This is why the birthers/tea party cannot be trusted to run government
Two days ago President Obama released his “long form” birth certificate, for which the birther wing of the tea party had been screaming since then-candidate Obama released his “short form” birth certificate (i.e., the form everyone gets when they ask for an official birth certificate). And that should have finally shut up the birthers. And of course it did not shut up the birthers.
In fact, the birthers have just continued to invent whatever ludicrous, non-factual, bigoted, xenophobic, and just sheer mind-numbing thing that pops into their collective hate-filled heads.
PolitiFact, the independent fact checking organization run by the St. Petersburg Times, has compiled a list of their recent checking of the facts – or as the case may be, the non-facts – of the various birther/tea party claims related to Obama’s birth certificate. Of the seven statements they checked, 4 received their “Pants on Fire” rating and 3 merely their “False” rating.
False means not true. Not even close.
Pants on Fire means so not true as to suggest either a severe mental incapacity or intentional lying (or both).
So we can conclude that since none of the birther/tea party wing statements have any basis in truth, and in fact seem to suggest abject disconnect from reality and/or pathological hatred, the birther/tea party cannot be trusted in any position of authority. Especially the critical job of governing the most powerful nation on the planet. The nation that the birthers/tea partiers seem intent on holding back from our future while giving a leg up to China. The US of A.
Like all countries, the US has serious issues – economic, health, environmental, and future development in an increasingly competitive world. We need serious people running the country. With honest, serious people we can disagree on the path forward and yet find a way to move the country into the future such that we can advantage our great ability to be innovative. We cannot do that if large proportions of the populace, and the people they elect as our representatives, can’t even tell the difference between what is true and what is false. Or don’t care that what they say is false (or “pants on fire”).
As for the tea party and the Republican candidates for President and Congress in 2012, if you can’t come out and very publicly and adamantly denounce the birthers and the other tea party extremists and falsehood pushers, then you cannot be taken as a serious candidate. None of this wishy-washy code words to secure the vote of the nut job base while trying not to sound too nut job yourself. Direct denunciation.
In future posts I’ll chronicle the GOP field and let you know which ones should be relegated to the dust bin and which ones can be considered serious candidates.
[If you missed previous posts, I have already discussed two people getting a lot of attention as potential candidates for President – Sarah Palin and Donald Trump – neither of which will actually ever declare their candidacy. The fact that they are considered by the tea party as serious possibilities highlights the point I’ve made in this post.]