Birthers of A Nation

What The Birthers say isnt what The Birthers mean.

What The Birthers say isn't what The Birthers mean.

I received the following comment on my Facebook page to yesterday’s post on Obama-bashing by preachers from the pulpit:

“Nice column Jeff, but where was this kind of expose of the people who called Bush the devil – and worse. Why are we so sensitive to these kinds of attacks now? And why are the people who want to see Obama’s birth certificate crazy? We’ve seen his tax records. Why is his birth certificate STILL under-seal. The word of the Hawaiian governor might be good for you, but that doesn’t make the people who it isn’t good enough for crazy. And lastly, why not examine the characters of (Cornel) West, (Oprah) Winfrey, and (Jay) Z? You just examined a part of the characters of these to preachers.”

At this point I need to make something clear.

What I’m engaged in here is not the news.  I comment on events in the news, but I’m not going to pretend I’m being either fair or balanced when I do.   If  you’re looking for objectivity you won’t find it here.   I am a journalist, but when I’m blogging,  it’s got little to do with journalism. 

Now, regarding my friend,  I won’t call him out by name because I don’t want to embarass him.  He  knows whom I’m referring to (and so will a few others).

As  far as George W. Bush goes, I don’t know what’s worse than to be called Satan himself, but I admit to have heard Bush called a Nazi who out-Hitlers Adolf Hitler.   Nazi comparisons are weak.   They almost always are.  

 When someone plays The Hitler Card it’s because they are desperate and can’t think of a more intelligent and reasoned argument to support their case, so they pull Hitler out of the deck and throw him on the table.   In debate, nobody actually wins, but the first person to resort to Hitler comparisons definitely loses

The Birthers are a different matter.  I’ve deliberately avoided talking about them, but since I’ve been asked directly I will answer directly.

The Birthers are crazy people. They eat, sleep and drink crazy.  They live in crazy houses and drive crazy cars to vacation in Crazyland.  You can’t fix stupid or crazy and the Birthers are both.

They make up a crazy portion of the Republican base. That’s the GOP’s cross to bear for catering to extremism.   Throw enough chum in the water to a shark and that keeps it interested, but one day it may decide it wants to dine on the person that fed it. 

Much of what fuels The Birthers  is only barely concealed racism from people driven nuts by the presence of a Black man in the White House. By denying Obama is the president it gives them the latitude to reject him as the Commander-in-Chief (and get their racist ya-ya’s out as well).

See this?  You cant if youre a Birther.

See this? You can't if you're a Birther.

The Birthers are  inbred idiots who have searched for a way–any  way—to deny the reality that Barack Hussein Obama is the President of the United States.   They have created a separate reality where Obama is not a citizen and therefore is an illegitimate usurper.  

The Obama campaign produced his birth certificate.   The secretary of state and the Republican governor of Hawaii have certified the authenticity.   PolitiFact.com has been all over this “story” since it first popped up like crabgrass and recently ripped to shreds the latest twist in this never-ending fairy tale, the “discovery” of a Kenyan birth certificate. 

It’s not enough for The Birthers.   They say it’s all part of the conspiracy.   At what point do reasonable people stop entertaining the delusions of people who won’t be reasoned with? 

If you’re a rational thinker, you should object to Obama based upon facts,  not the whack job fantasies of a bitter loser like Alan Keyes or Orly Taitz,  the triple-threat dentist, real estate agent and correspondence school “attorney” who has filed numerous lawsuits for Keyes and others disputing Obama’s legitimacy to serve as president.    Keyes has nursed an undying grudge and a vicious hatred of Obama since he got his ass kicked in the 2004 Illinois U.S. Senate campaign.

You couldnt put enough space between these two if you tried.

You couldn't put enough space between these two if you tried.

Since then Keyes, who has filed suit in California seeking to void the 2008 presidential election  hasn’t been any more accomodating toward Obama since his public beat down.

“The person you call ‘President Obama” and I frankly refuse to call him that… at the moment, he is somebody who is kind of an ‘alleged usurper’ who is alleged to be someone who is occupying that office without constitutional warrant to do so.”

As flaky as Keyes is,  it’s a surprise he hasn’t gone Black Rambo and tried to scale the fence at The White House to make a citizen’s arrest of Obama the Usurper.    To the extent the president thinks of Keyes at all, he’s made it clear he doesn’t think much of  him.

In other words, Alan Keyes was an ideal opponent; all I had to do was keep my mouth shut and start planning my swearing-in ceremony. And yet, as the campaign progressed, I found him getting under my skin in a way that few people ever have. When our paths crossed during the campaign, I often had to suppress the rather uncharitable urge to either taunt him or wring his neck.

  • Quoted in “The Audacity of Hope” – Page 211 – by Barack Obama

When even Mr. Nice Guy himself wants to strangle Keyes, you get some idea of how much these guys think the other sucks.

