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The “birthers,” that formerly fringe element of the Republican Party who still question the citizenship of President Obama, are back in the news because of this video from a townhall meeting held by Congressman Mike Castle of Delaware.
The disturbing part of this clip is not the lady waving her own birth certificate around and screaming “I want my country back,” but the cheers she gets from the others in attendance, and the boos Rep. Castle receives when he says that President Obama “is a citizen of the United States.”
The reason I say this is a formerly fringe element is that this view is quickly becoming the mainstream of the Republican Party and the right.
Legislation has been introduced by Rep. Bill Posey of Florida, and co-sponsored by nine other Republican members of the House, five of whom are from Texas by the way, that would “require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate.”
De facto leader of the Republican Party, Rush Limbaugh said on his radio program that “Barack Obama has yet to have to prove he’s a citizen.”
When a caller to Lou Dobbs radio show said President Obama was “rushing all these programs through by whatever means, knowing he will soon be exposed as a fake, a fraud, a . . . Kenyan,” Dobbs’ response was, “Certainly your view can’t be discounted.”
Then there was Liz “Baby Dick” Cheney, who was on Larry King Live with James Carville. Instead of saying outright that the “birthers” are, to use Carville’s word “ludicrous,” Ms. Cheney tried to elude the issue by saying,“People are uncomfortable with a president who is reluctant to defend the nation overseas.”
When later asked for a clarification, Cheney gave the equally slippery answer, “I don’t have any question about Barack Obama’s right to be President of the United States.”
What these “birthers,” and those who continue to aid and abet their lunacy, are doing is to not only question Barack Obama’s citizenship, but his legitimacy as president of the United States. Let’s see, what could be their motivation? What is the difference between the 44th president and the previous 43.
Let me think about that, I’ll get back to you.
Yeah, I saw that last night on Jon Stewart. He started out the show with it. It’s pretty funny, because it makes Beck look like a total idiot.
Here is the link for that part of his show last night, and it’s called The BORN Identity:
I can’t over all the BS about this — the furor over the fact that “the doctor’s signature is not on the birth certificate” and “it says ‘vital record’, not birth certificate.”
Well, I have had three children in 3 states – New Jersey, Texas, and Maryland. Only one of them calls it a birth certificate and contains the doctor’s signature. The other two call it a ‘vital record’ and a ‘certificate of live birth’ and contain no doctors’ signatures.
Does that mean my children will never be able to run for president in this country?
What a load of crap! These people need to get over the fact that THEIR LOONIES got outscored in the election. We have a US-born President who is doing his damndest to fix the monumental cluster of chaos that the previous administrations left behind.
I’m so sick of this BS. We need to MOVE ON and focus on REAL ISSUES.
NBC news carried this as a feature last night. The Congressman seemed tobe the only voice of reason in the room. It has gotten so bad that a lot of Congresspeople do not even publicize town hall type meetings in an attempt to minimize the number of wingnuts that show up.
NBC did state that after the vocal outrage, the attendees stood up and sang the Star Spangled Banner. I guess that was an attempt to prove something.
What has this country come to ?
I can’t believe this stupid crap is still going on. Last night I heard a commentator say – quite boldly – that this simply draws attention to the fact that his father was a Kenyan citizen, that his mother was a white American, and they are playing on the folks that don’t like interracial marriages or interracial “America”. They like it lily white, I guess. I saw a complaint on a blog the other day by a white man saying “I’m going to be a minority in my own country” – and I thought – there are plenty of minorities in our country. Get used to it, buddy. All the outrage from Obama’s comment that America has a large Muslim population was fostered by people who think of America as a white, christian nation. The millions of non-white Americans would beg to differ, I think.
Chris Matthews put the screws to some idiot Rep from California, forcing him to admit that PO is a citizen. Chris had a copy of the birth certificate and showed the numbskull…Good ole Chris, i hope he runs for office!
The other thing is that if a baby is born on foreign soil, but the parent is an American citizen, then the baby is too. So even if he HAD been born in Kenya, he would still be a citizen. His mother was born in Kansas, and she was the pregnant one. Geez!
John McCain was not born on American soil, but his parents were Americans, so he is too. I’m glad Democrats didn’t look this stupid by making this a public issue.
I think Americans are on a slippery slope and it seems that we are sliding further down each day.
Somebody in the Republican Party has got to stand up and yell “NO MORE” to stop this insanity.
It’s nothing but blatant racism. A black man in the White House. How dare an uppity black man become President of the United States. Never mind the fact that he’s more intelligent than any of the sobs. The racists are furious it, but refuse to admit their true feelings. They dance around it, calling him Hussein, Obamanation, The King, HRH, uppity, and every foul name they can think of. I am, personally, getting damned tired of all the racist comments made on various postings. I’m gd tired of Rush, Hannity, O’Reilly, Coulter, some politicians, and every other racist commentator out there. They don’t have the balls to come right out and say they’re pissed off that a black man is president, so they go at it every other way they can. I’m going to start calling them on it every time I see it. No one in the Republican party is going to step forward because they don’t have the balls to do it. They are afraid they might lose a few votes and lose office if they do. Gutless SOBs. This crap needs to stop now.