Will the ‘Birthers’ Please Just Shut Up

I don't want to appear to be opposing absolute freedom of speech, but there comes a point when, as a personal favor to sane people everywhere and to reduce the level of national embarrassment, I just have to ask the rat-brained social deviants who think there's a great conspiracy to conceal President Obama's real place of birth to please shut the hell up. I realize that they have no personal dignity or common sense, but out of respect for the rest of us who oppose President Obama for legitimate and rational reasons, couldn't they just crawl into a closet somewhere and close the door behind them so we can't hear them mumbling to themselves in the darkness?

Lou Dobbs is an idiot. I do enjoy saying that. Lou Dobbs is an idiot. I used to have to explain why I was convinced the giant-headed nativist nutjob had a brain the size of a blighted walnut, but now all I have to do is point out that he lets his birther flag fly relentlessly on his show, featuring the issue again and again, despite pressure from CNN higher-ups who have apparently told Dobbs to drop the subject because the birth certificate was destroyed as part of the routine process of going to electronic instead of paper records in 1991. This despite subsequent statements to the contrary from Dr. Chiyome Fukino the Director of the Hawaii State Department of Health that the original document still exists, reiterating prior statements from Fukino and Republican Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle.

Dobbs is not alone in his nuttiness. Even more dismaying than seeing him on a major news network is that the people of Minnesota managed to elect a Birther to represent them in Congress. In an apparent attempt to balance out the blithering left-wing idiocy of Al Franken they have sent Michele Bachman to the House on some sort of demented crusade to expose conspiracies and promote an agenda which combines the worst of the ideas of Alex Jones, Donald Wildmon and the John Birch Society. To her credit, Bachman can make a rousing speech and she sounds just great until you actually think about the things she's saying and realize she's phoning the speech in from the twilight zone. Her latest accomplishment was a desperate effort to derail a bill recognizing the 50th anniversary of Hawaii's statehood because it acknowledged the state as the birthplace of President Obama, which she apparently thought was a plot to legitimize his birth by congressional fiat.

Then there’s the king of all birthers, bearded legal huckster Philip J. Berg (not to be confused with far more rational and entertaining Dave Berg the late cartoonist for Mad Magazine). Having gone as far as he could with exploiting and abusing the families of 9/11 victims this shyster who has previously been sanctioned for a”laundry list of unethical actions,” has taken up the birth certificate cause with a lawsuit challenging Obama’s eligibility which the court described as “frivolous and not worthy of discussion,” which didn’t stop Berg from trying to get the Supreme Court to issue an injunction to suspend the election, which they ultimately refused to do three times before sending him back to crazyland and a perennial guest spot on the Alex Jones radio show.

The point these oblivious blowhards seem to be missing is that their crazed ranting is counterproductive. For those of us who are trying to mount a rational opposition to the out-of-control left, the promotion of non-issues like the fantasy that President Obama is secretly Kenyan or Indonesian or a secret Muslim wastes everyone's time and makes the entire political opposition look like a bunch of buffoons. It's a circus sideshow which distracts from real issues and concerns and does more to help Obama than to hurt him, plus it creates opportunities for gross distortions and smear attackes from the radical left. Substantive issues don't get discussed when the media and the pundits of the left can focus on birthers and conspiracy cranks to deflect attention. So please, shut up about the birth certificate and let the debate move on to real issues.


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Dave Nalle has worked as a magazine editor, a freelance writer, a capitol hill staffer, a game designer and taught college history for many years. He now designs fonts for a living and lives with his family in a small town just outside Austin where he is ex-president of the local Lions Club. He is on the board of the Republican Liberty Caucus and Politics Editor of Blogcritics Magazine. You can find his writings about fonts, art and graphic design at The Scriptorium. He also runs a conspiracy debunking site at IdiotWars.com.


  1. [Lou Dobbs is] an utterly unreformable “Birther” who continues to maintain that secret sources – probably the voices in his head – have told him that President Obama’s birth certificate in the State of Hawaii’s archives has been destroyed.

    Dave, could you please retract this part of your post? It contains a very serious factual error. Lou Dobbs NEVER contended that the birth certificate was destroyed. To the contrary, he believed that Obama was born in Hawaii and asked that he post the original (as he did with the 2007 certification) to put the matter to rest.

    However, CNN President Jon Klein threatened to fire Dobbs, claiming that the issue was “dead” because Klein’s researchers had determined that the 1961 original birth certificate had been destroyed in 2001 when the records went electronic. This cause the state of Hawaii to rebut Klein’s statement today. So it was Klein — a liberal trying to protect the President — who asserted that the document was destroyed, not Dobbs.

  2. No. How about you stop being such a shallow thinker, and how about Obama stop hiding his past. Where are his school records? Where are his university records? Where are his world travel records? There are a lot more questions than just “Where is his long form birth certificate?”. Or are you unaware that there is a difference between the computer generated 2008 Hawaiian certification of live birth for 1961 and an original 1961 certificate of live birth (which includes the name of the hospital of birth and the attending physician or nurse who oversaw the birth)?