Which is why I don’t debate with The Birthers. Their deranged belief system sucks too.   Debating their unglued theories only gives them legitimacy and attention they don’t deserve.   It’s no different than debating Holocaust deniers.  They belong in the same vacuum-packed can of nuts along with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion and the Trilaterial Commission.   

People have the right to believe whatever they want.  I have the right not to  take them seriously and I don’t take The Birthers seriously at all.   They’re a bunch of clowns and all they need to make the act complete is a little clown car.   In that car are the likes of Keyes, Taitz, Boss Limbaugh and Lou Dobbs so it’s going to be a tight fit.

Orly Taitz: She can file a lawsuit while she cleans your teeth.

Orly Taitz: She can file a lawsuit while she cleans your teeth.

This is still a democracy and we elect presidents, not kings. There is nothing in the Constitution that says, “Hey, don’t criticize the President of the United States” and there is no footnote reading, “especially a Black one.”

It’s not just healthy to criticize Obama, it’s necessary. It’s your civic duty to do so when you think he’s wrong. There are times when you can learn more from those who disagree with you than you can from those who only shower praise on you. Even Obama’s most ardent supporters have to realize he’s going to make mistakes and when he does, someone is going to have to point it out so he doesn’t do it again.

But it should be done on the issues.   Not tall tales dreamed up by radicals and extremists who have rejected last’s November election returns.

It doesn’t make someone raving racist or a looney lunatic to criticize President Obama. All you have to do is disagree based upon principles and philosophy. That should be enough to fuel the fire for another three years.

When the President is wrong who will tell him? That is why there is such a thing as the “the loyal opposition.”

The Birthers are not the legitimate voice of the loyal opposition. They don’t  give a damn whether Obama ever produces a birth certificate that passes their muster or not.   Their old reasons to vote against Obama didn’t work, so now they made up some new ones.

As time passes, the howls of the Birthers will recede into the background as more sober and rational opponents to the Obama Administration find their voice. In the leadership vacuum of the Republican Party and the lack of a unifying figure in the larger conservative movement, the phonies, the poseurs, and the con artists have seized the microphone.

The conservative mainstream needs a Ronald Reagan moment where they remind The Birthers and the rest of the lunatic fringe that are attempting to define them know just who it is that paid for the microphone.

I wouldn’t want the “Bush knew about 9/11” conspiracy theorists to be seen as the representatives of liberal thought and I would hope a thoughtful conservative would feel the same way about The Birthers.

Hey kids!  Orly Taitz Comics!  A wonder woman she's not.

Hey kids! Orly Taitz Comics! A wonder woman she's not.

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2 thoughts on “Birthers of A Nation

  1. Jeff, i purposely took a few days to consider whether, and how to respond. i understand that blogging is not journalism, and that’s why – though popular – blogging if bullshit. i understand that you are a are not impartial in your blogs, but this is outright ranting. you come off, at least to lil’ ol’ me, as being just as crazy as the fringe fanatics you are blogging about. i mean, c’mon, you pick two people on the extreme as a a rebuttal to my question? you’re trying to show the invalidity of the question by pointing to Keys and Taitz – that’s a smokescreen. deal with the issue, and not the people. during the campaign i saw a so-called copy of Obama’s birth certificate. here’s a few things that are shady: (1) the one i saw was red, so which one is correct? (2) why is Obama’f father listed as African, as opposed to Kenyan? Africa is not a country, or even a nation – it is a continent. your birth certificate doesn’t list your father as American, does it? (maybe it doesn, idk) (3) the governor of Hawaii has said she WILL NOT release Obama’s birth certificate, so how is a copy floating around the internet? (4) related to my 3rd point, if someone askes me to produce my birth certificate, i can whip out a raised-seal copy. Obama could have shut this down YEARS ago by just whipping it out. he, to my limited knowledge, has not produced his own birth certificate. why? simply why?

    now, even in having these questions, i’m not sitting in my underwear on my front porch with a riffle and a handmade sign saying “Obama is not the president.” but, given that this is such an easy issue to resolve, it is real fishy that he hasn’t resolved it. and i don’t care how many of his supporters wanna throw Keys, Taritz, or anybody/thing else in the discussion to try and confuse the issue. whether i’m a blogger or a journalist, i’m curious as to what he is hiding – if anything.

    you can support Obama, be a blogger, and be fair. even in my blogs where i stood strongly on a particular issue, i still was fair to the other side. i didn’t call them names, i didn’t belittle their viewpoint, and i didn’t confuse people with the issue. in the interest of advancing the discussion, leave the amateur stuff to the amateurs.

  2. Wow, 2009 this was written and the lies and hypcorisy have gotten orders of magnitude worse with Birthers. Birthers elected the seditious liar Traitor Trump, the Birther Ayatollah. Birthers told the Pizzagate lie and incited thousands of death threats and a terrorist attack. Birthers spread lies that mass school shootings were false flag operations and the victims were crisis actors all to incite tens of thousands of additional death threats by the Birther Einsatzgruppen. Birther GOP have blown the deficit to historic proportions so billionaire fraudsters like Trump can pay no taxes.

    Birthers hate America which is why they don’t want to pay taxes to invest in America. Birthers shown infinitely more loyalty to Vlad Putin than to America. Birthers even complimented Roy Moore’s child molestation as being exemplary of Jesus family values. Apparently the Birthers’ 10 commandments state-
    – Thou shall force themselves on young teen girls against those girls’ will.
    – Though shall sexually assault any female you feel like perving off on.
    – Thou shall bear false witness to engender hate and incite terrorism. And in the case of Birthers eitists charity thievery,
    – Thou shall take charity money given by the poor to help ill children and put that money into thine own pocket for the sake of evil and freed.

    It gets worse. Birther congressman Pete Sessions bragged, “…the TALIBAN is the operationl model for the GOP” That’s right, the GOP, brought to you by terrorists who flew planes inot US buildings on 9-11. Birther Roy Moore is pro-911, said God punished America for ensuring gay people have Constitutional rights. Birther Mullah Roy Moore is also unabashedly pro-slavery and he thinks the days of slavery were America’s greatest days. A seditious liar, charity thief and child molester yearns for the day when the US was involved in mass human trafficking. Connect the Birthers’ love of child molestation with human trafficking and slavery and we see where Birther policy is leading, kidnapping American girls sold off to fascists world wide as sex slaves, for the pleasure of the likes of Duterte the PI version of a Birther who bragged that he would have raped a white nun but he would be first in line, no sloppy seconds for genocidal tyrant and mass murderer Duterte.

    And no surprise, Birthers are showing indinitely more loyalty to Vlad Putin than to America. Have Birthers come out against a single Putin sycophant Russian politician? Have Birthers ever criticized Putin for stealing billions of dollars from US businesses in Russia? Have we heard one complaint from Birthers over Putin’s thugs when they shot down an airliner of civilians? Of couse not. Birthers are evil traitors of the very worst kind. Birthers are totally disconnected from truth, fact, integrity and loyalty to country. They call Trump’s obvious lies “truth” and factual stories that prove what a scumbag liar Trump is are called “fake news” aka, true facts which Birthers don’t like. Birthers are inciting thousands of death threats against American reporters reporting verifiable and corroborated unsavory truths about Trump. There is no moral Birthers won’t violate and compare the heinous act as to behaving the way Jesus does. I have heard Trump compared to Jesus more than any other POTUS ever, a lying, thieving billionaire who steals charity money from kids with cancer to enrich himself, an admitted braggadocio sexual assaulter who insults the victims he sexually assaulted, a seditious liar who spreads bigotry and racism like Jesus shared loaves of bread and fishes to the hungry. Trump is as anti-Christians as Satan, maybe even more so, so it makes perfect sense that infinitely dishonest Birthers would compare Trump to Jesus. Birther religious leaders applaud Trump’s evil as God working through evil man. The same type of fascist Christian jihadists said the exact same thing about Hitler.

    Day by day it gets worse, Birthers tell bigger lies in order to incite terrorism and hatred against America. I can see the Birthers’ end game, genocide using their ridiculous and heinous lies as justification. Birthers control all three branches of government, and most state governments as well and they proudly cheat in any way they can get away with. There is no bar too low that Birthers won’t get on their yellow bellies and slither under it with a snarky laugh and predatory grin. Birthers slithering under the pro-911, pro-slavery, pro-self dealing charity thievery, pro-child molester bar with room to spare shows that physically the bar can’t get much lower. Maybe if the justice system severely punished Birther jihadist leaders who are proud child molesters, self dealing charity thieves and seditious liars, maybe we could stop this crazy train. Nobody else but Birther religious jihadist elitists can get away with being seditious terrorist emboldening liars, serial child molesters and sexual assaulters of American women. Anyone else who commits those crimes is imprisoned for decades if not life. Birther religioius elitists are praised when they commit such crimes, it proves the criminal elitists alpha male status among the Birther proletariat. It’s why Birthers love child molesters because they think you prove yourself a man by how many children you molest and how many American women you sexually assault in Jesus name, how many millions in charity money for kids with cancer you steal, in Jesus name, and by how many seditious lies you tell that incite thousands of Pizzagate style of death threats and terrorist attacks, in Jesus name, Amen. Call me slly, but isn’t Birtherbrekigiois Jesus more evil than Satan? How many children has Satan molested, how many charity dollars has he stolen for himself and did Satan never advocate flying planes into buildings to murder 3000 innocent Americans as punishment for allowing gays to have inalienable rights? How does punishing 3000 innocent Americans and their families punish the government for supporting the Constitution? Birthers must think God has a tiny mustache, swastika lapel pin, jack boots and that He gooseteps throughout the cosmos looking for scapegoats to terrorize.

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