Birthers’ record

I started this post 31 July, but then I stopped working on it to do something more important. About then, though, Bill Maher published an editorial in the Los Angeles Times that was much better than where I was going.

Here’s my start:

One of the marvels of the US Constitution’s First Amendment is that it essentially gives folks the right to say silly, ill-informed, and downright false things. The folks expressing doubt about Mr. Obama’s citizenship surely do not consider themselves silly or ill-informed, but they are promoting false information. The doubts were conclusively laid to rest in August 2008 (see, e.g., FactCheck.org’s coverage).

For Immediate Release: July 27, 2009 09-063

STATEMENT BY HEALTH DIRECTOR CHIYOME FUKINO, M.D.

“I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai‛i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai‘i State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai‘i and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago.”

Now, here’s Mr. Maher’s lead:

Never underestimate the ability of a tiny fringe group of losers to ruin everything.

For the last couple of weeks, we’ve all been laughing heartily at the wacky antics of the “birthers” — the far-right goofballs who claim Barack Obama wasn’t really born in Hawaii and therefore the job of president goes to the runner-up, former Miss California Carrie Prejean.

I recommend folks read the remainder of Mr. Maher’s opposite-the-editorial-page column.

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2 responses to “Birthers’ record

  1. Paul

    In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away their rights) and that’s who they need to focus on if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

    In the same vein, to all the birthers in La, La Land, it is on you to prove to all of us that your assertion is true, if there are people who were there and support your position then show us the video (everyone has a price), either put up or frankly shut-up. I heard Orly Taitz, is selling a tape (I think it’s called “Money, Lies and Video tape”). She is from Orange County, CA, now I know what the mean when they say “behind the Orange Curtain”, when they talk about Orange County, the captial of Conspiracy Theories. You know Obama has a passport, he travel abroad before he was a Senator, but I guess he fooled them too?

  2. Paul, thanks for the comment. I’d say you’re probably right about those questioning Mr. Obama’s birth records representing a small (though vocal) sub-group in the US population.

    Here’s a question: Given that an individual is among those raising questions about Mr. Obama’s birth records, what’s the probability that that individual also raised questions about the authenticity of the documents related to John Kerry’s military and medical records?

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