Sunday, July 26, 2009

How Idiotic We Must Look

While this nonsense started prior to the election, the so-called "Birther Movement" has garnered quite a lot of attention recently. Most recent, is Lou Dobbs, the venerable CNN newsman who regularly bemoans all the illegal aliens coming into the country giving this ridiculous matter his attention. Come on Lou, please don't get on the express train to Crazy Town along with the other nut jobs out there who think the President is not a natural born citizen.

The picture of his birth certificate included here was provided by the campaign well before the election took place and even his chief rival for the top-job, Mr. John Sidney McCain, has said this is utter bullshit.

A wide array of lunatics that include Jerome Corsi, the author of the John Kerry hit-job for the Swift Boaters, and Alan Keyes an absolute whacked out guy whom I can't understand why he continues to get press. Others assisting in the nonsense are the aforementioned Dobbs, Liz Cheney and Sean Hannity, who in the wake of reporting that a US Soldier refused orders on the basis that the President is not a citizen had this to say:

We told you Tuesday about an Army reserve soldier who challenged his
deployment orders on the grounds that President Obama has not proven he is a
U.S. citizen. Major Stefan Frederick Cook, who was supposed to deploy to
Afghanistan in the coming days, has had his orders revoked. According to his
lawyer, "They just said 'order revoked.' No explanation. No reasons. Just
revoked." Major Cook and his lawyer expressed joy at this outcome and took it as
an admission on the part of the military that the president is not in fact a
legitimate citizen by birth.
—Sean Hannity

Why is this even discussed? Well, for one thing, there are a lot of nut-jobs out there with too much time on their hands. Conspiracy theorists abound, whether it's the 9/11 Truthers, or the ones who think Castro killed JFK, we've always had them and always will. Those who think that Obama is some sort of "Manchurian Candidate", need to see Jon Stewart's response to their prattle.

OK, so the title of this post is "How Idiotic We Must Look". The point of the post is that if you are from pretty much anywhere else in the world, looking at all the problems out there, then turn on essentially any US based news outlet, whether CNN, Fox, MSNBC, or the main networks, you will see time wasted on this. We have a wrecked economy, soldiers still being killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, 50 million people without health care, and this is what they see.

This isn't a liberal versus conservative issue. It's not a Democratic or Republican issue. It's a sane or insane issue. Those who legitimately believe that Obama is not a US citizen in spite of all the "facts", and as John Adams said: "Facts are Stubborn Things", are indeed insane on the issue. Those who know it is bullshit but are flogging this to gain political advantage are just opportunistic bastards playing on the imagination of a few sick people and they should be ashamed of themselves.

I've seen the best of America. I watched the moon landing, (oh and for you moon landing conspiracy theorists: Piss Off). I've seen communities band together to find missing children, to help after disasters like Katrina or the tsunami in Indonesia. I've seen people come together regardless of skin color to demand equal rights and protection under the law. The Birther movement, along with the crazies who think the President is actually a stealth Muslim is the worst in America. A childish group of people, who are over fed a diet of idiotic innuendo and rumor and don't have the intelligence to know they are believing utter nonsense.

Tell me what you think (Birthers, don't bother, I already know what you think)



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