  3. Here’s Obama’s dilemma in a nutshell (READ VERY CAREFULLY AND DIGEST):

    If BHO shows his original long form birth certificate, indeed showing he was born in Hawaii, it will also show his father was American citizen, Frank Marshall Davis, not the Kenyan/British citizen, Barack Obama Sr. While that would allow Barack Jr. to be POTUS eligible as BOTH a “citizen”/“native born citizen” AND an Article 2 “natural born citizen” — that is, born to two American citizens on American soil — it would simultaneously show he is a fraud hiding his real father — an unacceptable political debacle.

    If, on the other hand, BHO keeps hiding his original long form birth certificate — while simply repeating, without showing, he was born in Hawaii — he can still CLAIM BOTH he was born in Hawaii AND his father was the Kenyan/British Barack Obama Sr. This would enable Barack Jr. to claim he’s a “citizen”/“native born citizen” but it would mean (if a federal court would ever get around to declaring and thus far no one has standing to bring the suit) that he’s NOT an Article 2 “natural born citizen” and thus not eligible to be POTUS — a legal/constitutional debacle since all acts under an illegal POTUS are void.

    So it seems, BHO has elected option one until forced to go option two because for now it looks like no federal court will ever find a plaintiff with standing. (Of course, there’s the additional issue of BHO losing American citizen status if/when he became an Indonesian citizen — that is, IF he returned and was naturalized he would be a legal citizen, but would lose both native and natural born status, and, IF he returned and was not naturalized, he would be an illegal immigrant unlawfully in this country — but we’ll leave that for another day.)

  4. I don’t feel that strongly one way or the other, however, to give the man a pass when he continues to hide his mysterious past is not an acceptable path to take. I am working more from the position that he is spending too much time and effort to hide something and I am not sure what it is.

  5. No we will NOT shut up! We will be here until the “last man standing” …as long as there are people like you!

    Your words are BS!

    Were you asleep in your 9th grade Constitution Class? Everyone except you (and those who have attended government run schools) (i.e. public schools of today) know that a natural born citizen is one whose parents are both citizens (both Mom and Dad).

    Mr. Soetoro (aka Obama) had a pappy that was a British Foreign National…he was NEVER a citizen of the US. Whereas Mr. Soetoro may be a native citizen (if his granny was not a pathological liar) and he was not born in kenya and if he indeed was born in Hawaii (I am not convinced he was) he then may be a “native” citizen…MAYBE….

    Then we have the matter of his citizenship in Indonesia. When did he rebuke his Indonesia citizenship and when did he reapply for citizenship back to America? He is supposed to have traveled as an Indonesian Citizen and attended Occidental College and Columbia College as a foreign student. Show me his 1980-1990 passports…show me an american passport. Why is he hiding his passports?

    Pray tell… How can you still claim Mr. Soetoro is a natural born citizen when he carries the baggage of being a citizen of four different nations? britian, kenyan, american, and indonesia. Which country is he a Natural Born Citizen of? His daddy was British so no natural born citizenship to america came from him. His adopted daddy Mr. Soetoro was an Indonesian natural born citizen…so BarryO was last a natural born citizen of that country…not the USA. (We have school records showing him as a citizen of indonesia.)

    prove to me that BarryO had a daddy that was a citizen of our country and I will cease being a birther. Else I would suggest you all take some night class on the Constitution and American Government. You do not know our countries history, laws and Constitution!

    Edward C. Noonan

    P.S. And for that matter, BarryO’s mommie and daddy were never legally married. His daddy was already married in Kenya, so unless bigamy and polygamy was legal in Hawaii in 1961, then their marriage (if there was one) was never valid. So if BarryO was born out of wedlock, then that adds to the problem of his natural born status as well. This whole matter is a MESS!

    P.S.S…And yes! It matters whether or not BarryO is a citizen or not. If he is still an Indonesian Citizen and he never reapplied for American Citizenship it means we have a NON-CITIZEN in the White House. That is scary! I firmly believe barryO is NOT A U.S. Citizen and he is an illegal alien. He needs to be deported and forced to re-apply for citizenship to our country.

  6. The Birthers haven’t gone far enough. Obama is obviously a Vulcan, who traveled back in time to fake his Hawaiian birth certificate. That sun flare during the trip just gave him a better tan than most Vulcans. This isn’t a world-wide conspiracy, it’s inter-galactic! But, not to worry. When the Federation arrives, they’ll restore the Presidency to a proper white male who will suddenly appear in the white house. He’ll have Ferengi ears, but at least he’ll restore the Gold Plated Latinum currency standard.

  7. Westmiller has the right take on this whole subject. It’s something which can really only be responded to with ridicule at this point.

    To answer one point everyone else keeps raising, his past is clearly NOT mysterious. You all know far more about his past than you do about most people. You know where he was born, the marital status of his parents, his subsequent nationality and places of residence. Try finding that stuff out about your next door neighbors without interrogating them.

    The facts are simple. His mother was an American and he was born in America. Regardless of irrelevancies like his parents marital status and where he lived later, that makes him an American. Deal with it.

    And BTW, under the law as it was in the 1980s, if you didn’t formally revoke your dual citizenship at the age of 21 you automatically lost citizenship in the country where you were not resident at the time. So once he was an adult Obama was an American citizen. I know this because I’m roughly the same age and was born in a foreign country and was not required to give up my Lebanese citizenship because it was revoked automatically when I turned 21.


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