Monday, March 07, 2011

Why Birtherism Equals Racism

The Tea Party Nation continues to be ground zero for questioning President Barack Obama's citizenship. What makes matters worse is the post is titled "Birth in a Nation." I find it hard to believe blogger Charlie Earl was not making a reference to the D. W. Griffith film Birth of A Nation. The movie was originally titled The Clansman. If you are not familiar with the film, the Klu Klux Klan are portrayed as heroes. Here is a gag-inducing scene of the KKK riding to the rescue.

The birther movement is nothing more than racism. I don't recall any conservatives questioning John McCain's citizenship status because he was born on a Naval base in Panama. There shouldn't be any question. McCain is a citizen and so is Obama. Unless some evil socialist-Marxist-communist movement placed notification of Obama's birth in Hawaiian newspapers shortly after he was born.

The great thing about conspiracy theorists is they don't have to provide prove their claims. Charlie Earl claims it has been "proven beyond a shadow of doubt that Barrack Obama was not born in the United States." Yet, Earl fails to provide this thing called evidence.

If were proven beyond a shadow of doubt that Barrack Obama was not born in the United States, then he would be illegally serving in the Office of the President. He would also be subject to some penalties including perjury and fraud. So, if it were to be revealed tomorrow (3/8/2011), that the President was not qualified to serve, what is the remedy? Will he resign? That’s a laughable proposition. If he and his minions have worked so hard to hide the facts of his birth, it is highly unlikely that he would meekly resign and return to Chicago. Besides, his messiah complex has him convinced that only he can save the nation by destroying it and all the inequities that he believes are present. He would battle to the bitter end, issuing Executive order after Executive order in an effort to remake the country. His behavior would, in essence, be a non-military coup. I suspect that he might even consider suspending the election of 2012 or issue an Executive order changing the qualifications for president.

If the President will not resign given proof of his being a non-citizen, then the clear cut remedy is for the House of Representatives to initiate Articles of Impeachment. The process would not be lightning fast as an investigation would be required plus numerous hearings. I may be assuming too much here because I sincerely doubt that the GOP House leadership has the stomach for an impeachment effort. “Too divisive,” too close to the election,” too many difficult issues that require our attention,” will be the plaintive cries to justify House inaction. Oh yes, one more,”the Senate won’t convict, so why bother?”

The state government of Hawaii has verified Obama's birth certificate several times. Obama's birth certificate has been posted online.

"I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, director of the Hawaii State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii 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...."

Let's stop pretending that there aren't racist elements in the tea party movement.

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