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    They Just Can’t Let Go Of The Birthplace And Religion Issues

    They Just Can’t Let Go Of The Birthplace And Religion Issues

    They just can’t let go of the issues of where Obama was born or his religion.

    Not Obama’s opponents, but his political and media supporters, who insist on a political purity test from Republicans, and who use the “refused to repudiate” line of attack on all who do not comply.

    David Gregory asked John Boehner this weekend where Boehner thought Obama was born and to what religion Obama subscribed.  Boehner, who was not the one to bring up the subjects, gave the only answer he could:

    “It’s not my job to tell the American people what to think,” Boehner said on NBC’s “Meet The Press” when asked about a recent focus group of Iowa voters shown on Fox News during which several said they believe Obama is Muslim.

    “The state of Hawaii has said he was born there. That’s good enough for me,” Boehner said. “The president says he’s a Christian. I accept him at his word.” 

    What is wrong with this answer?

    The word of the State of Hawaii officials is what we have, since Obama has failed to follow the advice of his family friend, Hawaii Democratic Gov. Neil Abercrombie, and supporters such as Chris Matthews, David Corn and Clarence Page, to authorize the release of his original birth certificate.  That’s Obama’s choice under Hawaii law, but when someone running for president refuses to release such ordinary documentation (John McCain released his birth certificate) it allows speculation and conspiracy theories to flourish.

    As I have pointed out before, Obama and his supporters have been playing the “birther card” for years as a means of demonizing opponents who do not pledge allegiance to Obama’s narrative.  This strategy has backfired, as witnessed by the focus group mentioned in the quote above.

    As to Obama’s religion, what else was Boehner supposed to say?  He takes Obama at his word.  Should Boehner have sworn on a stack of Bibles to something only Obama could know for sure?  Obama is not the first candidate whose religious principles have been questioned and he will not be the last.  Whether such questioning is fair or appropriate is one thing; but only the candidate himself can dispel any doubts which may linger in the electorate.

    Yet Boehner has come under criticism for not educating the masses, as if that were Boehner’s job on these issues.  Witness Jonathan Capehart at The Washington Post:

    “… in the face of a persistent lie that has ensnared way too many in his party,  it is incumbent upon those who know better to tell the uneducated or the mistaken what the truth is.”

    What Capehart wants is a religious faith in facts which are presumed to be true, but which are under the control of Obama. 

    There is someone who could educate the masses.  He should do so.

    Update:  Jim Treacher notes:

    I don’t recall anybody ever asking Nancy Pelosi if it was her job to correct any of the myths and misinformation that were spread about George Bush. Yet David Gregory seems to think John Boehner is obliged to perform that service for Barack Obama.

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    Pasadena Phil, you need to get your facts straight. Obama released his state-issued, certified legal birth certificate in 2008. Certificate number 151 1961 – 010641. Even Joseph Farah of WND does not believe the document is a forgery:

    Look, it's great that you're a birther and won't believe the overwhelming evidence, but that's your issue, not mine. You don't get your own facts, and you don't get to claim that Obama has not "released anything." That's just false. Obama's campaign requested the COLB, shared the original, certified, stamped copy with, and they posted plenty of pictures. If you don't respect, that's fine. But don't pretend Obama hasn't taken steps to satisfy your conspiracy theory friends.

    Speaking of the birth controversy, tomorrow, February 15th, a new book will be released titled "Deconstructing Obama" by Jack Cashill. Cashill has been investigating Obama's background with a fine-tooth comb for a very long time. Here is Cashill's bio:

    Having read many of Cashill's articles about Obama over the last few years, I know people will be stunned when they learn that Obama's parentage is not as black and white as we presume it to be.

    Thomas Lifson, publisher of American Thinker, has reviewed the book and says the following:

    "Deconstructing Obama is an important book, one that unravels significant parts of the fabric of Barrack Obama's contrived and closely guarded personal history. Candidate Obama's stature rested to an extraordinary degree on his first autobiography, Dreams from my Father. Cashill convincingly demonstrates that the claimed authorship of Dreams is a fraud, the most politically significant literary fraud in history. I was able to follow the story Cashill presents from the beginning, and watched as the media did everything in their power to discredit and relegate Cashill's first-rate detective work to obscurity and opprobrium. The literary and biographical sleight-of-hand committed by the president and abetted by his media allies will not stand the scrutiny of history. This book is a chance for readers to get the real story now."

    What nonsense.

    A majority of Republicans are currently birthers. People who assert that position are right up there with 9/11 truthers and flat-worlders.

    So it is newsworthy that a majority of Republicans cling to a borderline insane point of view. Asking Republican leaders about this is a reasonable question, and is caused by the fact that it is a majority opinion of Republicans, and not some side issue kept alive by media or Democrats. Trying to pass it off as such is dishonest.

    Kmn has strenthened my theory that lefties are incapable of arguing their point without using the words stupid, dumb, or crazy and blaming either Bush or Palin.

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