A birther invades an Oklahoma town hall

Teaparty

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.

Proselytizing with Wolf

What annoys me about this interview is that Wolf Blitzer, for some reason, was insistent that someone say the “Thank the Lord” line so he could fill out his report.

He could have just said, “well, you have to thank the Lord,” and ended with that.

But, no! He insisted that the woman, who has just been through one of the most terrifying events of her life, had to say the words.

I admire her for being honest about the whole matter and shutting him up. Not everybody in the heartland is a Bible thumper, no matter how much Wolf and the CNN crew want to pigeonhole them into a specific demographic.

She could have just said, “Sure,” but if she’d done that, I bet Blitzer would have badgered her with a “You have to say the words.”

And then he follows with that condescending “but you made the right call.” Like people who don’t believe in God don’t have sense enough to find shelter when a tornado is about to take them on a one way trip to Oz.

This is the reason I stay away from television news.

Jerk.

Oh, and why is he a jerk?

Because he justifies other jerks like this one:

An atheist lawmaker’s decision to give the daily prayer at the Arizona House of Representatives triggered a do-over from a Christian lawmaker who said the previous day’s prayer didn’t pass muster.

Republican Rep. Steve Smith on Wednesday said the prayer offered by Democratic Rep. Juan Mendez of Tempe at the beginning of the previous day’s floor session wasn’t a prayer at all. So he asked other members to join him in a second daily prayer in “repentance,” and about half the 60-member body did so. Both the Arizona House and Senate begin their sessions with a prayer and a recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

“When there’s a time set aside to pray and to pledge, if you are a non-believer, don’t ask for time to pray,” said Smith, of Maricopa. “If you don’t love this nation and want to pledge to it, don’t say I want to lead this body in the pledge, and stand up there and say, ‘you know what, instead of pledging, I love England’ and (sit) down.

“That’s not a pledge, and that wasn’t a prayer, it’s that simple,” Smith said.

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So the “Christian” lawmaker gets to overrule another person’s beliefs. And no one will stand up to him and say, “Screw you.”

Actually, someone did:

Rep. Jamescita Peshlakai, who represents a northern Arizona district on the Navajo reservation, did take offense. She said Smith’s criticism of another member’s faith, or lack of it, was wrong.

“I want to remind the House and my colleagues and everybody here that several of us here are not Christianized. I’m a traditional Navajo, so I stand here every day and participate in prayers,” even without personally embracing them, said Peshlakai, D-Cameron. “This is the United States, this is America, and we all represent different people … and you need to respect that. Your God is no more powerful than my God. We all come from the same creator.”

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