Mitt Romney's Birther Claim Is Like None Other — It's Personal!
Every person who spoke about The President as not born in the United States, described it as a potential disqualification, a flaw, an unacceptable limitation; but Romney made it personal. He put himself in it. He proudly asserted, "nobody ever asked me for my birth certificate . . ." And to fully appreciate that, it might help to know that his father, like Barack Obama's father, is an immigrant. As a matter of fact, his father, George Romney, was born in Mexico, but allowed to run for president in America!!!!
Romney almost said out loud, what all of the birthers before him have only inferred, "the presidency is only for white people." Mitt Romney trumps Trump!
"You weren't born here," when it is directed at President Obama, is merely code for "you are not white, and therefore, you are not entitled to be president." Romney takes this idea a step further, when he highlights the fact that he is treated better than the president. In so doing, he is asserting his racial status. In effect he is "saying," See how much better they treat me? That's because I'm white, and "they know" that as a white person, I'm entitled to be here"
Americans are in denial of the obvious racial disparity in this country, when it is so obvious to those who have not acquired the national blinders, until a four-year-old recognizes it.
A case in point is when my willful, self-assertive, opinionated daughter, took charge in a day-camp, populated by four-year-olds. At nap time a brigade of little girls woke her to announce, "we're white!" It seemed to them, that her uninhibited self assurance, in their presence, evidenced that she was unable to properly observe, the symbol of their privilege . . . And they were four!!!
Now several articles on Romney's birther comment are characterizing his comments
as a joke. Even though Mitt Romney never said it was a joke. But in matters of race, the press gives racist their excuse, in case they can't think up their own. And it is media sponsored racism, that is why racism is still with us today.
A host of Republicans have described this election as the most important since 1860. Why do you suppose they skipped over more than a hundred years worth of elections, to compare this election to the only election that was determinative of the status of Diasporans? They did it because they recognize that this election is about the same thing.
In 1860 the challenge was, whether or not Diasporans should become a free people; in 2012 the challenge is, whether or not Diasporans should partake in the American dream. Indeed, the Republicans today, are the confederates of yesterday, and like the Confederates, they're tearing the country apart in defense of a national policy that covertly excludes most people from significant opportunity, while highlighting the exclusion of Diasporans, in hopes that racial hatred will prevent other races from noticing that everyone, except for a very few rich people, are in fast decline.
Romney has already told his fat cat friends that the way to more exploitative opportunities, is to put him in the White House. And now he's emboldened to ask white people, to support him on the basis of race.
But like Al Sharpton often says, "it won't work! Gotcha!" which speaks to the fact that the Republicans can't get it through their heads that there are white people who will vote for the best candidate, regardless of race; and there are rich people, who will vote for the needs of the Nation, and not their pockets . . . That's why Barack Obama won the presidency the first time, and that's why he'll win it again!