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.