Some of the folks who comment here frequently mention articles from The Betrayal Blog so I have the chance to follow at least the subjects there even if I don’t get to visit as much as I might like. This blog is a one-man show and takes up most of my free time. Obama doesn’t pay me enough to quit my day job [JUST JOKING!].
Anyway, I was musing today about how truly different the world view is here than at The Betrayal.
Patriotism is a major theme at The Betrayal. Patriotism (like Religion) is a wonderful and virtuous thing, but it is also as an idea is like a loaded gun: it carries a lot of power and it can do a lot of damage if not handled responsibly. Patriotism coupled with false information aims the gun in the wrong direction.
I have studied a lot recently, particularly on Hawaiian Birth Certificate Law, and citizenship law. I understand the arguments well and I say bluntly: assertions that Barack Obama was not born in Hawaii are so poorly supported as to border on the silly. Further, claims that natural born citizens must be born of citizen parents have no basis in law, as evidenced by fact that no state denied Obama the ballot, Congress unanimously approved the election, and the Supreme Court has refused to hear any of the pleas of those objecting. (Subject related articles are Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate Doesn’t Really Say He Was Born in Hawaii and Two Kinds of Citizen.)
I see on your web site, and that of Berg and Taitz, statements thatyour supporters are “patriots,” and no doubt they are. The problem is that their patriotism is misguided and they have been lead to believe that essentially the whole country (except for their valiant little band) is under some kind of a spell. Hypnotism, one of your articles called it. These web sites are case studies in how misguided patriotism turns into an ugly mob, virtual vigilantism.
While The Betrayal casts the debate as a bitter struggle between the patriots and the usurper, I view the debate as a battle between common sense and silliness. What will irritate the tar out of me, though, is that if one day Barack Obama’s Hawaiian Birth Registration form is released, and that the Supreme Court affirms what almost everybody knows that everyone born in the United States (except for the families of ambassadors) is a natural born citizen, the folks who have been making all this fuss will blame Obama, Congress and the Supreme Court for all the turmoil in the blogosphere, rather than their own lack of critical thinking.