My Facebook page has been blowing up all day with a lot of people feeling pretty raw over the President’s long form birth certificate being released (and the anticipated naysaying from The Birthers and the adolescent gloating of Donald Trump). There’s some sentiment Obama should have told Trump and the Birthers to pucker up while he backs up. Still more say it only demonstrates how Obama is being held to a standard no president preceding him ever has.
I think he did it for a very good reason. It now shows for all the world to see how Birthers are living in total denial and will NEVER EVER accept the legitimacy of President Obama. What the president said about the silliness of this sorry spectacle and the yapping of “carnival barkers” like Trump was dead on point. It’s time for this tired little circus to pack up and leave town.
The New York Times editorialized: If there was ever any doubt about Mr. Obama’s citizenship, which there was not, the issue was settled years ago when Hawaii released his birth certificate. The fuller document that Mr. Obama had to request contains some extra information, including his parents’ signatures and the name of the hospital where he was born, but it was unnecessary to show his legitimacy.
So it will not quiet the most avid attackers. Several quickly questioned its authenticity. That’s because the birther question was never really about citizenship; it was simply a proxy for those who never accepted the president’s legitimacy, for a toxic mix of reasons involving ideology, deep political anger and, most insidious of all, race. It was originally promulgated by fringe figures of the radical right, but mainstream Republican leaders allowed it to simmer to satisfy those who are inflamed by Mr. Obama’s presence in the White House.
Sarah Palin said the birth certificate issue was “fair game,” and the public was “rightfully” making it an issue. The House speaker, John Boehner, grudgingly said in February that he would take Mr. Obama “at his word” that he was a citizen, a suggestion that the proof was insufficient. He said, however, that it was not his job to end the nonsensical attacks. “The American people have the right to think what they want to think,” he said at the time. That signal was clearly received. Lawmakers in nearly a dozen states introduced bills requiring presidential candidates to release their full birth certificates.
It is inconceivable that this campaign to portray Mr. Obama as the insidious “other” would have been conducted against a white president.
There’s a certain amount of pain involved in throwing a bone to these nuts, but now as never before those nuts are exposed and isolated. Most people will give Obama the benefit of the doubt. The crazies won’t because they never were interested in the facts anyway.
This was always about White privilege lashing back in frenzied hatred against a Black man they saw as a charlatan, a pretender, and an uppity nigger who had wandered out of Hawaii and into a place previously the exclusive enclave for White male power and privilege. The Oval Office of the White House. And that was something they just could not stomach.
James Baldwin said, “The only thing White people have that Black need, or should want, is power–and no one holds power forever.”
Which is absolutely right. It doesn’t mean White people will relinquish that power without fighting with every weapon in their arsenal to hold on to it. If they have to destroy Barack Obama to keep their grasp on power then Barack Obama will be destroyed. Is there any reason to doubt this now?
You know how the saying goes about fanatics, right? “They won’t change their minds and they can’t change the subject.”But now everyone else has to get off the fence, take a stand and declare a side. I’m on the side of truth, justice and the American way. The Birthers are not.
So is this a closed chapter? A done deal. Show’s over folks so move on, there’s nothing to see here? Of course not. The Birthers aren’t going away and neither is Trump. The media will continue to follow this “story” because its easy, stupid and it attracts attention (Oooh! Shiny!). The rest of the world will roll their eyes and wonder why it is America allows itself to obsess over trivial things.
The President has given these whack jobs enough of his time and attention. Time to put them on “ignore” and let them rant and rave to each other. It’s time for ALL of us to turn the page on these fools.