There is one of those annoying sounds from the far right lunatic fringe group that keeps creeping into the mental state of the nation. That is the new coded racist conspiracy crackpot theory, tin foil hat idea labled as the “birther” movement.
Apparently the far right lunatics have latched onto this idea that President Obama was not born in this country. He was born in Hawaii, a member of the Union since 1959. He was born in 1961. This came up during the campaign and I do recall that John McCain, was born of American parents in Panama while his father was on duty in the Navy there. If you are going to question the Dem’s credentials then you have got to mention the Pub’s questionable claim to native American born status as a constitutional prerequisite for the highest office in the land.
Putting aside campaign rhetoric, I saw a video clip last night on the Rachel Maddow show on MSNBC from some recent archive in which talk show host Rush Limbaugh was making a joke about what God has in common with Barack Obama – “no birth certificate”.
The poor excuse of a human being that walked into the national Holocaust Museum the other day with a gun and hatred has been linked to a belief in this “birther” conspiracy idea. That sick old man had a whole litany of confused and hate filled ideas. Primary among was them was hatred for the Jews, anti-Semitism. This guy also was surprising anti-christian as well.
What struck me last while watching that archive footage of Rush and making a droll joke about God’s birth certificate and reinforcing the lunatic fringe’s tin foil hat ideas was that this whole idea sounds familiar. It was when Rachel spent air time to go a little in depth on the silly subject that a light bulb went off in my head. Maddow had stated something like the fact that people, because of this idea, believe that the Office of President of the United States (POTUS) is vacant. It is not vacant. It is occupied and functioning better that it has in a decade what with Bill Clinton and his BJ Impeachment and the inbred idiot ruling class’s choice of George III.
Vacant! Sede Vacante! The seat of the President is empty in the minds of people who cannot see a black man seating there.
I have to assume corrently or incorrectly that this birther thing in the election fell onto the fertile ground of racism in America as well as tax supported Tradtionalist Catholicism where the idea of a vacancy in a seat of temporal power is a way to avoid with dealing with reality.
I believe we are seeing a secular version of the Latin Massers in the form of the Obama Birthers. Art imitating nature? Or screwed up thinking reflecting superstition and hatred both on a secular and “sacred” level. Whatever.
A film clip from the flaming liberal, lesbian news reporting goddess, Rachel Maddow from March to help you visualize and absorb this idea more fully: