The Implications of Birtherism

April 27th, 2011

Just a quick note on the implications of this “debate” over whether the President was born in the United States.

It’s an old cliche for Americans to tell their kids that anyone can become president. It’s the ultimate belief in the fairness of the American system to make a statement like that and it is a quintessential American thing to say.

Barack Obama did everything right in his life. He was born to a single mother and a father that he only met once. Raised in part by loving grandparents, he worked and studied hard. He got good grades and was accepted into Occidental College. He did well enough at Occidental that he was able to transfer to the Ivy League’s Columbia University. After Columbia, he was accepted into the best law school in the country at Harvard. He did so well at Harvard that he was selected to be on the prestigious Harvard Law Review. The next year, he beat out 18 other candidates to become the first African-American President of the Harvard Law Review. He eventually graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law.

He decided to go into politics, served as an Illinois State Senator, a US Senator and eventually was elected President of the United States in the biggest electoral victory for a Democrat since LBJ in 1964.

Whatever you think of Barack Obama’s politics, whatever bullshit you choose to believe about his belief in “American Exceptionalism,” you have to admit that Obama is the embodiment of the American Dream. As a half-black child born to a single mother, the odds were stacked against him, but he has been successful beyond any parent’s wildest dreams.

But what the prevalence of Birthersim among Republicans says is that: no matter how hard you work, no matter what stature you attain, no matter how much your experience embodies the elusive American Dream, if you’re black and have a funny name, some 50% of Republicans can be manipulated into believing that you not only shouldn’t have been elected president, but that you aren’t even an American citizen.

and that is just shameful.

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2 Responses to “The Implications of Birtherism”

  1. Pamela Spiszman Says:

    It’s a shame that the “Family” sends it’s replies through regular email channels rather than posting their response here. Is it because they fear their statements might be misconstrued as what they are – shameful and inaccurate?

  2. Milazz Says:

    Ouch Cha, Cha…