refuting the birthers

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Ron Chusid at Liberal Values noted "the degree to which the conservative movement has become a delusional cult can be seen by the manner in which they fall for conspiracy theories claiming that Barack Obama is not an American citizen" and recommended Alex Koppelman's "Handy Dandy Guide to Refuting the Birthers" piece at Salon. In it, Koppelman debunks the following eight myths:

  • Obama wasn't born in the U.S.
  • Obama can't be president because his father was a British citizen
  • A Kenyan birth certificate for Obama, showing he was born in Mombasa, has been discovered
  • Obama's grandmother said he was born in Kenya
  • Hawaii allows parents to get birth certificates for their foreign-born children
  • Obama traveled to Pakistan using an Indonesian passport
  • Obama hasn't released his birth certificate
  • If Obama would just release his birth certificate, he could end all this

Koppelman wonders if Obama should give in and request that Hawaii officials release the original paper document:

Shouldn't he? Maybe not. He's already released a completely legal form of proof of his birthplace; to cave in to the Birthers' demands now would legitimize them.

I think that, by giving this faux (and Faux News) controversy all the attention it deserves--none--Obama has made a shrewd decision. The birthers are wasting time and energy creating forgeries and promoting conspiracy theories, and looking ever more ridiculous doing so. Meanwhile, Obama remains above the fray--a very presidential place to be.

For a lighter take on the birther mentality, check out this birthday card expose from Sean Kelly (h/t: HuffPo):


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