What do God and Barack Obama have in common? Neither one has a birth certificate. – R. LimbaughIt’s fascinating being around when a new religion is born. President Obama is an American. But, Republicans and conservatives are too heavily invested in Birtherism to let that stop their Crusade. And now that ‘Where is the Birth Certificate?’ has been shown to be nothing more than Right Wing flim flam Republicans will resort to an old canard, they are making Birtherism a matter of Faith.
No amount of evidence will ever satisfy them. No amount of evidence will shake their faith. Every time Birtherism is shown to be Republican racism the standards and underpinnings of it shall be changed. And evidence against their faith, only serves to reinforce their beliefs. However, while the long form Certificate of Live Birth has been released it never was about where Obama was born but about his father.
For a majority of conservatives it’s a priori Obama isn’t American because he’s not “white”, and to Republicans African-Americans can never be truly American citizens.
But, while nearly all conservatives are bigots their racist base doesn’t provide Republicans enough votes to win elections. So, Racist Republicans know that in order to sway independent voters they can’t just go on R. Limbaugh’s show and call President Obama a n****r so they recite not-so-subtle dog whistles. The Birther nonsense allowed John Boehner, Eric Cantor and other Republicans to seem reasonable by saying ‘Oh, I take him at his word’ while winking all day long to their racist constituents.
No religion would be complete without it’s impossible standards of guilt and innocence and Inquisition. Enter Faux News. Sean Hannity and Newt Gingrich, Sarah Palin and others have responded with, ‘Why didn’t he release it sooner’. Because to conservative’s Obama is already Guilty. He needs to prove his innocence to them. He needs to satisfy the Republicans tribunals. And even then it’s not enough because other conservative photoshopping liars and cowards still hold the President accountable.
Glenn Reynolds shows the abject moral bankruptcy and despicable bigotry of the conservative movement:
The White House may think it’s sprung a trap, but I think they waited too long. By now — as the polls from earlier this week showing how many independents thought Obama wasn’t born here, and which probably prompted the release decision, indicate — the damage is done. Even if people change their minds on the issue, for many the residual suspicion will remain: The thought that regardless of where he was born, there’s something shady about him.See it doesn’t matter that Birtherism is demonstrably and unequivocally false and conservatives are despicable shameless liars; the victim of this evil plot is at fault. He doesn’t pass muster. He needs to prove himself a Palin approved Real American.
"We want to see a 'birth certificate,'" Sharon Guthrie, the legislative director for Texas state legislator Leo Berman, explained. "The one that we have that says 'birth certificate' is from Mombassa, Kenya, with his footprint on it. He has still not produced an American birth certificate. What I've seen online, what they produced today, still says certificate of live birth across the top." It fits perfectly with dogmatic Republican Birtherism. Conservatives are racists. Racism has seeped into the Right and now permeates everything they do politically.
And, as is the course of religions, Birtherism has undergone a Schism. Josh Marshall from Talking Points Memo has a breakdown of the strains of Birtherism which are still running rampant in the Right, of which more than 70% believe President Obama is not the white person to be President.
Update: Watch the spectacular bigot Pamela Geller reveal the depths a Birther must delve to hold onto their racist dogma.