You know, I have given a bit of thought to this whole "birther" thing that the right-wing crackpots have been shrieking whining wearing tinfoil hats talking about lately. Mind you, I haven't given it too much of my time, because the whole "scandal" is complete rubbish and without merit. Anyway, I have done some small bit of thinking about it, and I would like to tell you how it washes out for me.
To me, this whole bit of nonsense is about three particular themes. First, there are the xenophobes. The ones who have a difficult time dealing with otherness.... otherness being defined here as people that don't look the way the xenophobe does, or comes from a different place, or is smarter, or may have a different religion.
The xenophobes (I'll call them "xenos" from now on) are afraid of Barack Obama because they aren't terribly bright and really believe that his parents conspired to get him elected to the Presidency, some 48 years ago, and so they hid the fact that he is a Kenyan all those years ago, despite his automatic American citizenship based on his mother's citizenship, no matter where he was born. The xenos believe he is some sort of "sleeper" agent and closet muslim. All of this is made worse by the fact that Barack Obama is an African American. You see, xenos tend to be virulent racists (no matter what color they are). The xenos will tell you that their support of this birther nonsense isn't about The President's ethnicity, because in their hearts, they know that their racism is evil, they just can't help themselves.
The xenophobes truly can't accept that a black man could have been elected President by the American people, to them, that defies logic. Therefore there has to be some conspiracy to explain it. Never mind the fact that, as smart as I believe President Obama to be, Mickey Mouse could have beaten the Republicans after eight disastrous years of George W. Bush.
So much for the xenophobes. They are the hardcore haters.
Next we have the right-wing ideologues, those who believe that the way to push their morally bankrupt agenda forward, is to destroy the messenger of a better agenda. The ideologues have nothing. They are out of ideas. They have nothing to offer except bleating about taxes, spending, and security... as if they hadn't spent the past 8 years in an orgy of excess, with their snouts deep in the trough of taxpayer money. Hey, for my part, I'll have a little more taxpayer money spent on the people instead of on corporate greed, thankyouverymuch.
Anyway, the leaders of the ideologues can be found on FOX news, readily telling the xenophobes their viewers that health care reform is needed, but shouldn't go so fast. Well, I don't need to be Keith Olbermann to tell you there reasoning for that... I am sure that you can figure it our for yourself. The thing to remember about the ideologues is that they have to be confronted with this very important question: If your party believes that health care reform is even slightly important, why have they done nothing about it when they controlled bot the executive and legislative branches of government for so long?
The bottom line on the ideologues is that they don't want every American to have health insurance. More importantly, they don't want any government regulation on the health care industry. How does that make you feel? I hope it doesn't make you feel all tingly and good because the GOP is trying to protect you from "Big Government", because that is just so much crap... remember, those are the same people that kept "Big Government" from regulating the banking industry. We saw how that turned out, didn't we?
Then there is the last group of "birthers", these are what I call the "Israeli Stooges", and they are led, indeed the whole group seems to be led, by a Moldovan-born (some have said Russian-born), dual U.S.-Israeli citizen named Orly Taitz. Ms. Taitz, who is a Dentist and a "lawyer" (with some online JD), has filed motions in California courts (the only place she is allowed to practice law), to prove that Barack Obama is constitutionally disqualified from being President.
Does it strike anyone as odd that the person making the most noise about this "birther"nonsense is a foreigner? A foreigner with citizenship in a country that is already known to be wary of President Obama because he won't mouth their propaganda in knee-jerk response whenever their Prime Minister
(and lobby) says he should?
Of course, I am talking about Israel... our staunch middle eastern "ally".
Many Americans will justify any Israeli activity, no matter how extreme, because of our "Judeo-Christian" heritage. While that may be fine for many people, and it may be authentic, and it may be right most of the time, it doesn't mean that our President, as so many Presidents have been in the past, should be the stooge of whomever is calling the shots in Tel Aviv. This is a problem. This is where the Xenos, Ideologues, and Stooges all come together (I would say nyuk, nyuk, nyuk... but this isn't funny).
All three of these groups are led by a foreign agitator. All three of these groups are dancing to the tune of a person who has become that Zsa Zsa Gabor of the right wing. All three of these groups are under the sway of a person who may or may not be an agent of the Israeli government, bent on undermining the leadership of a person who may, or may not be, the malleable puppet most American leaders are.
The "birthers", laid bare, are a tool of foreign leadership.
Addendum: My comments about Israel should not imply any antipathy towards Jews. So please, don't give me the anit-semitic crap, ok?