March 13, 2012
Economic troubles are the least of the US’s worries. Over half of one of the the country’s only two parties are lunatics: those who live in a world of fear and fantasy against which the facts of life have little effect. For lunatics facts and fictions are interchangeable. The truths of life have become so groteque to the deranged that fictions are their only sanctuary.
Polls show that even after president Obama has released his long form birth certificate 60% of Republicans still say “…that they either still consider Obama’s birthplace to be open to debate or aren’t sure.” What’s more “…33 percent claim that the president was “definitely” or “probably” born elsewhere.” 18% still consider the long form a forgery.
If time travel were possible and you took these people back to 1961 in Hawaii, gave them bags of popcorn and sat them down with calendars and GPS gizmos to watch the birth of Barack Obama in all its natural wonder and geographic certainty they would still claim the thing was staged and that they’d been abducted by liberal aliens and tractor-beamed into a hovering spacecraft by a cabal of communists under the direction of Saul Alinsky and socialist, Bernie Sanders, who stood ominously apart eating french fries with Osama Bin Laden and Malcom X.
The latest lunatic candidate pumping like hell at the birther well (joining bad-hair-day and perpetual pouter Donald Trump, the barely-tethered-to-earth Michelle Bachmann and every other spineless Republican politico who cynically poisons that libation) is Republican Cliff Sterns of Florida. Sterns is in a tough race and is dispensing birther Kool-ade to the Sunshine State’s whacked-out thirsty. These people are so destructive that some of the hysterical are even doubting themselves.
I have serious problems with president Obama: his continuance of the Bush policy of indefinite detention, the war in Afghanistan, and his constitution-diminishing defense of the extra-judicial assasination of US citizens —seroius problems, but his place of birth is not one of them. In fact, this president falls easily into the long line of presidents who have found themselves in the grip of war and its power over them. In this, half-black or half-white, he’s as American as apple military rations.
But there is no cure for birther brain fracture —that dementia is self-willed.
by Jim Culleny