A Sad Day in American Political History

At 9:17 am EDT NBC political director Chuck Todd tweeted “What a sad day in American political history”. I could not have said it better in so few words but I will elaborate on Mr. Todd’s point.

After over two years of the lunatic fringe asking to see President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, a form of which he had already offered to the public, the President today capitulated and published the “long form” of his Hawaiian birth certificate. So long as the crazed birther movement was led by certifiably insane Orly Taitz, part-time lawyer, part-time dentist, part-time real estate broker, the White House felt it could ignore the crackpot conspiracy theory that the President was foreign-born and therefore ineligible to be President of the United States. Once the self-promoting reality TV star, Donald Trump entered the fray, all that changed. Suddenly, the birther movement moved from TV news’ sideshow to their lead story.

The President had two choices, continue to ignore the foolishness or provide further proof that he is an American citizen. I have very mixed feelings about his choice. On the one hand, his release of the long form lays the matter to rest for all but the most truly lunatic among us. By doing so, he has shown 66% of the Republican party to be gullible idiots. He has shown Donald Trump to be, as the President put it in today’s press announcement, “a carnival barker”. He has hopefully cut substantially into the profits of Jerome Corsi’s upcoming book “Where’s the Birth Certificate?”

But there is a sad downside to this capitulation. The most powerful man in the world today was reduced to saying essentially, “Yes Massa, I really is an American. I gots the papers to prove it.” Not since the dark days of the 19th century where blacks had to identify themselves as free or slave has a man’s identity been so disgustingly challenged. There is no doubt that our incredibly sheltered citizenry who can’t identify other countries on a map had an adjustment to make with a President with such an exotic background. And let’s be honest. Obama, at least from one side of his family, is a first generation American. That is NEW for our country. However, his background makes him a black American.

People can talk until they are blue in the face. No President whose mother was American and father was French would have received this kind of scrutiny about his heritage. The fact is that despite the fact that we elected him, a vocal minority of this country could not accept having a black President and grasped at any straw possible to delegitimize him. Obama could have continued to ignore this contingent but chose to let them control the agenda. By publishing his long form birth certificate, Obama conceded that the lunatics are running the asylum. He validated their nutjob concerns by taking the time to address them.

One of my fellow bloggers whom I shall not identify because he should be ashamed of himself, recently said that he wished the birther conspiracy to be proven true so that Obama could be run out of office.  There is no depth to which enemies of this President will not stoop to see him undone. What is the next step in this process? As some pundits have asked this morning, will Obama now have to publish his school transcripts? Will he have to publish his college thesis? What other things must Obama do to prove his legitimacy?  We are the laughing-stock of the world today. Other countries see us circling the drain while we spend time on this idiocy. The long form is published. Now where are the jobs? When are the foreclosures going to stop? When are our sons and daughters going to stop dying in fruitless wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and Libya? How the hell did today’s developments move our country forward?

Who knows, maybe Dwight Eisenhower’s signature on the 1959 Hawaii Admission Act was a forgery? Maybe Hawaii really isn’t a state of the union at all? Perhaps Donald Trump can have his investigators look into that since we have to find some way, any way, to reject this President.


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The Punchline is Donald Trump

The joke begins, “who would make a great President in 2013?” and the punchline is “Donald Trump”. I would post the George Stephanopoulos interview with the Donald but the piece MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell (“Crazy Larry”) did Tuesday night is so much better because he takes the best of George’s questions and Donald’s lame answers and then interjects his own special brand of snark.

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Why should anyone supporting a Trump presidential run get their head examined? Let me count the ways:

  1. The likelihood that Trump has sent “investigators” to Hawaii to find the “truth” about Obama is just about zero.
  2. Trump was pro-choice before he was pro-life and has no understanding of Roe v. Wade.
  3. Trump, a serial exaggerator (i.e. liar) claims a net worth not supported by any third-party account.
  4. Trump’s explanation for bankruptcy is at best a lie and at worst evidence of serious ethics problems. Apparently, if you believe his explanation, bankruptcy is a great way to not pay your bills and get a “good deal” on partial payments. And that’s his positive defense!

One theory about Trump’s current appeal as a candidate among Republicans is his supposed business savvy which a country in dire financial condition badly needs. NBC investigative reporter Michael Isikoff interviewed Trump about his business acumen and his bankruptcy shenanigans were the tip of the iceberg. My favorite scam is “Trump University”, an “educational program” that I actually considered “enrolling” in a couple of years ago. Something told me it would be a waste of my money. Apparently some states attorneys general agree with me.

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One thing I got out of watching Trump’s foolishness is a new appreciation for Sarah Palin. I kid you not. The sexism on display by Trump’s meteoric political rise when he is as dumb as Sarah ever was is mind-boggling. While Sarah has “spunk”, she can’t sell her stupidity to the average intelligent voter. Trump on the other hand turns on the aggressive take-no-prisoners overkill and for a minute you find yourself believing he can move mountains.

My favorite bit of Trump braggadocio is his put-down of Mitt Romney as a small business man. While I’m no big fan of Romney, based on the Isikoff interview, I’d trust Romney with my money a whole lot sooner than Trump.

But let me end where I began with my buddy Crazy Larry. On another segment of his show, O’Donnell discussed possible campaign slogans sent in by viewers. My favorite:

Trump/Palin Bumper Sticker

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Congress for Dummies

Nope, it’s not the latest book explaining to us lay folks how Congress works. On the contrary, the dummies work within Congress itself and certain Democrats have decided to dumb things down a bit so their Republican colleagues “get it”.

At the elementary school level, we have Anthony Weiner schooling his GOP counterparts on how a bill becomes a law. This was prompted by Representative Eric Cantor’s introduction of the ridiculous Government Shutdown Prevention Act. Perhaps a good read of the children’s book House Mouse, Senate Mouse would provide the wisdom that the ostentatious reading of the Constitution earlier this year did not.

Then at the high school level, Representative Donna Edwards thought some good rock and roll might help her GOP colleagues better understand the cause and effect relationship of their up to the wire government shutdown pig-headedness. Quoting from The White Stripes song “Effect and Cause”, she said, “If you’re headed to the grave, you don’t blame the hearse.” All I can say is word to yo mama!

These displays of Democratic intellectual superiority are entertaining but also disturbing. With two … wups I mean … three wars waging and an economy still teetering on the brink, can’t we send folks to Congress who can behave like adults and don’t need to be treated like children?

As a bonus to any of my readers who are White Stripes fans, here’s the original “Effect and Cause“.


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