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GOP does ‘Birther’ for the lolz or cynical attack?

December 15, 2009

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Every day I hope to hear the GOP grab the insanity of the tea parties and Birthers and throw it as far away from them as possible. Of course as a Liberal, it’s great watching this self destruct going on within the party between the moderates, righties and extremists (or down right crazies), but there comes a point when you see the party being taken over by such insanity that you have to wonder, if it’s time to put the doggy down!

This week North Dakota’s GOP website decided to put on its website a “Joke Of The Day”, one that just so happens to include that ever dinner party favorite of questioning Obama’s birth!

A joke too far?

Talking Points memo’s Eric Kleefeld spoke to Adam Jones, political director for the North Dakota GOP, and asked him whether it was an appropriate joke to make, especially when there are serious (and deluded) individuals out there who are taking the issue of Obama’s birth too far.

I asked Adam Jones, political director for the North Dakota GOP, whether it was appropriate to have a joke involving the president allegedly not being born in this country. “You said the keyword, Eric,” he replied. “It’s a joke.”

I asked again whether he thinks this is a proper thing to put on a state party’s homepage. “I think it is a joke, and that would be my only comment for you,” he said.

But is it?

Especially when you consider the lawsuits, civil and other being made against Obama, the billboards appearing in the US which ask questions such as “Birth Certificate. Prove it” and “President or Jihad?”, and a general animosity amongst certain members of the extreme right wing who are perpetuating a dangerous lie. Tea party meetings are attended by people with firearms and people carrying race baiting placards. And during some of Sarah Palin’s speeches, members of the audience have been heard to shout out comments such as “kill him” in reference to President Obama, and yet Adam Jones thinks this is a mere joke?

There is absolutely no evidence to back up the Birthers theory and every bit of evidence to back up Obama being born in Hawai, but it’s hard – nay, impossible – to get a Birther to see the wood for the trees. By putting this “joke” on the Birth Dakota website, Adam Jones is endorsing this wacky and dangerous idea. He is endorsing a lie. And some would say committing a treasonous act.

UNLESS this has all been one giant hoax, one giant lie and the joke is on the rest of us for not getting it.

Well I do not believe that for a second. For me the inclusion of this image is an endorsement of an idiotic ideology, and shame on Jones for it. And by grabbing onto this, another tear appears in the already fractured GOP. Which may be good for the Democrats in the long term, but in the short term there is a fuelling of the fire going on and it is worrying.

One of the many dangerous billboards appearing in some states of the USA

Alan Colmes (he who used to be the Liberal to Sean Hannity’s right wing commentary), asks:

is this the message the Republicans want to transmit?

And he is very right to ask this. Although I do not want to see the Republicans back in power, if they want to be taken seriously and want to see the people of the US brought together again, is this a joke too far? How will the main party react to this? Will they want to distance themselves as others like John McCain have from the Birthers? Or will they like Palin and Michelle Buchanan keep using this issue, in the same way that Cheney and Bush used “Saddam” and “9/11” in the same sentence enough times that even today many Americans believe there was a connection.

Blog site chattahbox.com has run an interesting OP ED on this:

Birtherism is becoming an accepted belief in Republican circles. Birthers cling to the false belief that President Obama was not born in this country, casting him as a foreign, dark-skinned usurper. The birther movement grew out of racism, fear and xenophobia, at a time when the US not only elected our first black president, but one with an African-Muslim name. The conspiracy theory that President Obama is not a natural born citizen, has been thoroughly discredited and debunked, but it still persists among Republicans and many GOP leaders who have shamefully used the crazy birther theory to appeal to fringe voters.

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