“Sunlight is the best disinfectant.” – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis
The Left is atwitter at the White House’s capitulation- their word, not mine- to demands that President Obama release his long form birth certificate. The sounds of frantic incredulance could be heard throughout the Leftdom, followed by the knee-jerk assertion that nothing else would follow. The line in the sand may have been broken, but a new line was quickly in place.
Watching this reaction has been interesting, but not surprising. The Left’s vanguard of intellectual midgets all got the memo: this was racism, pure and simple. Pundit after pundit on the Left has thrown the race card, calling questions of Obama’s eligibility to be nothing but an inherent racist undertone to the United States of America. Even some of the more sane liberal bloggers are regurgitating the meme:
“But there is a sad downside to this capitulation. The most powerful man in the world today was reduced to saying essentially, “Yes Massa, I really is an American. I gots the papers to prove it.” Not since the dark days of the 19th century where blacks had to identify themselves as free or slave has a man’s identity been so disgustingly challenged.” Rutherford Lawson
Of course, this was not Rutherford’s (in the interest of full disclosure, he is black) first ply into calling those who question the secrecy of Obama’s birth certificate racists. Prior to his cries of capitulation, Rutherford defined birthers (the Left’s term for those who question Obama’s secrecy) as such:
[T]he birther thing is the single signpost of a person who:
1) is a racist OR
2) has no grasp of policy so he reaches for straws OR
3) is your generic conspiracy nut
Reaching for straws? This from a man who just labeled every single person questioning Obama’s secrecy as racist. I would normally say something witty and pithy like, ‘hello pot, meet kettle,’ or maybe, ’when you stare into the abyss, the abyss stares back,’ but alas, I am frankly at a loss of words to describe the fundamental hypocrisy and lack of perspective. While I am not going to dwell on these particular issues, there are several sound questions that deserve, at the very least, some answers. Like the question of whether or not Obama was adopted by his step-father? How, and if, has the apparent name change from Obama to Soetoro and back to Obama been documented? Was he ever an Indonesian citizen, and if so, when did he become a U.S. citizen again? One can lament the question, one can even question the motives of the person asking the question, but what the Left consistently refuses to do is actually answer the question.
Old Rutherford even felt necessary to bring me to task in his ‘cry of capitulation’. He said, “One of my fellow bloggers whom I shall not identify because he should be ashamed of himself, recently said that he wished the birther conspiracy to be proven true so that Obama could be run out of office. There is no depth to which enemies of this President will not stoop to see him undone.” Well, what I actually said was this:
We’ve had this chat before- can you explain why he refuses to release the document?
There are really only two answers to this:
A) The document doesn’t exist and thus he has no way of confirming his natural birth
B) He intends to use the “birther conspiracy” as a political weapon against political opponents.
I lean towards B, but pray A is the answer. Why? Because it would be, by far, the best way to absolve this nation of the sins Obama has committed. Every piece of legislation that he signed would be null and void. His Administration would be tossed out almost immediately and, more importantly, the Dems would suffer a fatal blow. The political devastation that would follow against the Dems would be without equal.
Messier Rutherford thinks I should be ashamed of my whimsical hope that the ‘birther’ movement was accurate, of which, by the way, they have not yet been fully refuted. I could not disagree with him more. I think the hope (after all, is Rutherford now bemoaning Hope?) that the sins of this Administration could be erased in a single fell swoop are not too much to ask. I do not think he disagrees with me either, whether he would be willing to admit it or not, as he alludes to my point, “The long form is published. Now where are the jobs? When are the foreclosures going to stop? When are our sons and daughters going to stop dying in fruitless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya? How the hell did today’s developments move our country forward?” Exactly. Where are they? We have been told since the day Barack Obama came into office that he is the smartest man alive, that he is gifted and smart and articulate and intelligent, and- did I mention articulate-and, and, and… He is regularly portrayed with halos, as his chin is cast high, while his eyes view the lowly masses. At some point, someone was bound to stand up and say, ‘hey, why ain’t none of this fixed?’
Which brings us to Rutherford’s- and the Left’s writ large- real fear: “If Obama did not see independents (upon whom his reelection depends) slowly being drawn into this stupidity, he would never have capitulated.” Hmmmm, an interesting observation, inaccurate, but interesting nonetheless. You see, it was not this that drove independents away from the White House. No, no, that had begun many, many months ago. No, the trending on independent approval of the President began slipping in May of 2009 and has been persistently at current levels of ~40%, per Gallop, since May of last year, coincidentally (or not) around the same time that Obamacare was dishonestly forced through Congress.
No, if Rutherford and his fellow Liberals want to see the independent metrics change, they are going to have to answer Rutherford’s list of queries: Where are the jobs? When are the foreclosures going to stop? What are the foreign policy answers? Our Gross Domestic Product grew at 1.8% in the first quarter of this year. 1.8%! To call that dismal is a gross understatement. Unemployment is barely under 10%, with underemployment somewhere around 25%. Our national debt is at 14.4 trillion dollars, 4 trillion of which came from Obama’s budgets alone (in the face of Obama’s promise to cut the deficit in half within four years), and we continue to have no viable solution to the inevitable collapse of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. And why is Libya a part of our foreign policy lexicon right now? We have no defined mission there, nor has anyone from the Administration bothered to inform the U.S. public as to what our interests are in the first place. Those resources flowing into Libya are desperately needed in Afghanistan, and beside the point, they would not be used to support an ally with demonstrated al-Qaida connections.
The crux of the matter is this: the façade is wearing off. Nobody believes him anymore. His election was an anomaly, not because he is black, but because he was believed to be a breath of fresh air. No one knew anything about him, but he was saying all the right things, and frankly, the U.S. public in 2008 was desperate and scared. We got conned; sold a bill of goods; he lied. What promises has he kept? What issues has he fixed? How many things can we point to that have gotten worse? The American people are going through buyer’s remorse. ‘Hope and Change’ has turned into ‘Fraud and Deceit’.
While hundreds in the South are dying from the worst rash of tornadoes since the early 70’s, Obama is having “fun day’s” raising money for 2012. Rutherford would call it optics, most of us call it priorities, as in his priorities and those of the American people rarely, ever meet. Obama cares about one thing: Barack Obama. He will throw anyone under the bus if he thinks it will garner him power. The only deviance to this is when the end-state matches Obama’s radical ideological bent. Questioning, or exposing those ideological undertones that make up the core beliefs of Obama is not a racist endeavor. Period. The Left does the issue of race relations no service by so frequently playing the race card. Are there racists out there, sure, but they exist in every skin color and every ideology.
Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. We will not be fooled again.