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Obama Long-Form Birth Certificate Released: What Will the Birchers/Tea Partiers Do Now?

by: lowkell

Wed Apr 27, 2011 at 10:13:49 AM EDT



This "story" - that Barack Obama wasn't really born in the United States of America, and thus isn't eligible to be president - has always been complete bull****, the disturbed fever dream of modern day John Birchers (they call themselves "Tea Partiers" and "Republicans" nowadays), racists, and other paranoid loony-tunes. It's also a sign of how much disinformation, misinformation, and outright lies can not only float around the dark recesses of the internet, but also crawl out from under its slimy rock there into the light of day, if we can call the infotainment funny farm idiiocy known as the "mainstream media" the "light of day." The problem is, this one got out of control, finding fertile ground in the Republican Party and "Tea Party" ranks, with one recent poll indicating that only 33% of Republicans are sure that Barack Obama was born in the United States (45% of Republicans say he wasn't, 22% aren't sure). Astounding.

The bottom line is that we never should have spent two minutes talking about this garbage, particularly at a time when we have such pressing challenges in our country. Of course, we also shouldn't have spent two minutes talking about imbeciles and self-promoting hucksters like Sarah Palin and Donald Trump. We shouldn't have spent two minutes talking about "death panels," "climategate," and all the other "sideshows and carnival barkers" (as President Obama calls them) sloshing around out there in the sewer.  

lowkell :: Obama Long-Form Birth Certificate Released: What Will the Birchers/Tea Partiers Do Now?

What's been fueling the "birther" theories about President Obama, who just happens to be our first African American (actually, mixed race) president? Let's be blunt about this: as Blue Virginia readers are voting overwhelmingly in the poll on our front page right now, the "birther" craziness and all the other craziness about Obama being a "Muslim," a "Kenyan anti-colonialist," etc, etc., is the clear result of: a) racism; b) the right-wing media echo chamber doing its echo chamber-y thing; c) insanity; d) xenophobia; and e) calculated Republican strategy. Just keep that in mind the next time one of these crazy memes starts popping up in your email inbox, on Faux "News," on the Sludge Report, at a conservative forum, at a Republican debate, or wherever.

P.S. Here's the White House statement on this matter. I'm sure it won't put the "issue" to rest, but hopefully it will make anyone propagating it - or having propagated it in the past - seem even crazier than they already are. And yes, that includes our own Ken Kookinelli, who I'd also point out is a believer in other completely discredited/crazy/crackpot "theories" like "climategate."

At a time of great consequence for this country - when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue.  The President's hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.
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Pay attention, Lowell (0.00 / 0)
The sideshow has already moved on, to (1) the President's academic record, and whether his admission to Ivy League schools was due to Affirmative Action; and (2) questions about the sincerity of his Christian beliefs and whether he is really a Muslim.

Already, guys like like Trump and Franklin Graham are giving these fringe theories currency and bringing them into mainstream discussion.

Even though it is offensive on one level, it is also quite entertaining. And tactically, of course, it helps Obama.


Actually, Faux "News" is still (0.00 / 0)
hanging on to this one, writing that the White House released "What it Says" is the birth certificate. The conspiracy deepens!!! LOL



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This birther crap will... (0.00 / 0)
go right on.  The folks that had legitimate questions have long had them answered and have moved on.  The current birthers don't care about truth.  For whatever reason they just hate President Obama and enjoy thinking he wasn't born here.

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Uh... (0.00 / 0)
"The folks that had legitimate questions have long had them answered and have moved on."

I realize you are not giving any credence to Birthers, and I don't mean this to pick on you, but statements like this drive me nuts, because it legitimizes the extreme fringes of the GOP.

There we never, at any time, in any way, shape or form a single "legitimate question" about the President's birthplace.

There was a bunch of made up racist crap by some lunatics in the corners of the right wing.


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Good Point (0.00 / 0)
I did make a poor choice of words.  You are right, I give no credence to the birthers. I was thinking of the examination of the certificate by factcheck.org which had some questions based on the original released scan. However, once it examined the actual certificate, it declared President Obama to be born in the US.  

http://www.factcheck.org/elect...


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Green paper??? (0.00 / 0)
Surely an AMERICAN birth certificate would have been printed on red, white and blue paper!!

Green is the color of Islam (0.00 / 0)
Hmmmm....

P.S. Green's also the color of environmentalism...and money, but let's ignore that for now. lol

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2012 GOP candidate will be Birther-approved (0.00 / 0)
The GOP can't get away from the birthers: they are a plurality within the GOP, as you noted with 45% birther, 33% sane, and 22% unsure.  It will be impossible for anyone to win the 2012 GOP nomination without genuflecting to the birthers and their conspiracy theories.

The question is, will that make the GOP candidate unelectable in the general election?

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Queen B (0.00 / 0)
Orly "Queen Birther" has actually made a statement that this document is still questionable because under race it should has "Negro" and not "African."  I know.....Here's the link if you don't believe me.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpoi...


Did She Not Notice His Father's Birthplace? (0.00 / 0)
Politically correct my &%$.

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Video of Obama's statement (0.00 / 0)


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