What is it with birthers? Birthers are people that believe that our country’s president, President Barack Obama is not a United States citizen and as such has no right to be our forty-fourth president. Some people think that these people are conspiracy theorists that have run amok. I think that they are just sore losers.
Monday in Congress that right-wing-nut congresswomen from Minnesota, the Honorable Michele Bachmann, blocked a vote on the resolution proclaiming: “Whereas the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii”; She used a procedural move to do it, as is her right, but except for that one clause the rest of the resolution was one of those pro forma items, in this case celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of Hawaii’s statehood. Later on Monday, the House resolution was passed unanimously, including by Ms. Bachman. Earlier the Huffington Post published this, well I find it humorous, the hunt for Birthers on the Hill.
I am reminded by all this of an incident that took place in February of this year. Anne and I were at the airport, early on a Friday morning. We were in line for the TSA security screening. The line was moving slowly. Behind us in line was an older gentleman that since he had a captive audience, he felt that he had to express his opinion. Fine! When he got to the stock line quoting Thomas Jefferson, about “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”, I turned to Anne and asked, hadn’t we just done that in November? The gentleman ahead of me in line turned around and asserted that we had.
Alas, just from Wednesday’s Mike Stark’s blog, I give you Roy Blunt. As Mike points out, Blunt is no small potato, he has just resigned his number two Republican house leadership position, that of Minority Whip, so that he could focus on running for Senate in Missouri. Blunt:
What I don’t know is why the President can’t produce a birth certificate. I don’t know anybody else that can’t produce one. And I think that’s a legitimate question. No health records, no birth certificate.