Who knows where all the Birthers were born. Does it matter? We’ll just make shit up. It seems to work for them.
If case you don’t know what a Birther is (meaning you live under a rock and don’t partipate in society), a Birther is someone who believes Barack Obama was not born in the United States (yes, Hawaii is a state) and therefore, has no legal right to be President.
If during George W. Bush’s Presidency, you know, those god-awful years between 2001 and 2008 when the world hated us and still does, someone had told me W. wasn’t born in this country and therefore was not legally the President, would I have believed them? You bet your ass I would.
I despised Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Rice, Rove, the whole ugly bunch. I would have looked for any reason to start a movement to get rid of any one of them. So in some ways I understand why the radical right wing conservative movement in this country is perpetuating the idea that Barack Obama was not born in the U.S., is not a U.S. Citizen, and therefore, not legally the President of the United States. It is brilliantly simply. If you are not a natural U.S. citizen, you can’t be President.
Let’s not get too confused about this, however. The Obama Birther movement was born out of extreme hatred which is based on extreme racism. There is some scary kind of hatred involved in this. The birther movement is a cover for racism. Birthers hate Barack Obama and is blackness so much that they will scratch the bottom of any barrel to get rid of him.
I felt the same way about the Bush Administration; not the racism part, but the willingness to do anything necessary to get rid them.
However, if someone on the Democrat, or Liberal, or Progressive side of the map who I trusted or believed said to me “Hey, don’t be an idiot. As much as we want to believe this stuff, it is simply not true”. I would have had no choice to throw my hands in the air and give up the fight. I would have tried other tactics but why spend so much time dealing in lies.
So why is it that few, if any, radical conservatives can’t utter the words “Hey folks, it’s just not true”. From Limbaugh to Glenn Beck to the halls of Congress, these people and their “believers” can’t bring themselves to say “This is stupid and it’s not true”. Even when they pretend to debunk the myth, they say things like “Barack Obama is a citizen” but won’t actually say the words “he was born in this country” leaving a sliver of room to back out and re-interpret what they said at a later date.
On the surface the Birther movement appears almost harmless because it is so ridiculous. The following is what they want you to believe: In 1961 Barack Obama was born in Kenya and secretly shipped on a cargo tanker (I guess) to Honolulu, Hawaii where someone who knew that he would run for and win the Presidency some day, planted a birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper all so that in 2009, a forged birth certificate could be disproved by said newspaper announcement. Hmm. Sounds plausible to me; you?
Chris Matthews on MSNBC the most trustworthy G. Gordon Liddy (ahem!) as a guest, so that Matthews could show Liddy all of the facts and copies of the paperwork first hand proving Obama’s birth and citizenship. Matthews hoped that the irrefutable evidence would convince Liddy to go back to the listeners of his radio show and say “OK guys, I know we want this to be true, but it simply isn’t; Enough is Enough”. However, Liddy stared at the evidence in what can only be described as an Alzheimer Haze, twitching and mumbling something about wanting to see originals and some woman in Kenya and an affidavit about seeing Obama being born in Kenya and blah, blah, blah, blah, blah. It would have been funny if it wasn’t one of the saddest things I’ve even seen on Television. Search for the video on Google, it’s easy to find. I do question Chris Matthew’s motives in bringing on one of the most famous liars in the world in an effort to reform him on conspiracies. But I guess Matthews was trying to start with someone on the radio who had a following. Liddy was probably the only conservative talk radio host who would accept an invitation from Mr. Matthews.
Some believe that the birther movement is harmless. But if you undersand that the people involved in the movement are using it as a cover to hide (and not so well) their extreme racism and hatred of Black America then you won’t think it’s so harmless anymore.
It is time now for those of us who are adults with working brain stems to call our Senators and House Representatives demanding that they speak out on this issue and put the Birthers in their place. Force your legislators to have a spine by speaking out against the fringe right wing. I’m all for freedom on speech, but when you are inciting riotous and violent acts based on your speech or actions, i believe you forfeit some of those rights. The Birthers are full of hatred and are trying to spread it around. That’s just plain wrong. Nobody should have the freedom to do that.
There are two trains of thought on debunking lies. First is to never address is; therefore not giving the idea any traction. You don’t dignify the accusation by responding to it. The second method is to nip it in the bud. You run the risk of drawing out the amount of attention the lie gets but you look strong in your defiance.
The Democrats, and in fact the White House itself, have chosen option one. Ignore the accusation and you won’t give it any traction. Let’s see. How did that work our for John Kerry and the Swift Boaters?