President Barack Obama is coming into the final stretch of his presidency and he will go down as the most disrespected man who ever occupied the White House. Republicans hated Bill Clinton for having the temerity to defeat George H. W. Bush and take a post they considered to be their birthright. But, the level of hatred directed at Obama is astonishing. This is not just dislike, it’s naked enmity. Much of the vitriol directed at the president has long gone beyond reasonable and is just downright ridiculous. Liberal writers have labelled this rage as Obama Derangement Syndrome (ODS), where right-wingers are so mad at the idea of an Obama presidency, they lose touch with reality.
The accusations are often ridiculous. Obama has been accused of being the son of Malcolm X; the son of Franklin Marshall Davis, a writer and labor activist; gay; a secret Muslim (whatever that is); a communist and even a CIA spy. The conspiracy theories are so convoluted, they’re difficult to keep track off. But of all the conspiracy theories, the most ridiculous one must be the birther nonsense, which stubbornly refuses to die.
We have seen two birth certificates, newspaper records, the doctor who delivered the baby and even the governor of Hawaii certify the records. But there are still birthers who believe there is a conspiracy to hide the president’s records. This conspiracy is patently ridiculous. For starters, why would Stanley Ann Dunham, a young white woman, travel to a developing African country in the 1960s, and deliver a baby in their rudimentary health care system? Even today in the 21st century, wealthy African women fly to the West to deliver their babies, because they don’t trust local doctors. And if the president was born outside the United States, which he wasn’t, it wouldn’t have mattered because since his mother was an American, that would also make him a citizen. You have to ask why would his parents try to fake his birth certificate, unless they could somehow see into the future and know he would eventually run for president. And if they had faked his birth certificate, don’t you think that in almost 20 years of public service someone would have discovered it by now?
MSNBC anchors have dedicated several programs to the reasons behind the continued popularity of birtherism. In some cases, like with the lunatic right-wing website World Net Daily (WND,) it’s a business decision. Birtherism has become a cottage industry, much like JFK conspiracies, and there is money to be made peddling birther crap, books, stickers, buttons, etc., to other right-wing nuts. WND realizes that birther stories are click bait and drive their hits up. Fake billionaire Donald Trump got into the birtherism scam a few years ago, but he was only doing it to drum up publicity for his reality show, “The Apprentice.” MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell was scathing in his criticism of Trump’s shenanigans.
Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who Rolling Stone billed as the “most racist cop in America,” also got into the act and directed his band of Keystone cops to investigate Obama’s birth records. Arpaio still claims that Obama’s birth certificate is false. Bear in mind, this comes from a corrupt tyrant who is currently under federal indictment. According to Rolling Stone, Arpaio once sicked his henchman on the editor and CEO of the Phoenix News Times, who had written articles that were critical of his shady real estate dealings. He had them arrested and marched out of their homes in the middle of the night. (The charges were eventually thrown out.) One of Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse, who was also pimping a birther book, claimed he had evidence showing Obama’s birth certificate was fraudulent. Cops already have a diminishing reputation and Arpaio and his cronies don’t help when they get on TV and tell bald-faced lies.
If these allegations weren’t bad enough, the latest stunt by crackpot lawyer, Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch, a government watchdog, really takes the cake. Klayman, who sued his own mother, recently filed papers stating Obama falsified his birth records. He also requested the Department of Homeland Security deport its own boss. This claim is staggeringly stupid. Even if Obama was an illegal alien, he is married to an American citizen and has American children, which would make him near impossible to deport.
I guess, you have to laugh at these people, because they are effectively destroying the conservative movement. Some right wingers now know people who push ridiculous lies as the truth only hurt their credibility. The right-wing media may have nurtured these loons, when they were convenient, but they now realize they’re not helping their cause. We liberals don’t have to do anything to destroy the conservative movement, it’s doing a great job of eating itself. All we have is to do is pull up a comfortable chair, grab some popcorn and enjoy the show.