Donald Trump can now comb over his hair in peace: Obama has released his birth certificate. After years of the birther consipiracy, and after it reached a peak in mid-February when the majority of right-wingers thought Obama was not made in the USA, it’s official: Obama is a ‘merican. But that doesn’t mean the controversy is going away.
Obama spoke quite candidly this morning about the controversy that has been plaguing the location of his birth. He said that for the last two and a half years he had been watching with “bemusement” and was “puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going.” He said he released the document to end the “silliness” that kept Americans from addressing serious issues.
I can’t say I blame him.
But that is all beside the point. The shorter form of his birth certificate, which is accepted as proof of birth in the United States and had been vetted by federal authorities, was released forever ago. Plus democrats and republicans from all over the Hawai’i had already stipulated that Obama was born in the U.S. Do we need much more? I mean, Arizona would have accepted a circumcision record if their birther law had passed. Is a short form birth certificate that much more ridiculous?
Had Obama not released his short form birth certificate, I would have been totally understanding of the frenzy. Because as dumb as I think it is that the president of the United States must be born in the United States (because, I mean really, have you checked out our public schools lately? We may not be preparing them properly), it’s the law.
But I am honestly glad he released the thing. Now at least some of the less frantic birthers will start focusing on more pressing matters. After all, there are much more serious issues afoot here. And if you are bound and determined to criticise the president, there are other ways to go about doing it. The deficit? The health care bill? His mixed signals on Libya? Take your pick. Just don’t pick his birth certificate.
But, there are still those who think this is a big scheme. I am reminded of the people who still parade around the Texas Capitol accusing George W. Bush of knocking down the Twin Towers himself. They cannot be reasoned with, and their politics trump logic.
After all, As Jonathan Swift once said, and John P. Avalon repeated you cannot reason someone out of something they were not reasoned into.
Take this person for instance: Orly Taitz, who happens to be both a lawyer and a dentist (go figure). She said that the decision for Obama to release a full form birth certificate was “a step in the right direction, just like the release of the Watergate tapes was a step in the right direction by Richard Nixon.” She calls into question why his father was called “African” on the birth certificate and not “negro,” as she says would have been more common for the time, and alleges that he lied about his record at Columbia and committed Social Security fraud.
There are many more conspiracy theorists where Ms. Taitz comes from, but I think that is enough ridiculousness for now.
For Ms. Taitz, and all of the other birther wingnuts, I have a message for you. Occam’s Razor applies just as acceptably to politics as it does science. Let this be, and stop pulling things out of thin air. Also, stop ruining the Republican party for the rest of the normal conservatives out there. You and Donald Trump are not doing anyone who bleeds elephant blood any favors, especially now that Election 2012 is on.
Now that this is over, can we get back to real news? Well, I guess we’ll have to wait until the Royal Wedding is over for that.