Birtherism: The Antidote/Sedative for the Obama Administration
Imagine if you will, waking up in a world in which you believe all that you knew and loved has been turned upside down. In general, it’s a feeling that is borne out, by all the indicators you feel are valid, that something is terribly wrong.
The Constitution of the United States of America lists the criterion for anyone seeking the office of the President of the United States as:
- An individual must be a natural born citizen
- An individual must have lived in the United States for 14 years and
- An individual must be at least 35 years of age
Senator Barack Hussein Obama II had met all three criteria when he tossed his hat into the ring to run for the office of President of the United States of America in February 2007.
However, since taking office in January 2009, President Obama has been dogged by a fringe idea that he did not meet the first criterion set forth by the Constitution, that being he was born outside of the United States or he isn’t a citizen because of his father’s nationality or a number of dizzying variations of this conspiracy theory, depending upon how far one is willing to crawl into the birther black hole.
There are those that will argue that this fringe idea has not abated because Americans, having grown disillusioned with the Obama presidency after his election, are now seeking the relief that was not forthcoming when the initial wave of birtherism splashed onto America’s shores.
Those who embrace birtherism subscribe to the belief that the policies that have been instituted by the Obama administration are illegitimate because he was not eligible to be the elected president of the United States.
It is their belief that all that has been done by President Obama and his administration, because President Obama was not a legitimately elected president because he is not an American citizen, once they have proven he is not the legitimate President of the United States, all that has transpired during the Obama administration, the policies initiated and enacted will be declared unconstitutional since the President’s election was unconstitutional.
As a placebo antidote/sedative, birtherism provides all who embrace the belief that President Obama should not be President because he never should have been elected president with a cause to pursue that may aid in controlling their reluctance to accept America being governed by Barack Obama.
With birtherism moved out of the shadows and placed prominently within the 2012 presidential campaign cycle, since highlighted by alleged millionaire/billionaire, former Democrat supporter turned Republican presidential front runner Donald Trump, all of the tangential detail gleaned by proponents and promoters of the birther cause for the past 4 years, if left unchecked, will now be re-played to a larger audience of voters, much to the chagrin of mainstream Republicans, since the majority of identified independents or members of the Democratic Party do not find birther rationale a credible issue.
Despite President Obama, after requesting the state of Hawaii waive the state’s official policy of not releasing long form birth certificates, acquiring his long form birth certificate and allowing the press to examine it and offering the original long form birth certificate to the world, hardcore proponents of birtherism refuse to be placated, even though they had previously called for the President to produce this document.
In those circles, hours after the long form was made public, it was declared a fake, as had been the previous reaction by birther adherents to the release of the short form birth certificate, released by then Senator Obama’s campaign nearly 4 years ago, which the campaign had offered when the birther cause was first articulated, it is rumored, from somewhere within the campaign of Senator Hillary R. Clinton. Since that time, birtherism has received a place of honor, acceptance and a home within the Republican Party.
Will the release of Obama's long form birth certificate this week change any of these attitudes? "The odds aren't good," says Brendan Nyhan, pointing to a series of experiments that he conducted with fellow political scientist Jason Reifler. Their experiments, Nyhan writes, "found that corrective information in news articles often fails to reduce misperceptions among the ideological or partisan group that is most vulnerable to the false belief" and, in some cases, made those misperceptions worse.
Nyhan's expectation is consistent with an overnight national poll conducted on Wednesday by the firm SurveyUSA. Their poll (which combined automated calls to landlines and live interviewer calls to cell phones) finds 19 percent of adults, and 33 percent of Republicans, still believe Obama was definitely or probably born outside the United States. About half as many -- 10 percent of adults and 18 percent of Republicans -- tell SurveyUSA that they are "sure the birth certificate newly released by the White House is a forgery."
Birtherism: a placebo antidote/sedative for those unable to accept Barack Hussein Obama II as President of the United States; available in a variety of brands and dosages.
Take a handful to help calm and focus the anxiety/reluctance of being governed by the Obama administration.
**** Note: To date, approximately 50 lawsuits have been brought in U.S. courts on local, state and federal levels challenging the citizenship of President Barack Obama.
Less than a week after the release of President Obama's long form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, oral arguments were offered on May 2, 2011 at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in Sacramento, California by Gary Kreep and Orly Taitz, appealing a lower court's ruling on the matter of the President's citizenship.
Ms. Taitz, who is a naturalized U.S. citizen, has come to be known as the Queen of the Birther Movement.
The birthers are instead turning to another claim against Obama’s legitimacy: an Internet rumor that questions the Obama social security number. On October 3, 2011, the Washington Post reported the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit brought by conservative Republican and former U.S. presidential candidate Alan Keyes that challenged the legitimacy of the presidency of Barack Obama by raising the birther issue. UPDATE On Friday, November 18, 2011, Orly Taitz, having traveled from California to New Hampshire, filed a complaint contesting President Barack Obama's citizenship, arguing his name should be removed from the state's ballot as he seeks re-election as President of the United States.
The state government (of Hawaii) can legally ignore repeated requests for President Obama’s birth certificate – a blow (or perhaps a publicity boost) to the birther movement, which claims that Mr. Obama was not born the US, and is therefore not eligible to be president.
The high court on Monday refused without comment to hear a challenge brought by conservative activist Alan Keyes and other members of the American Independent Party. They contend Obama wasn’t eligible to be president because he was not born in the U.S., and thus not a citizen.
Taitz, the Soviet-born lawyer-dentist-real estate agent, has been on a multi-year mission to prove Obama is secretly Kenyan, and no amount of evidence will dissuade her. But she’s not alone – nine members of the NH state house signed on to her complaint.
The birthers are instead turning to another claim against Obama’s legitimacy: an Internet rumor that questions the Obama social security number.
On October 3, 2011, the Washington Post reported the United States Supreme Court refused to hear a lawsuit brought by conservative Republican and former U.S. presidential candidate Alan Keyes that challenged the legitimacy of the presidency of Barack Obama by raising the birther issue.
On Friday, November 18, 2011, Orly Taitz, having traveled from California to New Hampshire, filed a complaint contesting President Barack Obama's citizenship, arguing his name should be removed from the state's ballot as he seeks re-election as President of the United States.
New Hampshire’s electoral governing body, the Ballot Law Commission, turned down the complaint in a public hearing via 5-0 vote. It got pretty ugly shortly thereafter.
“Traitors!” screamed the members of the attending public. “Treason!”
“You have no decency! You have no honesty! You’re committing treason!”
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