Birther derangement syndrome

It only appears to be activated by the color black (from the Texas Tribune):

When Democrat Barack Obama was running for president in 2008, Republican voter Christina Katok of Walden said she believed he was ineligible for the job.

She reasoned that he was born in Kenya and therefore wasn’t a “natural born” American — one of a handful of constitutional requirements for the job. (Obama’s birth certificate shows that he was born in Hawaii, but some critics do not accept that as fact.)

Fast forward six years and another freshman U.S. senator, Canadian-born Tea Party firebrand Ted Cruz of Texas, is being mentioned as a potential 2016 presidential candidate. But Katok, who would vote for Cruz in a heartbeat, doesn’t have any concerns about his eligibility.

“As far as I’m concerned, Canada is not really foreign soil,” she said. Katok said she was more disturbed by Obama’s “strong ties to Kenya,” the African country where his father was born. She also said she didn’t like the fact that Obama did not release his long-form birth certificate during the 2008 race.

Maybe it’s some kind of medical condition. These are seemingly normal functioning people who just have an issue when seeing black and white. That’s why they have a problem with a mixed race guy who was born in the United States and whose father was born in Kenya, but have no problem with a white guy born in Canada whose father was born in Cuba and fought on the side of Fidel Castro during the Cuban revolution.

This Sacramento Bee cartoon pretty much captures birther logic:

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A birther invades an Oklahoma town hall

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It’s August and Congress is in recess. That means it’s time for the Tea Party crazies to take over Town Hall meetings. What will they complain about this time? (From TPM)

Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-OK) was fielding questions at the event in Afton, Okla. when a woman asked him about “Obama’s identification.”

“Let me just stop you right there. You’re talking about the birth certificate?” Mullin said. “We lost that argument Nov. 6. We had four years to get that proven. We didn’t. We re-elected him. So that’s a dead issue.”

His answer prompted the woman to present documents produced last year by Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio that purportedly showed Obama’s birth certificate is a “fraud.”

Birthers believe in a theory that has been debunked numerous times that Obama is not a natural born citizen of the United States and therefore ineligible to be president.

When Mullin refused to take the papers, the woman stood before the crowd and detailed their contents….

The woman shouted over Mullin, decrying that Obama won’t “be held accountable to a crime that goes to the very root of what he’s doing to this Constitution.”

“He was a fraud, he got in,” the woman said as she stormed out. “He’s above the law.”

Why can’t a congressman just say, “Stop being an idiot,” to idiots? Sure, he’s a Republican and can’t say anything in defense of Obama at any time, but there’s no point in dealing with people who are so delusional they can only harp on fantasy. It’s not like this woman is going to vote for a Democrat. And it’s not like Mullin needs her out on the street campaigning for him, since having mouth-breathing ranters handing out your literature only turns off potential supporters.

Let’s see the “birther princess” in action:

Yeah. The birthers are still out there. But the Republicans let them thrive for the past four years and didn’t shut them up when everyone knew their argument was insane.

But there’s another thing to notice. There aren’t that many people at this congressman’s town hall. That can’t be a good sign for him if no one wants to hear what he has to say and crazy birthers don’t allow him to keep a meeting at least in this dimension.

By the way. I don’t see the argument that this incident proves Mullin is a birther. He admits it’s a non issue. The fact that he says, “I agree with you,” seems to be more of a “get out of my face” response than a “I know Obama is a Kenyan” acknowledgement.

Here we go again on birth certificates

The birther issue is never going to die as long as Republicans believe it’s an easy way to get the cheap votes of people who can’t think (from an interview with Rick Perry in Parade Magazine):

Governor, do you believe that President Barack Obama was born in the United States?
I have no reason to think otherwise.

That’s not a definitive, “Yes, I believe he”—
Well, I don’t have a definitive answer, because he’s never seen my birth certificate.

But you’ve seen his.
I don’t know. Have I?

You don’t believe what’s been released?
I don’t know. I had dinner with Donald Trump the other night.

And?
That came up.

And he said?
He doesn’t think it’s real.

And you said?
I don’t have any idea. It doesn’t matter. He’s the President of the United States. He’s elected. It’s a distractive issue.

Is it really that hard to say, “He was born in Hawaii, of course he’s an American citizen.”?

The Donald wuz rite!!

Finally, the proof Donald Trump and Republicans have been looking for. Obama’s birth certificate from Kenya:

And thanks to Balloon Juice, an eyewitness to the event named Gen. Stuck:

Of course Obama was born in Kenya. I know this from my soldier of fortune days with the Foreign Legion in Africa, when one day whilst fighting for exploitation, I came across a a baby crib in a hut, with Little Baby Barack carved in the headpost. There were more words that said “future US presnit, and Weather Underground toddler corp”. Tacked to a post was Obama’s birth certificate from Kenya, and a cut out article from a Hawaiian newspaper of the arrival of baby Husseini, with “stoopid white people” scribbled on the margin.

True lie, swear to baby jeevus on a Koran.

I found it on the Internet, so it must be true.