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Tuesday, August 04, 2021

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You would have thought that the crackpot “forged Hawaiian birth certificate” story would have fizzled out shortly after Inauguration Day (which itself, thanks to the do-over oath of office, is subject to conspiracy theorizing). But somehow, the demented drumbeat about President Obama’s birthplace goes on, with the “birther movement” causing serious credibility problems for the Administration’s opposition.

Appropriate for a conspiracy theory is a conspiracy meta-theory, partisan-style:

Republicans suggest that some Democrats are trying to keep the matter alive because it makes the Republican Party look bad. MSNBC, which has several liberal-leaning hosts, has discussed the topic frequently in recent days. Orly Taitz, a California dentist and lawyer who is among the leading voices in the anti-Obama movement, made her case in a combative interview on MSNBC.

“Obama is completely illegitimate as a U.S. president for two reasons — not only because he did not provide the place of his birth, but also because both parents have to be U.S. citizens,” Ms. Taitz said. “His father was never a U.S. citizen. He was in the United States on a student visa.”

Presumably in on this Democratic-induced juicing is the ostensibly right-leaning Lou Dobbs, who’s tussling with CNN over his fixation on the birthers. Lots of reverse-psychology at play, I guess.

By the way, that bit about both parents having to be U.S. citizens is pure bunk: The “natural born” eligibility requirement means just that, and applies solely to the candidate, not his parents. Of course, that detail is all mixed up in the supposed Kenyan-soil birthplace, so no convincing the nutjobs on such subtleties. Just like there’s no convincing them that a major detail like the place-of-birth requirement would’ve been thoroughly vetted by both parties before a candidate even got his/her Presidential aspirations off the ground; or that there’s any logic at all in either Democrats or Republicans taking such a risky approach to capture the White House, when it would be that much easier to nominate someone with bulletproof birth credentials.

I’ve noticed before that conspiracy theories tend to appeal to people who, paradoxically, feel more at ease with the idea that a cover-up exists, rather than mentally process reality as it is. This is a classic case. Frankly, I don’t feel much pity over any manipulation that they’re undergoing.

by Costa Tsiokos, Tue 08/04/2021 05:19:06 PM
Category: Media, Politics, Society
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