Accurate information is essential for the voters
I feel very strongly that any attempt to mislead the public for political gain is a crime against democracy. Our Constitution protects most speech including outright lies, but just because speech is legal does not mean that it is moral. Accurate information is essential for the voters in a democracy to make informed and intelligent decisions.
Some happier with a Taliban-style government
A fair number of folks that I’ve run into in this birther business, while happy to use the trappings of the American government (the US Flag, the Constituti0n, bald eagles, and other symbols), do not really believe in democracy, and certainly not in democratic elections. They would, I think, be happier with a Taliban-style government, only replacing Islamic fundamentalism with their own brand. They have no compunction against using misleading and outright false speech to further their anti-democratic ends.
This brings me to the particular offense that prompted this rant. It comes from one of those birther blogs: Obama Release Your Records. Here’s the quote:
It’s also significant that the AP [Associated Press], which has stated publicly that the president’s “birth certificate” has been made public even though the image of the document posted online actually is a “certification of live birth,” which under Hawaiian procedures was available to those not born in the state, reported on Vitter’s comments.
That’s a damned lie
This is a damnable attempt to deceive the reader and to attribute this lie to a responsible news service, the Associated Press. What did the AP actually say? Look at what is quoted: “birth certificate” and “certification of live birth”. Well yes, they did say that. What the AP did not say, imply or hint, and never will because it is not true, is: “under Hawaiian procedures was available to those not born in the state.” That’s a lie. It is an intentional lie. It is an intentional attempt to trick the reader with false context. It assumes that people who read it are stupid.
Do you consider yourself stupid?
If you trust Obama Release Your Records for information, you most certainly are dumber than a fence post. It is not me that has called you stupid; it’s Obama Release Your Records. Does what Obama Release Your Records thinks of you make you angry? It made me angry.