” Judge Sharon Prather gave prosecutors 30 days to respond. The case is next due in court Jan. 31. It’s a case that never should have been brought, and the court should unceremoniously toss it at the earliest opportunity.

Meroni alleges “rampant voter fraud” in the Feb. 5, 2008, and Nov. 4, 2008, elections. The petition does not mention Obama or his birth certificate specifically. But outside of court, Meroni told Northwest Herald reporter Jillian Duchnowski that her action indeed centered on Obama’s citizenship.

In her filing, Meroni states she has been “personally traumatized by the lack of redress.” The true trauma here is not caused by the presidency of Barack Obama.

It’s the ridiculous level to which a faction of those who opposed his election have risen in their misguided crusade to reverse history.


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