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Five Things You Don’t Know About The Birther Controversy

Five Things You Don’t Know About The Birther Controversy
March 02
13:51 2012

The so-called “birther” controversy is back in the news, thanks to an investigation by Joe Arpaio.

Those of you who keep up will know Arpaio as the Arizona sheriff famous for making inmates sleep in tent cities and wear pink underwear who is being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department for cracking down on illegal immigration.

He now says that a six-month investigation he has overseen has produced evidence that the long-form birth certificate released by Obama last year showing that the president was born in Hawaii is a “computer generated fraud.”

Arpaio wants Congress to look into all of this—oh, brother. He is a no-nonsense sheriff and it’s disappointing that he’s involving himself in this birther nonsense.

The birther story has always be annoying to me for many reason, but primarily because of the lies and half-truths perpetuated by the Main-Stream-Media over the controversy.

To address some of these and as a way of letting out my frustration that this whole issue hasn’t been given a well-deserved death long ago, I have come up with a little list to clear up some misconceptions.

People who are regular readers of this blog are pretty smart, so it’s a good chance that most of  you know these things.

For the rest of you, here are…

1. Democrats started all of this, not Republicans:

That’s right. It’s often believed that wily, racist Republican schemed up the notion that Obama was really born in deepest, darkest Kenya or God only where to keep the United States from having a black man as president. Not true.

The birther theory began with Democrats, specifically supporters of Hillary Clinton after she started to trail Obama in polls during the 2008 Democratic primary elections.

Desperate to find something to take him out, those who wanted to see the future secretary of state become the party nominee for president circulated an email suggesting that Obama was actually born outside of the United States.

An excerpt form the email reads:

“Barack Obama’s mother was living in Kenya with his Arab-African father late in her pregnancy. She was not allowed to travel by plane then, so Barack Obama was born there and his mother then took him to Hawaii to register his birth.”

I recently had to inform some Democrats where the whole thing really started as they were making fun of Republicans for the birther controversy. They were surprised and I’m not really sure they believed me. You never hear any of this in the Main-Stream-Media, who tend to characterize the birther controversy as the invention of Republican enemies of the president.

2. The Tea Party really couldn’t care less:

Main-stream-media pundits love the roll their eyes over those nut job tea party types who just can’t accept that the president was born in this country.

Well, I’ve attended many tea party meeting and even worked as something called a “political liaison” for one—which means I was the guy they picked to update the party on what was going on in local, state and national politics.

I once went to a day-long meeting in Alexandria attended by tea partiers from all across Louisiana.

How many times have I heard the birther issue discussed in my last three or four years of reporting on and being involved in the tea party? Not once.

Arpaio says it was some tea party people that first asked him to look into whether Obama’s birth certificate was real. That might be true. It’s also true that there are people in the tea party whom take the birther issue very seriously, but the tea party as a whole doesn’t care about this and sees this as a non-issue. They have bigger fish to fry, such as how the president’s policies are is robbing everyday Americans of their liberty and will eventually bankrupt the nation.

Are there tea party birthers? Sure, but birthers can even be found among the supporters of Hilary Clinton, remember?

3. Obama loves birthers:

Really, this should be a given. He might feign disgust for those who don’t believe he was born in this country, but in reality he is on his knees every night thanking Allah for birthers (I know he’s not really a Muslim, but it’s Friday and want to have a little fun pissing off leftists whom might have stumbled across this post).

Through Obama’s presidency, the unemployment rate has averaged around 9 percent (it averaged 5.3 percent under Bush)  and gasoline prices have doubled.

We have also increased the national debt by about $5 trillion. Anything that can make news to distract from the president’s dismal record is welcomed by  the president.

When he released the long form of his birth certificate after years of being asked to do so, he said that he was happy that all of this could finally be put to rest.

Don’t you believe it.

Obama could have done a lot to put this all to rest by releasing the long copy of the certificate two years earlier and only decided to do so to make Donald Trump, whom was droning on about it at the time, look like a dope.

He has got to be laughing that Arpaio, of all people, is dragging this out again.

Birthers serve the president well by helping him portray anyone who opposes him as nut-job conspirist. Those people who want him to stop spending money we don’t have are just like those freaks say he was born in Kenya—what loons!

4. It doesn’t really matter where Obama was born:

Those who believe that the law and Constitution will ever apply to Obama are dreaming.

Like all progressives, these things only matter when they serve their purposes and might as well not exist otherwise. The president just had a meeting with a group of Democratic governors to discuss the ways in which Congress —and the Constitution—could be gotten around to implement his agenda.

