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Birther=Truther=Stupid

Barack Obama was born here. Get over it—or America may never get over a second Obama administration. The best thing the president has going for him are shiny-eyed adversaries.  

The economy does its best ’70s impersonation, debt approaches GDP, the Nobel-Peace-Prize-winner-in-chief launches another war—and the issue GOP presidential candidates run on is Obama’s birthplace? Somebody cue The Twilight Zone music.

Saying something outrageous used to ensure that people would stop listening. The opposite is now true. From the grassy knoll to WTC 7, the fringe encroaches upon the mainstream.

Birthers fail Geography 101 by confusing Kenya for Hawaii. Perhaps they can ace math by understanding that a majority of Americans disagreeing with a plurality of Republicans isn’t an equation for electoral success. A New York Times/CBS News poll taken a few days ago found that 25 percent of Americans, but 45 percent of Republicans, believe that the president of the United States was born outside of the United States. Beam me up, Scotty!

If the repugnant ethics of slandering the president doesn’t dissuade, then perhaps utility will. The Birther issue makes conservatives appear as cranks to the rest of America, which overwhelmingly, and rightfully, regards the theories of the Birthers as buncombe. It diverts conservative energy, money, and interest from the legitimate issues threatening the country’s well being to an idiotic conspiracy theory symptomatic of the ill-being of a few conservatives.

The tragic irony is that the people most repulsed by the people who maliciously accused George W. Bush of stealing the election, or allowing 9/11 to happen, have become those people. “He who fights with monsters should look to it that he himself does not become a monster,” Nietzsche reminded. “And when you gaze long into an abyss the abyss also gazes into you.”

Conservatives weren’t the ones who wished away by a million conspiracy theories the fact that a Communist killed JFK. We don’t imagine Wall Street or an oil cabal behind every war. Why the need to tailor a presidential nativity story for our political comfort? We are better than this.

There are plenty of reasons why conservatives might want to believe that Barack Obama was born outside of the United States. There are few reasons to actually believe it.

Two local newspapers contemporaneously announced Obama’s birth. The president has produced a Hawaiian “certificate of live birth,” evidence for his American lineage that is strangely interpreted as evidence against it. Two governors of Hawaii, a Republican and a Democrat, affirm the president’s birth in their state. Atop the documentation is common sense: what pregnant American woman would travel to Africa in 1961 to deliver a baby?

If this were a Muslim nation, in which the paternal line generally confers citizenship, then the Birthers might have a point. But this is the United States of America, where parents, not geography, determine citizenship. Even if you buy the theory that the president was born in Kenya, Ann Dunham’s American citizenship makes her son a natural-born citizen. That John McCain, who was born outside of the United States, escaped the Birthers’ notice hasn’t escaped everybody else’s notice.

The Birther phenomenon confuses critics and believers alike into misinterpreting blind partisanship as philosophical purity. Birthers aren’t the most conservative Republicans. They are the most Republican Republicans.

Conservatism isn’t about our guys. It’s about our principles. If exposing the president’s “hidden” origins has anything to do with conservative political philosophy, it has yet to be explained.

In fact, harping on this cock-and-bull story will only detract from the pertinent reasons to reject the president: increased socialism in health care, adding instead of subtracting wars, spending us further into debt, the depressing stimulus, injudiciously appointing justices who aren’t blind, etc. Where will conservative credibility be on these issues after conservatives highlight a conspiracy theory about Obama’s African birth?  

It’s easier to go along than to think. Believing the president with an alien ideology is of an alien soil may be flattering. It may ingratiate you to comrades. It may seem to grant a sense of special enlightenment unknown to the benighted masses. The problem is that it isn’t true.

The conspiracy theory imagining the president’s foreign birth doesn’t advance any conservative principle. It just aims to discredit a political enemy.

Ultimately, it just discredits us.

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  • America Or Obama

    Hi Mari Johnson,

    I’ve never met a republican racismist (one that baselessly and fraudulently indicts another of racism to squelch a superior argument) or one that makes blanket accusation without merit.

    Your sister has a Hawaiian “birth certificate” — even though Hawaii does not issue birth certificates — but you don’t have a Hawaiian birth certificate? How does that happen? Obama produced a Certification of Live Birth, but refuses to release his birth certificate.

    Even your attempt at cliche’ is nonsensical and misplaced: “smoking mirrors”? How is pointing out Obama’s refusal to allow the release of his birth certificate amount to smoke and mirrors? Besides mirrors, what else do you smoke?

    My deduction is: you’re no republican, you have no sister and you botch cliches, i.e., you’re a fraud and an idiot.

    Oh, and your posts are boring regurgitated talking points; what possible value do you feel typing other’s words?

    This is not huffpos, if you insist on participating here, please have something original to contribute.

  • America Or Obama

    Hi Mari Johnson,

    I’ve never met a republican racismist (one that baselessly and fraudulently indicts another of racism to squelch a superior argument) or one that makes blanket accusation without merit.

    Your sister has a Hawaiian “birth certificate” — even though Hawaii does not issue birth certificates — but you don’t have a Hawaiian birth certificate? How does that happen? Obama produced a Certification of Live Birth, but refuses to release his birth certificate.

    Even your attempt at cliche’ is nonsensical and misplaced: “smoking mirrors”? How is pointing out Obama’s refusal to allow the release of his birth certificate amount to smoke and mirrors? Besides mirrors, what else do you smoke?

    My deduction is: you’re no republican, you have no sister and you botch cliches, i.e., you’re a fraud and an idiot.

    Oh, and your posts are boring regurgitated talking points; what possible value do you feel typing other’s words?

    This is not huffpos, if you insist on participating here, please have something original to contribute.

  • reddarin

    >I’ll keep that in mind when I read everything

    And yet, the Left has shown time and time again that they don’t give a damn about the ‘truth’ if it furthers their agenda.

    For example:

    The Arizona shooting.
    The Arizona illegal alien law.
    Medicare/cade funding.
    ObamaCare covering children

    You yourself posted that screed from Slate that was full of lies about Ayn Rand. I bet you never even saw the journal entry one of the biggest lies was based on before I posted it.

    So, spare us your sanctimonious crap about truth you left wing drone.

  • WheresTheBear

    Assumed doesn’t mean “It’s true”. This past election allowed Obama to slip in w/o the proper credentials, which is better known as “Slipping in under the radar”. The law states that a presidential candidate MUST BE BORN IN THE UNITED STATES. If he can’t produce a proper full form birth certificate that every other person in the USofA is issued, then he can’t be registered to run for another term. Simple.

    George Washington and a few others were elected before the issue came to be passed and ratified by the states. Technically speaking, Obama is an illegal president. You know, once the bear gets in the bedroom, it’s damn hard to get him out without shooting him. Especially when there are a lot of people standing around saying: “Aw-w-w! look at the cute bear in the bedroom. We should take the house away from the owners so he (or is it a she) and other bears can campout in the house any time they want to!”

    Now, what did we do with that dart gun!

  • garzajoe

    why would birthers be embarrassed? The president should be embarrassed at taking so long to take what turns out to be an easy step.
    I’ve also read that he is being humiliated at having to show it – so are his defenders now claiming that showing proper identification is humiliating?

    His action demonstrates that this issue is entirely his fault. He could have done this at any time and prevented all of it.

    the fault is his, and his enablers.

  • garzajoe

    as the president’s action demonstrates, this was a real issue. he has answered the question, which he could have done anytime in the last few years.

  • garzajoe

    that was his dead horse. he could have “removed the saddle” anytime in the last few years. He chose to ride this horse.