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.