You could bring a Kenyan doctor into Congress to testify that he delivered baby Barack on the dirt floor of a grass hut and it wouldn’t matter. He would be called a kook and the plant of another “vast right-wing conspiracy”—remember that one?

A team of document forgers could bring their equipment to Washington to demonstrate how they made a phony birth certificate for the president and they would be shut down before they could spit one out showing that Obama is the illegitimate son of JKF and Dionne Warwick.

The law, just like the truth, doesn’t apply to these people.

It kinda reminds me a conversation I once had with a guy who told me that he wasn’t going to pay his income tax after some diatribe he delivered about the Sixteenth Amendment never being properly ratified. I told him I would visit him in jail to thank him for the history lesson.

We are meant to be a nation of laws, but people like Obama are generally above the law. Does anyone really think there’s a prayer of kicking a sitting president out of office with a conspiracy that sounds like it came out of a bad Oliver Stone movie?Ain’t gonna happen.

5. We will never know the truth:

Like the shooter on the grassy knoll or the Shroud of Turin, the truth is far less important than the emotion that people invest in what they believe to be true.

Do I believe that the president was born in Hawaii, like he says? Yeah, I do because I’ve never seen any hard evidence to convince me otherwise and there is a lot of evidence—including birth announcements in Hawaiian newspapers—to prove he was indeed born there. I could make the case to a committed birther all day and they aren’t going to listen to me, however.

Could I imagine a scenario in which supporters of Obama would fabricate his birth place to get him elected? I wouldn’t put it past them, but it doesn’t seem likely.

Will birthers ever accept hard evidence showing that Obama was born in Hawaii? My guess is that they wouldn’t.

People who are hardcore believers in conspiracies think themselves smarter than the “duped” and aren’t going to join the rank of the mass-uninformed by listening to something they think is as relative as the truth.

I have to wonder why people like Arpaio are wasting so much time on this conspiracy theory when a much better case, and much more provable one, can be made against the president. Where ever he was born, he is a man who wants to transform our country into a European-style Socialist nation that will eventually bring it to ruin. That’s not a conspiracy, it’s the truth and it’s all being done out in the open.

The only thing that Arpaio’s investigation will accomplish will be to make noise that will distract from what we should focus on—how to stop Obama from getting a second term. That isn’t going to be done by looking at his birth certificate with a magnifying glass.

I wish the sheriff would just go out and hunt for this guy, It would be time better spent:










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  1. Charles Daniel Duckworth
    Charles Daniel Duckworth March 02, 13:56

    Did you actually watch the Sheriff Joe Presser…. Or you just know you are correct?  LoL
    Thanks for article anyway!

  2. Peg Siegert
    Peg Siegert March 02, 14:49

    LAME !!
    Did you bother to watch the live stream of yesterday’s proceedings revolving around BHO’s birth certificate and selective service card?   I can answer that.  NO.
    Your treatment of the ‘birther controversy’ is so worn out … Too bad you didn’t watch the proceedings.  Had you, you could have given us some meat to chew on. 
    LAME, yes very. 

  3. Robin Harris Edwards
    Robin Harris Edwards March 02, 15:57

    Unless..Jan and Joe decide that Obama is not legit and will sucede?  Can they do that over there in AZ?

  4. Charlie
    Charlie March 02, 19:20

    I watched the whole video. Arpaio isn’t saying BO was born elsewhere. His investigative team has reason to suspect that the birth certificate and selective service registration card released by the white house are forgeries. If they are forgeries then “a crime has been committed”, and someone is guilty of forgery and fraud. These are crimes. Period!


  5. Jim Ryals
    Jim Ryals March 03, 12:46

    And on the other hand, how could it hurt the effort to defeat him?  Especially if we could find the forger?

  6. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 03, 14:05

    Like all conspiracy theories this is just another one which makes its small minority of devotes look like loons to most people.  It not only will lose the presidential election but many important local races as well.

    Keep it up Birthers, Truthers, and now Breitbart was murdered morons, your everything the Dems could dream about having to run against!

    • Real Thing
      Real Thing March 04, 11:34

      More fact than theory to establishing that the birth certificate and selective service cards are forged documents, m’ friend.  Sheriff Joe isn’t pointing a finger at anyone including Obama.   The investigation continues as well it should.  Loony ??  Doubtful.

      Who is the moron?  Sticks and stones hurt our bones but words will never hurt us.  Dream on liberals and follow blindly.

      • Anonymous
        Anonymous March 04, 11:51

         Do they actually have his birth certificate?  If not, then impossible to check for forgery, fraud etc… regarding it.

