Ultra-conservatives question Obama’s right to rule
The United State of America has seen its president accused of espionage and illegal immigration – accusations hurled by its own citizens!
While most could argue as to what ends these means serve, others see them as a platform that allows ordinary citizens in America and around the globe to see all sides of an important topic: is their president a ‘real’ American. The ‘controversy’ is based primarily on the ‘facts’ and ridiculous statements made by prominent individuals.
Birtherism: a conspiracy theory brought forth by those who believe President Barack Obama is a secret Kenyan terrorist who wants to destroy the United States of America.
In 2008, anonymous e-mails from supporters of Hillary Clinton surfaced that questioned Obama’s citizenship in an attempt to put Clinton in the front seat of the Democratic primaries. These perceptions soon migrated to the Republicans and since stuck around in the ‘Grand Old Party’ (GOP).
They surface again in the lead-up to the 2012 elections when presidential flirt and reality television star Donald Trump went on the rampage, claiming that Obama is of Kenyan birth and is ineligible to be in the White House. The matter seemed a bit bizarre as he appeared less interested in the fact that Republican Senator Ted Cruz is actually of Canadian descent. Trump, who was backing Mitt Romney to be president, based his argument on a statement that might seem almost factual: that it was never put on record that Obama was born in any American hospital. Trump went on: “How come no doctor ever came out and said, ‘I gave birth to this beautiful baby who is now our president’?”
In an interview on ABC’s This Week with Jonathan Karl that took place last month, Trump’s view on Cruz’s legitimacy to be in the White house was questionable, especially for someone who had a lot to say about Obama’s birth status. He only commented by saying ‘somebody told him that Cruz was born in Canada and that could ‘perhaps’ make Cruz eligible to run for presidency’.
“Given the raft of stories today about my birth certificate, it must be a slow news day. The facts of my birth are straightforward: I was born in 1970 in Calgary, Canada. Because my mother was a US citizen, born in Delaware, I was a US citizen by birth. When I was a kid, my Mom told me that I could choose to claim Canadian citizenship if I wanted. I got my U.S. passport in high school.”
That is a statement released by Ted Cruz on the 12th of August 2012 in an attempt to stop talks about his not being a ‘real’ American. It was well received, yet in 2011 Tea Party protestors in Orlando, Florida greeted President Obama with signs that read ‘Kenyan Go Home’. The crowed of fifty was made up mostly of older, white protesters who believed that Obama did not deserve to be the leader of their country.
Although President Obama has publicly come out and shown the public that he is American (though his father is Kenyan), reports of his birth certificate being forged have become a popular talking point.
Fox News’ Eric Bolling came out with his version on why he thinks Obama shouldn’t occupy the White House. Bolling proudly asserted that there is ‘no way’ Obama could be American and that the president’s birth certificate ‘had to be photo shopped’.
In an article on the Daily Kos, Jerome Robert Corsi, an American author, political commentator and conspiracy theorist, came out with his own theory on how Obama became President. He claimed that Obama is a foreigner whose education was funded by a family in Chicago and that a former postman, Allen Hulton, used to deliver mail to a family that funded ‘young, foreign Obama’s education.’ Corsi claimed that Hulton actually told him about the current president and would often boast to him about this… in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.
Corsi claimed to have found this retired mailman who says he used to deliver mail to Bill Ayers’ parents, who in turn bragged to him about sponsoring a young black, foreign kid (did I mention ‘black’, and ‘foreign’? And ‘black’?) with an ‘African’-sounding name… and it was probably Obama. Hulton says he once met the kid outside Bill Ayers’ parents’ house and asked him what his plans for the future were… and that the youthful Obama said, “Oh, I’m going to be President of the United States.”
Hulton believes the ‘fix was in’. “There was a little bit of a grin on his face when he said it – he sounded sure of himself, but not arrogant. I know how people will say things because they have an ambition, but it did not come across that way,” Hulton adds. “It came across as if this young black male was telling me he was going to be president, almost as if it were the statement of a scientific fact that had already been determined, as if his being president had been already pre-arranged.”
I’m not a nut case, I’m just OrlyTaitz
One of craziest people in the forefront of the Birther conspiracy theory, Orly Taitz, has been making the pundit rounds and has managed to confuse and play with some of the mentally unstable Americans who too believe that Obama is not American.
This dentist, lawyer and former estate agent is convinced Obama is not a legitimate American and has even taken the matter to court.
“His father’s race was ‘African’ and not ‘Negro’.” Taitz actually said this in a TV interview in June of 2009.
She supports this statement by alleging that Obama’s certificate has been forged. On a recent TV interview with Joy Hehar, it was revealed that she had been earlier fined $25 000 dollars by a judge in Georgia for misconduct. The judge called her ‘delusional’. Her defence? That the judge is in fact the one who’s delusional and corrupt.
One cannot escape the role of race in this conspiracy as Birtherism seems nothing but complete nonsense put forth by individuals who are either insane or immoral… or both!