Monday, July 27, 2009

The Birthers? What Gives?

Okay, folks, what's this about a birth certificate? Why is Lou Dobbs, Rush Limbaugh, Alan Keyes, Gordon Liddy, and others on the far right fringe, so concerned about Barack Obama's birth? Why does a Republican Congressman from Delaware have to defend Obama's citizenship in front of a hostile town hall -- and get booed when he says that Obama is a citizen? Oh, and why does Lou Dobbs still have a job at CNN?

I've not taken up this birther issue so far, in part because I'd rather not have a bunch of nut cases overwhelm my blog with comments I'll likely end up having to delete. But, this thing has legs and is being put out there by people working for CNN. I might expect this from Fox, but CNN? Anyway, I was listening this morning to an interesting conversation on NPR's On Point show with Tom Ashbrook. The primary guests included Ben Smith of Politico, Michael Medved, a conservative talk show host (who called on conservatives to denounce categorically this movement and stop winking at it), and a representative of the Southern Law and Poverty Center.

Like most conspiracy theories on both right and left, this one is ludicrous -- and to be clear here I don't believe that George Bush or even Dick Cheney planned or orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. So, let's stop this craziness!

Anyway, instead of expending great amounts of my own time and words on this, I'm going to allow the most trusted man in American, now that Walter Cronkite has passed on, Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, to speak for me! Take it away Jon!




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2 comments:

Allan R. Bevere said...

Bob:

I had been thinking about posting something on conspiracy theorists as well. I have no clue as to what is going on except to say that I have been shocked that some of my own friends get caught up in this stuff. When GWB was president, I had a more liberal friend almost screaming at me that Bush knew about 9/11 and was part of the conspiracy; and now some extended family members are all in an uproar over what they believe is the fact that BHO was not born a naturalized citizen.

What gives? You got me.

Anonymous said...

So who would get to be president? Have they thought this through?

David Mc