  7. Charlie
    Charlie March 04, 20:11

    I know Arpaio’s reputation, so I watched the news conference live. The information about the investigation and its methodology  were persuasive. The conclusions were disturbing. It was with this in mind that I posted my comment of 3/2/12.

    Yesterday I met with my graphics expert, who duly watched the video, and verified that the methodology and conclusions of Arpaio’s team are valid. This expert will attempt to replicate the team’s results using their equipment, and the pdf file released by the WH, tomorrow, and report back to me.

    After watching the press conference we examined the pdf file of the so-called birth certificate. Several problems are immediately obvious:

    1. The halo effect appears around any and all text in the document. Why?

    2. There appears to have been an attempt to imitate the type and font of a 1961 typewriter.
    a. Many letters are off line (raised or lowered), which is is a typewriter defect, but it is reproducible. Note that in box 16 the K in Kansas is raised, but in box 11 the K in Kenya is not.
    b. Some letters, such as in box 5b, appear to be in two different font sizes: The “P” and the “M” in P. M. are very different sizes (and nobody spaces PM or puts periods after the letters). This effect is not possible using a single typewriter!

    3. Birth certificates of this era did not use safety paper, and were issued as a “Negative”; i.e. white print on a back backround because they were printed from film. Why was this document converted to a positive image and the safety paper type backround added?

    4. Look at the main part of the “Birth Certificate”. It dives off the left side of the page with clear parting lines on the top and bottom. The date and certification appear in the lower part of the pdf in an area that is clearly not part of the original scan or photocopy.

    Is this a clumsy attempt at forging a birth certificate? Is it a deliberate tease to the “Birther conspiracy folks? I don’t have a freaking clue! But if it is either the document is intensely disturbing.


  8. Mike Cazayoux
    Mike Cazayoux March 05, 08:06

    Very interesting Charlie.  This reminds me of the Dan Rather blogstorm.  I don’t know why the right-wing blogosphere should be apprehensive about pursuing the story.  Okay, so Obama laughs it off and the lamestream characterizes the doubters as loons and comes up with a cute, madcap nickname, the “truthers,” as if questioning Obama’s background is tantamount to blaming Bush for 911.  And Scott and CitizenKH nervously laugh along with the Left because they don’t want to be lumped in with the crazy conspiracy theorists.

    Does anyone think that if say Bush’s DWI records appeared to be forged, the lamestream wouldn’t move heaven and earth to get to the bottom of the story?  Why should we drop a legitimate story because Obama apologists cast aspersions.

    I actually agree with Scott’s five points. I believe that Obama was born in Hawaii (there, can’t call me a truther, nosiree).  However, at the time I was always curious about why Obama so obstinately refused to release the birth certificate until Trump made it a big deal?  And now there appears to be evidence suggesting that what he did release is a forgery.  That should be a huge story.  Just follow the facts.

    • Oscar
      Oscar March 05, 10:20

      Bubba, you need to check the byline on that piece.

      • Tom Bonnette
        Tom Bonnette March 05, 16:20

        Don’t listen to the nurtia, Mike. Never check bylines. If you think a piece is brilliant, credit Tom Bonnette. If not, blame Scott or someone else.

  9. Anonymous
    Anonymous March 05, 14:31

    There is an Old saying among Black People from many years ago that was said over and over again.  I know this because I have heard it said many time.  Here it is.  “What goes on in the Dark will sure enough come out in the light”.  YOU know, knowing something and proving something are two different things.  I cannot prove Oswald killed Kennedy nor can I disprove it.  However if obama was not born on U.S. soil that indeed can be proven.  If he was– there would indeed be a physical Birth Certificate, it would have been shown from the get go and all of this would have never started.  However, being that his so-called Birth Certificate has been shown on the internet only…..WELL,  I think you get the rest.  So by Logical reasoning it can be easily concluded that there is no Physical Birth Certificate.  Want more?  If he was born in Hawaii why is he using a a Social Security # that would only be issued to someone that was born in the State of Connecticut.  Now this is not just me talking.  This is a fact about his Social Security #.  So check it out.  All of this foolishness has to stop somewhere. As obama said himself,”The only people that have something to hide are those that are indeed hiding something.  Something like that he said himself.  Call me what ever hideous name you want to…I could care less.  But I will say one thing….Logic is still Logic, and with age comes wisdom….and I do have a great education and plenty age.  I feel sorry for you youngsters if you do not get to the bottom of this one.  Blessing to all. Have a great Week.

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